While corporate socks were once something of an afterthought, they have been thrust into the limelight in recent years with all sorts of bright colour combinations.

Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Peter Jones may take the credit for the increasing popularity of multi-coloured stripy socks in the boardroom but is this kind of look suitable for everyone?

As a rule of thumb, the brighter your socks the more of a statement you will be making, so choosing socks that suit your personality is important.

If you’re a multi-millionaire boss, then nobody is going to judge you for wearing bright stripy socks but for the rest of us who want to be taken seriously rather than have our socks grab the limelight, care should be taken in choosing the right colour and pattern.

The safest choice with formal office wear is to go for classic solid colours or traditional patterns if you want to liven up your look without drawing too much attention.

If you want to go for a more individual look, then choose colours that will complement or coordinate with your suit colour.

If you want to be more daring and choose contrasting colours, then the contrast should match that between your trousers and shirt.