by Nathan James August 19, 2020

When considering how to accessorize your men’s dress pants, a good rule of thumb is to go with what matches. You can never go wrong with black on black, but sometimes you may want to sprue things up a bit. Instead of sticking to “rules” when it comes to men’s fashion and accessorizing, try thinking outside the box. Black dress socks are fine, but other hues work well too.

If you’re looking for a great color to go with your black dress pants, think about the following: 

  • Do I want my socks to stand out?
  • What kind of look or style am I going for?
  • What’s the occasion?

Various Shaded Solid Color Socks

Great for formal occasions like business meetings or job interviews, solid colored socks in various shades of grey or charcoal can be a great way to add subtle dimension to your black dress pants. Go for a pair of socks with a different tone of black like dark grey, or something even lighter. Try selecting a pair of socks that is either a shade darker or lighter than your black dress pants. This will be more interesting than wearing the exact same shade of black as your black dress pants.

Color Combination Socks

Black is probably the most versatile color, so the options for sock pairing are almost endless. Almost all colors go well with black, so it really depends on the look you’re going for. If you want something subtle, go for darker hues like maroon, forest green, or slate grey. For a statement look, try a color that offers contrast. Gold, mauve, or turquoise can be great eye-catching options. As long as you know what kind of vibe you want to evoke and stay true to it, you can’t go wrong.


Socks With Patterns and Texture

Add personality to your outfit with patterned socks. Stripes, argyle, and other prints can be effective ways to spice up any pair of black men’s dress pants. Complete your look by pairing black men’s dress socks with dark brown socks with warm orange stripes. Boardroom Socks has plenty of patterned socks from which you can choose to spark style inspiration. In addition to pattern, think about texture. Sock material you choose can make all the difference. From wool to cotton, sock materials can evoke cozy, sleek, neat, and versatile feels. Think about which one you want when selecting your socks. 

Bright and Bold Socks

Going bright and bold with your socks can be fun, but the look must be carefully done in order to look truly stylish. Great for dates or just hangouts with friends, standout socks can position you like a real trendsetter. Before you pull on your loudest pair of socks, however, you’ll want to think carefully about complementary colors, contrasts, and everything in between. Avoid a fashion disaster by referring to style guides and coordinating the rest of your outfit accordingly.

To get started on pairing your socks with black men’s dress pants, head over to Boardroom Socks to check out our black dress socks. We have plenty of socks for both casual and special occasions. From solid colored socks to patterned socks to textured socks and everything in between, our selection will give you everything you need to be well on your way to great style and top quality. Click here to get your socks today!

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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