by Nathan James August 19, 2020

There are plenty of occasions for men to wear suits. Whether going to work at a corporate office job, attending a wedding, or dressing up for any number of other special occasions, men wear suits to look sharp and feel confident. While wearing the suit may be easy, figuring out how to coordinate accessories like dress socks can be its own challenge. Our tips for to coordinating your dress socks with your suit will ensure that you look your best no matter where you go.

Think About Details

Once you’ve chosen the right dress shoes to go with your suit, the next step is to consider the details of your men’s dress socks. First think about the length of the socks. Men wearing suits should opt for long socks that end at least mid-calf to prevent exposing your leg. A straightforward choice to be to go for over the calf socks or mid-calf socks. To test if your socks are of an appropriate length, put on your socks with dress pants and sit down front of a mirror. If you can see any part of your leg peeking out of your trousers, go with a longer sock. If not, you are good to go!

Colored Socks with Men’s Suits

If you’re wondering what color to pair with your men’s suit, the first thing to do is consider the vibe you want to achieve. When playing it safe, stick with dark colors like navy, black, and grey socks. If you are wearing a light-colored suit such as a white, baby blue or yellow, however, it may be best to also look for a light-colored sock to lessen the contrast.  While it is alright to choose a sock that is slightly darker than your suit, bear in mind that this will likely draw attention because of the significant contrast. Think about what you’re comfortable with and coordinate your dress socks and suit accordingly.

Sock Style and Men’s Suits

Whatever your style, there is a sock that can go perfectly with your men’s dress suit. Keep it classic and simple with solid colored socks or take a risk and try vibrant colored socks or patterned socks. Here are some guidelines when trying to coordinate your statement socks to your suit. For those really looking to make a statement but do so in style, we have a few helpful tips:

  • Select simple dress shoes: When using socks as your main statement accessory, tone down the drama on your dress shoes. Sticking with one “wow” item will prevent your outfit from looking overdone.
  • Match your socks to your suit’s details: Be intelligent with the details you choose to highlight, and you can bring your outfit to a whole new level. For example, try pairing a checkered sock with a checkered tie to pull a whole look together!
  • Wear tailored pants: Not only do pants that fit properly flatter everyone’s body shape, but they also keep you looking neat, which is essential for any statement accessory you choose.
Check yourself out before heading out of the house in your suit and dress socks. Socks are the finishing touch to your suit but certainly shouldn’t be an afterthought. If you are interested in getting men’s dress socks to pair with your suits, browse our collection here.

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. Outside of the office he enjoys fishing, reading and exploring Charlotte with his wife.

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