The Power Sock
Because they are usually hidden under a nice pair of slacks or jeans, socks are sometimes something of an afterthought when it comes to fashion. Fortunately, times are changing and bold, interesting socks are becoming a man’s statement piece. According to Romualdo’s Trevor Furbay, a long time retailer of VK Nagrani socks, “it all started with a few guys collecting fun socks” and now it seems that all kinds of men “are spicing up their looks.”
The bold look of an interesting pair of socks with an otherwise normal outfit cannot be understated. They add a huge sense of your personality to your suit, letting you stand out from anyone else in the room with just a peek under your pant cuff. The great thing is that there are almost no rules when it comes to your bold sock fashion choices. Almost.
When you are coordinating your socks, it is important to make sure that the dressiness of the sock is consistent with the dressiness of the outfit. You don’t want to be at the gym in argyle dress socks or at a meeting with the board of directors wearing athletic socks.
A note about color matching: if you’re going to match your socks to a piece of your clothing, make sure it’s anything but your shoes (unless, of course, your shoes match your pants). Matching your socks to your shoes sometimes has a tendency to make it seem like you have a boot on, which simply looks awkward whereas matching your socks to your tie or coat makes your outfit look like some deliberate planning has been done. Match your socks to your mood. Overly coordinated looks are for children.
There is a wealth of materials and material combinations that your socks can be made of, and each one of them has different advantages and disadvantages. Paying attention to these differences is imperative if you’re trying to coordinate your socks to your activities, instead of just slipping some on haphazardly.
Wool socks are usually very high quality but fairly bulky. They’re extremely durable and moisture absorbent, and they also insulate the feet so that they are cool in the summertime and warm in the wintertime. They’re not necessarily going to be the quality you want for your boardroom meeting. Rather, they’ll be the ones to call on if you find yourself wanting to go on a hike.
Cotton is the general go-to material for socks. They’re durable, inexpensive, and not fussy when it comes to maintenance, and reasonably insulating. These are the perfect socks to go to in most situations and for most reasons, which is good because you’ll find that most of the socks you take a look at are made, at least partially, from cotton.
Cashmere socks are going to be some of the most luxurious socks you can get. Because of how they have to be made and how the material has to be harvested, the socks can get a little pricey. But, once you put them on, you’ll understand exactly why people put so much time and effort into making cashmere clothing. For the most part, cashmere is going to be the warmest and softest material you’ll be able to get for socks. If you’re able to, make sure that the socks are also made with another material for extra durability. And if you happen to buy some cashmere socks, make sure to follow the washing instructions perfectly. The material is as finicky with washing as it is luxurious.
Buying a pair of socks that fit can be somewhat daunting, especially if you’re just diving into the world of caring about your socks. You don’t want the heel of your sock sticking embarrassingly out of the back of your shoe because the foot length is too big, but you also don’t want the calf to be too tight and cut off your circulation or, in the case of mid-calf socks, start rolling down midway through the day.
There is a bad side and a good side to getting a perfectly fit sock. First, the bad side: like shoe manufacturers, it seems that many sock manufacturers have different sizes for different feet, so it’s best to ask how to figure it out for your personal foot size. VK Nagrani has an advantage in this area since the socks are made in house, and we know the sizes well.
Now the good news: oftentimes, when you’re buying a high-quality sock, you’ll find that the fabric adjusts to you over time, just like a fitted and tailored pair of jeans. So, even if they start a little off, you’ll find that the sock begins to fit snug and conforms and, in the end, feels even better than it did when you bought it.