Men’s Style Tips: How to wear red socks

Here at London Sock Co, we often receive questions from gentlemen who are hesitant to wear brightly coloured socks for the first time.  If your instinct is to keep to safer shades, we have curated five looks to show how striking and sharp red socks can be. From office formal to a night out to weekend casual, we have you covered.

Take it as Red…

Anecdotally, the colour red ‘signifies pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination.’  Red is a naturally warm and attractive colour. It’s bold and eye-catching. And it’s a great addition to your sock drawer.


 Your perfect red sock style for smart/casual 

Smart / casual is the norm in many offices these days, even in the city. For this style, we suggest a sharp grey trouser or suit with open collar shirt, or even a roll neck for those colder days. Go with a soft brown leather shoe and finish with a  patterned red sock to show some detail and personality.

The red sock style shown is our Shaken & Stirred Red – a strong red coloured sock, with equally as strong a Houndstooth pattern, subtly mixed with dark green and navy.

Red sock of choice: Shaken & Stirred, Red

Red socks with houndstooth pattern: Shaken and Stirred

Red socks with houndstooth pattern: Shaken & Stirred

a formal suit with bold red socks

We’re often asked if wearing bright red socks will look good with a formal suit. Our answer? Yes. Pair a crisp black Oxford shoe with a navy suit, maybe even with a subtle check or pattern for those feeling more adventurous.

Complete the look with our striking Routemaster Red socks, our tribute to an iconic symbol of London in the 20th century: the London Routemaster double-decker bus. Simple sophistication that will catch the eye.

Red sock of choice: Routemaster Red

Gentleman sitting down wearing a red sock

Routemaster Red

The Cocktail Party 

The dress code for ‘cocktail party’ is typically formal. Try a classic smart trouser suit in black or deep navy, a crisp open-collar white shirt and a black leather Oxford shoe. Embrace a more vibrant sock for a cocktail party, and add a pop to your look with a bold pattern. Our suggestion?  Our Ottaway Style in Red to really shake things up.

Red sock of choice: Ottaway Red

Man sitting down with a red patterned sock

Ottaway Red

Date Night

Whether it’s the first date or the 100th, it’s still an important occasion where you want to impress. For the smart-casual date, opt for a simple grey or khaki trainer, with roll-up dark blue chinos or jeans. Red socks are perfect for an evening out, as they show some personality. Here we’ve gone for a slightly darker shade of red, or burgundy, with mustard, from our Shaken & Stirred range.

Red sock of choice:  Shaken & Stirred in Mustard 

Men sitting down wearing patterned red sock

Shaken & Stirred Mustard

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