Five Stylish Ways to Wear Socks

Five Stylish Ways to Wear Socks

How many socks do you have in your sock drawer right now? Have you ever counted them? I’m willing to bet that it’s more than five, but maybe not by much! How can you stand to wear so many different pairs of socks every day? Well, if you are like me, it’s because these aren’t just ordinary socks. These are fun socks, designed to match any outfit and add some stylish flare to your look.

Ways to style socks into every outfit

Don’t be fooled—socks are more than functional. They can take your outfit from drab to fabulous by providing a dose of personality, color and style. And nothing kills sartorial swagger faster than dull socks that don’t work with your shoes or fit into your outfit. To avoid looking like a (big) dork and embrace sock styling, follow these five tips

Match your socks to your shoes

Chances are you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your socks. They’re just socks—there is only one objective with them, and that is to keep your feet warm and dry. However, there are several different ways to wear socks that can change how you feel about them. One of those ways involves matching your socks to your shoes in a color-coordinating fashion called socktoberism. A sock may only look good when worn with its partner, but even if that’s not true for every pair of shoes, it is for many pairs.

Pair them with your favorite jeans

Some people think that socks should only be worn with sneakers, or that they are always supposed to be white. These beliefs just aren’t true. Sure, you can pair your favorite patterned socks with a great pair of tennis shoes; but if you want something a little more formal, try matching them with your favorite dark-colored jeans. A nice dress shoe and crisp pants look great with some fun socks underneath them as well. Or, if you just feel like wearing ankle-high khakis for no reason at all, go for it! No matter what style of clothing you decide to wear your socks with, make sure that they are a solid color and aren’t overly bright or crazy looking.

Wear funky patterns and colors

The leg is seen by most as a purely functional part of our body, but it can actually be just as stylish as anything else. Who says that socks have to be white? Or boring? If you’re tired of looking at your average black dress socks, spice up your wardrobe with some bright colors or fun patterns. Whether you opt for argyle or polka dots, funky socks are an easy way to get more color into your day-to-day outfit—and people will notice! There’s no need to feel uncomfortable about a little extra attention, though; bring some pep into your step and start living life with a little added style.

Or sport something a little wilder

Of course, not everyone is a stickler for matching socks with their outfit. If you don't want your socks to be such a focal point in your style, feel free to experiment and choose something a little bolder (or crazier). To help with inspiration, check out our list of interesting sock styles—there's something for everyone! Be boring isn't really an option when it comes to socks, so let loose and find your perfect match. Looking for something that really sets you apart? Get someone custom-made designer socks from an online store like Philosockphy. While each pair is made-to-order, they'll still cost less than you'd expect thanks to bulk discounts!

Take advantage of the sockless trend

Those that aren’t ready to commit (yet) can take advantage of a little known trend called sockless with style. Leave your socks at home but wear stylish shoes and a nice pair of pants or shorts. Your ankles will thank you in summer and no one will notice your non-existent socks. Still not sold? Watch runway shows on YouTube—many designers are showcasing sockless-ready footwear. You don’t have to completely take off your socks, but if fashion starts taking note, you might want to consider doing so.