Even in the trash fire that has been the year of our lord 2017, the strict restrictions of corporate attire leave even the most stylish men with few options to express themselves. A favorite tie. A bold pocket square. Eye-catching dress socks. Signature sartorial cues can still make a lasting impact, and a good first impression in a sea of suits.
We’re going to focus on the best dress socks today because as innocuous as an accessory they may seem, people will take notice of and remember if you take care to either match or decidedly clash with your handsome but otherwise run-of-the-mill navy, grey or black corporate uniform.
Fun dress socks can be the calling card of the distinguished professional. Like Bateman with his business cards you can get heated over the nuances and subtle detailing of your statement – a herringbone print or dots – or show off that you’re the wild card of the trading desk with bright, bombastic colors and nautical prints.
Because we want to make life easier for you, here are some of the best dress socks on Amazon that can be on their merry way to your home, office or parents’ basement through the glory of one-click ordering.
Polka dot patterns are fairly innocuous – they’re about the equivalent of wearing that blue gingham shirt everyone is sporting under a navy blazer to show off that they’re the “fun” one at the office happy hour.
In short, you can wear these even to the most elevated of meetings and no one will bat an eye. But you’ll still (slightly) stand out from the white collar crowd.
A neutral, wintry mix of patterns and colors is a good option to have in your dress sock arsenal. Flashing a bit of ankle with these guys is anything but risqué, and they’re handsome to boot.
Mix things up with heathered sock options that won’t throw a wrench in your outfit but are still anything but totally basic.
It never hurts to have a pack of black socks armed and at the ready, especially when where’s a dotted, striped and argyle pair thrown in there for good nature.
They’re part of the Amazon Essentials collection for a reason – this is one order you don’t have to think about twice.
Bright, bold and daring – the calling card of a bro who’s willing to lay it all out on the table when you’ve got these bad boys peeking out from underneath your dress pants. Break these bad boys out from hump day on, when the siren call of happy hour beckons even the most tepid of employees.
Plus, your intern will be impressed.
Not everything in life has to be balls-to-the-wall ambitious, and these black socks are the pairs you need when you **should** be the sophisticated professional with a no-nonsense attitude.
They may not scream ‘yacht rock’ but they’re definitely necessary – and the guy that can afford said yacht already owns these.
A windowpane plaid in a variety of colors mixes up your look without going completely overboard.
It’s the same tasteful pattern in a slew of neutral to vibrant colorways, a good medium between basic black and crazy patterns that shows you don’t have to overcompensate for anything.
What kind of heartless bro doesn’t love a dog on a bicycle? If you identify with these patterns then you may belong in Brooklyn, or just appreciate more whimsical design.
Either way, these will work from Monday to Sunday Funday.
It doesn’t get better than the ol’ red white and blue, so rock your stars and stripes proudly under your usual attire. They also double for most national holidays, or keggers, which are a holiday in themselves.
Need to up your sock game quickly? This inexpensive bundled option runs the gamut of funky if you want to try out a more fashion-forward look without breaking the bank.
Still rampant with nautical nonsense yet toned down enough for the C-Suite meetings, this sock pack is for the man with a plan. That probably involves getting to his boat as quickly as possible.
The bonus of having signal flag socks is knowing that its nautical coded message can spell out a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g you want it to say.
Going for the “I’d rather be in my ski chalet” look? This sophisticated Nordic print will work well for both your everyday attire or après ski shenanigans.
Pairs well with spiked coffee.
When you want to knock it out of the park with a devil-may-care sartorial attitude and bold messaging, then these are the dress socks for you.
Contrasting polka dots and heels and toes give the most boring ensembles some pomp and circumstance, and you’ll definitely be able to find these in the mad scramble before your morning commute.
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