Winter is coming and as the chill arrives, it brings with it a range of menswear opportunities unavailable in the warmer months. Chunky knitwear, lots of layers and hardy boots make up a few, but the best of all is socks. Granted, most of us wear socks all year round, but on cold winter days they offer a perfect opportunity to give a subtle (and metaphorical) two finger salute to Mother Nature. This winter, throw a few unexpected splashes of colour into your wardrobe and treat your toes to some of these specially selected options.

1. Richard James, oversized polka dot cotton socks – available at Mr Porter, $35
Known for a contemporary take on conventional tailoring, Richard James is a Savile Row tailoring house that continues to push the boundaries of tradition. Inherit a bit of The Row with these socks that boast oversized yellow polka dots and an electric blue background. Throw them on under a slim navy suit for a flicker of eccentricity.

2. Henrik Vibskov, patterned cotton socks – available at Someday Store, $34
An artist, drummer and fashion designer, Henrik Vibskov’s output is as diverse as it is bold. His socks are a mash-up of pattern and colour that always comes out a winner. These patterned cotton socks let you carry some Scandinavian spirit with you. Team with dark denim and keep your feet looking fresh.

3. Richer Poorer, Po’boy socks – available at Incu, $15
Famed socks that are “as versatile as the American landscape”, you can’t go wrong with a pair of socks from Richer Poorer. These mint green pinstripe socks offer a clean feel and a fresh finish for your feet. Team with a crisp white T-shirt, roll up your jeans and show them off.

4. Vanishing Elephant, Adras socks – available at Incu, $15
Vanishing Elephant continue to boast a range of essentials all crafted with care and indie flair, and their range of socks is no exception. These chunky, olive, blue and beige socks host a mix of patterns and are best shown off with some cuffed beige chinos.

5. Happy Socks, Stripe socks – available at Happy Socks, $17
Designed in Sweden, Happy Socks have been gracing the feet of Northern Europeans since 2008 and have fast become the go-to for vibrant socks. Turning an everyday item into a colourful design piece, their Stripe socks are a bold and fun statement. Wear them as a bright addition to boardroom-ready suiting.