Everyone loves the guy who can successfully pull off a pair of statement socks. Says GQ about the often overlooked accessory: “Statement socks are like a stylish man’s best kept secret; they represent a level of personal care and sartorial interest that deserves nothing but respect. And the other dudes in the know? They’ll notice, and be jealous of your game,” which is absolutely true.
This privilege is easy to abuse, so don’t be that oblivious tryhard that contrives ugly, loud patterns and tries to pass it off as being “dapper.” There’s a certain level of tact required when going down this path so just be mindful of where you stand on a scale from Bobo the Clown to Dwayne Wade. If you find yourself thinking twice about any of your choices, go ahead and stop — the choices should come naturally. If you want to go conservatively, stick with Navy — it’s the universally neutral sock color. Avoid black.
In case you’re in the market for some sprezza socks but don’t know where to start, keep in mind these few rules-of-thumb for sock buying and care:
-First and foremost: Don’t buy cotton. Either buy wool or a synthetic blend. Cotton is moisture-absorbant, which dampens the socks and increases the rate of wear (Not to mention the inevitable foot odor).
-Wool has the advantage of being moisture-wicking. Also, throw the notion of wool being a “winter-only” material out the window, it’s dated thinking. Modern advances in the textile industry provides us with high-quality, fine/ultrafine wool that won’t choke your feet. Itchy wool is just cheap wool.
-Despite popular belief, socks aren’t actually one size fits all. They are typically 1 or 2 sizes larger than your shoe size. Poor fit will wreck your socks so mind the fit. Additionally, poor shoe fit can actually ruin your socks quicker as well.
-Always hang dry your nicer socks. The heat from the dryer will wreck the elastic and will unravel the knit. For ultimate longevity, hand wash them as well.
Tourist: If you just want to experiment with some patterns and pairings but aren’t sure if statement socks are your speed, try a few pairs from Richer Poorer. Think of these as the H&M of socks– they look neat and are inexpensive, but are of poor construction and may last you very few wears. But they’re a good introductory brand if you’re just a tourist. Try it out, get some feedback from your family and friends and then reevaluate your needs. Alternatively, you can just match your pants or go a shade darker to make you seem taller. Again, Navy rules supreme.
Step Up: Happy Socks are a decent value for the selection and mixed-bag quality. You can also always check out J.Crew Camping socks & Uniqlo, but always mind the materials in the product details. Compliment your pants color and develop an understanding of how colors and patterns work together.
Top-Tier: My pick for the top brand goes to Pantherella. Check out their “trendy” section and you’ll see great patterns that aren’t overdone. Consisting of pure quality, the artisan-level craftsmanship for this brand that’s been around since 1937 is just unbeatable. Splurge on these and you won’t regret it. Match with other pieces of your ‘fit like pocket square, tie, or shirt. At this point, you don’t need me telling you what to do.
Your Style Consultant,