Throw away your white socks
One Sunday as I sat in church absorbing the sermon, I glanced over to see a man wearing high-water blue jeans with bright white fruit-of-the-loom tube socks on full display as he crossed his legs. Now, I have no problems with wearing jeans in church as long as you go. God does not judge you by your clothes; He cares about your heart. On the other hand, you can look great while participating in worship.
Until my exodus from poor fashion, white tube socks occupied 95 percent of my sock drawer. I wore them with everything except my black suit. That’s right, I wore tube socks with blue jeans, chinos, brown slacks, and even shorts. Now that I know how poorly this looks, I reminisce in pain about all the times I sported tube socks with nice darker colored pants. Sadly enough, I was trying back then. I just did not know the rules.
Here is the starter’s rule (and it can be broken in the right way less than 10 percent of the time): Your socks should match your pants. Blue jeans = blue socks. Tan khakis = tan socks. Nice black dress slacks = nice black socks. In addition, you may consider matching your socks to your shoes. A good pair of socks should pleasantly flow from your pants to your shoes tying the two together.
If you prefer a spicier presentation and have conquered the basic principle of socks, try a little color. Play with various colors such as yellow, blue and red. Just be sure to step back and appreciate the combination before you wear it. If you feel like you have a good transition from your pants to shoes, go for it. Also, try experimenting with argyle and various patterns as you progress. For example, compliment navy blue pants with multi-colored socks (try dark blue, yellow and light blue mixed) together with black shoes. Also, consider this sophisticated combination: tan trousers with red socks and burgundy oxford shoes. This last combo says your style embraces a little panache.
Regarding white socks, match them with white pants. One other consideration, wear white ankle socks with running shoes and shorts. Whatever you do, please avoid white socks as the primary choice for your wardrobe.
Once again, remember to start with matching your socks to your pants. As you build confidence, try new variations.
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