The ideal length of dress socks should be up to just below the knee, as shown in the picture below.

However, these days very few manufacturers make these proper length socks. Nonetheless, I would recommend that your wardrobe should include a few pair of these socks for very formal occasions.  The common ones available in the market are shown below:

Please remember that the color of your socks must match the color of your trousers, unless your trousers are white. If your trousers are white, the color of the socks should match the color of your shoe.

Never wear white socks with formal wear—white socks are only for sports.

4 thoughts on “Socks

  1. I have often noticed men wearing black shoes with black socks. It makes them look like they’re wearing boots!! I am always conscious not to do that. The challenge, however, is if you are wearing black trousers and black shoes. What colour socks should one wear?

    1. The color of socks is normally determined by the color of your trousers. If you are wearing black trousers, you are expected to wear black socks and black shoes (many consider brown shoes with black trousers an odd combination). The reason you are required to match Trousers color is to offer a smooth look as well as to make you look slender and taller.
      Thanks for your comment.

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