Socks have fast become a pressing matter in the sartorial stakes, especially now that 150 denier tights are out and spring is just around the corner.
Plus, socks are cheap as chips so it's cool if you've blown all your monies on another pair of Nike IDs or those cut-out ankle boots from Topshop.
Here's five sock styles to dip your toes in this season and fives types of shoe to wear them with. (NOTE: these are more than your average cotton variety. These are showy socks.)
1. The school girl socks
Anything of the black, grey or white plain Jane variety. Plain is not your thing but the rest of your look is so loud that the socks can be low-key. Work perfectly with a nice loafer (tassel optional but definitely favourable) and can be sourced anywhere. This grey pair are by Pull&Bear and you can bag a three pack from Asos for £7.99.
Animal motifs, slogans and print sock styles are spot on for pairing up with a white tee, boyfriend jeans and trainer combo. You're effortlessly fresh, with a any-pair-don't-care attitude. River Island and Urban Outfitters are where they're at...
3. Thrills for frillsPerfect for doing that grungy-girl thing and best teamed with a chunky buckle-strap boot. Take a look on Boohoo.com for a quick win.