When thinking of sock garters the mind conjures up images of old men in wool cardigans or gangsters from Boardwalk Empire. In essence that is exactly how they are perceived by men. On one side they are outdated and are one of the few sartorial attributes not to be handed down from generation to generation. The other side of the coin and they are as badass as Nucky Thompson himself. But is there even a functional need for sock garters anymore?
I don’t think there can be a man reading this who hasn’t had to deal with the annoyance of socks slipping down. It may have been when you are in a client meeting or worst still on a date. Having to keep reaching down to fiddle with your socks is as ungentlemanly as it is irritating.
There are reasons as to why your socks might keep falling down which can be combated without the need for a sock garter.
Wrong Type of Socks
Yes, there are different types of men’s socks for different occasions. A dress sock will be thinner and typically cover the full length of the calf. Ending above the calf will also mean the socks aren’t sitting on the downward trajectory of your calf.
Badly Made or Cheap Socks
This comes down to attention to detail. Why would you opt for cheap underwear and accessories when you have invested in the rest of your wardrobe. Cheap, poorly made socks with have elastic that quickly becomes stretched and useless.
Investing in good socks will not only save you the trouble of having to replace a month down the line but also reduce the risk of socks falling down.
These two options will normally remove the problem of your socks falling down. But if you are still experiencing it then by all means invest in a sock garter or dress shirt stay.
Some of you may just like the look of the sock garter and aren’t worried about if it needs to do a job or not. In this case by all means wear them but probably avoid it if you are looking to get lucky. I can’t imagine any woman has been turned on by the sight of a man in sock garters.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.