Never underestimate the power of great accessories to complete a great look or make an otherwise monochromatic outfit more interesting. But let’s face it, as men, you may often find that your avenues for creativity and expression in your wardrobe are limited (though, we constantly see great looks from your submissions that illustrate otherwise). For the days when you just have to express yourself, but find the confines of your required wardrobe or limitations of your budget a bit too constrictive, let us suggest you turn your attention below the knee.
And by below the knee, we mean, your socks.
Maybe you’re already on board with this idea and you’ve discovered the benefits of tossing out the white gym socks, plain black, and plain navy dress socks in favor of something with a little more color. But if you haven’t, give it a try—we think you’ll find it an excellent way to add color, patterns, and texture to otherwise plain looks. Not only that, but covering your toes with fun colors or patterns is appropriate for almost any occasion. Because your socks are largely covered by pant legs and shoes most of the time, out-of-the-norm sock choices are an understated accessorizing measure.
If you’re just experimenting with your accessories, your socks are a great place to start. That’s not to say you should throw out all of those old white gym socks and plain dress socks—you’ll still want them in your arsenal for trips to the gym or days you find bigger and brighter ways of expressing your style. Take a look at some of our favorite resources for finding great sock choices in the slides below.
Farfetch offers a wide variety of socks in the $30-$60 range. These designer socks range in style from standard striped socks to nordic long socks, and yes, if you're so inclined, even some leggings for men.
- KJ Beckett
Based in the UK, KJ Beckett offers affordable socks in a variety of colors and patterns. These socks are perfect for a more modest budget, ranging around $15, U.S. KJ Beckett's selection is somewhat subdued if you're not quite ready to make a wild leap in color and pattern.
Long a household name for women seeking interesting and fun tights and socks, Sockdreams also carries a great selection of sockwear for men. The socks available here are incredibly budget friendly, with prices right around the $8-$16 mark. You'll find very unique selections here, including the men's toe sock.
- Stanley Gentleman
When you've got a little more to spend and want a truly unique selection to choose from, Stanley Gentleman is an excellent option. You'll find this selection filled with interesting patterns from bright paisley to bold plaids. These socks run right around $64.
As you can see, the best part about really using your sock drawer to complete your looks is that by and large, socks are pretty inexpensive.
Of course, as with anything, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. When trying out some out-of-the-ordinary sock choices, be careful with the patterns you choose—we find stripes, argyle and textures to be the most universal—and remember that no matter the colors you choose, they should always at least complement the color choices in the rest of your outfit.
Are you rocking your socks? We’d love to see—send us your pictures (and remember, you’re not just limited to showing off your socks, let us see all of your great looks!).