large mens clothes
Useful information for bigger men and teens

Clothing fashion advice, and web articles, for outsize UK men


The first golden rule of sock fashion is only wear white socks if you are going training.
The second golden rule is never wear socks with sandals Get rid of the socks. If you need socks but still want to take advantage of summer weather, get some ankle-length light coloured, but not white, socks and wear them with canvas sneakers or moccasins, or buy shoe coloured 'trainer-liners' that don't come any higher than your heel.

Matching Socks to Shoes

If wearing formal dress with dress shoes or dressing in a business suit with leather shoes, always match your socks to your trousers, not your shoes.
If dressing 'smart-casual' match your socks with your shirt colour, taking care that this doesn't clash with your shoe colour ( see our colour guide )
You can wear athletic socks and casual socks with trainers. NEVER wear runners and shorts with anything other than ankle-length casual socks or trainer liners.

Finally remember these rules: 1] The more formal the occasion, the darker the sock.
2] Always wear socks that sit at least 4 inches above you ankle if you are wearing a formal or business suit. Nothing is worse than exposing 2 inches of hairy shin above your (too short) sock when sitting down and crossing your legs, especially if you want to give a good impression.

Clean socks !

Autumn, winter and spring shoe types need socks. Your feet need socks for warmth in colder weather, but big guys can have very sweaty feet. That in itself can cause problems. Foot and shoe moisture tend to attract fungi, viruses and other bacteria, like athletes foot. Clean socks are necessary not only for your own health, but also for your shoes' well-being. The acid produced in sweat, especially around your toes, really attacks the modern adhesives used to stick the linings to your shoes. If your feet sweat a lot, always carry a second pair for changing midday.

Types of Socks
Socks fall into three main categories : Dress, casual and athletic.
Dress socks: - usually made from silk, cashmere or fine mixtures of cotton and wool.

Casual socks come in cotton and wool, and are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns and are almost always thicker than dress socks
Athletic socks are usually cotton, reasonably thick, probably padded on the soles to absorb more sweat, and available in gray or white. These differ from casual socks because of their size. Athletic socks either come up to mid-calf to knee, or simply just above the heel (ankle-length).

Your sock size should be 1 to 1.5 sizes bigger than your shoe size. In other words, a size 9 shoe means a 10 size sock. Some brands divide sock size by small, medium and large, a size guide to which is:-
Small: 4-8 Medium: 8-11 Large: 11-14

sock fashion advice, matching socks to shoes