Sock of the Month Club: How to Match Your Socks With a Tie


To give you an idea of how to match your socks with a tie, we’ll start off with the basics. Your socks and tie should be one of two colors: black or white. You don’t need to match your socks and tie exactly; in fact, the contrast between the two can add interest to your outfit and draw the viewer’s eye upward, making your outfit look more polished and sophisticated. With that said, this doesn’t mean you can go wild with contrasting colors either; choose something muted if you want to keep it classy.


Step 1: Know what type of tie knot you want

There are numerous tie knots, but you can't go wrong with a four-in-hand knot. A four-in-hand is one of the most common knots worn by men and is widely regarded as one of the easiest knots to master. It's also known for being low key and simple in appearance. This knot creates a small, neat dimple in the center of your tie that looks great with any shirt style or suit jacket.


Step 2: Decide on an outfit color scheme

Here are some general guidelines for matching your socks with your tie. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some pointers to get you started. You should match light and dark colors in your shirt and tie. This is a great way to add some depth and contrast to your outfit without being too bold or loud. For example, if you are wearing a navy suit, try adding white dress socks or dark patterned dress socks. If you are wearing a black suit, try adding white ankle socks or bright patterned ankle socks. You can also match light colors in your shirt and tie together with darker color socks - this will create depth without making it seem as if you're trying too hard.


Step 3: Determine if you should wear formal, casual, or fashion socks

Formal socks are typically made from wool, silk, or cotton and can be woven in a variety of patterns. They're most often worn with suits, tuxedos, dress slacks, and dress shoes. Casual socks are typically made from acrylic or cotton and are usually ribbed. The majority of men wear them with sneakers or running shoes. Fashion socks have become increasingly popular in recent years as more men seek out fun color combinations that go well with more casual outfits such as jeans. Plus, they just look good!


Step 4a (for fashion or casual): Choose What Colors Go With What Shoe Colors

It's all about color coordination! To make sure you're matching your socks with your tie, choose colors that match one another. For example, if you have purple shoes, why not wear purple socks? If you have brown shoes, why not wear brown socks? If you have black shoes, why not wear black socks? Matching colors will help everything look put together and ready for work.
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Step 4b (for fashion or casual): Choose What Pattern Goes Best With Each Color Scheme

-The best pattern for purple is paisley, ikat, or plaid.
-The best pattern for red is argyle or dots.
-The best pattern for blue is stripes, argyle, or horizontal lines.
-The best pattern for yellow is spots or swirls.
-The best pattern for green is paisley or vertical lines.