Freddy’s Friday Fashion Faux Pas: Socks

FRED-JONESSo Scooby Doo’s owner Shaggy was never a snazzy dresser; unlike his fellow crime fighting sleuth Freddy Jones. Freddy has always been dapper. So he and his orange ascot are going to help give advice to men everywhere on what not to wear and maybe some ideas of what to wear.

The first topic that will be addressed is socks. Socks seems like such a trivial thing until you look down at someone wearing shorts and sandals with a pair of white ankle socks. The horror of that site is scarier than any monster that Mystery Incorporated ever encountered. Freddy’s suggestion for socks with shorts is to avoid them all together. That’s right. If you’re wearing sandals, don’t wear socks. If you’re wearing boat style shoes (aka Sperrys, Sanuks or *shudder* Crocs) don’t wear socks. It is a common mistake to wear socks with shorts but it should be a punishable crime to break this fashion faux pas. If you’re wearing tall socks with shorts, this even more distracts passers by from the attractive outfit that you have created. If you are wearing sneakers or tennis shoes, then wear a non visible or short ankle sock that won’t be visible over your sneakers. I can’t believe that I have to say this but try to match your socks to your shoes. If you are wearing black shoes with a black inner ; wear black socks. DO NOT wear a 4 year old pair of dirty white socks with a nice black pair of tennis shoes. And please, I repeat for the love of God and country; do not wear sandals with socks.

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Freddy has a really simple answer for when you should wear white socks: Unless they’re white socks.jpgcovered up by boots, then they shouldn’t be visible. If your dress pants are hemmed properly, then when you sit down two inches of your socks should be visible from underneath your cuff. If you are wearing a pair of white athletic socks, then this would show. That’s extremely tacky. The socks that you wear with your suit or dress slacks should match your slacks; not your shoes (IE if you’re wearing brown shoes with a blue suit, then you should wear blue socks…not brown).

Just remember that your socks are part of the total package. Take pride in yourself and take pride in your appearance. You can even go with some socks with patterns or various colors to bring some flashiness into your wardrobe. Just make sure that it matches.

So, Freddy is off to pick up Daphne and I’m off to bed. I hope that Freddy has helped solve this mystery of this tricky and sometimes unresolved part of your wardrobe.





  1. Hi, this is an old post, but imho worth commenting, apparently light, well no, actually light, but not trivial, as fashion can be a form of art.
    To this year I almost never wore socks with shorts, knowing it was a faux pas or a “no no”, except sometimes as there are always exception. It made sense as generally if socks are needed why wear shorts in first place, even more so for sandals!
    With shorts my footwar was mainly buckle strap sandals and sometimes low cut loafers, which are one of the shoes that I wear with dressy or semi formal as well, though bordering smart casual.
    The sandals are also relatively smart and at least presentable almost everywhere, like not excessively casual or flip flops.
    While it’s true generally that If the shoe is heavy enough to need socks they are not a summer shoes and the right one for shorts, in theory, but they can be stylish, thoes include some sneakers, ankle boots, so they are among the shoes I wear socks with even in shorts, now, but they hide them much better than light shoes though.
    At the end being male shouldn’t limit our fashion so much.
    About the socks matching, you mention before matching the shoes, you mean it’s different with dressy outfits (often suits yeah) should match the slacks instead?
    I thought darker brown socks with brown shoes.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and for your opinion. As stated in this entry, I support wearing socks with appropriate footwear. I am far from a fashion authority, but I think it is more aesthetically pleasing when you cannot see the sock protruding from the top of the shoe. Wear low-cut/ankle socks with sneakers or boot-socks with boots is perfectly acceptable. On top of that, knowing the germs that grow inside of shoes when we do not wear socks, makes it even more important.


      1. Thanks to you for your feedback!
        Yeah, if I get it it’s best to wear them with pants as they cover the top of the socks, so it doesn’t look like they just stick out of the shoes as they do with shorts.
        Yeah for sneakers and sporty shoes low cut socks which are invisible or barely visible out of shoes, for ankle boots normal ankle socks or crews a bit folded depending on the boot leg, as no one sees the folding anyway if below the boot leg (:.
        Yeah socks are necessary for such shoes, while probably not as much necessary for light footwear like sandals and low cut loafers, which can be worn sockless with the adequate regular hygiene.
        How do you see lower cut neck shirts?

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  2. I was writing another reply to share other thoughts but didn’t have time.
    Sorry if too many points.
    I meant the “rocker shirt” in a way, with a round lower cut or a round v like cut and black. Which is often paired with open blazer and leather jackets and of course boots.

    So, about socks, I’m curious as you suggest first to match the shoes, then the pants?
    How do you see a darker shade of the shoe color with variation on that color, i.e. brown shoes paired with darker brown, dark burgundy, violet, carminium. With black shoes, black for sure, but as darker colors are impossible I see well dark navy there or maybe matching the pants.
    With light grey pants I dare white socks.
    Of course I wear white with sneakers, sometimes matching the laces and the sole, when it’s white, which it frequently is.

    For the first sandal pic, the things I notice looking “off” on top of socks, it’s the color pairing, also he’s wearing pants, then kind which hem bulges on sandals.
    With shorts and without socks it would look much better, of course ^_^.
    But I think socks with sandals can look not bad while not for all tastes when it’s a conscious style choice, also if its black socks on black straps it can really look like a particularly light boot. As mentioned I pair the shoe as well, but it’s like it interrupts the flow covering the very end of the leg, but that’s just me.
    Yeah it’s “offensive” in a way and blaspheme, but like for satire that might be delivered more or less cleverly and tastefully, yet shocking!

    Shorts take focus off the foot making it just a part of the entire leg in a continuum, which is more flattering and expected with sandals.

    It’s trickier for men than women to pair them stylishly with pants and make it work, for some reasons, but not impossible, pants can be reasonably cropped or well hemmed at the ankle and if cropped, a bit flowy and wide legged but not exacerately of course.

    Back to shirts, how do you see button down with shorts, gotta say I sometimes do that, I love t shirts but button down more, as they are really versatile while still light for summer.

    I browsed other parts of the blog in the meanwhile btw, interesting.


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