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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by m@T
...lets say you are wearing a dark navy suit with a deep brown shoe with a sky blue shirt and maroon rep tie and white linen pocket square....a conservative enough get up.

does this mean you would wear sky blue socks with that kind of ensemble to match the shirt? A maroon to match the tie? Presumably not white to match the square (although you would fit in nicely in Vietnam in a suit with shiny white socks)

I wouldnt wear sky blue socks but I would and do wear a royal blue or an aqua. The point being that to pick up a color above the waist, the match does not and probably usually should not be perfect. I would err on the darker side of the color used above the waist for the socks. While a sky blue shirt and sky blue socks may be a bit too precious, a french blue shirt with sky blue socks is a disaster.

However, if you had a pair of maroon socks with pale blue dots on them, that might be very elegant. WHich demonstrates that a lot of the pattern/color matching is on a case by case basis. Maybe I should design socks?

It becomes interesting with a charcoal suit and a navy tie and black shoes, because theorhetically you should be able to wear navy socks but I think people might think you forgot to put the right socks on in the morning.
post #17 of 30
I wear shades of yellow socks most of the time but that's what I've done for a really long time. I always found trying to match a sock to the trouser a bit troubling so I've learned what colors compliment another and use that as a departure point. If you look in my sock drawer, it's a collection of colors and fabrics to choose from as my mood calls for. So my suggestion for you would be to learn what colors compliment, observe how others coordinate and take from that what works for you and don't be affraid to experiment as you would if you were trying a new shirt and tie combination for the first time. Hosiery today has become a more important statement about yourself than the tie is.
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by drink864
I wear shades of yellow socks most of the time but that's what I've done for a really long time. I always found trying to match a sock to the trouser a bit troubling so I've learned what colors compliment another and use that as a departure point. If you look in my sock drawer, it's a collection of colors and fabrics to choose from as my mood calls for.
So my suggestion for you would be to learn what colors compliment, observe how others coordinate and take from that what works for you and don't be affraid to experiment as you would if you were trying a new shirt and tie combination for the first time. Hosiery today has become a more important statement about yourself than the tie is.

I got to use my dandy decoder ring for this text color. Cool.
post #19 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks all, much insight on this. I think that I am just too lazy to go about finding complimentary colors. I guess an assortment of navy, black and grey socks should suffice for me, and I will leave "fun with socks" for my casual wear.

K
post #20 of 30
1) Where can you get over-the-calf socks in colors other than navy, black and perhaps dark grey? The only retailer that carries anything remotely close appears to be Kabbaz. I'd love for some alternatives to mail order.

2) Kabbaz and seemingly every high end men's retailer primarily carries Pantherella. Are there any alternatives to Pantherella in the US? The socks are nice, but I'd like to find Dore Dore or other brands that seem more common in the UK/France/Italy for some variety.
post #21 of 30
Well, this could sound odd to you...
But I live in Switzerland and like to play a bit with the sock colors...
I usually wear suits and usually dark color ones, for business and casual, but don't use ties so much, so I want to have the color in the shirt and socks.

I mean If have a bright yellow shirt and a black suit I would like to spice it with bright yellow socks...

The problem is men's socks come allways in "serîous" colors... black, grey, blue, brown... To get dress quality socks in non-standard colors is expensive here.. in order to 12$ per pair... and this could be expensive for a pair of socks that I maybe use once.. or when I need them in mint green I'd not have it available.

But I just discovered, in big stores, they carry Ladies socks, good quality socks 100% cotton in all imaginable colors... in sizes up to 42 for $10 per package of 5 assorted solid color pairs ( or even 10 assorted solid color pairs at C&A )....

So I have them at home and when I want to have fun with an unexpected sock color, I have them....
post #22 of 30
But really... who matches their socks to their trousers? I sure don't, but then again people here say my choice of socks are "bad."
post #23 of 30
Thread Starter 
Ok, I wont admit this in public, but I may have to try this out. I like having fun with socks when I am going out.

K

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Originally Posted by lakewolf
Well, this could sound odd to you...
But I live in Switzerland and like to play a bit with the sock colors...
I usually wear suits and usually dark color ones, for business and casual, but don't use ties so much, so I want to have the color in the shirt and socks.

I mean If have a bright yellow shirt and a black suit I would like to spice it with bright yellow socks...

The problem is men's socks come allways in "serîous" colors... black, grey, blue, brown... To get dress quality socks in non-standard colors is expensive here.. in order to 12$ per pair... and this could be expensive for a pair of socks that I maybe use once.. or when I need them in mint green I'd not have it available.

But I just discovered, in big stores, they carry Ladies socks, good quality socks 100% cotton in all imaginable colors... in sizes up to 42 for $10 per package of 5 assorted solid color pairs ( or even 10 assorted solid color pairs at C&A )....

So I have them at home and when I want to have fun with an unexpected sock color, I have them....
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by Jovan
But really... who matches their socks to their trousers? I sure don't, but then again people here say my choice of socks are "bad."
Me. i never paid attention in my pre forum days, now i do my utmost to match them whenever possible. I have come to really like the look of it...and I dont consider myself a Jedi Master of dressing like either Manton or FNB, so I consider it a 'rule' I am personally better off not breaking.
post #25 of 30
This reminds me, I have to hit-up holt renfrew. They usually have some really colorful socks on sale at this time of year. I love flashy socks.

My worst offense to date has been matching a baby blue & white borrelli cashmere sweater with socks that had exactly the same colors in them and I should say that unless you want comments on your socks all day long, stick to matching them to your pants and avoid being too flashy. Then again, these socks were really lustrous baby blue with white horizontal stripes and I was wearing white pants. I thought it looked dead sexy. However, the people around me kinda laughed at the fact that i would go out and purchase socks like that for the sake of matching them to a single sweater. They still put a smile on my face every time I wear them.
post #26 of 30
That's the idea GQgeek !
Off course when i am dressed up for a formal ocasion I stick to traditional formal colours, black, grey, blue, brown or tan according to my suit color...

But the flashy ones are great for an informal ocasion.. as you know the socks normally don't show when you are standing... they show a lot when you are sit or dancing...

So when I hit the discos or go to partys I have fun with the colors... a black suit for example paired with an apple green shirt and socks... nice
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by m@T
Me.

i never paid attention in my pre forum days, now i do my utmost to match them whenever possible. I have come to really like the look of it...and I dont consider myself a Jedi Master of dressing like either Manton or FNB, so I consider it a 'rule' I am personally better off not breaking.

Technically I am a Sith Lord. The Jedi were rather shabbily dressed.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Film_Noir_Buff
Technically I am a Sith Lord. The Jedi were rather shabbily dressed.
Yeah Vader and Dooku definately went bespoke
post #29 of 30
someone should have told him that capes are too costume though
post #30 of 30
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Originally Posted by m@T
someone should have told him that capes are too costume though
"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"
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