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Right you’ll be no stranger to deliberating what jacket, jeans, t shirt and of most importantly, footwear. But we often forget about the good old socks. The days of just sticking to a plain black pair you can barely see because of your trousers, that had a good bit of bunch at the bottom, are over my man. Choosing which shoes and socks to wear and how to style them can quite the inconvenience for most gents. That’s where we come in…

Plain/Dress Socks

Your staples, your basics, your bread and butter – essentially you won’t wear another sock when in some form of formal shoe. Standard black or even a grey make the best type of dress sock for if you’re working in an office or shooting off to a wedding.

The rule of thumb for the classic dress sock is pretty much – choose a pair of socks that are either a shade darker or lighter than the trousers you’re wearing. And stay away from the white socks with a suit, as good as a white sock is – it looks heinous.

Chunky Socks

If you like a little bit of texture in your socks, but not too much, then a good chunky wool sock can add that extra something to your outfit. When’s the best time to wear this type of sock? Well with a pair of skinny jeans and a pair of Dr Marten’s 1461 looks absolutely ideal. Stays away from the slightly plainer look of the all black as well.

Patterned Socks

Look pretty jazzy but patterned socks are actually not too bad at styling. White tee, black slim jeans and a pair of white Converse All Star Lo’s and you’ve got yourself added a pop of colour to your everyday essential outfit. Alternatively you could stick them on with a suit, Jon Snow off Channel 4 new style, go bold or go home.


White Socks

The absolute classic that’s seen somewhat of a renaissance in recent times – and not a minute too soon. A pair of white tube socks with some straight fit chinos or jeans rolled up, showing off any pair of trainers your heart desires. Looking good while keeping your shoes sweat free. Win/win basically.

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Ankle Socks

Want to get the ankles with a roll up on the jean? Ankle socks are what you’re after. Giving off the impression that you don’t have any socks on but they’re doing their job below the surface. These can come in the form of a just below the ankle, or if you want to go full incognito – a pair of invisible socks will give you the true shoes no socks look.

Wearing a pair of ankle grazers is best for trainers but the invisible ones will be ideal for both trainers and loafers.

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Well there you have it, hopefully that’s gave you what you need for completing that outfit and pairing up your shoes and socks just right. Just remember the old rule of thumb, if in doubt keep it safe with black, but we all know you’re more creative than that. Check out our full range of socks here.