For some people, the ability to dress in theme to the time of the year is a highlight, and there are no better times of the year to dress to than holidays. From the scares of Halloween to the cheer of Christmas to the patriotism of Independence Day, most months deliver an excellent opportunity.
And which article of clothing is best for delivering a themed look that isn’t overbearing? Socks. They add just enough of a splash to be the perfect application of the “less is more” approach.
Almost every month brings with it holidays you can theme your socks after, though some are better-known and more frequently celebrated than others.
- January: New Year's Day (1/1) and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday).
- February: Groundhog Day (2/2), Valentine's Day (2/14), Presidents Day (third Monday), Leap Day (2/29 in years divisible by four) and Super Bowl Sunday (varies)
- March: St. Patrick's Day (3/17).
- April: April Fools' Day (4/1) and Earth Day (4/22).
- May: "Star Wars" Day (5/4), Cinco de Mayo (5/5), Mother's Day (second Sunday) and Memorial Day (last Monday).
- June: Juneteenth (6/19) and Father's Day (third Sunday).
- July: Independence Day (7/4).
- August: Poor August. It's the only month without any major holidays.
- September: Labor Day (first Monday) and Grandparents' Day (first Sunday after Labor Day).
- October: Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day (second Monday) and Halloween (10/31).
- November: Dia de los Muertos (11/1-2), Veterans Day (11/11) and Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday).
- December: Christmas Eve/Christmas Day (12/24-25) and New Year's Eve (12/31).
Holiday socks come in the same lengths as any other type of sock.
- No-show socks come roughly 1 to 1.5 inches up from the foot. This is an unusual length for holiday-themed socks as you usually want to show off the designs, but they're still an option if you want to keep your celebration to yourself.
- Ankle socks come roughly 2 to 3 inches up from the foot. They're also unusual, for the same reasons as no-shows.
- Micro-crew socks come roughly 2 to 5 inches up from the foot. They're most commonly found in hiking socks. As holiday-themed socks aren't typically known for being the highest quality and since hiking socks need to be in top shape to protect your feet, you'll struggle mightily to find holiday-themed socks in this length.
- Quarter socks come roughly 4 to 6 inches up from the foot. While they still show more than no-shows and ankles, quarter socks continue the "too small to be worth it" issue that makes finding holiday-themed socks in this length a trial.
- Crew socks come roughly 6 to 8 inches up from the foot. This is the unofficial standard sock length, as most socks default to it. It's by far the easiest length to find holiday-themed designs in.
- Mid-calf socks come roughly 10 to 12 inches up from the foot. This length is most common in dress socks, a category mostly marketed toward men. You can find low-, average- and high-quality holiday-themed socks in equal measure in this length, so carefully examine them before buying.
- Knee-high socks come roughly 17.5 to 18 inches up from the foot. This length is mainly marketed toward women to pair with skirts and the like, though thick versions are also available for cold-weather conditions for anyone. Since they're meant for display, many holiday-themed designs are available.
- Thigh-high socks come roughly 24 to 32 inches up from the foot. This length is also marketed mainly toward women and is also meant for display.
Socks, holiday-themed or no, come in size ranges that match standard shoe sizing. This means, for example, that one pair fits men’s sizes 8 to 10 while another fits women’s sizes 3 to 6.
Holiday-themed socks typically come in single pairs. However, some come in sets with each pair usually being a different design, still tied to the same holiday.
Best holiday-themed socks
These six pairs of warm fuzzy socks sport designs such as snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus. They’re meant to be worn sans shoes, making them perfect for celebrating at home.
On the thick side, perfect for keeping warm on the cold day in question, these are decorated with bursting fireworks and the words "Happy New Year!" They come in one-size-fits-most for both men's (size 5.5 to 10) and women's (size 7.5 to 12) body types.
This collection of knee-high socks includes nine pairs, each with a different design. They are made of a cotton-and-polyester blend and come in a themed gift box.
This solo pair of socks is crew length and comes in either men’s size 7 to 12 or men’s size 13 to 17. It has reinforced heels and toes.
This pair of socks shows multiple globes dotting the surface so you don’t forget that you’re part of a whole, and you should do your part to care for the only blue marble we’ve got.
This collection includes five pairs of ankle socks, each sporting a different character: C3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and a stormtrooper. And you don’t even have to wait till "Star Wars" Day (May the Fourth, in case you didn't get the joke) to wear them.
Juneteenth has long been a celebrated holiday, though it only became an official federal holiday in June 2021. These socks fit men’s sizes 6 to 12 and women’s sizes 7 to 13.
Independence Day is a loud holiday with all the fireworks and whatnot. You need loud socks to match it, and these thigh-high American flag socks are the ones. They even come with matching gloves.
This spooky set of four pairs of differently patterned thigh-high socks is perfect for those who want to change their outfit from one party to another.
The main struggle of Thanksgiving is finding the energy to get up for the next plate of food. These socks beckon a loved one to sacrifice their food coma comfort for your sake, and that’s True Love with capital letters.
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