How Do I Choose the Best Trouser Socks?

Judith Smith Sullivan

The best trouser socks will be made from a material that suits your needs, fits well, and meets your budget requirements. There are trouser socks for men, women, and children, and they come in a variety of designs, sizes, and fabrics. Most stores that carry clothing carry some type of trouser socks, but specialty sizes or certain types of fabrics may have to be ordered online or through a catalog.

Some people prefer socks that match their shoe color.
Some people prefer socks that match their shoe color.

It helps to make a list of what you need before you begin shopping. There is great variety in trouser socks, so knowing what your needs are beforehand can make shopping easier. Start by listing your size and the color and style you prefer. If you want brightly printed socks, make a note. If you prefer subtle colors which blend into your shoe color, write that down as well.

Dress socks are considered appropriate when wearing formal or semi-formal attire.
Dress socks are considered appropriate when wearing formal or semi-formal attire.

Next, consider what type of fabric you need. Trouser socks can be made of nylon, silk, cotton, wool, acrylic, and a variety of other fabric blends. Typically, silk and nylon socks are the thinnest, with wool and cotton being thicker.

You may base your preference on the feel of the fabric. Silk is famous for its smooth and supple texture and warmth. A wool sock not only provides a great deal of warmth, but is also naturally resistant to odors. Cashmere socks, although they require special maintenance, are probably the most luxurious wool sock.

Finally, decide on your budget. Keep in mind that some thin trouser socks, especially those made of nylon, have a tendency to run, much like panty hose. You may decide to purchase cheaper versions of these types of trouser socks knowing that you will probably ruin several pairs. As for other types of trouser socks, keep in mind that wool is typically more expensive than cotton, and silk is usually more expensive than nylon.

Once you have written down your needs, you are ready to begin shopping. Choosing socks in person is the best way to ensure that the "feel" is correct, as well as the color. It also makes it easier to return items that don't suit you more easily. Even so, you may find that shopping online is more convenient as details about the trouser socks like material and size are usually listed in the product description.

If you do decide to shop online, make sure that the return policy allows you exchange or return an item. Check for "restocking fees" which deduct a percentage of the total cost of the item. If possible, find a company that offers free shipping both ways, so that you don't have to pay to return an item.

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