Now a staple in my sock drawer, I probably have more Happy Socks than anything else, including athletic socks. Extremely versatile, they add a splash of understated color (well… under something, mainly a pant leg) to any outfit. I used to just wear them properly matched (similar to a pocket square, you should probably use a common color palate) with all suits and dress slacks. I’ve since begun pairing them with jeans or anytime I have dress shoes, including casual wingtips or cap-toes. Basically the only think I won’t pair these colorful patterned socks with are athletic shoes. While many dudes may think this is a silly and unnecessary accessory, I can assure you, I have received nothing but positive

For the ultimate in cool, you have to get a bit crazy with your socks. Not for the insecure, these socks splash color all over your sleek mono-chromatic outfit. Similar to having a red carpet in your otherwise black and grey furnished living room, this will show off your style and pizazz, although leave them at home for Monday night football. £14 from Paul Smith [ad name=”go-STIL-smbanner”]