MENS SOCKS, left to right from top : Vanishing Elephant Periwinkle socks – $15, Happy Socks crisscross socks – $17 from Five Boroughs and Vanishing Elephant fair isle socks – $15. Photography by Sean Fennessy, styling by Sonia Rentsch for The Design Files.

MEN SOCKS, from top to bottom : Happy Socks red colourway pattern – $17 from Five Boroughs, Happy Socks large polka dot print $17 from Five Boroughs, Country Road Focus Crew socks $12.95 and Country Road Fair Isle Crew socks $12.95.  Photography by Sean Fennessy, styling by Sonia Rentsch for The Design Files.

SO I don’t know about you guys, but the clothing item I most struggle with when the temperature drops is footwear.  Feet are delicate things, it’s hard to keep ‘em looking smart and feeling toasty all at once.

With this in mind, rather than rounding up the more obvious essentials such as scarves, hats or gloves this week, we’ve pulled together a round up of the sweetest socks (and, ah, one pair of stockings!) to keep your toes colourfully cosy this winter.  Once we started hunting we were amazed to uncover so many surprisingly eye-catching options!  And I’m happy to say for once it’s not all about the ladies around here… we spotted some excellent picks for the fellas too.

MASSIVE enormous thanks to supremely talented still life stylist Sonia Rentsch, who collaborated with photographer Sean Fennessy to create these beautiful shots for your viewing pleasure!  Original product photography gets me rather excited I must say. Especially when it looks this fab!

Boys picks up top, girls options below!

GIRLS SOCKS + STOCKINGS, from top to bottom : Celeste Stein giraffe socks – $14 from FAT, Celeste Stein paradise socks – $14 from FAT, Britta Knüppel paint splatter socks – $25 from Dagmar Rousset and Strathcona rainbow ombre stockings – $38 from Dagmar Rousset. Photography by Sean Fennessy, styling by Sonia Rentsch for The Design Files.

GIRLS SOCKS – clockwise from top : Happy Socks zebra print – $17 from Five Boroughs, Ayame patterned socks – $38 from Dagmar Rousset, Happy Socks mismatch print – $17 from Five Boroughs, Lisa B. cashmere / angora wool blend socks – $30 from Cottage Industry and Ayame block coloured socks – $38 from Dagmar Rousset. Photography by Sean Fennessy, styling by Sonia Rentsch for The Design Files.