Are you looking to add a classic staple to your current wardrobe,? Why not let it be a dapper pair of socks? Socks are the diamond in the rough of the gentleman’s wardrobe, and it might surprise you how many options are open to you. The question you might often find yourself asking is not where you can find fashionable socks, but how do you narrow down your options for the number of socks you are looking at purchasing? Consider the following questions, and use your answers as a guide to find what you are truly looking for when you start looking to step up your sock game!
What kinds of socks are you looking for?
- Low-Cut Sport/Ankle Socks
- Socks that end right at or right below the ankle are sport socks. They are usually reserved for those engaging in physical activity. Volleyball, running, or even ultimate Frisbee are all the perfect activities to wear these socks.
- Mid-Calf Socks
- Mid-calf socks are probably what you wear every day anyway. It is the traditional work sock that you can use to add a pop of color or pattern to your look. If you are looking for a good pair of work socks, a mid-calf sock is what you should look for.
- Knee-Length socks
- Like the name implied, these socks go all the way up the leg to the knee. These socks have decreased in popularity, but if you’re looking you should be able to find a few options. These socks are used mainly for special occasions or outfits, or specific uniforms that require this length of socks.
What do you want your socks to be made out of?
- Wool has the longest history of being involved in the production of socks. Wool is known for its amazing properties of insulation and moisture absorption, and is mostly used for high quality winter wear.
- Cotton is the most popular fiber for sock production. Cotton is lightweight, cool, and durable, making it a great option for athletic gear or just everyday wear. Cotton is also the most widely available fiber, making it one of the best known fabrics in the world and one of the cheapest. If you’re looking for a good sock and wanting to stay within a budget, look at cotton socks first.
- Silk socks are mostly found at formal events, and are considered a luxury fiber. Silk socks aren’t as durable, and don’t last as long as cotton, wool, and most cashmere blends. Silk is often blended with wool when made into socks, to add longevity and insulating properties.
- While also knows as a ‘luxury fiber’ like silk, cashmere is a popular sock choice for more than just exclusivity and perceived class. Cashmere has many of the same properties as wool, and adds a level of class to your wardrobe. Investing in cashmere can make your toes happy, but often involves a higher level of care, including hand washing and line drying.
To learn about the latest sock trends, check out this blog post.