When it comes to menswear, it’s the little things that can make or break your look. While only a very small detail, the choice of sock can speak volumes about the wearer, so read ahead on our top five tips for making the perfect sock selection.

1. Consider your entire outfit
When deciding what socks to wear, the first thing to consider is the rest of your outfit. Think about the other colours, prints and textures you already have going on in your suit, shirt and tie, then make sure your socks complement these elements of your outfit and don’t clash. Try and match your socks to colours and tones rather than to prints to avoid your looking becoming too calculated.

2. Formal occasions call for a formal sock.
As much as you might enjoy a coloured or printed sock, formal occasions such as weddings, funerals and black tie events tend to have a tighter dress code which requires a plain black sock. Make sure your socks are in good condition (read: nothing worn or balling and no holes) and go with a simple style that’s not too thick.

3. Say no to novelty socks.
While socks with your favourite cartoon character or a funny quote might seem like a good idea, sartorially they’re likely to lower the tone of your look. When choosing a sock, know that it’s a great way to add a little fun and personality to your look but don’t be tempted to overdo it; just keep it simple and pared back.