How to Match Your Socks with a Tie

How to Match Your Socks with a Tie

If you’re new to the sock game, matching your socks with ties may seem like an intimidating task, but it’s actually quite simple if you follow these simple guidelines to pairing socks with a tie. First, consider the color of your socks and how they match with the color of your tie. If you have light-colored socks, you’ll want to find a tie that matches that light tone as well.

The Basics

In order to properly match your socks with your tie, you must first have three things: (1) A sock. (2) A shoe. (3) A belt. Notice that these are listed in descending order of importance, because it is actually much more important that you have an actual pair of shoes on your feet than it is that you match your socks and tie color exactly. The goal of wearing a necktie should be to avoid looking ridiculous, and if you're matching up all other parts of your outfit while wearing shoes with mismatched laces and no socks, then you may be setting yourself up for failure! Still need help? This super-handy graphic from our friends at Primer Magazine should help clear things up even further:

Add Some Color

Socks can be one of your most expressive accessories. What sets them apart from most of your other pieces is that you get to choose what goes in them (it’s almost like you're creating mini-me's every day). If you're looking for an easy way to stand out, try pairing two bold patterns—but only if they share some key similarities. The first place to look is at their color palette. If both patterns have bright, primary colors and make use of similar neutrals, they’ll blend together beautifully. For example, matching solid red socks with a blue and white checkered tie would work well because both palettes rely on reds, blues and whites—and different styles will interact better than two wildly contrasting ones.

Keep Things Simple

Mixing patterns, especially stripes and plaids, is all about striking a balance between balance and visual interest. When putting together two patterns at once, aim for either similar patterns or opposite patterns — not one stripe shirt and another of flowers. The easiest way to do that is simply by trying out different arrangements—like your socks here—and seeing what looks best. If you want something more structured, go for solids or simple stripes. Just make sure it's within your color palette and you're set! Philosockphy really comes into play when there are three patterned items in one outfit; remember though that these rules are made to be broken—if it works, wear it proudly!

Stay Inclusive

When you’re matching your socks and tie, it’s best to think of both colors as equal players in your outfit—meaning they should be treated equally. In other words, don’t pair a dull white shirt and loud green tie with red socks (unless you want people to laugh at you). Instead, make sure your socks and tie each play an active role in creating balance in your ensemble. It also doesn’t hurt if they happen to share common colors; for example, purple hues can go well together on both pieces of clothing. If things get out of hand, though—say you have six pairs of purple socks left in your drawer—it might be time for some color matching therapy.