Put This On is one of our favorite menswear blogs. The blog is a helpful resource for men’s style, featuring thoughtful posts about “dressing like a grownup” and updates on where to find the best deals for quality menswear.
Last year, our friends at Put This On started a weekly series called Style & Fashion Drawings. The series – which you can catch up on here – features illustrations from Ryan Cecil Smith and Graeme McNee. We’re excited to share that this week’s illustration (pictured above) was about Dapper Classics socks! We hope you enjoy the illustration as much as we do.
Whether or not white dress socks are appropriate is one of the most enduring debates in men’s fashion. White socks are widely accepted fitness wear, but are they fitting gentleman’s attire? Can they be worn with trousers? What about a dark suit?
For years, David Letterman surprised viewers by wearing what appeared to be white socks on Late Night. Letterman eventually addressed his hosiery habit on air, noting that the most commonly asked question he received was “what’s the deal on the socks?” Letterman clarified that his socks were gray, not white, and that he purchased a thousand pairs from Costco. Whether Letterman actually stocked up on socks from Costco is another debate; nonetheless, his light hosiery with dark suits contributed to ongoing conversations about the appropriateness of white socks.
For some time we’ve been receiving requests to make a Solid White dress sock. Some have desired white socks for their white linen suits. Others have expressed interest in pairing white socks with seersucker suits. Today we have good news for fans of white socks – we knitted a Solid White sock!
Our Made in USA Solid White cotton sock comes in over-the-calf and mid-calf fits and features ribbing that distinguishes it from your ordinary pair of white socks. These socks are clearly dress in nature, so no one will think you forgot to change before leaving the gym. Pair our Solid White socks with your favorite light suit or trousers, like our Light Gray Hopsack Trousers (pictured above), or wear them with something darker for a bold contrast look.
This year we purchased a new machine that specializes in jacquard designs (like the style pictured above).
Today is the five year anniversary of the Dapper Classics website launch. This past year has been an exciting one for Dapper Classics. Below are some highlights from our fifth year in business:
-In the last year, we demonstrated our continued commitment to American manufacturing by investing in a fourth knitting machine. This new jacquard machine is allowing us to knit a wide variety of patterned socks at the highest possible quality.
-Over the last year, we answered the call of many by knitting socks specifically for shoe sizes 5-9. Our Five to Nine Collection will continue to expand so our friends with smaller feet will have plenty of stylish Made in USA socks to choose from.
-At this time last year, our socks could be purchased in approximately 160 fine men’s retailers. Now our socks can be found in more than 240 retailers throughout the United States.
-This last year witnessed several exciting collaborations: two new horse racing inspired socks for Kentucky for Kentucky and advertising partnerships with two popular menswear blogs: Put This On and The Fine Young Gentleman.
-Finally, the Dapper Classics Team expanded in our fifth year in business. We welcomed two inventory specialists/order fillers (Anna and Olivia), a new accountant (Caroline), and more sales professionals.
Thank you for supporting Dapper Classics over the last year. We look forward to what the next year will bring.
*Don’t forget to take advantage of our special Anniversary Sale!
We’re excited to introduce our newest Derby Socks. Shop the Trifecta of new styles and our returning favorites here.
We teamed up with our friends at Kentucky for Kentucky to make some more unique socks, including an all-new navy version of the popular “Racing Horse” design. Read more about the collaboration here. Limited quantities available. Get your fun socks while supplies last!
Photo Credit: Kentucky for Kentucky