Sock-matching with shorts? While I have a good feel for the rules on matching socks with trousers, I'm not as sure whether those also apply to matching socks with shorts.
First, let's get socks-with-trousers out of the way. While some MeFites contended
that socks should match one's shoes, rorycberger offered a reputable source when he cited Dressing the Man
that "the rule is to match your socks to your slacks, although there is much leeway for patterns".
The hosts of What Not to Wear (the US version) concurred, saying that socks should match one's trousers
, except for jeans.
So, do the same rules apply for shorts? For reference, I'm a 27 y/o guy in the US and, rest assured, I'm aware that shorts aren't always appropriate, even in the summertime. Having said that, how should I match my socks when I am wearing shorts? My sneakers are off-white (almost a cream color) with some royal blue striping and, for example, I have some olive green and khaki colored shorts. I'm not about to wear white socks (except at the gym, natch) so that leaves, what, black? Or maybe gray? And, can you even buy khaki colored socks?
And, on the subject of socks, what about low-cut socks? I've seen some guys wear those but are those fashionable? I'm guessing that they wouldn't be appropriate for trousers or jeans but would they work with shorts?