Source: GQ.

Source: GQ.

One of the most difficult parts of wearing a suit effectively is matching the different parts that complete a full suit ensemble. Therefore, it is only logical that I have receieved all kinds of questions from how to match your tie and your shirt or how to match different patterns such as stripes in an outfit.

One question though, is among the exceptionally frequent questions that get asked most often than the others: What should I match my socks to? My shoes or my pants?

Have you also wondered before what approach should you take when matching your socks? Well, you are certainly not alone.

Except of course, if you are the type of guy who prefers to go sockless with his suit, in which case, click here.

For the topic at hand, here comes the answer you’ve been looking for.

Is There A Single Right Answer To This Question?

As many things in fashion and style, one can surely suppose it’s up to the wearer to decide whether he will match his socks to his pants or his shoes, right?

Well,… no.

If the question is as straightforwards as “should I match my socks to my shoes or my pants?“, then there is one single right answer. Ready?

You should match your socks to your pants.

Simple as that. Period.

The reason is as simple as the answer: matching your socks to your pants will make an overall cleaner look. When your socks and pants match, the silhouette of your legs is not broken by a clashing color, instead if flows perfectly down to the exact point where your shoes start.

Just know this is the traditional right answer. We’ll discuss the more daring options soon.

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A Few Examples To Prove That Your Socks Should Indeed Match Your Pants

Let’s think of an example: navy pants and dark brown shoes.

Initially, this sounds like a very good combination. No big deal.

But add in the socks and now you will have to decide if brown is the right option or should it be navy socks?

Now picture both combinations in your mind’s eye, which one do you think will look best? Brown?… Yeah, I don’t think so.

That was probably an extreme example, but it is with extremes that these kind of problems get easily solved. So, what about not so extreme examples?

Navy pants + Black shoes.

(Read also: Matching suits and shoes. The ultimate guide).

The answer in this example will still be the same, match your socks to your pants. While the dark nature of both navy and black make it less of an obvious choice, it is still better to keep your socks closer to your pants’ color.

Exact Match Is Not Mandatory

Yes, matching your socks is important, but you don’t have to go for the exact same color tone of your pants. Make your best try to go for a similar tone and you’ll have successfully matched your socks.

Even for those willing be a bit more adventurous, you can even go for wilder variations of color combinations, but I believe that topic requires a whole post for the most advanced readers.

Which by the way, I will write about real soon, too. So stay tuned

So, while there is much, much more to write about how you can match your socks, I believe the main purpose of this post was to answer this very basic question. I sincerely hope you will find it helpful the next time you are not sure what to do when putting a suit and tie ensemble together.

Just remember this simple rule and feel confident with your final decision. You’ll be looking great.

Do you find it hard to match any other parts of your dapper outfits? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try my very best to give you the best possible answer.

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