How To Combine Men’s Socks, Shoes & Pants – Compliments Guaranteed

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video, we discuss dress socks and
how you combine them with shoes and pants, so you’ll look dapper and stand out from the
crowd. After we filmed our in-depth dress sock guide
which by the way, you can get to here. People asked us “Well, how do I combine socks
with black pants and brown shoes?” You know, there are lots of basic rules out
there, and we’ll go through them and afterwards we’ll show you some advanced ways to pair
socks with shoes and trousers. Basic sock rule #1: Never wear white tennis
socks unless you’re at the gym or involved in any other kind of physical activity. No matter how casual, white socks are only
good with shorts and never with long pants or slacks. Basic sock rule #2: get a quality pair of
over the calf socks because they will stay up and not slide down and not expose your
hairy calves. If you’ve worn short socks all your life,
switching over to over the calf may seem like an alienating or daring task but once you’ve
worn them and earned your first compliment, trust me! You’ll want to wear them all the time. Basic sock rule #3: Match your socks to the
pants you wear, not to the shoes. Now, while that sounds like a very simple
rule, it’s easier said than done. Most men out there either have black, navy,
or charcoal socks. Unfortunately, that shade hardly ever exactly
matches your pants. For example, look at this brown spectator
shoes with brown socks and brown pants. Now, if you’re close in color to the pants
but they’re just in a different shad, and it looks terrible. For that reason, solid colored socks actually
pair best with patterned pants such as houndstooth or glen checks or stripes. If you wear a lot of solid pants, you can
still wear solid socks, just make sure to pick a color that is quite contrasting so
overall, it looks quite appealing. For example, look at this combination of khakis
with dark green socks and brown shoes, looks great, doesn’t it? Now that we got the basics of the shoe, sock,
and pant combinations covered, let’s talk about advanced ways to come up with different
styles. First, let’s talk about solid pants. Most men have them and the best kind of sock
to wear with them, in my opinion, is a two-tone sock like this. The advantage of having two colors is that
it basically creates a third in the middle and that’s even more like a gradient, so it
works with all kinds of blue pants, and navy pants, and it will always look good. My first pair of two-tone socks was one with
blue and red. I was simply stunned by the different combinations
that were available to me once I wore them. To show you the power and the versatility
of one single two-tone sock, let’s take a closer look at this charcoal and orange one
from Fort Belvedere. First of all, I can wear it with brown because
the third tone between charcoal and orange is a kind of brown. Here, I’m wearing them with suit slacks in
mid-brown with a split toe derby shoe, and I can also have them with spectators. Looks great, doesn’t it? Because the sock is charcoal, it works with
all kinds of gray, including charcoal or light gray because again, the gradient of orange
makes it work with all shades. In this picture, I’m wearing charcoal slacks
with black shoes; It’s a very business appropriate combination, and you could easily pull it
off at the office. Alternatively, you can take the same slacks
and the socks and pair them with an olive green pair of shoes for a more casual look
in a more relaxed office environment or on a Friday happy hour. See how the same pair of socks works with
khaki pants or off-white pants and spectators. It still looks good. Now, you can also pair them with black pants
or navy pants, and tan shoes just like here. That sock also works well with olive green
such as these green corduroys with a sand chukka boot or a brown monk strap. As you can see, this single pair of socks
is so versatile that it can be literally worn with 2/3 or more of your entire wardrobe. Now, let’s look at it the other way around. Let’s assume you have a navy pair of pants,
and you want to combine it with different socks to create a different look. The advantage is that you can have just one
or two quality suits to create different looking outfits. With socks, they’re much less expensive than
an entire suit. For example, you can combine blue and red
socks or burgundy and red which is a little more subdued with a combination of oxblood
shoes and navy pants. For a slightly different look, you can do
navy and yellow striped socks with black shoes, or olive green ones if you want. As you know, the mix of yellow and blue can
create this green and so, you can use an olive green shoe that works just fine even though
there’s no green in the sock or in the pants. If you are in a traditional office environment
and you want to be less bold, go with a navy and blue striped, shadow stripe sock because
it literally works with any kind of blue or navy. It’s different enough to be unique and stand
out in a very subtle way, but it’s perfectly office appropriate even in traditional white
collar environments. The blue and navy shadow striped socks from
Fort Belvedere work well with navy, brown, and black. For example, if you want to spice up the look
of your navy pants, you can go with red, or you can have blue and yellow, or maybe go
with light gray and light blue. For example, with a classic black Oxford,
it makes for an unusual business outfit. On the other hand, you can use the same pair
of socks and pants and pair them with a brown pair of double monks for a more contemporary
look. Or you can pair them with a derby shoe to
make for a very versatile travel outfit. Of course, you can also use a pair of bold
royal blue socks with a clock pattern to make a bold statement. Again, if you have enough contrast here, to
make it not boring and not too close. No matter what pants or shoes you have in
your wardrobe, having a range of different socks helps you to really create a number
of different outfits and it’s much less expensive than buying either shoes, suits, or pants. The opportunity of creating different outfits
just by changing your socks is endless. Please head over to our guide where we show
you a lot more combinations. All the socks you saw here are from Fort Belvedere;
I designed them. On top of working really well with solid pants,
those shadow stripe socks also work supremely well with patterned pants. The only time it doesn’t work is when you
have a striped suit that has about the same width as the socks because then it looks confusing. If you have a fine stripe, a white flannel
chalk stripe, a glen check, a houndstooth, tweed, or any other classic pattern, the shadow
stripe socks will work. Ideally, you pick one color that’s slightly
similar and one that’s contrasting. On top of that, you can also decide to match
your socks to a different accessory such as your pocket square, your boutonniere, or your
tie. For example, the blue and red socks would
work really well with the navy and red knit tie. Sometimes, people also pair their sock color
to the lining color of their suit which can also look quite stunning. Another advantage of two-tone socks is that
you can actually match the color mainly with the shoes rather than the pants. For example, look at this combination of burgundy
derby shoes with a burgundy and stone colored stripe shadow striped socks from Fort Belvedere
paired with khakis. Looks awesome, doesn’t it? Of course, the colors are not exactly the
same, but you have that third undertone that ties everything together. All these socks you saw here are from Fort
Belvedere, I designed them, I created the color combinations, and you can find them


