I find it humorous that the guys who constantly give me crap about wearing sweater vests are the same guys that wear brown shoes with black socks. Once again, this tells me that some dudes have no idea what they are supposed to wear. Today, I want to talk about this huge work attire faux pas and get everyone back on the same page.
Before anyone gets scared away, I will tell you that this lesson in work attire is pretty simple. In fact, just remember this one rule…only wear black socks with black shoes. Period. Commit this to memory and you’ll be good to go. If you’re afraid you’ll forget, write it on a post-it note in your closet, tattoo it on your forehead, or whatever works for you. By the way, don’t keep this information to yourself. Let everyone know that if you plan to sport black shoes to work (or anywhere for that matter), you better be wearing black socks as well.
So now that we’re good on black shoes, you might be asking, “What about if I’m wearing brown shoes?” This is also very simple. Don’t wear black socks. Period. Any other color will work. There are the basic blues, browns, and tans that you can find anywhere, but if you really want to put a little style in your step, don’t be afraid to go with something a bit more colorful. For example, head to Express and pick up some pink and gray striped socks or, for the more adventurous, some brightly-colored argyle socks. You may think your shoes are cool enough as is, but buying some different socks is an easy and inexpensive way to put a finishing touch on your look.
So to recap the lesson for today…
Black shoes….black socks
Brown shoes…Anything but black socks
Until next time…
Style is a choice, so make yours.
J.K. is a 20 something transplant to Cincinnati. He works for a national engineering firm and is a newcomer to the fashion blogging scene. Follow J.K.’s style for guys every other Wednesday and post questions on www.realitychicblog.com.