Bold Socks Reflect Powerful Men In Business
The business suit with colored socks is a look that says “Yes, I know the rules, and I’m confident enough and care enough about how I look to break it anyway because it’s more fun for me. Deal with it”, These are the guys that are making a bold statement, almost a challenge and in the world of business this is powerful stuff.
When to Wear Bright Socks
If you’re not in a suit-and-tie formality sort of situation, you generally have the option of wearing colored socks if you want to.
It has to be done right — you can’t just throw them on with anything — but there’s usually a way to make it work.
Why would you, though?
There are a couple of times when you might specifically want colored socks, beyond just enjoying them for your own sake:
When you want to liven up a simple outfit. Got something basic going on for the day? A pair of unique socks turns something like a jeans/T-shirt or khakis/collared shirt combination into something that seems a little more deliberate. It’s like a pocket square in a jacket — it tells people that you don’t look this way on accident. You put some thought into the outfit.
When you want extra color-coordination. Been reading about your complexion and your best colors lately? Show ’em off with some subtle matching. A colored sock that complements something else in the outfit is a nice, detailed touch. Work your sock into the same color scheme as your pocket square, your shirt, or even your sports jacket or sweater to get a coordinated look.
When you know you’ll be doing business in your stocking feet. Not every business culture keeps its shoes on all the time. In places like Japan, shoes are often removed for meals, or sometimes even for drinks. When you have a reason to believe your socks will be on display, go ahead and make it fun — so long as you’re not planning on doing serious business with conservative people. You don’t have to go to Asia for sockless situations, either; anything from a locker room to a corporate spa to a meditative retreat might end up with you shucking your shoes.
Beyond those specific situations, there’s also the simplest and best time to wear colored socks: when you feel like it.
So long as you’re putting some thought into how you’re strutting your gussied-up ankles, there’s no reason you can’t play around with your socks in your basic, day-to-day, “just going about life” sorts of outfits.
So why not reach out and try some bold and colorful socks, give it ago and see what it does to your career!