Too many men are spoiling perfectly reasonable outfits by wearing the wrong kinds of socks. While there aren’t a ton of sock rules to follow, there are actually a few that are key to making sure you’re able to pull off your otherwise carefully put together ensembles.
If you’re going to wear dress shoes, you can’t wear athletic socks — no matter what their color. For example, it’s simply not enough that your socks be black. The reason for this rule is the following: Athletic socks are often bulkier than dress socks since they’re usually made of heavier cotton or other materials, so they tend to bunch out over dress shoes. Plus, athletic socks are frequently ribbed and the contrast of cheap, ribbed socks against smooth, high-quality dress shoes looks odd. Instead, wear dress socks with dress shoes.
They’ll be easier to slip in to your shoes and the finer, thinner material will mean that any attention focused on your foot area will remain centered on your swish shoes instead of your socks.
To make sure you’re not sabotaging your style, have a glance at the sock rules and make an effort to rectify any deviant sock tendencies you may have.