The classic argyle style may just scream “old-school.” It’s likely that you witnessed your father – or your grandfather – sporting a classic pair of argyle socks during your childhood. As such, they may seem old-fashioned or even passe to your modern tastes.
In fact, the opposite is very much true. Argyle’s power lies in its classic, captivating design. It’s as fashionable now as it has ever been – and will continue to be for generations to come.
Even the backstory of the argyle pattern is captivating. This Washington Post op-ed has a nice history of Argyle, which comes from the rebellious Scottish Campbell clan of the 17th century. It grew in prominence along with the popularity of golf, as the pattern became a preferred choice for those taking to the links (the late, great American golfer Payne Stewart was a devotee of the old-school style, for example).
In the modern era, argyle socks provide a way to integrate some classic style into a modern business outfit without ever appearing too flashy or tacky. They’re both strikingly unique and solidly professional – conservative in nature, but confident in appearance.
The cool socks of the sock of the month club at Southern Scholar take full advantage of the argyle socks’ best qualities. Let’s take a look at one of the best dress socks from one of the best men’s subscription boxes – the Argyles of Argyllshire. These are from the July 2018 collection.
How to Style Argyle Socks
The Argyles of Argyllshire meld rock-solid colors – classic navy, powder blue, and grey argyle – in a sock that is designed specifically for a traditionalist look. Here’s how you can use a sock like the Argyles of Argyllshire:
- Match it with a navy suit, white dress shirt, and cognac single monk-straps, and finish it off with a matching leather band watch and belt, blue-and-grey polka dot tie, and white pocket square.
- Try it with a light grey suit, blue and white micro-gingham dress shirt, navy tie, and patterned blue pocket square. Top it off with a pair of dark brown cap-toes, leather belt, and leather-strap watch.
- For a casual option, try the sock with dark denim, walnut boots, a grey blazer, and light blue dress shirt.
The argyle men’s socks option is fashionable – and flexible. These cool dress socks are perfect for just about any situation that needs a classic dash of style. Business meetings, first dates, romantic anniversaries, or just a night out on the town are all made more memorable with the argyle sock look.
Argyle is only one of the great styles that come with the sock subscription service at Southern Scholar. Ranked as one of the best subscription boxes for men by The Adult Man, Southern Scholar brings the highest-quality dress socks on the market to men everywhere on a monthly basis.
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