The Funky Sock
In general, your sock matches your trouser. That is what your grandpa would say, but of course generational gaps like that pose much different societal trends- however following his advice isn't going to steer you in the wrong direction.
Black Trouser = Black Sock/ Blue Trouser = Blue Sock/ Charcoal Trouser = Charcoal Sock and so on.
That is just so boring though.
If you are interviewing for a conservative workplace, definitely wear a boring sock. The interviewer may not want to see a flash of purple and pink paisleys flying around a blue sky while you're sitting down talking about what you bring to the company- he might just think you bring audaciousness.
Keep in mind though, a "boring" sock does have its place. If you're at a funeral- wear the right solid color sock. Certain circumstances will have you in the sock your grandpa told you about.
The fashion world has changed, if you're a Boomer- you can't do wrong by what you have learned, but you should try your best to open up a little. IF, you are under fifty years old...it is time to jump on the bandwagon. Color is in, clothes depicting your personality is in, colorful socks...are in.
This doesn't mean you need to wear those flying purple pigs with sunflowers, check the guys below.
Is that offensive to anyone? If it is...may happiness and peace be with you at some point.
The sock can play off ANYTHING you are wearing. It's most popular to play it off your tie or your shirt. But, anything can be a link to the hosiery- pocket square, lapel bud, jacket...
Most places that carry men's socks will have a small assortment of colorful socks for you to choose from. Start with a solid color if you need to, when you see compliments coming your way- move into the designs. Remember, when you are sitting down; your sock will show.
An industry leader in mens hosiery is Vivek Nagrani, I was talking with him the other day, he mentioned a quote by Alden Pyle;