The seven rules of wearing socks

The seven rules of wearing socks

Sockscene collected 7 awesome rules of wearing socks! And we hope these rules will be useful!

1. Think about colour

Socks should match the trouser, not the shoe, or you will look shorter. Unless you are into a contrast look, where the sock should be wildly different from both. Generally, the higher your hem, the more you can get away with.

2. Avoid black

Black socks are a bit “pallbearer on a tea break”. Wear with caution.

3. Socks and sandals are OK

Pairing socks with pool slides or sandals is perfectly fine now. Ridiculing it carbon-dates you to twice your actual age.

4. Go long

Socks should adequately cover your ankle when you sit, unless your calves are particularly spectacular and you want the world to know. Short socks risk making you look like serial ankle-exposer Tony Blair kicking back with a light ale after a G8 summit. Nobody wants that.

5. Think about skin

Sock shirkers have a responsibility to present the best ankle possible. Paler folk should consider their position on fake tan and get busy, to avoid passers-by suffering snow blindness from milky-white mankles. All men should moisturise everywhere, but especially areas on show. The ankle is no exception – glossy ones tease; dry and scaly ones repel.

6. Always wear socks

If you are going sockless, make sure you … wear socks. Invisible socks – short trainer socks that remain under the shoe-line – look like cheap ballet pumps, yes, but they are essential for comfort while maintaining your look, and may save your insoles from an odorous demise. Heading to a shoes-off household? Take spare "normal" socks in your bag to avoid embarrassment or jokes about how awful your feet are.

7. Wrap up till Easter

Just as Americans don’t wear white after Labour Day, ankles, too, have ridiculous rules. Cover until Easter weekend, when you can let the flesh free. Anyone still flashing after September will make everyone feel cold just looking at them.


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