So you might have a drawer, a shoe rack, or a dresser dedicated to your socks. Whether you're an only-a-handful type of person, or someone who has enough to fill a suitcase, it can be difficult to know just how many pairs of socks you'll need from one season to the next!
Most people seem to have drawers stuffed to the brim (or overflowing) with socks. But we're not just talking about pairs — we're talking about colors, patterns, and materials. With so many options out there, it can be hard to know how to choose wisely.
But don't worry! We've put together this comprehensive post all about how many pairs of socks you need (hint: It's a lot) and what other factors go into the equation. After reading through our list of tips for choosing the perfect pair of socks for any occasion, you'll never grovel through your sock drawer again.
1. How often will you wear them?
Just like with actual wear and tear, the more frequently you'll be using a pair of socks, the more you might need to buy in order to have enough socks for the year. There's nothing worse than having to wash and dry your favorite pair of socks every day, especially if it means they're soiled before the day is over.
2. Do you work a job that requires set dress code?
The more formal the work environment, the stricter the dress code usually is. But not all places require business suits or ties — some offices are lax in their expectations for polo shirts and khakis. If you wear a lot of these casual outfits, you might need to buy more socks to have an ample supply on hand.
3. Do you prefer lighter or heavier socks?
The majority of people tend to gravitate towards the sock that is lightest in weight — but not necessarily the right pair for all situations. If you work in a place where people sweat, a heavier pair of socks could be the better option for your feet — and your overall comfort on the job.
4. What is your sock budget?
The more bling, the better, right? Not necessarily. As with any price-based purchase, your budget needs to be considered. Buying a hundred pairs of socks may seem like a great deal — until you get home and realize you spent nearly half of the week's paycheck on socks that you don't need.
5. What is your personal style?
If you've been looking online for brand new socks, you know there are a lot of styles out there. Some are plain and white while others have patterns that pop up in the most unexpected places — like on one of your toenails. It's impossible to find the perfect pair of socks for every situation unless you know what you're looking for.
6. What is your sock size?
If you don't already own a pair of socks, you probably know exactly what size your feet are. This is very important because a sock that is too small will chafe and burn while a sock that is too big won't stay on your feet.
7. What colors do you like?
Now, you're probably wondering why we're asking about colors before we've even gotten to the sock styles. The truth is, you can tell a lot about someone by what colors they choose in clothing — especially socks. A style with colors implies personality, and the answer to this question could be the tiebreaker for your next purchase.
8. What are your shoe sizes?
When it comes to socks, you don't want to buy them too big or too small. The right fit will keep your feet comfy and happy, while a bad fit could lead to blisters and other nasty foot problems. Since every person is made differently, it's important to know what size boots — or shoes — you need.
9. What are your personal preferences in pattern?
Patterned socks are incredibly popular — but just because a pair is available in this color doesn't mean you need it. There's a lot of style and preferences to consider when selecting a new pair of socks, especially if you have a pair that has been passed down for generations. Patterns can be very fun and creative, but they can also be very loud and overbearing.
10. What are your personal preferences in design?
The more detailed the sock, the higher the price. But it's not just about what's on the outside of the sock that matters — it's about what's on the inside as well. Socks with intricate designs can look great when paired with a classy business suit, but they won't blend in with khaki pants and a polo shirt without drawing attention to themselves. Make sure you know your personal preferences to ensure you get the best pair for your needs.