How to Match Your Socks with a Tie

How to Match Your Socks with a Tie

How do you match your socks with your tie? That’s an easy question to answer if you have a sock of the month subscription, but what about if you just have that one special pair? Or if you don’t wear ties at all? We’re here to help you figure out how to match your socks with your tie even if you aren’t the kind of guy who wears them on the regular. The key is knowing about tone and texture.

First things first

Strip down! If you want your tie and socks to match, you need to be able to see them side by side. You wouldn’t buy shoes without trying them on first, so don’t make a decision about which tie will go best with your socks until you know what they look like next to each other. Place your ties on top of your dresser or simply drape them over your knees. Then take out all of your socks and lay them in front of you as well. Study each pair carefully—you should have one more sock than number of ties that you have available, since some won’t match any ties perfectly (that’s okay). Now that we have addressed that caveat, let's get matching!

What is the color wheel?

The color wheel is an abstract illustrative organization of colors around contrasting warm and cool colors. It can be applied in art or design when two or more colors are used together in some form of harmony. The origin of color theory is traditionally attributed to Sir Isaac Newton who experimented systematically with prisms and published his work in Opticks. The first practical use of a color wheel was by artist Pieter Casteels, who paired complementary colors on painting canvases by using two circular discs that he spun while observing how they looked together.

What does triadic mean?

The main idea of a triadic color scheme is that three colors are equally spaced on an equilateral triangle. Triadic color schemes tend to feature high contrast, and often use all three colors in different quantities. By definition, triadic color schemes always include at least one warm tone (such as orange or red) and at least one cool tone (such as blue or green). The most commonly used triad is red, yellow and blue — though there are countless variations of each, such as purple-orange-green or orange-yellow-blue. The next two most popular triads are purple-red-blue and blue-green-yellow.

Complementary, analogous, monochromatic – where do we start?

Matching your socks with your tie can be tricky, especially if you’re partial to loud patterns and colours. To avoid looking like you stepped out of a circus (or clown college), it’s important to consider how well your tie complements and contrasts with your socks. You’ll want to pick one or two elements of colour – pattern, hue or shade – and then stick within that family. If in doubt, monochromatic is always safe; so long as both items are black, navy or grey they will look fine together. Alternatively, consider using complementary colours.

Breaking out of traditional dress codes

Most men stick to a fairly predictable dress code. Some wear suits, while others opt for more casual attire; some wear T-shirts and jeans every day, while others wear three-piece suits. However, it doesn’t have to be that way—not even close. You don’t have to wear ties or jackets or suits of any kind if you don’t want to. In fact, we think it’s a great idea for you to expand your horizons and get out of traditional dress codes entirely! Why should you?

A few helpful tips to remember

The socks you choose should be longer than your trousers, and they should never be higher than your knees. Also, don’t choose socks that match either of your shoes (it’s pretty obvious). White socks are a big no-no for suits unless you’re feeling particularly bold or actually on duty at an emergency room. If in doubt, opt for monochromatic colors like navy blue, burgundy or charcoal grey. That way you can really stand out from all those other professional pant-wearers out there.