"The first goal with your socks is to avoid the "bootie effect" - matching your shoe color so perfectly
with your sock color that it looks like you're wearing booties instead of socks and shoes. The second goal is to ensure a smooth
transition between your pants, socks and shoes so that they all look like they coordinate and are aesthetically pleasing. If the goal
is a dressy look, match your sock color with your pants for a continuous flow to your shoes. Also keep in mind that your socks and
shoes should be the same color or darker than your top. However, there are other ways to coordinate these three elements.
Here are a few examples."
Sock Color Selections
"Socks exist in a variety of fibers, cuts, patterns and colors. This explains why so many
men have a hard time picking socks that match what they're wearing. And, sock selection is not a trivial point in your look.
The reality is that improper coordination of socks can quickly spoil your look no matter how great the rest of your image looks.
So, here are the basics on sock selection."
You're wearing a khaki suit with brown dress shoes.
What color should your socks be? Black would be a bad idea. Dark
brown socks could give you the bootie effect. You could wear tan
socks. Also, if you have a blue shirt on or a tie with blue, you
could get away with blue socks. Tan would be conservative. Blue
would be interesting.
You're wearing a navy suit, black shoes, and a red tie.
The very conservative dressy approach would be navy socks. Again,
black would give you the bootie effect. You could also go with navy
argyle socks containing a touch of red. Or, you could wear some
navy socks with a red or burgundy pattern in them.
You're wearing a navy sports coat, light blue shirt, burgundy
tie, khaki pants and brown shoes.
Well, now you have lots of possibilities. Navy socks. Tan socks.
Socks with light blue, burgundy or khaki colors in the pattern.
You can even go with a lighter shade of brown than your shoes.
Finally, you're wearing a black pinstripe suit, black shoes, and a red tie.
You can wear a black sock since everything is black. However, you could be a little more interesting with a black sock
containing subtle red stripes or polka dots.
"The point to all of this is that there is no exact sciencewith sock color selection. There are some basic don'ts, but the
rest is art and personal flair."
The best way to store socks is to have a specific sock drawer with
dividers. Rather than folding socks by folding over the cuff and
making a ball, use the tri-fold method (layer a pair flat, then
fold in thirds). This method is quicker and minimizes stretching
of the cuff elastic.
There is new life for old worn out socks. Use them as polishing
cloths for shoes, silver, mirrors or whatever. They slip over your
hand perfectly and allow your fingers to work into small areas.
Or, use them to cover your hands when you're outside doing activities.
Even when it's cold, your hands tend to sweat. It's easier to wash
old socks than to launder leather gloves.