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The summer season in Britain is full of sporting events that have become firm fixtures on the social calendar as well as the ultimate showcases of style. From Murray Mound to the Royal Enclosure, here are our tips for hitting the right sartorial note head-to-toe.

1. Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is synonymous with pageantry, Great British style and its rather strict etiquette for over 300 years. Dress codes depend on what enclosure you are watching from. Gentlemen in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear morning dress in black or grey, which includes a waistcoat and tie, a top hat and black shoes. Meanwhile, a smart suit and tie is the name of the game in the Queen Anne and Village enclosures. Sock-wise, Royal guests must stick to black or grey (see our Simply Sartorial range) but anywhere else you can add some personality with something like our Pink Friday.

Remember that this year is the first time that you are required to wear socks to Royal Ascot.

2. Henley Royal Regatta

Since the first regatta in 1859, this boat race has become the most celebrated in the world. And with over 200 races, world-class oarsmen, thousands of spectators, and Pimms-fuelled picnics on the riverbank, it is no wonder. While there is no formal dress code for the Regatta Enclosure, men typically wear blazers or boldly striped rowing club jackets with chinos. For gents lucky enough to find themselves in the Stewards Enclosure, the dress code is strictly lounge suits or a jacket, tie and smart trousers. To fit in yet stand out, try bold socks, like a pair in East India Saffron.

3. Wimbledon

Murray Mound, strawberries and cream, Centre Court and the best tennis players in the world, there is no event quite like Wimbledon. As the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, what you wear has almost become as important as the tennis itself. For ultimate courtside style, opt for a lightweight, comfortable suit or a blazer and tailored trousers. If you are headed for the Member’s Enclosure you’ll need a tie. For socks, leave the whites to the players and opt for a pair from our Set & Match bundle in Royal Navy, Highland Heather or Masters Green.

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Knowing how to dress during the transitional period between seasons can be tricky. When that first heatwave hits it is easy to over-excitedly banish all your cooler layers to the attic. The inevitable reality is that you will find yourself cursing your optimism when thermometers drop again – probably later that same day. 

The key to making a successful wardrobe shift from one season to the next comes down to layering, and the king of layering is the overshirt. With more polish than a hoodie, more substance than a shirt and less weight than an overcoat or bomber, an overshirt is one of the most versatile items a man can own. So how do you wear it?

1. Play it your way

The beauty of the overshirt is that it can be worn on its own or – as the name suggests – over a t-shirt on warm spring days, as well as under a light coat when there is a chill in the air. Flexibility is the name of the game.

2. Smarten Up

While you’ll find many overshirts that are a nod to the classic padded lumberjack shirt, there are plenty of examples that are suited to life outside the timber yard. A darker shade, buttoned up and paired with crisp, well-fitting chinos (deep burgundy are a smart alternative to the usual beige) brown monk strap shoes is polished and effortlessly cool. We like this dark blue heavyweight cotton drill overshirt from Grove & Co. Pair with Grey Marl for extra style points.

3. Dress up the dress down

You can’t go wrong with an overshirt / t-shirt combination. For a refined take on dressed down layering, try a grandad collar shirt. This stylish collarless design is easy-to-wear and transcends casual and formal dress codes, giving the classic shirt a subtle update. L’Estrange London do a nice one in navy chambray that looks great with jeans, trainers and some punchy socks in midnight blue.

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Award-winning food writer, restaurant critic and son of the Duchess of Cornwall, Tom Parker Bowles is no stranger to the world of the Great British gentleman.

He is also charmingly down-to-earth and a proud London Sock Company member. In fact, an order comes for him from his mother at Clarence House every Christmas.

We caught up with Tom to find out why he loves LSC, what makes the British style iconic and what colour socks he’ll be wearing to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding (spoiler: they are bright).

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Q: How would you describe your personal style? Has it evolved much over the years?

I think my friends and family would howl with laughter at the idea of me having a personal style! More scruffy bugger than anything else. But I do like a good suit. Timothy Everest mainly. And shoes too. I have a pair of Lobbs I love.

Q: Are there any sartorial lessons that you have learned from family or friends?

My grandfather was incredibly well dressed. Immaculate in pinstripes. But boring basics: never wear a clip-on bow tie, invest in the likes of dinner jackets and tails.

Q: The world you were brought up in and are a part of is quite traditional: do you think tradition is restrictive when it comes to personal style?

I’ve never really thought of it like that. I quite like formality. If it says black tie, or suit, or Morning dress, I know where I stand. But I cannot bear ‘smart casual’.  What the hell does that mean? Either I’m in some form of suit, or jeans, trainers and a t-shirt.

Q: Do you remember your first London Sock Co. experience? How did it come about and what did you like about it? What sets them apart from other socks?

I think I was given a pair at an Esquire Christmas party. I loved the quality, the British craftsmanship, the wonderful range of colours.

