When it comes to buying socks, men should look at their ties!

It is an on-going argument: Should a man’s socks match his shoes or his trousers? When it comes to selecting socks, look first to your tie.

The sock color should relate to, but not match, your neck wear. For example, if your tie is blue red, choose burgundy socks. If the tie is olive, opt for brown socks. Navy socks are good with a blue tie.

If your tie was selected to complement your suit and your shoes to team with your trousers, the color of your socks should work with both your shoes and your trousers.

Consider your belt. It should match your shoes.

Your pocket square should be similar in color to your tie, but not identical.

You can give yourself a break from all the mixing and matching and settle for a plain white shirt. It will look right no matter what other colors you are wearing.

Socks: look to tie first. Should relate to, but not match, neck wear. Knee-high socks!

If tie is blue red, choose burgundy socks.
If tie olive, opt for brown socks.
Navy socks are good with blue tie.

BELT: match or coordinate with SHOES

If tie selected to complement suit and shoes to team with trousers, color of socks should work with both shoes and trousers.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rita Rocker is a national inspirational and educational speaker, communications and image specialist, and a career and virtual presentations coach with Transformation Academy, LLC.  She is the author of “A Guide to Marketing Yourself for Success”, and a contributing author to “The Unstoppable Woman’s Guide to Emotional Well Being -The Total Woman in Leadership and Success Guide for the Unstoppable Entrepreneur.” She has appeared on national television and radio talk shows on self-esteem and communication. A former Mrs. Nebraska and active in numerous professional organizations, Rita is on the Board of the Small Business Association of the Midlands and co-director of greater Omaha’s Affiliated Women International. Rita provides life and career-transforming programs to mature teens and adults. Contact Rita at rita@transformationacademy.com.