  • Those olive shoes are simply beatiful.

  • The white sock looks great! Why the hate?

  • Really nice video. I like your jacket, shirt, and tie combo; looks great.

  • Great video! Keep it up!

  • Now i am lost

  • i like mustard yellow, awesome color

  • Excellent video.  Very helpful.

  • "looks great doesn't it" 2:14 well….

  • Another great video ! Thank you for showing us how to put class back into the traditional and modern classics of men's fashion. From the small details of socks to the whole lifestyle.

  • i have several different solid colored pants- what color socks work best with oxblood shoes?

  • crew socks are crap

  • Hi Raphael!
    I'm a big fan of your content and you have helped me a lot when it comes to upgradeing my style. But I wonder what can I match my wine red socks with? If you have any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it.
    Greetings from Sweden

  • dude those shoes at 3:55. Where can I get those?

  • Fantastic video. I learned a lot about sock combinations. Those two-tone orange and charcoal socks are stunning! First thing on the Christmas wishlist.

  • Sven, would you please make a video showing how to colour co-ordinate pocket squares with your outfit? I know that it's a bad idea to match to your tie, but there's very little info out there on what colours or patterns DO go well together.

  • Your production keeps getting better my friend.

  • Thanks as always, fabulous advice. M

  • I disagree that socks in a similar but not exact color to the pants don't look good. I think it creates a nice bit of contrast

  • Totally confusing.

  • The number of young Americans who only have/wear white socks genuinely concern me.

