We all know it’s the little details that make the biggest difference, so when it comes to dressing in style it’s the accessories that really make an ensemble stand out. As stylish gents our eyes are drawn to a brightly coloured tie or pocket square adorning a sharply dressed fellow. Not forgetting what’s underneath a newly polished oxford or brogue, the humble sock is where the accessory game can really pack a punch, and one must never forget their essential sock styles.

A staple of any gentleman’s wardrobe, a pair of well-fitting socks is not just for the benefit of practicality and function any longer, it has become a way for us to express ourselves, adding a subtle boldness or personality to our otherwise plain uniform.  But, do you know your dress sock from your casual? Here’s a how to guide on choosing the best sock styles and how to wear them.

Colour combinations:  Socks should always enhance and complement an outfit, never clash or overpower. The easiest way to get this right is to know your colours, use an element of your outfit to decide on a colour pallet, refer to the colour wheel and style accordingly. If in doubt, go tonal.

Plain socks:  Known as ‘basics’ these brightly coloured jewels are anything but boring. Adding colour to any attire whether it is formal or casual, with a neutral base of black or navy this sock style can really take centre stage. A subtle flash of colour, for the discerning gentleman, crimson red is always a good idea. Our lightweight cotton socks are the perfect investment for this look.

Pattern socks:  From polka dots to tartans, logo motifs and even scenes – socks have become an artist’s pallet. For the more conservative man, classic sock styles such as dots, argyles, stripes and plaids in rich burgundy, navy and greys are the go to designs.   For the more daring we suggest the skull pattern, scenes and logo pattern socks to add a hint of quirkiness to your outfit.

Low cut socks:  At last we have a saviour for sweaty feet rubbing against loafers, introducing the low cut sock. Originally developed to wear with running attire, this modest design has become a fashion must have. The low cut sock has been transformed into a thing of sartorial splendour, and just because it won’t be seen doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be stylish. Wear with boat shoes, loafers and casual sneakers.

Dress socks: A dress sock is a must for a formal occasion; a sharp tux is your backdrop for this sock style.  So, what is a dress sock, I hear you ask? Simply, it is a close fitting ribbed sock with a silky finish, which can have an almost sheer quality to it. Achieve by investing in a mercerised cotton pair of Corgi socks. The look oozes sophistication as donned by Eddie Redmayne at 2015 Oscars. Sheer perfection.

So gentlemen, armed with this first-hand knowledge we implore you to go forth in sartorial expression and make your sock drawer your go to companion when it comes to dressing in style.