A Gentleman's Guide to Socks
A Gentleman’s Guide to Socks
The term "gentleman" has been with us for quite some time.
In fact, during the Middle Ages, it was used to widely describe a man stemming from a good family.
However, in our humble opinion, a gentleman is not a title you gain by being born into the right family.
It is something you earn by behaving and carrying yourself in a certain way.
If I asked you to picture a Gentleman, you would likely think of something like this:
A lot has changed since then. The top hat, the cane, and the pocket watch have all about disappeared.
Expect, of course, for the last stronghold of this dying breed, the hipsters.
PS: No hate towards the hipsters out there, we love you.
Today’s gentleman is a more simple - but nonetheless refined - version of our cane-wielding forefathers.
They’ve become increasingly difficult to sort out from the crowd, and they often show up when you least expect them.
We all know the characteristics of a true gentleman.
He's charming, elegant, polite, and well-spoken.
But it’s not just the way he acts.
It’s also how he appears to the outside world. How he carries himself.
Yep, we’re referring to his appearance.
We’re not shallow, but we’d like to think that today’s gentleman is someone who not only knows how to behave himself but also knows how to dress.
At SOLOSOCKS we love all fashion, but given the nature of our business, we’re especially in love with socks.
Unfortunately, socks are an often overlooked part of an outfit, but studies show that 87% of women prefer men who practice proper sock-etiquette, compared to their less fashionable counterparts.
Despite those numbers being completely false (since I just made them up), there’s still a rationale behind learning how to dress properly.
The human brain is an amazing machine.
It analyzes the people we meet in a matter of seconds, and it’s often difficult to turn someone’s first impression of you around.
In other words, you want to make a good impression up front.
Take one of our best-sellers Gahry for example:
What do you see?
Duh? A pair of socks in shades of red (of the highest organic quality, of course).
You’re not wrong, but also not entirely right.
You see it?
Don’t worry if it still hasn’t sunk in, I’m here to help!
I see a bold, confident and elegant individual.
I see someone who knows that magic is often found in the details.
I see someone who’s not afraid of standing out, even if it’s just a few visible centimeters at the end of his pants.
I see a gentleman.
And in case you didn’t know. Women love gentlemen.
Don’t believe me?
Okay, maybe they were just into the socks…
But hey - that’s still better than nothing!
All right, enough chit-chat for today. Let’s dive into the topic at hand.
Read on and learn how to step up your sock game. Once and for all.
A Gentleman Knows How to Accessorize
Adaptability - the ability to adapt and mix and match your outfits to the occasion at hand - has long been one of the cornerstones in fashion.
Some of the biggest fashion disasters, however, happen when you simply try too much.
Unsure of what’s too much?
Well, one might argue that this guy has crossed the line just a smidge (despite us loving his decision of being bold in choice of color!)
The magic of accessories, however, lies in modesty.
Small, subtle details that stand out in your outfit.
And here’s how socks come in handy.
Socks are incredible accessories, as they can take any outfit out of the “boriiiiiiing zone” and into the “gentleman sphere”.
Take, for example, this fine-looking gentleman.
He’s strolling down the street, likely on his way home from work.
Maybe he’s been in client meetings all day, so he chose to keep his outfit professional.
But this hasn’t stopped him from giving his outfit a personal touch.
By adding a pair of stylish socks he managed to stand out in his otherwise usual business wear.
And when he crosses his legs during that final meeting of the day, the client likely notices this small - but significant - detail in his outfit.
And you know what, he probably even closed that client just because of it!
Okay, maybe that last thing was a bit of a stretch, but I hope you catch my drift?
While socks aren’t necessarily the first thing people notice, they will eventually notice them.
And when they do, you better make sure they are clean, crisp, and nice-looking, just like the Wegner Socks the aforementioned gentleman was wearing that very day.
Anyways, here are three rules to remember when accessorizing:
Three Rules For Accessorizing Socks
- Less is More: In Scandinavia, we are known for our clean designs, functionality, and minimalistic fashion. We don’t like to be too much “out there”, but we also appreciate the effect of elegant details and subtle personal touches. If you’re going for a pair of really bold personal socks, like our popular Bunting Socks, don’t go overboard with the rest of your outfit. In short: KISS (keep it simple stupid).
Matching Patterns: Nothing is more noteworthy than when your socks match something else in your outfit. This could either be in terms of colors or patterns. It shows that you’ve done your homework. However, if you mismatch patterns (e.g. wearing a checkered pair of socks and a striped suit) will have you looking like a clown. Sorry, but it’s the truth. Again, keep it simple stupid (sorry again…).
Read the Crowd: Even though you should never dress according to what other people are thinking, it’s never a bad idea to think ahead. Who are you going to see? Is it a formal or casual setting? Dress accordingly and match your socks to fit in, while still standing out. An example could be our Holscher Socks.
With that said, fashion is a very personal thing, so don’t be afraid to try some different things out!
Find your own personal style and see what works for you.
A Gentleman Appreciate Style, Even When Alone
Have you ever noticed how James Bond always looks on point no matter what he’s up to?
Whether outgambling a foe in an exclusive casino, saving a dame from certain death, or lounging at home waiting for his next mission, he always manage to look incredible.
And yes, Daniel Craig (or Pierce Brosnan if you’re older than me) is genetically blessed, has a makeup crew following him around, and gets the finest tailored clothing.
But the truth is that he - James Bond - actively chooses to never settle.
Mr. Bond - or any gentleman for that matter - doesn’t have “off-days”.
And even if he does take a day off (to go swimming, mountain climbing, cliff diving, or what else he spends his off-days on) he does so with style.
He appreciates style because of the feeling it gives him.
It makes him feel empowered, confident, and certain.
And while I’m nowhere near James Bond in terms of style, I couldn’t agree more.
So, next time you find yourself home alone in your dirty old socks, try to step up your game a bit.
Put on a pair of high-quality, fresh socks that match your mood and surroundings, like our popular Van Dyke Socks.
A Gentleman Travels in Style
When you travel you don’t care about style.
You want to feel comfortable.
And so, it’s always easier to simply throw on some dirty old sweats, white tennis socks, and some flip flops.
But what if I told you that you could travel in style, while still being comfortable?
Instead of your old grey sweatpants, go for some comfortable and stretchy jeans.
Instead of your white tennis socks - which, by the way, has probably seen too many seasons - go for some stylish and comfortable socks, like our Holscher Socks.
And for the flip flops: these should really only be worn at the beach.
Simple as that.
We love fashion, but we also know comfortability is crucial.
That’s why all our socks are made of the finest organic combed cotton available.
Only the best is good enough for your feet and our planet.
What is SOLOSOCKS?
Glad you asked!
It’s quite simple (ps: if videos are more your thing, check out this video).
Our SOLOSOCKS packs contain 7 different socks.
They are all different, but they match.
That way, you can mix and match all 7 socks - just as you want.
The packaging can also be folded into a storage box for the socks and keep your socks organized.
And did I mention that we donate one pair of socks to the homeless for every pair you purchase?
Pretty neat if you ask me.