Poor matching socks with a bespoke suit and good looking shoes weaken the entire presentation. Like a weak link in a chain. We know that socks are important in your presentation. The first question is "should they match my shoes or pants?"
Your socks should match the color of your pants. Because they are an extension of your pants. A consistent sock - pant colour would not interrupt your silhouette. Giving you a more consistent, less jarring look.
If you're wearing a lighter colour pants, you can match your socks to your shoes. If you're wearing beige pants or khakis, you don't need to wear beige socks. These are just the "safe" rules. However, multi colored socks with different patterns are good looking. And i'll show you a few ways to pull them off.
1. WHEN IN DOUBT, GO TONAL
This is the safest, most fool proof method.
Choose a pair of socks that is either a shade lighter or darker than your pants.
if you're wearing a charcoal grey pants, pair it with a charcoal socks.
Or a sky blue socks for your navy blue pants.
This is a formal, professional and elegant look
But it might appear boring.
Good for: Interviews and formal meetings.
2. COLOUR COORDINATION AND PATTERN
Coordinate doesn't mean match.
Your socks don't have to be the same shade of color with your pants or shoes.
But it is nice if there is natural symphony.
Think of colour complements and contrast.
Alternatively, introduce some patterns or texture to your socks.
You can follow the tonal principal, but add a subtle strip or polka dot.
Or use a thicker socks to team up with heavier material like denim.
Just remember that textured styles can add weight to a look.
3. BRIGHT, BOLD AND COLOURFUL
Integrate some bright and bold colors into your outfit.
An easy introduction would be to pick patterned socks in the same base color as your pants.
You can go further and opt for vibrant colored socks that is complementary to your pants.
Remember, your sock color must be complimentary or contrasting correctly.
Think of the color wheel.
Neutral coloured pants would be easier to match with bright coloured socks.
It is less likely to go wrong.
Neutral colors are black, white, tan, grey.
Socks are important to an outfit. You can revamp your presentation without breaking the bank with socks. Just take note of the colors and always play it safe when in doubt. Go tonal.