With thousands of available colors, designs, patterns, materials, and lengths, choosing a pair of socks to wear with an outfit can be overwhelming. We will be focusing on the potentially simplest category for these clothing articles: sock length.
The most common and most flexible of all socks is the crew socks. Aside from the crew socks, other common lengths of socks are the no-shows, ankle socks, and the quarter-length socks. These can all be worn in different activities or occasions. Confused about when to wear these socks? Fret not. In this article, we will be discussing when it is appropriate to wear each sock length.
No-show socks, also called slip-on socks, are usually worn when going for a sockless look. These are commonly worn with loafers or boat shoes especially during the summer when you want to be as comfortable as possible in the heat. Just a tip when buying socks of this length: make sure that you get a pair with good silicone grips and buy the correct size for your feet so that you can enjoy the comfort that socks bring without it slipping off.
Rising up to the ankle area when completely pulled up, ankle socks are a good sock length when it comes to sporting activities. Good-fitting and well-cushioned ankle socks provide support for the feet and ankle. They also allow your calf area to breathe during rigorous activities. That’s why these are the perfect ones to wear with athletic shoes. Additionally, with the right color-coordination and outfit style, ankle socks can be worn with casual shoes like loafers as well.
This sock length is a hybrid between the ankle socks and the crew socks, reaching slightly below the calf when completely pulled up. It may seem that this sock length is unnecessary, but there are certain outfits that require it, such as outfits that include mid-cut shoes. Mid-cut shoes commonly reach the ankles and will cause chafing if shorter socks like the ankles or no-shows are worn. Quarter-lengths ensure sufficient covering and a small portion of the socks is exposed, presenting an opportunity to wear designed or colorful socks.
The most popular sock length on the market, crew socks are longer than the quarter length socks. When it comes to use, crew socks are considered the most flexible as well. Crew socks reach up to the upper calf when completely pulled up. This is most likely the top reason that makes them popular. They can be worn on any occasion—from athletic activities up to formal occasions such as weddings. With sufficient length to cover the ankles, they can be worn when engaging in sports. Plus, with numerous designs, colors and patterns available for this sock length, they can be good additions of color or splash to your usual outfits or even formal outfits. Just a tip when wearing designed crew socks: they are not appropriate when attending somber occasions or serious events such as funerals or serious business meetings.
Starting with your sock collection may be overwhelming because of the available choices, but starting with the simplest category will give you a good start. Having at least a pair of each of these sock lengths will ensure that you have enough good options for any event or occasion.