What Socks Should I Wear?

What Socks Should I wear
ASK SUIT: Why is it important to wear the proper socks per wardrobe?

Dear Tony:

When talking about fashion it is all about the details, especially in menswear. Menswear tends to consist of more simple lines, patterns, and accessories compared to womenswear. That is why small things like your choice of socks or how you tie your shoelaces can have a major impact on your final look.

Socks can be easily overlooked, yet similar to shoes, they play a very important role in completing your outfit. It is the connection point between clothing and footwear. They should be chosen carefully in regards to style, but also in regards to your comfort.

There is no “one sock fits all”, the same goes for there is no such thing as “one size fits all”. You probably would not wear gym clothes to a stakeholder meeting as your choice of apparel would feel out of place, socks are the same. Your chosen sock should always fit your clothing style and the environment. If you are lost about which sock pairs well, here is a list of the most usual sock situations that you might encounter:

Shorts and Cropped Pants

The choice here is very clear. Invisible socks are the only way to go. If you want to avoid an unfashionable tourist look similar to socks with sandals, invisible socks are your best friend.

If you wear shorter length pants, the objective is to show some skin.  You can wear these socks with white sneakers, loafers or any other shoe of choice. Think of it this way, the more skin you show the cooler it looks, not only in terms of style but also in terms of temperature. Ditch the long socks and get some invisible ones. You can wear them with anything, there are easily accessible, and they will give you uncountable style points without much effort.

Suits and Dressing Up

Here, the choice remains obvious, dress socks go with dressy looks. Dress socks do not only look more formal but they are also thinner and made with silk-like materials. The material adds extra formality required for a formal situation.

Another thing to keep in mind is dress socks are made longer than casual socks. The reason being is so that they can cover a larger portion of the leg below the knees. Showing your leg will give you a laid back appearance but it is also less formal. Legs should be fully covered under the trousers in most dressy attire in order to keep a formal etiquette.

Going Casual

Casual socks are appropriate with outfits like jeans and chinos. In these situations, you do not need the extra seriousness of dressy socks. They will make your outfit look boring and out of place because dressy silk socks don’t go well with casual looks. Casual socks are made out of cotton and should not have a shine to them to keep the lightness of the look.

If you like to wear fun patterned socks similar to those that have been trending these past seasons, this is the perfect case scenario. You can spice up your look and have fun with your outfits by adding colorful cotton socks with your chosen patterns and shapes. Remember to avoid athletic socks with these kinds of looks. It does not matter if you are wearing famous brand logos on them, these kinds of socks should not be worn out of athleisure looks.


This is the situation to bring all your branded or unbranded athletic socks out. It does not matter if you are going to the gym or just wearing a laid back outfit for the day. This is the perfect situation to wear them.

Wear athletic socks with any sort of gym attire and sneakers. Also, keep in mind not to use any other type of socks for exercising. Athletic socks should always be used in any event of rapid movements. They provide the best comfort and protection during workouts and sport activities. Gym socks are thicker than most socks and in return, they provide the most protection for your feet.

These are the most common sock situations that you will encounter. To be well prepared for every occasion, add a few pairs of socks of each style to your wardrobe. With these small changes you will be able to see changes in your overall apperancetrust.

For more styling and grooming tips you can have a look at our other editorials. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ASK SUIT.