Despite the dark evenings and colder temperatures, it is still important to look and feel our best. To raise our spirits in the autumn and winter months and show the world our inimitable sense of style, it is important to get the smaller details of our outfit just right.
A well-placed compliment or a feeling of confidence that we are perfectly dressed for the occasion will help keep the winter blues well and truly at bay. Here are five amazing sock styles that no discerning gentleman’s wardrobe should be without this chilly season.
Warm and woolly
There’s not much better than donning a pair of warm, woolly socks on a cold winter’s morning. This is a not a time for economising – the fluffier, higher quality wool the better as it hugs your feet, keeps out the rain and sleet and stops your feet from becoming cold as you travel to work or town. There are numerous options available nowadays for woollen socks, from traditional sheep’s wool to cashmere, merino and alpaca. You can also get several wool blends, offering the warmth and cosiness of wool with the synthetic advantages of nylon or polyester with their durability, elasticity and ease of washing. Woollen socks are easy to dye and shape into any shape or style you want, making them the number one choice for versatility, comfort and easy wearing this autumn and winter.
Sleek and stylish
Showing off your sartorial style in your socks is an all-year-round occupation when done correctly, so there is no excuse for not continuing your love of stylish ankle-wear into the autumn and winter months. Team sleek blacks, navy blues and greys with office wear, always choosing a shade darker than your trousers, and lighter than your shoes for a professional look. Winter is also the time of year when office parties, Christmas balls and elegant cocktail evenings are the norm, so don’t let yourself down with socks that are less than perfect. Pull together a collection of stylish socks that match your various party outfits, while retaining a sense of elegance. Top-quality, beautifully soft materials are your friends here, such as cashmere, silk, bamboo or merino wool.
Sporty in the snow
For sports fans, autumn and winter is the time for snow-based sports, as well as the football and rugby season. Whether you are a participant or an enthusiastic supporter, choosing some sporty socks that will help your feet stay warm and withstand the added pressures of training in the cold or standing in the crowds, come rain or shine. Choose sports socks that will support your feet, absorb moisture and sweat and will not cause any rubbing or chafing from awkward internal seams or stitching. If you are getting ready to hit the ski slopes, investing in good quality, specialist ski socks will help your feet stay dry and warm while you are getting to grips with those downwards runs. For anyone training for a spring marathon, or wanting to keep up their gym routine over the winter months, sports socks that fit properly and feel amazing on are a must-have over the autumn and winter period.
Funky and festive
When it comes to the Christmas holidays, we all have that hidden desire to splash out a bit on some festive fun. The range of Christmassy and winter-based sock designs available online and in shops is nothing short of astonishing, with choices from silly Santas and smiley snowmen to skating penguins, cheeky reindeer and soothing Scandinavian patterns. Of course, socks have long been a staple Christmas gift for hard-to-buy-for men, and this trend shows no sign of slowing. An innovative twist on that is the sock subscription service, enabling your lucky recipient to receive a brand-new pair of socks, tailored to his or her exact tastes and requirements, every month, or whichever time frame you choose. If you are particularly fond of funky footwear as a family, why not buy matching socks to wow your relatives and keep the party atmosphere going for longer!
Finally, those with medical conditions and chronic health issues can find winter very difficult, due to then colder temperatures, increased dampness in the air and reduced hours of sunshine. Thermal socks add a therapeutic layer of warmth to feet that can suffer more from the cold and wet due to health issues such as diabetes. Thermal socks can also aid pregnancy related issues with regulating temperature and can further protect the feet when walking through icy or frosty conditions. Thermal socks work wonders inside boots too, as they soften the impact of the harder, larger footwear and help keep feet cushioned and cosy for hours at a time.
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