Infact last friday night on the tube on the way to a bar a lady complimented me on my socks! They were a purple shade and went well with my suit/shirt combo.
A little full on Jay I have to say :p perhaps we should try to cultivate a more friendly atmosphere? I'd love to see the forum grow on the strength of its reputation for being friendly and welcoming ;)
But I agree with the general thrust that colourful socks can be a nice move if you do it right. Other times it looks dreadful, I have a friend whose tendencies towards neon pink socks disagree terribly with his fairly natural looking sand chinos, but he seems to think it looks fabulous. Under more modern clothes with cleaner colours I think they can look great - as long as they're nice. In fact I do own a couple of particularly bright red pairs that look quite nice with a muted purple chino.
I'm still waiting for the elegant man about town should be wearing in the sockwear department as I'm clearly far too lazy to get it right on my own.
I have already apologized. I didn't mean to be such a jerk.
I'm afraid, that for all my Fashionbeans writer status I still wear hideous navy Marks & Spencer Sports socks everyday; the kind that school boys wear. Thankfully my outfits haven't actually required it yet as I am usually to be found in boots, unless it's summer when I will be sockless in my loafers or fully casual in my high tops or trainers. However, with investment in some tassled penny loafers and tailored herringbone trousers looming on the horizon I fear my sock selection may well be in for a radical makeover.
I can certainly understand the impact a pair of colourful socks will have on an outfit, especially if the trousers are cut properly and the ankle is brought forth when seated.
Everyone seems to mix colour socks with suits; I don't even own a suit. I think I've just fallen down a sartorial notch or four.
But I understand, Will, that you have amassed a grand total of £0 so far to right that wrong with? ;)
I like subtle socks. Argyles and that, I even have a couple of pairs in a dogtooth pattern, they're quite cool.
It's been at £0 for quite a while now, I think I might have to settle with something from Reiss perhaps. Sadly my money has to be spent on those silly things that keep me alive and well; like food and bills. . . . .and cider.
I did try to go without cider for a while but it just wasn't happening.
On a happier note however I would agree with you on the argyle front, I think when I do eventually have to invest, that those will be a staple for me.
I think cider vs tailoring is probably a one sided decision for a young man :p
Reiss is pretty good isn't it? I think I know a gent who had a Reiss suit tailored to fit and it looks the business.
Edit: And by the way I just read the finished article, it's great so good job chaps!