  • Digging those shoes! 👍👍👍

  • What's your opinion on the funky pattern socks? I just bought a set and hi get compliments all the time 😋

  • Hello Raphael,
    could you probably do a closet/shoe tour of what you own ?

  • Another great video Raphael ! I love your tie! What tie knot is that if I may ask?

  • All your shoes are so beautiful

  • What kind of starch is he using on that sock?! LOL

  • Very nice my friend, great combinations!

  • Thanks again for yet another great video! Question: who makes the spectator shoes featured herein?

  • Is that jacket flannel? I like it.

  • Do all your trouser have turn ups?

  • Great info and advice.
    What's up with your collar?

  • Great information in this video, thank you 🙂 Haven't been able to talk myself into ordering Fort Belvedere socks yet.. but eventually 🙂

  • Good tips but i think you should update the widh of your trousers. Not all skinny and stuff but just a little to get that modern look.

  • Raphael I'd love to hear about any particular brands you personally enjoy and especially if there are any upper market brands that you admire or wear yourself. I work in a luxury menswear retailer where we offer brands such as Canali, Brioni, Brunello Cuccinelli, Fratelli Rossetti, Etro and more and id love to hear what your thoughts are on the different brands at the top end the market.

  • Fort Belvedere socks are the ultimate in refined, subtle transition for continuity in foot wear! All I can say is WOW!

  • Please which brand are the oxford shoes 6:07 ?

  • I would like to add one exception: if you wear white trousers and white shoes you should wear white socks

  • Good vid although mostly very stripe socks. So many others choices.

  • Can I wear a rustbrown tweed waistcoat with black trousers? Or would you recommend another colour?

  • When comes to dress socks, just have fun with it and wear whatever color you want. I personally prefer the simple solid color as opposed to patterns in suits and dress clothes. I only follow the sock rule when wearing a full suit.

  • "How do I combine socks with black pants and brown shoes?" Is that a trick question? Because I thought you don't wear black pants with brown shoes?

  • How long do I have to wait before I wear the same outfit, suit/shoe/sock/tie combination? Do I need as many ties as I do socks? What is a standard outfit for each color suit that you can wear with out being tacky? Like say, you only had one pair of nice shoes and one suit, how many shirts/ties/socks would be good?

  • What is that pair of green shoes I love them

  • Love the shoes!

  • great video and info. awsome sock colors and combinations! I was impressed! I definitely subscribed to your channel!

  • Everyone man should wear long dress socks. Short socks are for children. Why? Because it is manly and elegant, and no one want to see the bare skin between the end of your trousers and the socks that's just vulgar!

  • Your shoe collection is incredible!

  • If there is a test at the end of this video, I'm gonna fail!!

  • I love this guy. He is so passionate about attire. Keep it up!!

  • Can I wear burgendy oxford with a darker gray suit?

  • Whats that tan shoe, looks like wicker.? With the green socks.

  • Do you recommend "Dapper Dan" hair pomade?

  • Man I really need to step up my sock game.

  • Raphael, at Stylecon, I actually noticed your socks. Great, by the way!!!

  • Don't wear white socks unless you're from Herzegovina.

  • Great advice if you want people to focus on your feet not your face.

  • This guy looks like a cereal killer, good vid though.

  • This video is an upper class troll job, don't be fooled by his confusing endless examples. There is a science behind which colours match, contrast and compliment each other.

  • Awesome videos thank you. Socks are a bit hard to combine I always refer back to this video

  • What the fuck did I just watch

  • That suit is amazing

  • I like a nice yellow and red stripe sock for a nice McDonald French fry box look.

  • For a Black oxford shoe and Khaki pants

    which socks will suit better ?

  • …undertones?! Mind blown

  • The colour mixes of your outfit is on point!!

  • Great video. Thanks for the advice. I like the texture in your background but the slight movement is a little distracting and makes you look like you're on a lazy susan.

  • Very informative, thank you.

