Patterned socks certainly get your feet noticed, but there is a fine line to tread between class and being ostentatious.
The gentleman may want to introduce colour and pattern to their everyday outfits with a number of different patterns from top designers.
However, the temptation is to give way to something far too busy, and the wearer may end up with socks which bear an uncanny resemblance to eye-watering television interference, or accidentally step into the realms of the stereotypical football casual hard-case through an ill-advised choice.
We find the simple diamond pattern offered by the likes of Pringle to be neither too busy nor too distracting, and offers an acceptable choice for the traditional black sock wearer who wishes to go off piste for a while. They’ll come back, though. They always come back.
If you simply must wear patterned socks, we recommend the fine black cotton socks from socked.co.uk, with their unique black on exactly the same shade of black motif. Socks don’t come any more classy.
Celebrity Wearer: Blur’s Damon Albarn, the other three chaps in Blur