How do you coordinate your socks?

Discussion in 'General Attire & Accoutrements' started by Mike K., Apr 30, 2007.

  1. Mike K.

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    In browsing through a number of mens style/fashion discussions, I have noticed some inconsistencies in how to best coordinate sock color with other pieces of one's attire. Some say that sock color should match shoe or trouser color to "create a seamless line" while others frown on this look. A few point to the obvious coordination of pattern or bits of color in the socks to something else that is being worn. What about solid color socks and other articles of clothing? I'm sure there are a number of different ways to pull off a look, but for some reason I am still somewhat confused and ask for your help.:eek:

    Here are two possible outfits from my closet. What socks would you choose?

    Outfit #1
    Blazer: navy
    Shirt: oxford cloth, medium blue color
    Tie: regimental stripe, medium green and blue (picking up shirt color)
    Pants: off white, pleated
    Shoes: off white bucks
    Socks: ???

    Outfit #2
    Shirt: polo, royal blue
    Pants: plain front, khaki chinos
    Shoes: either plain brown or saddle oxfords (mid-brown, dk. brown saddle)
    Socks: ???
     
  2. dundeedavie

    dundeedavie One of the Regulars

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    i'd match the socks with the trousers and shoes on the first one ....and a neutral colour with number 2 .
     
  3. Maj.Nick Danger

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    I match my socks to each other. :D
     
  4. deanglen

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    :eusa_clap lol :eusa_clap lol ;)

    dean
     
  5. AlanC

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    Outfit #1: probably something with a light blue in a pattern of some sort
    Once you've gone with those pants and shoes you've thrown any ideas of business dress out the window so have some fun with it.

    Outfit #2: It depends. You could either go with something to pull in the polo color, like a blue argyle, or you could go with a sock that blends with the khakis somehow (a darker brown, maybe).

    I think you start with the idea of matching trousers as a default. Then you decide what effect you're going for--fun or conservative. Here's what I did yesterday with a grey suit and blue shirt:

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  6. Marty M.

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    Sock it to me.

    Great socks and shoes. I love wide cloth laces. Great job.
    Marty Mathis
     
  7. Of course, there's always my way: only buy black socks. That way, they match everything except casual shorts or a light-colored suit...
     
  8. Dixon Cannon

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    Easy...

    White. Black. Tan. Brown. One of these will go with just about anything!

    -dixon cannon

    P.S. Now, when I was a young teenager, socks had to match the VanHusen shirt color of that day (the one's with the 'fairy hook' on the back.) I even had pink and orange, and baby blue back then! With H.I.S. trousers, of course!
     
  9. Flying Scotsman

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    Hey, what the heck was that loop on the back originally *for*, anyway? We called 'em "fruit loops". What was the deal with those thingies?
     
  10. Paisley

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    I think socks are best matched with pants. It makes them blend with the pants, thus elongating the look of the leg.

    I would not wear white socks with the first outfit, though. It might be a little too sporty to go with the rest of the outfit.
     
  11. Dagwood

    Dagwood Practically Family

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    How about socks that match the trousers while bringing out the color in the shoe? For instance, in the above picture, I think that the same socks with a thin brown stripe would look great. The dark color in the sock would match the trousers while a thin brown stripe would match the shoe. I've had luck finding these type of socks at Bloomingdales.
     
  12. Tomasso

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    Sock selection is often the Achilles heal :)eusa_doh:) of an otherwise well dressed gentleman. In general, I'd recommend the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) strategy; that is to match the trousers.
     
  13. Hemingway Jones

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    Apparently most retirees in Miami missed that memo. ;)

    I am a fan of obnoxious argyles that couldn't possibly match anything. :)
     
  14. jml90

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    Locker loops

    I try to coordinate my socks with my tie. In fact people chide me when I don't.
     
  15. Mike K.

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    Okay, how about this (a variation on the original examples)...
    South Florida casual, lunch at the club house.
    Pleated ivory chinos, nicely pressed.
    Royal blue, short sleeve polo
    Off white suede bucks (who cares it's not Memorial Day yet, it's south Florida)

    Socks:
    Conservative - plain off white or beige (perhaps with a blue stripe) or plain navy
    Bold: royal blue or blue argyle

    How bold would you go?
     
  16. Flying Scotsman

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    Go Bold!

    Since getting more adventurous :) in my clothing, this summer has seen me doing this:

    Linen or cotton shirts of various solid colors, like aqua or yellow
    White or natural linen pants
    White bucks
    Socks to match the shirts, or argyll socks with matching and coordinating colors
    Fedora to compliment (getting time to go get that panama hat!)

    I wear socks to match the pants with darker colored pants (such as grey, blue, dark brown, etc., usually in wool).
     
  17. Tomasso

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    #10 or #22


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  18. Mike K.

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    Love 'em both
    #12 too!

    Now here's a collection
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  19. Flying Scotsman

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    I see Ben Silver and Golfknickers there :)

    I really like the Ben Silver over-the-calf solid cottons in various colors...they actually stay *up* (I HATE socks that fall down...and it seems to be my curse or karma or something to keep ending up with them).

    The Golfknickers socks are fun, but they are fairly tight at the top (I guess they'd have to be to hold up plus fours)...plus you can get matching sweater vests! :)
     
  20. cookie

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    Obnoxious Argyles


    A year ago all these good quality Paul Smith fake argyles appeared on eBay and I bought some pairs.

    Amusing for while until I found my 18 year old had thieved them!
     

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