Friday 05 October, 2012

Rwanda : Know the rules of wearing socks

Know the rules

Sock is a garment for the foot and lower part of the leg, typically knitted from wool, cotton, or nylon. They are worn by males of all age groups and even some women depending on the type of shoes.

In Rwanda, though sock is not much talked about in fashion, they are a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Men’s shoes are designed in a way that one cannot step out in them without a pair of sock.

More often, some men match socks with the color of the shirt while others just wear socks. However, like any other form of clothing or an accessory, there are dos and don’ts of sock etiquette.

While sock rules are not numerous, there are a surprising number of people out there breaking them every day. Too many men are spoiling perfectly reasonable outfits by wearing the wrong kinds of socks.


While there aren’t a ton of sock rules to follow, there are actually a few that are key to making sure you’re able to pull off your otherwise carefully put together ensembles.


Certain socks are only for particular occasions for example, and certain colors of socks should only be worn with specific outfits. To make sure you’re not sabotaging your style, have a glance at these sock rules and make an effort to rectify any deviant sock tendencies you may have.

White socks are only for sports

Probably, one of the most violated rules of fashion is wearing white socks outside of sporting activities. White socks are fine and actually look better than black socks, if you are playing sports outdoors, going to the gym or for a run.


So keep your white socks close to your workout clothes and well away from your dress-up wardrobe. Black socks should even be worn with jeans.

Dress shoes require dress socks

Color matching is not enough if you are going to wear dress shoes. Dress shoes go with dress socks not athlete socks which are often bulkier than dress socks since they’re usually made of heavier cotton or other materials.


Dress socks will be easier to slip in to your shoes and the finer, thinner material will mean that any attention focused on your foot area will remain centered on your shoes instead of your socks.

Match your socks with your pants, not your shoes

When wearing casual pants, apart from jeans, the color of your socks should be dictated by the color of your pants and not by the shade of your shoes. Black pants should obviously go with black socks, and brown pants with brown socks. The same goes for blue and gray pants.



The reason it’s important to match socks with your pants is that when you have to take your shoes off or sit down and your socks are exposed, socks that coordinate with your pants make your outfit appear more fluid. On the other hand, socks that don’t match your pants will break up an otherwise awesome ensemble.

Don’t roll or fold socks

Know the rules

Aside from looking like you’re stuck in the worst part of the ’80s, rolling your socks down around your ankles looks downright sloppy. Folding your socks looks slightly neater than rolling them, but it’s still strange because it makes your ankles appear bulky, especially when you wear slim-cut pants. Just wear your socks pulled straight up, since doing so will create a lean, coherent silhouette with even the most narrow-leg pants.

Replenish socks often

Buy new socks at least once every six months to a year. You probably don’t need to buy an entire new collection of socks, but you should buy at least three new pairs. Socks go through a lot of wear and tear, and since they are often not made from the best-quality cotton, they easily get holes.


In addition, socks that are worn out, have holes or are seriously faded can devastate outfits, so have a great sense of style.

Avoid socks with shorts

Another common stock mistake is wearing socks with shorts. This is committing fashion error but if you do, make sure your socks are folded to the ankles or rolled down.


However, rolling and folding socks also violates the rules of proper sock etiquette and make your legs appear shorter and stockier.


Since you don’t want to go around wearing shoes without socks, invest in a few pairs of ankle socks that are not overly visible when you wear them with your sneakers. And for the record, avoid wearing socks with sandals.




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