Sunday, 16 September 2012

12. Socks

Apologies for the lack of updates, life has been very demanding recently. I'll be updating weekly on Sunday from now on as I'm too busy during the week. With business out of the way, let's get into this week's article.

Socks have always copped a bad rap. They're associated with old men and crappy birthday presents. They're often worn out of necessity and little thought goes into collaborating them with an outfit. I've recently discovered the world of coloured socks, and what a magical world it is. It lets a bit of personality shine through in a subtle way. Before I go on about the wonders of coloured socks, I'll touch on some basic sock wearing protocol.

When wearing socks, there are a few factors to consider. The two main factors, in my opinion, are colour and length. I have a simple rule which is: Never wear white socks with jeans/trousers. Short white socks are only acceptable with shorts - save them for the gym.

I'm not even going to put a funny caption - this is serious!

Wearing short socks with trousers or jeans is an unbelievable style cramp. I cringe every time I see it happen. Avoid at all costs!

Moving on, there's two schools of thought on how to wear socks with trousers. You can either wear socks that match the trousers, or you can wear socks which match your shoes. Between the two, I would be more inclined to match socks to the shoe. I think it's a matter of personal preference. See below:

If you can't make up your mind, you can always enter the world of coloured and patterned socks. It's fool proof. You can even get a little fancy and try and match the socks with the rest of your outfit. For example, you could match your socks to your shirt.

I love coloured socks as they're such an easy way to get some personality across. For example, most people don't expect a bright pair of socks under a business suit. Though it's a little unexpected, it's tasteful because you're not showing it off.

Here are a couple of examples:

A bit loud - but still viable.

Blends in just fine.

Wearing funky socks won't be attention seeking like a silly hat, tattoos in conspicuous areas (e.g neck) or ugly haircuts. It's more like 'Hey, I'm wearing coloured socks but I'm not telling you. I'll just let you find out for yourself.' Unfortunately I don't really heed to that, because I love showing them off.

In regards to the fabric (wool/cotton etc.) it doesn't really matter. The thickness isn't important either, so long as they are comfortable. Wool socks tend to last longer than cotton. Cotton on the other hand breathes a little better.

I recommend Happy Socks as brand to start on. You can find them at David Jones or Myer. Either that, or you can stick with thongs.


I can't believe that I did this whole post without writing 'sock it to me' at any point. It took great resolve.

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