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Are you still wearing your gym socks with your custom made suit? When you’re out sock shopping (yes it is a thing) do you just grab the multipack of darkish coloured socks that are the cheapest? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then it’s time to take stock of your hosiery arrangements and invest in some proper dress socks.
It’s a common misconception that socks are primarily worn to keep your toes toasty when in actual fact their main purpose is to soak up moisture. We’re not talking about puddles here; we’re talking sweat. And the type of material you choose has a huge bearing on how well your socks pull all that moisture away from your trotters before allowing it to evaporate.
So what should you do when cotton is too absorbent, wool too bulky, and synthetics are not that comfortable? The simple solution is to find dress socks that combine either cotton or wool with a synthetic fibre. And with no two men having the same feet you’ll have to experiment with different blends to see which suits you best.
These days we are quite relaxed in our attitude towards casual clothing and an inch or two of a hairy calf on show isn’t such a big deal. However, in tailoring circles those that know best have decreed (and we have to agree) that even a glimpse of skin below the knee is tantamount to sartorial sacrilege.
Those socks must come at least halfway up your calf but take care not to be too trusting of clothing labels. There are some less than worthy manufacturers that make what they consider calf length socks that barely cover your ankles. A trip to the tailor or a reputable sock shop is always your safest bet.
For many a generation, the black dress sock has been the go-to sock to wear with any formal suit. But with the style choices available to us today, following your dad’s advice of buying black, black and then some more black isn’t quite fitting.
The old rule of thumb that you should match the sock to the shoe still holds up well but a more common practice these days is to match the sock to the pants. Grey with grey, black with black and so on. Both of these guidelines will see you sail through any formal situation with the minimum of attention drawn to your ankles.
For those of the more adventurous ilk, you can contrast your formal socks with your pants, but choose colours carefully. We’d advise matching with another shade found in your outfit so as not to look too eye-catching, the last thing you want is for your socks to take over the look altogether.
So now that we’ve told you all you need to know about dress socks, it’s time to invest in at least a dozen pairs just to be on the safe side. And remember that quality often costs a little more so just as you wouldn’t put leopard skin seat covers in a Ferrari, don’t wear bargain basement socks with a finely tailored suit.
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