You probably spend an inordinate amount of time putting together your outfits to make sure they look just right. You layer up, pick the perfect pair of pants, match your belt and shoes, and then hit the road.
But do you spend any time thinking about your socks? Do you just throw on whatever pair is sitting atop your drawer? Perhaps it’s time to gain some understanding of the different sock styles so you can make sure you’re wearing the right pair for the job.
1. Over the Calf Socks
Over the calf socks are designed for those long days when you really don’t want your socks to fall down around your ankles. They’re the longest socks you’ll have in your dresser, and they definitely serve a purely functional purpose.
In terms of style, they can be worn with pretty much anything other than shorts. They’re a versatile sock, but they’re also one you can totally live without if you don’t have issues with your socks falling down throughout the day.
2. Mid-Calf Socks
Mid-calf socks are the go-to for just about any situation. With just about any pair of shoes, you can wear a mid-calf sock. Sneakers, dress shoes, loafers, boots; you name it and a pair of mid-calf socks will go perfectly with them. You can even wear these with shorts, you just need to be a little more careful with how you match colors.
The thing with this style of socks is that they’re the most popular, so you can find them in literally any pattern and color scheme. If you want a pair with your favorite band on it, you can get them. If you want a simple pair in a solid color, you can snag them, too.
3. Ankle Socks
Generally, ankle socks only serve one purpose: being worn for athletic endeavors. They have almost no place in style, so your best bet is to avoid them with just about any outfit unless you’re planning on hitting the gym or going for a run. Whether you’re wearing shorts or pants, the other sock options are always a better choice for fashion.
The primary difference between ankle socks and no-show socks is that ankle socks are designed to sit above the shoe, offering complete blister protection while working out. The trade-off is that they don’t look as good with low sneakers, and they’re too low to wear with high-top shoes.
4. No Show Socks
When it comes to low socks, no-show is the lowest of the low. They’re designed to offer the same protection and insulation of a full-sized sock, but without being visible under your shoes. Anytime you want to show off some naked ankle, no-show socks are the perfect option. A pair of no-show socks is particularly effective when paired with low sneakers or boat shoes and shorts. A pair of slip-on Vans with some no-show socks is a classic look that can be worn with just about anything.
During the summer, these are going to be your go-to option, as they’re perfect with shorts.
Just make sure to avoid wearing them with boots, high-tops, or sandals. If you wear them with shoes that are too high, you could end up with blisters on your foot. And as far as the sandals go, you should never wear any socks with sandals regardless of the situation.
As far as color goes, you can wear pretty much whatever you want, since these socks are designed specifically not to be seen anyway.