Q: What is your go-to sock colour for making a statement?

I have just the pink, or the aquamarine. It makes life easier just to have all my socks from one place, in two colours.

Q: Do you have a lucky pair of socks?

Nope.

Q: Have you got your socks picked out for the Royal Wedding?

It’s going  to be pink or aquamarine. For a change.

Q: You’ve travelled extensively over the years – what does British style mean for you? 

There is a mix of formality and iconoclasm. You think of Andersen and Shepherd, say, then John Galliano and Vivian Westwood. Great tailoring meets inspired iconoclasm.

Q: Why do you think that British style resonates with so many globally?

For the same reasons. We have the traditional uniforms. Immaculately cut. And then that more idiosyncratic, personal style. But really, I’m the last person who should be commenting on fashion!

Q: What three items should no gentleman be without?

A please, a thank you and a well cut suit

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THREE WAYS TO STYLE YOUR BROWN SOCKS 

Rich, warm and subtly sophisticated, brown adds strength and style to any wardrobe. No, you didn’t misread us, and yes we’ll go on record. We love brown.

It may come as a surprise, but far from being boring or folksy, brown is a versatile neutral worthy of your attention.

1. Variations on a Theme

Play with different tones of brown. Swap your cream chinos for a slightly more sophisticated pair in latte or tan and wear with brown socks and timeless brown monk straps.

2. Brown and Blue

As a colour, brown is smart but not stiff. It can add subtle polish to off-duty outfits as well as nonchalance to more formal workwear. Try a pair with jeans and a shirt for grown-up dressing down, or wear with a navy suit for elegant informality.

Brown socks and a sleek pair of trainers is an easy way to achieve effortless cool. Partner with well-cut trousers rather than jeans for a sharp, classic silhouette.

We have paired our Cotswold Stone here as a lighter option of brown.

3. A Hint of Hazelnut

Brown is the ultimate baseline alternative. This is an earthy neutral that works well with blues, black and other browns, as well as the equally earthy hues of warm reds, burnt orange and khaki.

Another option is instead of turning to the tried-and-tested realm of business greys when donning black, opt for a warm brown to break up the monochrome with understated confidence.

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The post Men’s Style Tips #40: The New Brown in Town appeared first on London Sock Company.

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FIVE WAYS TO STYLE YOUR GREEN SOCKS 

As a colour, green represents growth and ambition, so this weekend, why not give green socks a go?

We appreciate it’s not always obvious what to wear them with, but these quick tips will make your fear of green a thing of the past.

1. What do Green socks go with?

Generally speaking, green looks great with navy, browns, and also lighter shades like these tan chino’s shown.

Our British Racing green socks are a classy option and even look great with trainers too.

2. Pattern or Plain?

Block colours will always look great, but as an alternative here’s a patterned green sock style to add a little detail, perfect with a smart pair of brown shoes.

Again, pairing with darker colours; navy jumper and brown/grey trousers.

Sock style shown here is our Jacquard Vert, a subtle but unique pattern.

3. All out in Green

This Saturday is the perfect opportunity to embrace St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of your rugby allegiances.

If you’re supporting another team this weekend, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. See our full Pitch Side range of colours, including England, Scotland and Wales here.

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS 

With Mother’s day fast approaching, we hope we can help with a few mother’s day gift ideas.

It’s a great occasion to show someone that you truly care, and here are our top four picks from our friendly brands.

1. Fresh Flowers Delivered Monthly?

You know we love a subscription service here at London Sock Co. and what better than beautiful flowers for mother’s day, that just keep re-delivering each month.  Look no further than our friends at Bloom & Wild:

Bloom & Wild

2. Perfume

Another classic mother’s day gift is perfume. We have selected a great British brand, Penhaligon’s and their highly recommended: Equinox Bloom Eau de Parfum

Penhaligon’s Equinox Bloom Eau de Parfum

3. Luxury Hand Cream

Every mum will enjoy having lovely soft and beautifully scented skin.  As it happens, we’re loving it in London Sock Co. HQ as well!

We highly recommend this luxury Vitamin E Hand Treatment cream from Jo Malone.

Jo Malone Vitamin E Hand Treatment

4. When a Mother deserves more than just one present?

Whether you want to really treat a special mum, or just can’t decide what to get, then why not try a gift hamper?

One of our favourites is Fortnum and Mason’s Mother’s Day Hamper, featuring a host of delicacies any mother will love.

Fortnum & Mason’s- Mother’s Day Hamper

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Style Tip #38: The complete guide to Winter Socks for men.

Choosing the right winter socks for the cold weather, as well as the right footwear, is essential to staying warm, dry, and stylish of course.

As we’re writing this, the UK is in the midst of one of the coldest weather periods we can remember.

