Tim Gunn of Project Runaway
fame finally provides the definitive answer to the question What color socks should I wear with brown shoes and blue jeans?
in his new book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible
On page 186, in his chapter on Hosiery:
I understand that it can be confusing [referring to what socks should be worn in what situation]. The MetaFilter message board question, "What color socks should I wear with brown shoes and blue jeans?" generated dozens of pieces of conflicting advice. A couple of posters suggested white. Others said: gray, black, tan, dark brown, orange, green, argyle, or navy. No wonder men tend to throw their hands up when faced with this kind of fashion conundrum!
So, what's the rule of thumb? Some say you should always match your socks to your shoes. Others say you should always match your socks to your pants. The correct answer is pants. And so in the case of jeans and browns shoes, I would go with navy socks.
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