The Trouser, Socks & Shoes

Trouser, socks and to sort it all out?

Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that can cause you the most frustration. For you, fabulous men, it might be your new tie that just can’t be knotted at the right length or that button on your cuff that just won’t button. No worries. We all have occasions when a molehill becomes a mountain. 

When considering shoes, socks and trousers – and what colour goes with which, it can be teadious to know figure out how to wear your new olive chinos with a blue Oxford shirt. What shoes to wear? What socks work better?

The Sock Situation
Here is a simple guide(from a woman's perspective) on how to combine your trousers, socks and shoes for those occasions where you need to appear a bit more refined and put together – be it during business hours, at a formal event or meeting the parents. Hopefully this will help you.

Firstly, let’s clear up this part of the problem. The general rule you should stick to here is to make sure your socks are the same shade or darker than your trousers

For example, blue trousers = navy socks and mid grey trousers = charcoal socks.
However, as with any truly scientific law, there is an exception – and it comes in the form of brown
Within the spectrum of brown including beige, tans and khakis, just to be clear. In this situation, ensure your socks are a shade darker than your shoes. I generally find that this approach also works when you are wearing olive or burgundy trousers.

What about a suit trouser with stripes or checks? Simple: pull out the colour of the less dominant stripe. For example, a navy trouser with a grey check calls for some grey socks to highlight the pattern.

What about a stripe or patterned sock? Firstly, make sure it’s not too in your face. Secondly, use the dominant colour of the pattern as your base. So a navy sock with thin white stripes is going to be paired with your blue trousers.

The Trouser/Shoe Equation
Now for the real deal. Unless you enjoy no break in your trousers or cuff them a lot, the only time people will see your socks is when you sit down – whereas your trousers and shoes are on display all the time. So obviously, there’s slightly more to consider here.
I think the simplest way to break it down is by knowing what shoes go with the trousers you’re planning to wear, rather than the other way around. 

  • Blue trousers = brown/black shoes.
  • Grey trousers = brown/black shoes.
  • Brown trousers = brown shoes.
  • Black trousers = black shoes.

Of course, there are always going to be a few curveballs. For example, what about the aforementioned olive trousers? Well, personally, I'd say stick to brown, especially a darker shade, but I think black can work too, along with another lesser used colour: burgundy. I find it to be the shoe that can go with just about any colour of trouser and sock. Perhaps that’s just me. Plus, if you are looking for the unique but classy shoes, the cool leather burgundy shoe will emphasize your personality.

So there you have it! All there is to know about pairing your trousers with your socks or shoes, and all that’s in between. Your loved ones, friends, boss and colleagues will appreciate the attention to detail. PS. I leave you with this visual guide you can save and print ;-).

Tell me what you think? Did I get it all terribly wrong? How do you normally solve this problem? Let me know.

Stay fabulous!
Jackie M.
Jewelry designer and fashion stylist at Roxie&Loulou


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