Colored Socks – A Secret Way To Look Stylish


purple and black socks

gq colored socks

photo: gq.com

There are a TON of things to try to upgrade your style – we spoke a lot about them. But there are a few “unconventional” ways to stand out that are actually… kind of fun.

One of those secrets is to wear colored socks. Hold on there! If you’ve just raised your eyebrow, I saw that!

Give me a few minutes of your time to read this article and you’ll almost surely change your mind.

The thing that got me to write about them is the fact that I got a great price for two pairs of Zara socks the other week. I’ll show you how I matched them in a moment but first let me give you the theory.

Wearing colored socks isn’t all that hard – and it’s not too much if you’re a style newbie either. The rule is simple:

– choose a pair of colored socks (other than blue, grey, or navy blue);
– match that color with something else in your outfit.

Still, you need to be careful with a couple of things.

First off, you shouldn’t wear regular socks with shorts. A pair of stylish cotton shorts is great during summer but make sure you choose either “no-show” or “low-cut” socks with them.

To show off you’re colored socks, all you have to do is roll up your pants. I’ve already discussed the topic of rolling up your jeans and khakis here so I’m not going to do it again. But wearing the right sock length with the different types of pants is important.

Ok, let’s see some actual colored socks. Here’s what I got from Zara (at around 60% discount):

This is a pair of purple and black socks…

purple and black socks

… and these have a very stylish orange and gray combination…

orange and grey socks from zara

You’re still curious about how I matched them with my other clothes, right? Right before I bought them, I made a “mental scan” of my closet and immediately knew what I was going to wear them with. Truth be told, I almost never buy something unless I can wear it with some of my other clothes.

So my purple/black socks go great with this great cardigan that I have:

purple socks and purple cardigan

… while the orange socks match this blouse from Salsa:

orange socks, orange blouse, black leather jacket

Notice how both orange and black repeat themselves in this outfit. Aaand, I should also mention the black leather jacket which is absolutely fantastic (and manly).

These are just a few examples of what you can do with socks. This is truly a style gem that I’m giving you right here. The rest is up to you and, when you find the guts to wear them (like I did last night), you’ll want to wear them over and over again.

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1 Comment

  1. September 11, 2011

    When shopping for new clothes, always hold the different colors up to your face in the light. Some colors may flatter your skin tone, creating radiance and a healthy glow, whilst other have the opposite effect, losing your natural tone and making you appear tired. Other colors may clash with your complexion, so with a bit of practise you will soon know what colors work for you and which ones do not.

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