by Nathan James April 12, 2021

Patterned men’s dress socks have become increasingly popular in recent years in the menswear market. This is exciting, giving men the option to more freely express themselves through style and dress. Still, wearing men’s dress socks with patterns means considering several factors. Men who opt for patterned dress socks must consider the occasion, the pattern, and how the socks will coordinate with the rest of their outfits.

The Right Occasion for Patterned Men’s Dress Socks

Knowing the expected dress code of any situation is key, especially when it comes to experimenting with menswear and men’s style. There are certain occasions where men may feel comfortable pushing the envelope for fashion, and others where it is best to stick to simple looks that are tried and true. While it may be acceptable in certain work environments to wear fun patterned socks, there could be times when solid-colored socks are better. Professional or formal occasions, suit-and-tie-events, and similar instances may require that men dress up. In these cases, a simple but high-quality pair of mercerized pima cotton men’s dress socks will likely do the trick. 

On the other hand, workplaces that are more lenient with their dress codes could be the ideal place to try out new and unique patterned men’s dress socks. Smart casual or business casual work environments will likely be fine with classic and classy patterns like teal dotspink squares knots on a charcoal background, or even striped socks. If you are unsure as to what is acceptable in your specific place of work, the best thing to do is to check with the Human Resources (HR) department.

A Guide to Wearing Patterned Men’s Socks

The Pattern and Styling of Patterned Men’s Dress Socks 

The pattern of patterned men’s dress socks can also make all the difference in how they are styled. The best advice for styling an outfit according to the pattern of a dress sock is to work from the bottom up. This blog post actually includes some information related specifically to this topic. Although it is geared towards wool patterned socks, the same rules apply for all men’s patterned socks. Focusing on one theme, accent, or element of the patterned dress sock is the best way to approach styling according to the pattern. For example, if the men’s dress sock you want to wear has pink dots with a charcoal grey background color, consider using the pink as a feature. In this situation, it might look sharp to wear a charcoal grey (or lighter) suit, a white dress shirt, and a pink tie of the same hue to bring all elements into one.

Men’s dress socks with patterns can be all you need to elevate any outfit’s style. Don’t be afraid of trying out new patterns and experimenting with different looks. Style is unique to the wearer; dress with Boardroom Socks and you can’t go wrong.

A Guide to Wearing Patterned Men’s Socks

For more insight on styling men’s dress socks or to buy a pair of your own, email or call 855-379-7625 toll free between 10am -4pm EST.

Nathan James
Nathan James

CEO, Boardroom Socks

Nathan's favorite dress socks are our burgundy merino wool socks. You will also frequently find him wearing our new no-show socks with loafers. Outside of the office he enjoys fishing, reading and exploring Charlotte.

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