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 socksavailable at The Standard Store
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 socksavailable at The Standard Store
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 socksavailable at Incu
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 socksavailable at Incu
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 socksavailable at Collector Store
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.