  • you need some entry lvl socks , ppl like me get turned off if the 1st two socks on the catalog are 40 and 70 euros , 90% of ur viewers are not wearing suits and in order to enter this world u need to provide them with entry lvl stuff , i bet ur socks might be the best socks ive seen for a long time , but i also bet u can come up with a more economical line so to intrique ppl on how the upper side may feel , with 20 euros u can get a very nice blank cotton tshirt that makes for 2 pairs of socks , u gotta have something that will create a client list from ppl that came and gave little amount of money and stayed satisfied , get 4 save 60 may sound appealing to the returning customer that has bought 2 times off a sock and say " hell yeah im buyin 4 ! " or the one that has done all of the above and comes to the shop to get all the line as is , how many of these clients do u have ?

    your viewers are mostly young ppl that like street wear , they may not all of them are into streetfashion but most of them are young , you need to introduce them into this gradually , you need another line that will be lets say a bit more playfull , think of designing suits for infants but not the ones that wanna make them look like adults , thats the way that will get you more ppl into the store ,

    another good point is to get some help , where from ? from young guys , a 16yo and a 20yo co "reporters " ( i cant recall the word ) guests to talk about suit things , just by showing a picture like this will make an impact , young guys are overly driven of image and lets be honest , its hard for you to reach the youtube audience without some help

    im not " critising" i just wanna help by laying down my 2 scents

  • Sven, you're stylin' in all your videos but I've got to let you know that your combination of Jacket, Shirt, Tie, and Pocket Square arrangement for this video in particular is looking exquisitely on point. I'm looking to purchase a number of great ties from your online shop. Keep up the good work.

  • I have a chocolate brown suit. What socks should I wear?

  • If i dress like this in my neighborhood and some ones gonna try and beat me up and take my lunch money

  • what if all my pants are black?

  • I like men who care about what they wear

  • 3:30 holy crap those are great shoes.

  • Your suit is wonderful

  • That was one crispy sock

  • Is it good to use White socks with Dark half brogues shoes?

  • Amazing results with the socks.

  • Oh my. You really turned into a robot around 4:30. 😮 Good video though.

  • I was freaking out when he pulled up a giant outline of a sock xDDD

  • Colored over the calf sheer socks are my go to. I own over 20 pair. I get compliments all the time how colorful they are and how they match shirt or sock combo

  • At 3:30 are those Derby 3 row ?

  • I've watched a lot of this guy's vids. This is the first time I think he's nuts. He keeps saying, about different striped socks: don't they look stunning? Yes, if you're dressing as a clown for Halloween. I like clowns, seriously. But these socks—what can I say?
    I'm not gonna vote on this vid, but what the heck is he thinking?

  • You can only wear white socks if you are working out or if you are Michael Jackson.

  • when it comes to learning fashion you are always my best

  • Subscribed..😊

  • I have been having problems matching the color shades for pants and socks. This simple tip solved the problem and gave me endless possibilities. Keep up the good content. You are doing a great job.

  • I think I have a case of shoe envy LOL, thanks for all the tips 🙂 Cheers from Australia.

  • That is one starchy sock 😂

  • My wife counted my socks the other day. She stopped at 100 pairs, laughed and said I have a problem.

  • What shoes were you wearing at 2:11?

  • I am a 17 yo student and I enjoy dressing sharp in the high school. Obviously I don't wear suits there and I keep it kind of casual. What I want to say is that I love flashy pattern socks as a way to keep my outfits fun and young. I think it's kind of fun to be wearing Chinos, shirt and sweater and under that, as a little Easter egg, some funny socks. It works, I get a lot of compliments

  • Thank you very much for your videos. They're absolutely fantastic.

  • The only time White sports socks look good is with Sandals… ;-0

  • Hey, should I wear socks with fashionable holey (with holes ) shoe like sandals..should I wear.socks with that..ankel socks..
    Pls reply

  • 7:06 wow… classy combination…

  • holds a monster sock at 0:03

  • I've got black socks, shoes and pants 😗💀

  • That really socks.

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