Socks on African Fabrics

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African Prints- DapsonGent

African prints are receiving major attention from designers around the globe; celebrities, public figures are not left out in wearing these fabulous attire. This has inspired several clothing lines like Paul Smith, Kenzo adopting the prints in their collections.

These African cultural attires (i.e Ankara) are versatile piece of garments that they can be transformed into sneakers, bags, suits, shorts, etc. apart from the conventional shirt and trousers.
African Print Shoes

Common African fabrics among men in West Africa are Ankara, Atiku, and I keep hearing men asking if socks are allowed on African fabric wax prints trousers. I think we need to start with what kind of shoes best fit these gorgeous fabrics… Boat shoes, drivers, tassel loafers, mocassins, and some brogue shoes should work as well.

Out of all these shoes listed above, i believe you want to agree with me that brogue is the most formal and you are required to wear your socks on formal shoes. In this case, African prints are not formal wear so I can strike off brogue shoes, except for rare cases like pairing with a khaki/chinos pants.

So we are left with loafers, drivers, etc which I think should be donned sockless when wearing even with western attires. African fabrics comes in mixture varying colours which I believe that a coloured socks would be contrasting. I know you are thinking of wearing a black sock, it does not just look right. Furthermore, tassel loafers, drivers, are best worn with no sock.

You might want to try those African prints in your wardrobe with no socks next time you wear it.

Images sourced from elsculture.com



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