When it comes to your winter socks, everything from material choices, knit style and length can make a significant difference.

We hope you enjoy our extensive guide.

1.WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR WOOL SOCKS

Wool has been used to make clothing for centuries, and for very good reason.

It has some exceptional insulating and breathing qualities that make it the perfect material choice for winter socks to perform well in cold weather.

And the great thing is, we can even produce it ourselves here in the UK…

If you’re walking any distance in wintry weather, boots – particularly welly boots, are a great choice.

Which makes our made in UK, Wool Wellington Socks, the perfect socks to wear.

Wool fibres in socks are exceptionally good at insulating heat.  They also naturally wick moisture away, so your feet stay warm and comfortable inside your wellington boots.

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Socks – Wellington Socks Denim Blue

Shirt – Oliver Spencer Aston Shirt Powell Multi

Wellingtons – Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots, Navy

2.WEAR KNEE LENGTH SOCKS IN THE WINTER

Even when it’s freezing cold outside, you might still need to dress smart to the office.

A great solution is to wear stylish dress socks in winter, but in knee length.

If you don’t believe us, just try it.  It’s incredibly warm and comfortable and no-one would know any different.

Italian men love their knee length socks in winter, as they can retain their formal stylish look, while their legs are toasty warm from the knees down.

We promise you will be converted to knee length socks for winter weather!

Get The Look

Socks – Ebony Black Knee-Length

Suit – REISS

Shoes – Sons of London

3. SILK SOCKS ARE GREAT FOR COLD WEATHER

Silk socks – yes we’re serious!

Silk has some incredible properties that make it perfect for winter socks:

  • Silk’s low density makes it lighter and more comfortable, even when the socks are thicker
  • Good insulation properties; Warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Silk is the strongest natural fibre available

While pure silk socks would fit horribly, we developed a perfect blend of silk, soft luxury cotton and elastic.

So look no further than silk for your stylish winter socks.  Soft, thick, warm, comfortable and with a beautiful silky sheen to finish.

Our Hot City silk blend socks are made in the UK, designed by local artist Rosemary Goodenough.

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Style Tip #37: The perfect dress sock styles for Navy Blue Suit and Trousers

Wearing a navy blue suit or trousers is a popular style choice for office wear.  And why not?

Navy Blue is such a versatile colour.  It’s easy to look great with a variety of different shoe colours, shirts, and of course, dress socks.

So given they are such a staple item in the modern gentleman’s wardrobe, we created five simple style ideas for your navy suit or trousers.

Each style tip ranging from ‘interview formal’, to ‘Friday business-casual’.  With every look we list our favourite shirt, jumper or shoe combinations, and of course, match them with the perfect sock style choice.

We hope you enjoy.

1.DON’T LIKE MONDAYs (IRONING)

We’ve all experienced that Monday feeling, when an extra 10 minutes on snooze is far more appealing than ironing a shirt for the day.

One solution is to wear a fine-knit jumper over your shirt, but you still need your business style to look really sharp.

To keep this looking smart and formal, we suggest dark navy blue for your trousers (or suit) and keep your jumper the same.  Lighten the look with a crisp pale blue shirt.  Smart black shoes will look great, like these double monk straps shown here.

Of course the final detail is to add the perfect flair of dress sock colour.  Here we’ve chosen our beautifully detailed Jacquard Pink sock style.  A plain pink coloured sock is another great option here.

Get The Look

Socks – Jacquard Pink

Trousers – Reiss Charlie T

Shoes – Sons of London Double Monk Strap

2.THE BOARDROOM BLUES

Whether it’s an important meeting, the company board or even entertaining clients, it’s sometimes important to dress up more formally. This is the perfect occasion for your sharp Navy Blue Suit.

If you look great, you’re on the right foot to feel confident and make a great impression.

Keep it simple by combining a tailored dark blue suit, a crisp white shirt, and a well polished black or brown oxford shoe.

Complete the look with the perfect dress sock for your Navy Suit.  Here we’ve chosen our popular Ottaway Style Burnt Orange, with it’s detailed Prince of Wales knitted pattern.

In our opinion the perfect combination.

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Socks – Ottaway Style Burnt Orange

Suit – Reiss Jansen T  Trouser & Double Breasted Wool Blazer Indigo

Shoes – Sons of London

3.SMART SEPARATES

Here is another chance to trade the full suit option for something more relaxed, while mixing up the colour combinations.

Try a plain, crew neck cashmere sweater; light grey being our choice here.

For your trousers, try either a plain navy blue or subtly patterned / textured blue style. Our choice of shirt here is a simple, crisp white slim-fit cotton.

A simple brown brogue or textured shoe will look great.

As for the ideal sock choice, we’d recommend our soft-textured Marl Grey sock style to keep things simple and distinguished.

