The word “conservative” usually comes to mind when choosing men’s dress socks. But stodginess is out. The dress sock collections in these stores come in bold patterns and colors as well as traditional solids and neutrals. Conventional good taste meets modern fashion for men.

XL Feet
242 Fillmore Ave. E.
Saint Paul, MN 55107
(612) 554-4044

Men with plus-sized feet need to fill extra large shoes and socks. It’s quite a big order. XL Feet opened specifically to help men with large feet skip the wear, tear and frustration of looking for footwear that really fits. The store has attractive dress socks in tan, brown, charcoal, black and white. Durable and non-binding, prices for these socks start at $9.99. Shipping is free with any order of six pairs of socks.

Hammer Made
Edina Galleria
3380 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 681-2534

Hammer Made has a line of comfortable, elegant cotton blend socks that sell for $10.50 per pair. In style and color, they often go against the grain of conventionally conservative. But the small blue paisley socks pair nicely with a three-piece suit or the dressy casual. Founder Jason Hammerberg knows everything about men’s apparel because for years he was a clothing designer. Generous with advice about fine clothes for men, he can help customers choose the right dress socks. Hammer Made has additional locations at Mall of America, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and Ridgedale Center.

Martin Patrick 3
212 Third Ave. N., Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 746-5329

Martin Patrick 3 has a sock collection that goes well with formal and casual apparel. For dress socks, Universal Works is probably the best. In navy or gray, these socks are a comfortable cotton blend in contrasting colors at the heel, toe and calf. Another choice is Bread & Boxers in black. Made in China in compliance with Swedish manufacturing standards, these socks are a comfortable cotton blend. For easy matching, the Bread & Boxers logo is imprinted under the sock foot.

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Hubert White
747 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 339-9200

When a discerning gentleman needs a good-looking suit, custom alterations, fashion consultation, a solid all-around wardrobe or elegant dress socks, he often goes to Hubert White. This store carries dress sock collections from Pantherella, VKNagrani and Marcoliani. Most dress sock sizes range from 7 to 11. But larger sizes, from 12 to 15, can be found in the Pantherella collection in solids, brown, black, gray and navy. The Marcoliani collection leans towards bolder colors with conservative hints in smoky gray and light tan. VKNagrani tends to be bold in style and color. But at Hubert White, you might stumble upon mid-calf styles in smoky Merino wool; these socks must be turned inside out before washing.

The Foursome
3570 Vicksburg Lane N.
Suite 100
Plymouth, MN 55447
(763) 473-4667

For the classic look in dress socks, The Foursome has it. Sizes range from small to large in basic navy, grays and blacks. Prices range from $9 to $32. For comfortable socks that are not overly elastic, there is the Goldtoe English Rib Lisle. Made of 99 percent cotton, these socks have a flat toe seam and a non-binding top. For socks that can fit nearly any foot size, the no-size St. Croix dress socks fit up to size 12. Many no-size/one-size-fits-all apparel, particularly socks, are not always a comfortable fit. But the St. Croix collection, imported from Italy, has improved stretch for a better fit and a hand-looped toe for extra comfort and a seamless feel. These no-size socks are machine washable.

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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.