How to combine suit and sock colours

It's tempting to treat socks as an afterthought, but if they provide a flash of colour when worn with a suit, they can command considerable attention. Ensure that you match the colours of your suit and socks according to these rules.

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Black suit

Black suits look sharp and formal, and will be an essential part of any business wardrobe. Colour can look out of place here, so the socks should be a neutral shade.

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    Grey socks

    Whether light or dark, shades of grey will provide a slight contrast to your suit. They will work well if your shoes are any shade other than black.

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    Black socks

    For the most elegant look, black socks and black shoes will appear effortlessly understated.

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Navy suit

A good navy suit will work for any business occasion, from a boardroom meeting to a day at your desk. This versatile design works with a range of sock options too.

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    Bold contrast can be a powerful move. Red socks provide a way to achieve this without having to take any significant style risks.

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    For something more understated, tonal navy will keep your outfit streamlined.

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    On more formal occasions, grey socks go well with a navy blue suit, as they create a more professional look.

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    Brown socks provide pleasing contrast when worn with navy tailoring. Make sure that your shoes are a different shade.

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Grey suit

Although grey can appear to be a serious colour, it mixes easily with other shades, making a grey suit a versatile piece to style.

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    Brighten up a grey suit in the most sophisticated way with a pair of turquoise socks.

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    Shades of blue go particularly well with grey, and navy is a strong choice to combine with charcoal tailoring.

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    For a firmly professional look, grey socks are a foolproof choice when worn with a matching suit.

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