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Men’s Style Tips: How to wear grey socks

Blog, Men’s Style Tips • 22 March 2022

We like to celebrate the power of all colours – including ones that are stealthily stylish. Grey. Understated and underrated. This achromatic shade is often mocked as the preserve of the unimaginative, particularly when it comes to socks, but we’re here to tell you that grey is a style classic. From casual t-shirts to traditional tailoring, grey has a timeless wearability and versatility. When it comes to aƒccessories, grey makes for one of the most easy-to-wear sartorial ‘finishing touches’ that, if worn well, can add sophistication to almost any outfit.   

A staple in any modern wardrobe, men’s grey socks are a sock drawer essential. As you can tell, here at London Sock Company, we hold grey socks in incredibly high regard. From soft light grey socks to dark slate grey socks, organic cotton socks to cashmere socks, grey patterned prints, and even grey trainer socks, we have them all. Read on for some style tips on raising your grey sock game.

Plain Grey Socks: a solid sock foundation

As a base colour, grey socks form the bedrock of any look. This means it pairs well with jewel tones and bolder colours, such as midnight blue and purple, while also being an excellent companion to earth tones – think browns, neutrals, and even white. It’s because of this versatility that grey socks are found in almost all of London Sock Company’s collections.  

The many shades of grey create ample opportunities to incorporate it into your daily sartorial selections. Within the Simply Sartorial flagship collection, our greys range from an almost-white Silver Fox to a distinctly darker Earl Grey. Elsewhere, Cashmere’s Dove Grey and Simply Marl’s Soft Grey are happy mediums, while the darkest shades are our Slate Grey Boot Socks and Cannon Ball Grey Simply Sartorial. If in doubt, a solid grey sock is a failsafe choice for any occasion. 

Grey Ankle Socks: good-to-go grey trainer socks

A close up of a man's foot in grey socks and grey trainers. His hand is in shot, stroking a black Spaniel dog.
Simply Trainer in Grey

Socks and shorts are always a conundrum, but grey ankle socks make styling in the summer easy. Our Simply Trainers socks in Earl Grey are subtle and stylish, looking great with your favourite sneakers. Ever thought of taking it tonal? The idea of matching your socks to your shoes may bring back flashes of your ancient school uniform, but grey trainer socks with grey trainers is an easy-to-throw-on statement. Ideally, choose a trainer with white stripes (as pictured above) to break up the colour and add some depth to your look.

Patterned grey socks: check these out

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Shaken & Stirred in Grey

A peek of a pattern can elevate your outfit to the next level. Bond St. Herringbone and Jermyn St. Houndstooth are our modern interpretations of the classic prints, and these styles maintain the subtle grey look while adding a hint of something special. Throw on with dark indigo or black jeans and you’re good to go. 

For a more striking grey sock, our Ottaway and Shaken & Stirred styles pack a (patterned) punch. We love these with classic blue jeans and white trainers, or even peeking out from a grey suit (perhaps at one of the umpteen weddings you’ll be attending in the summer). And no sock edit is complete without our signature Spot of Style. The Earl Grey design will impress even the most advanced sock connoisseur.

Grey Knee High Socks? Truly timeless

If you are a man who prefers a more traditional take on the grey sock, our Simply Sartorial comes in a knee-high style that sits perfectly at the top of the calf and thanks to our stretch-fit cotton blend, will stay put under your suit all day. Savile Row style set to go.

Ready to step up your grey game? Browse our selection of grey socks here. 

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