We here at Vanguard are big fans of brightly coloured socks. We believe it is great way to liven up a business suit and if done correctly can look considered & stylish.
We are talking about anything from bold primary colours, softer pastels, geometric patterns and argyles.
There are however some exceptions to this rule where it is advisable to play it down and stick to a conservative colour palette.
Funerals for example, it would be entirely inappropriate to wear bright hosiery with your suit. Tread carefully at formal business occasions like interviews, presentations or big meetings. You want people focused on what you are saying not what you are wearing.
That said some high profile business men still go bold on such occasions, they can because they own the company and are probably the interviewer not the interviewee. It's almost a challenge - I know the rules but who cares, I like it, deal with it.
Those occasions out of the way now let's discuss why bold is good.
It makes a statement, it tells people I have considered every part of my ensemble, nothing is by accident.
It also livens up a more muted ensemble, a red sock really pops with a sombre grey suit and makes it much more fun.
There are some ways to do this.
1. Choose an accent colour and run with it for all accessories. If your suit has a green lining or a green check compliment this with green tonal ties, pocket squares and socks.
2. When wearing a brightly coloured chino choose another colour that compliments or clashes. A tonal coloured sock won't work so well in these situations. It can make your trousers or socks look washed out and old unless it's a very close colour match.
3. If wearing a muted chino with a brightly coloured shirt or jacket pull out that colour for a considered look.
4. Patterned multi coloured are ok, comedy socks are not.
Would you wear a tie with tacos, dinosaurs or giraffes on? Probably not. If you like patterns go for something geometric or classic like an argyle.
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