Let’s face it–there are a lot of different types of socks out there. There are socks that go with loafers and socks that go with sneakers. There are funny knee high socks you can wear on the weekend and novelty socks you can wear to the office when you want to display some low-key rebellion. (Well, unless you work here. In which case, bring on all the crazy socks.) We haven’t even touched upon the many different sock lengths or the various fibers used to make socks.
Needless to say, choosing the right socks to match your activity, setting or mood can seem like a daunting task. But fear not! We sock fairies are here to help you figure out which pairs you need to ace your look. Read on to learn about the different types of socks and when to wear them.
The 7 Types of Socks and How to Wear Them
1. No-Show Socks
As much as we love to show off our personality with novelty socks, we also understand that there are times when you might not want your socks to show. For instance, maybe you want to wear ballet flats, a trendy pair of sneakers or stylish loafers without anyone being distracted by your adorable, corgi-theme socks. Fair enough!
If you want your shoes to steal the spotlight, just reach for a pair of no-show ankle socks that hit below the ankle. Women can wear no-show socks in both casual and business settings (with dressy flats, usually), whereas men typically only wear them for informal occasions. If you’ve seen a man that looks like he is going sockless with his suit, he is likely wearing no-show socks.
2. Ankle Socks
Also known as mini-crew socks, ankle socks hit an inch or so above the ankle. This type of sock is commonly worn for athletic activities such as tennis or running, which is why sports brands often make them with performance fabrics that wick away moisture.
Ankles socks can be worn for everyday occasions and athletic activities alike. Don’t consider yourself a sporty type? Don’t sweat it — literally. If you’re just going about your day, consider jazzing up your look with fun ankle socks for women that will brighten your day. Choose a pattern to suit your mood and wear them with your favorite pair of kicks or booties to put a little pep in your step!
3. Crew Length Socks
If there is one type of sock that everyone should have in their closet, it’s the crew sock. This classic sock style hits just below the middle of the calf. It also happens to be one of the most popular types of socks, especially ever since it had a major fashion debut a couple of years back. We sell more crew socks every year than all other types combined, by a long shot.
Crew socks come in a variety of sub-styles that make them suitable for any occasion. For instance, crew length dress socks are the best choice for everyday office wear or interviews. If you’re going on a hike, you’d want a thicker crew sock made with moisture-wicking fabrics. No matter what your activity, there’s a crew sock out there to suit your every need!
4. Mid-Calf Length Socks
Mid-calf length socks hit the middle of the calf and are sometimes advertised as “trouser socks” for men and women. This type of sock style is made to keep your feet nice and warm inside boots, sneakers and loafers while giving your outfit a dressier appearance.
Mid-calf length socks are considered a more formal sock length, and they were more popular in years past. However, they now come in a variety of patterns and fabrics to suit all different seasons and occasions. Wool is a popular sock fabric for the winter months, while thinner fabrics are ideal for summer and daily office attire.
5. Knee High Socks
Knee high socks are a popular sock style with women because they’re warm AND cute. This sock style hits right at the knee and is perfect for wearing with tall boots or a chic skirt or shorts.
Of course, guys can get in on the knee high socks game, too. Both men and women wear this sock style for sporting activities such as soccer or lacrosse. Others enjoy wearing funny knee high socks to express their silly side and to get a few laughs from their friends in the process. At a tall length, knee highs can really work as a major statement accessory that helps you express yourself.
6. Over-the-Knee Socks
Over-the-knee socks are another popular sock style that is commonly worn with boots. In the fall or winter, a pair of wool or knit over-the-knee socks looks ridiculously cute with most boot styles and is sure to keep your feet warm. While they’re typically reserved for colder months, die-hard sock lovers will wear statement over-the-knee socks year-round with shorts and skirts.
7. Thigh High Socks
Last, but certainly not least, there are thigh high socks. Super fun and fashionable, these tall socks extend all the way up the thigh and may have some tight elastic to keep them from falling down. The thigh high socks market is pretty much cornered by women. There is just something feminine and flirty about this flattering sock style. Want to wear bold thigh high socks? Be sure to keep the rest of your outfit simple and let your socks do all the talking!
Feed Your Sock Obsession
Socks do way more than just keep your feet warm. They’re also a fashion accessory and a way to express your amazing personality. If you’re ready to expand your sock collection, check out The Sock Drawer and find your new favorite pair of crazy socks today!