by Carol James August 19, 2020

What Color Socks Should You Wear with Blue Dress Pants?

Navy suits and blue dress pants are fixtures in men’s style. Ranging from light shades of baby blue to deep navy and available in a range of textures and patterns, odds are that you have several pairs of blue dress pants in your wardrobe. But what color socks should you wear with them? Whether you're wearing navy trousers or a full on blue suit, read on for tips on choosing the proper pair of socks.

1. Navy Dress Socks for Navy Suits

The traditional menswear rule is to match your socks to your pants, meaning navy dress pants should be worn with navy dress socks. While this isn't a hard and fast rule, it does provide directional guidance and will ensure you always look appropriate.

blue dress socks worn with a navy suit and dark brown dress shoes

As stated above, the blue in your dress pants and socks don't have to exactly match. The photo above illustrates how contrasting shades of blue can add interest to an outfit, particularly when accented with a tasteful pair of shoes.

2. Black Socks with Blue Dress Pants

As both are neutral dark colors, black dress socks with blue dress pants can be a great combination. To ensure a cohesive look, be sure to finish the ensemble with black shoes.

navy blue dress pants worn with black dress socks and black dress shoes

Depending on the shade of your blue suit, black dress socks can be a stark contrast against the trousers. The blue you choose is completely up to you; go for a lighter shade if you’d like something a little more casual, or perhaps a royal blue if you’re looking to really make a statement. Whatever you decide, coordinating black socks with blue dress pants is an almost fool-proof way to assemble a classy, stylish outfit.

3. Grey Socks with Blue Suits 

Grey dress socks with navy suits are another option to add a tasteful contrast to your outfit. Whether your socks are a lighter shade of grey or a darker charcoal, odds are they'll look fantastic with blue pants.

grey socks with blue dress pants and brown suede shoes

While navy, black and grey are certainly the three most popular colors of sock to go with blue dress pants, by no means are they the only options.

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Continue reading below for more ideas and style tips, including many questions we're frequently asked by customers.

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What color socks look good with blue pants?
What color socks go with brown shoes and blue dress pants?
What color socks go with black shoes and blue dress pants?

What Color Socks Go with Blue Pants?

The best thing about blue dress pants is their versatility; they can be dressed up for formal occasions and just as easily dressed down for casual wear. Some of our favorite combinations of socks, shoes and blue dress pants are shown below.

what color socks go with blue dress pants?

The rule of thumb in menswear is to match your socks with your dress pants, although they don’t have to exactly match. Instead of focusing on finding the identical color of socks as your pants, opt for sock colors that complement your blue dress pants. This will break up any monotony in your outfit while still creating a smooth, tasteful transition down to your shoes.

what color dress socks can you wear with blue dress pants

As illustrated in the graphic above, blue dress pants can be worn with a diverse range of sock colors. For a more traditional look, try navy, black or grey dress socks with your blue pants. To add a splash of color, orange, light blue and red dress socks will all look fantastic with blue dress pants.

What Color Socks Do You Wear with Brown Shoes and Blue Dress Pants?

First focus on coordinating your socks with your pants, which will then make your subsequent shoe choice much easier.

what color socks do you wear with blue dress pants and brown shoes

In general, light colored dress pants and light colored dress shoes are more casual while darker pants and darker shoes are more formal. With this in mind, light shades of brown shoes with blue dress pants can be paired with more colorful socks for a sharp casual look. Alternatively, wear darker shades of brown shoes with blue dress pants for a more professional look. When choosing accompanying socks, opt for more reserved shades of grey, navy and black.

For additional style tips for wearing your brown dress shoes, be sure to check out our article about what color socks to wear with brown shoes.

What Color Socks Do You Wear with Black Shoes and Blue Dress Pants?

Black and blue pair exceptionally well together in menswear, making black shoes simple to combine with blue dress pants. For a more traditional combination, finish the look with black, grey or navy socks.

what color socks go with blue dress pants and black shoes

As shown in the graphic above, black dress socks will make a classic, conservative ensemble when combined with black shoes and blue dress pants. For more pop, try adding red socks as shown above.

Some of the sock colors you’ll want to avoid wearing with black shoes and blue dress pants are brown, orange and white. Pay particular attention when wearing patterned socks; you’ll typically want to avoid wearing them with patterned blue dress pants.

avoid mixing patterned socks with patterned blue dress pants

For more in-depth tips on styling your black dress shoes, be sure to read our article on what color socks to wear with black shoes.

How to Coordinate Socks with Blue Dress Pants

We’ll go into a breakdown of specific colors below, but as a general rule of thumb, it is totally okay to choose at least one shade lighter or darker than your pants when coordinating your socks. This will add dimension and contrast to your outfit.

For a more in-depth guide on pairing blue dress pants with specific colors of socks, see below:

Neutral Socks with Blue Dress Pants
Neutral colored socks are true to their name; they go well with almost anything, including blue dress pants.

khaki dress socks with navy blue dress pants and brown shoes

White or khaki dress socks paired with blue dress pants can be great options for the spring or summer, particularly when complemented with a light-colored button-down shirt.

Bright Colored Socks with Blue Dress Pants
Bright colored socks are best suited for those looking to make a statement. Pair yellow, red, purple, or green socks with your blue dress pants and you’ll probably get some (positive) comments. Great for color blocking, bright colored socks are an easy way to pull together an entire outfit. Try finding a matching pocket square or tie to pull together your whole look.

purple socks with navy blue dress pants and brown suede shoes

If you’re looking for variety, Boardroom Socks has the selection for you. We have plenty of patterned and solid-color socks that will look great with your blue dress pants. Great for everyday wear or special occasions, our socks do it all.

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If you're looking for more sartorial advice, be sure to explore our Ultimate Guide to Socks for Suits.

Carol James
Carol James

Co-Founder, Boardroom Socks

Carol and her husband, Mike, started Boardroom Socks in 2010. She serves as our CFO and keeps all of us in line! Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and exercising.

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