Men's dress socks

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    For the guys who wear dress socks to work, does anyone have recommendations on a good brand? I know this may sound like a stupid/little thing, but most dress socks I find very unsatisfactory mainly because either:

    - They won't stay up on your leg after a few wearings/washings (lose their elasticity), or
    - They are way too long... nearly up to the knee. This feels suffocating to me and gets uncomfortable through the day.

    So I'm just looking for something moderately high (high enough to not show any skin including when you're sitting) and something that will keep its elasticity over time.

    A selection of (conservative) patterns would be nice (like plaid, argyle, etc.).

    Any suggestions.
     
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Please list the brands you consider unsatisfactory, to avoid pointless recommendations.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I don't wear suits for work anymore but I ditched dress socks for black and blue crew socks. Way more comfortable and they stay up.
     
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  5. Meister Suspended

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    I wear black dress socks. I buy whatever is cheapest (~1€ a pair) and they never come down.
    I get holes quick though. Never get expensive brand socks! Complete waste of $$$.
     
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    Haven't had issues with Calvin Klein or Ralph Lauren socks.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I wear white athletic socks and sneakers with my suit. Of course the only time I wear a suit these days is for some sort of social outing. At my age, I figured I have the right to wear what ever I want and I hate wearing dress shoes :)
     
  11. obeygiant macrumors 68040

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    The white socks are also a good look with sandals or Birkenstocks.
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    I've threatened to do out in sandals and socks and my wife nearly has a coronary :p

    I don't wear socks with my sandals but its good to push her buttons.
     
  13. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Yes this is my strategy and experience too. Just go for some cheap at a comfortable thickness.
     
  14. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i loath dress socks. Much prefer to wear my under armor heat gear no show socks when i'm forced to wear khakis, if a suite then yeah. I normally wear gold toe though
     
  15. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    After looking at most the answers to this thread, all I have to ask is: do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensembly challenged"?
     
  16. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    What's it to you what someone else wears?
     
  17. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    With very few exceptions (and I mean very few) a gentleman should be wearing socks with a suit, or indeed any dress clothes.

    The rule of thumb (or calf) is that a gentleman should never expose leg skin when wearing dress pants. Nobody wants to see your dead-white hairy shins when you sit down to dinner. Nobody wants to see your bronzed, smooth, tautly-muscled shins either. No shins outside the basketball court or swimming pool. Got that?

    Upholding this rule can be tricky if you don't like the feel of full-length, knee high socks. Ditto for the rule of not liking socks that tend to slide down. A glance at the anatomy of the normal human lower leg will tell you why.

    With the forgoing in mind here are my suggestions:

    1) Match the color of your socks to your suit/trousers. And you usually can't go wrong with black.

    2) Buy good quality ankle-dress length socks. Wool is better than cotton, which is better than nylon/poly. Gold-Toe is a reasonably-priced good quality brand. Buy silk blends if you are wealthy and/or really want to make a splash.

    3) Socks last longer if you cut your toenails regularly. Every week to ten days at the minimum. Don't walk about on hard floors wearing socks. And wash them properly: A knit cycle, warm water, mild-detergent. Air dry if possible - light cycle in the dryer otherwise.

    4) Once you find a brand/cut that you like: But at least a week's worth (ie. five pairs) identical. This makes pairing them up after drying much easier.

    5) Throw away any sock showing signs of age or distress. Holes in the toe or heels won't get any better. And once elastic starts to sag its time to replace. Next to stained or torn underwear, shabby-looking socks make you look like a sad man. Unappealing to any potential (or extant) romantic partner. (Its rarely worth the time or effort to darn or otherwise attempt to repair socks. Although at one time people actually did.)

    A good pair of socks ought to last at least a year. And a five-pack of a good brand can be purchased for less than $30. Sixty cents a week seems like a very low price indeed to pay for a worry-free sock experience.
     
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    You're married? :eek: jk :)
     
  19. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Socks with sandals is the only 100% effective contraceptive.
     
  20. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Honestly, I've bought tons of brands, high and low end. The only difference is that the cheap stuff tends to not last as long and wear out easily, I've also had issues during long meetings of the cheap black socks filling themselves with sweat, and feeling mushy, and turning darker once I take my shoes off, even the washing machine can't fix that.

    Go mid to high range price wise, your feet will thank you.
     
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    I cut my toenails very regularly, but my socks never last a year.
    I can wear them about 5 to 10 times before they are done.

    I've worn birkenstocks and white socks to life changing meetings successfully.
     
  22. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Don't wear men's dress socks anymore :)

    Don't need them with a pair of these:
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  23. jca24 macrumors 6502a

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    Socks with sandals is just wrong, wrong!!

    I like to push my wife's button...at night, ;)and the other ones during the day :eek:

    Polo and gold toe have served me well though the years.
     
  24. Southern Dad macrumors 65816

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    I second the vote for Gold Toe. I've never had the elastic wear out prior to getting a hole. Bigger problem is the sock monster in the dryer.
     

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