How to Coordinate Colorful Dress Socks with Your Attire

Dress socks with bright colors and patterns are in vogue in many professional settings. They can communicate to colleagues and business associates a sense of individuality, daringness and creativity.

One of the advantages of wearing colorful dress socks is that you are no longer beholden to the rules of matching socks to the color of trousers. Socks don’t have to blend in; they can tastefully contrast the rest of your attire.

Fashion experts do suggest that your socks coordinate with the rest of your outfit. Colors don’t have to match, but they should work well with the rest of your attire. For example, if you’re wearing predominantly black, your colorful dress socks can accentuate your clothing if they have black accents amongst the rainbow of other hues.

You should pay special attention to the contrast between different articles of clothing in your outfit. If you wear a tie over a shirt that is similar in color, but a different shade, then your socks should provide similar contrast with your shoes or pants. You want to create a consistent visual impression and stylish coordinated look.

If you’re just expanding your wardrobe to include colorful dress socks, traditional patterns can help you make the transition without drawing too much attention. Bold argyle and geometric patterns work well with casual work attire, while more subtle polka dots and paisley socks work better with formal attire. Stripes typically work with most outfits and can liven up your appearance without being too conspicuous.

When you’re ready to fully enter the world of colorful dress socks, you will want to collect different designs and colors to coordinate with the different elements of your wardrobe. Once you have developed your eye for colorful coordination, you can even create your own custom dress socks for your company’s special events or holiday gift.


About the author

Sachin Patel has been designing socks for retailers, businesses, and promotional products distributors since 2010. His background in engineering and textiles is integral in streamlining production processes and developing detailed product specifications at EVERSOX, a worldwide supplier of custom socks.