What you must know to match your socks to your outfit

What you must know to match your socks to your outfit

John NguyenFeb 1, '17

Socks are typically overlooked when it comes to pairing them with your outfit. In the past, you would see a pair of striped socks or a pair of spotted socks on a dapper man and it would make a bold statement. Nowadays as men’s fashion becomes more popular, our options are becoming vast with the endless choices of socks to choose from. What used to be a simple choice because our options were narrow can now be daunting. You won’t stand out from the rest of the dapper-men by just wearing bright socks anymore. It’s time to up your sock game.

Choose your color

That’s right. We’re bringing back the color wheel that you haven’t seen in ages. I’ve used it in some beginner art classes and now we’re taking your fashion and are turning it into the art that it is. So how do you use it?


  •        Colors directly opposite to each other are complementary.
  •        Contrasting hues are beside each other.


If you look at the chart, you can see that green and red are complementary colors. Complementary colors are more difficult to match with each other whereas contrasting hues pair better with each other. If you adjusted the tone and strength of one of your color choices for example red to a pink, it could combine with green a lot easier.

Textures and Patterns

When you’re choosing the texture of your socks, make sure you weigh it with your look. If you’re going for a lighter look, you could have thinner socks with some small patterns such as polka dots or stripes. If you’re going for a heavier look choose a pair that are made from a thicker wool. When you are wearing heavier socks, make sure that it’s pairs with an outfit that is also heavy looking. This means wearing more rugged materials such as wool, leather, denim, etc.

Choose 2 paths

In the world of socks, you can either be adventurous and stand out with a bolder look, or go the safe route you know will always keep you looking dapper.

Be bold


In being bold, you want to reference yourself to the colour wheel. The easiest way to pull off bright and playful socks is to pair it up against a darker or more neutral colored pair of pants. As we all know, black grey, and white pair up with almost everything. When you’re choosing your socks, make sure the colours are either complementary or contrasting. Otherwise, you’ll just look silly.

Be safe


When in doubt, you can choose socks that are a shade darker or lighter than the pants you are wearing. This means black pants go with dark grey socks and dark blue pants go with cobalt blue socks.

Choose Away!

There you have it! Hopefully this guide will take a little bit of stress out of choosing socks. After-all, there are more important things to thing about, like how your next date is going to be!


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