Jeans are a ubiquitous part of any guy’s wardrobe and with many offices becoming more casual, jeans are becoming even more common. However choosing what color socks to wear with jeans is a task unto itself.
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Should you stick with neutral colors or are bright colors okay? What about patterns and novelty socks? How long should you go? Mid-calf or athletic or no-sees? Here are some basic guidelines to help.
Tips on How to Match Socks with Your Jeans
1. Match Your Socks and Shoes
This is the traditional answer as it means your socks recede visually into the background. If you don’t have a match, go for black, it’s usually the safest and rarely clashes.
2. Avoid White Socks UNLESS You’re Wearing White Shoes
If you’re wearing dark jeans and dark shoes, avoid white socks. While many guys default to white socks, it looks sloppy. Wear either dark socks that will blend in or novelty socks to make it look intentional and leave the white socks for the gym.
3. Try out Ankle and No-Show Socks
The one exception to white socks is ankle and no-shows. These used to be strictly reserved for women’s socks but with the popularity of cropped pants and high water jeans, they’ve become popular with guys too. It’s much better for your feet and shoes than going sockless but achieves a similar look.
4. Play Around With Novelty Socks
A recent trend in menswear is the novelty sock. Whether it’s a pattern with loud colors or funny motifs, socks have become a way to add personality to an outfit. The main consideration is don’t over do it. Flashy socks look great when the rest of your outfit is simple and restrained but if you have a lot of patterns going on elsewhere, keep your socks simple.
If you’re new to funky socks, try a classic pattern like polka-dots, zig-zags, stripes or small motifs, they’ll add a touch of style without making you feel self-conscious. Once you get used to it, there’s a whole world of fun socks to explore.
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With these simple rules, you can begin to confidently match your socks with your jeans.