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Are you the office sheep or peacock?



Allow me to explain, are you the trendy one in the office or just another uniformed follower….

Today, we’re diving head-first into the world of the tie & sock, to reinvigorate you with new and old looks so you can pull off that effortless yet elegant look.


The modern-day gent, universally, is struggling to find the perfect medium between resembling the office sheep or peacock. Now, I’m sure your familiar with both the rules ‘match socks with pants’ and ‘match tie with shirt’, which of course is perfect for the professional setting. However, for us tasteful lads such a combination simply adds no character or style.


Let’s face it, the topic of men’s fashion simply isn’t customary, whilst inside the borders of the concrete jungle that is. It’s not your fault either, as men, we subconsciously bottle any form of vanity so that on the face we appear composed and poised, unfazed by the apparent trivial nature of fashion and looking good.


We are here to tie the knot on what ‘tie & sock’ combinations actually work. Because frankly, aint nobody got a tie for that. Are you tie’red of these puns yet? Now, enough chit-chat. Let’s go through some looks that you may have thought about, yet never actually acted on.

 Observe and notice the tie & sock combos utilised by the below men.

 Look 1: Subtle yet elegant.



Well spotted, their tie and sock combinations not only match but stand as the centre point for their overarching look. Whether your suit is black, navy, grey, tan or fluro green, as long as you match your tie and sock with either a warm or cool colour; be it blue, red, purple, orange, green or yellow, you will successfully pull off an effortlessly elegant look.

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Look 2: 1 on 1 off.



This look seeks to utilise a little more versatility. Ultimately, opting for a plain coloured tie and patterned sock, or vice versa, AKA the “1 on 1 off rule”. In one look this minor adjustment can allow you to make a statement in the office whilst also ‘casualising’ your style from the formality of a suit. We recommend that the pattern of your socks should be matched to a colour on the upper part of your outfit. For example, a navy tie with burgundy and white stripes, combined with burgundy socks would complement well. Similarly, a warmer coloured tie like purple, blue or green with a chequered or plaid patterned sock would also complement each other well. Gents, the devil is in the detail.

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InStitchu Combo’s

Look 3: The guys who knows his shit.



This look is directed at the fashionably conscious; however, with a slight wardrobe addition, the average office Joe is only one step away from a GQ editorial. Therefore, a rule of thumb when dressing pattern on pattern, is to match the two most dominant colours within your tie and sock pattern. Notice how the men above have matched their sock colours to a dominant colour within their tie, namely; yellow, red and blue to thus accentuate their overall look.

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InStitchu Combo’s

So next time your suiting up, think to yourself, does my tie & sock combo actually complement each other or am I just matching black on black like every other sheep in the office?


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