Gentlemen and fellow followers, with the cold weather still persisting (even though we are now officially in spring), there are still some unwritten rules that should be mentioned with regards to your luxury gentlemen socks. Previously, we touched upon the different luxury materials that you can choose from – Luxury Socks: A Necessity Part I here.
There are several core “rules” that should be considered when you are planning your outfit first thing every morning.
I) Match your colours
This does seem like a basic, however the amount of times I have been sitting on the tube or in meetings and have noticed my fellow gentlemen forgetting the number 1 rule. This is truly a shame as you would have spent a lot of time and effort working on your look and it is the small detail that can make or break your style.
“Luxury socks should compliment or contrast with your outfit, but never clash with it”
Once you understand the colours, then you can experiment. As Drakes Co-founder mentioned “Men should be stylish, not fashionable”. You can read the full article here.
II) Pairing your socks
When you buy socks, they tend to come in pairs. Yet, some of us still want to merge two families together.
Although you might think this is a good idea at 6.30am, that feeling will quickly fade away once a fellow gentlemen will notice this during the course of that very important meeting or client diner.
So gentlemen, do spend those extra 2 minutes to pair those luxury socks!
III) Keeping them clean
This might sound like an obvious rule but it is often forgotten or de-prioritised for more important aspects of ones attire. If the luxury sock is starting to look warn out, this is most likely the case.
Don’t hold on to a pair that is of “sentimental value”, it’s definitely not worth the look! As Mitchelli points out “socks must BE clean and the days of dyeing and darning are long gone!”
IV) Wear over the calf socks
This is a rule that has registered some interest of the past few years in the circle of gentlemen. For some, seeing the leg of a fellow is most unappealing and classy. Parisgentlemen points that, most sources agree with this statement and that the leg should never show.
The reason behind wearing your luxury socks high, is for when you sit down, your trousers on average will rise by 5-6cm, so you should make sure that your socks can cope, meaning you should have 7-8cm of sock height.
V) Sports socks are for…Sport!
Luxury socks are not sports socks, and sport socks are not luxury socks. Wear the right type of sock for each occasion. All too often you will help notice a fellow gentlemen wearing a nice pin stripped suit with white socks!
I’ve found an interesting small video produced by GQ socks experts, Adam rapoport and Jim Moore, talking about how to match socks and personalties:
Gentlemen, time to sock up!