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STYLE TIP #36: SOCK STYLES AND NAVY JEANS, THE PERFECT PAIRING

It’s fair to assume that most of us will own at least one pair of classic navy denim jeans.

So we’ve pieced together some great style ideas to make the most of your navy denim.  Everything from sharp evening out, to purely weekend casual.

Each look complete with the perfect sock style, shoe and shirt combination of course.

We hope you enjoy!

  1. THE DOUBLE CASUAL GENT

A nice casual weekend look is ‘double-denim’, but the trick is keeping the denim colours different.

We recommend a darker slim-fit navy jean, with a lighter mid-blue denim shirt.

For the perfect sock style, we’ve chosen our designer Spot of Style Classic Black.

The Look

Socks – Spot of Style Classic Black

Shirt – Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Denim Sport Shirt

Jeans – Hackett London Vintage Wash Newbery Regular Jeans

Shoes – Reiss Darren Leather Sneakers Bordeaux

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  1. THE DAPPER CHAP IN DENIM

To smarten up in jeans, try a dark navy colour of slim fit denim. Pair your denims with a shirt, textured blazer and some smart leather trainers or shoes.

As for the sock choice here, it’s all about a bit of contrast with a brighter, bolder statement. Our Spot of Style Sky Blue  sock style is on point.

The Look

Sock – Spot of Style Skye Blue

Blazer – Hackett London Checked Blazer

Shirt – Reiss Varsity Slim Fit Shirt

Jeans – Reiss Horris Slim Fit Jeans Navy

Shoes – Axel Arigato Clean 90 Dark Grey Leather

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  1. THE SPORTING GENT

With Six Nations fever in full swing, here’s a great casual denim look for the sporting gent.

A single turn-up on slim fit navy jean, chunky navy knit jumper and some smart leather trainers or boots.

The perfect sock?  Try our thicker cotton Pitch Side Green & White sock.

The Look

Socks – Pitch Side Green & White

Knit – Reiss Montreal Shawl-Collar Cardigan

Jeans – Hackett London Newberg Slim Jeans

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  1. THE SUNDAY SHARPS

Nothing says Sunday like an afternoon Roast Dinner, and this look will see you right for your Sunday best.

A white, soft cotton collared shirt with mid-blue jeans gives you a sophisticated Sunday look.

Add a sharp, patterned sock for an extra touch of class and style. Try our Shaken & Stirred Grey

The Look

Sock – Shaken & Stirred Grey

Shirt – Charles Tyrwhitt White Oxford Jersey Shirt

Jeans –  Reiss Saunton Tapered Slim Jeans Indigo

Shoes – Reiss Darren Leather Sneakers Bordeaux

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  1. THE COUNTRY GENT

There’s nothing quite like a weekend in the countryside to unwind.  Show off your dapper country attire with your jeans, Wellington boots and checked shirt.

The Look

Socks – Wellington Socks Denim Blue

Shirt : Oliver Spencer Aston Shirt Powell Multi

Wellingtons – Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots, Navy

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A FEW MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE

In case that’s not enough inspiration, here are some more great denim styles with the perfect sock combinations to match.

SHOP THE NAVY JEAN SOCK COLLECTIONS:

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BRITAIN’S TOP CHEF SHARES HIS BEEF

A Member Exclusive from Jason Atherton, who shares his love of socks and award winning burger recipe!

BY JASON ATHERTON

Ever wondered how to make the best burger in the business?

After sampling more than our fair share of burgers this summer, we’ve been feeling slightly nostalgic about summer coming to an end.

So rather than put it behind us, we asked Britain’s top chef and Sock Club member, Jason Atherton, how he serves up his critically acclaimed burger.

Exclusively for our London Sock Co. members, Jason has shared his famous burger recipe, so we can all re-create it at home.  Fingers crossed that summer is not quite done yet, and we can still have an excuse to fire up the barbecue.

And of course, we had to ask Jason about his sock style choices. He responded; “the more colourful the better!”.  We couldn’t agree more sir.  See his sock style picks below.

So, here it is, the best burger in the business…

Award winning chef and LSC Sock Club member, Jason Atherton

THE LITTLE SOCIAL BURGER WITH SMOKY BACON AND BALSAMIC ONION CHUTNEY

BY JASON ATHERTON

FROM HIS COOK BOOK SOCIAL SUPPERS

“I am very proud of our Little Social burger, not only because it’s delicious but also because it has amassed numerous accolades and has been named London’s best burger several times. My head chef at Little Social, Cary Docherty, came up with the recipe when we opened the bistro and it is now used in all my casual restaurants.”

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4

FOR THE BURGER

600g Good-Quality Beef Mince

1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

FOR THE BALSAMIC ONION CHUTNEY

1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil

4 Spanish Onions, peeled and sliced

100ml Balsamic Vinegar

TO SERVE

8 thin rashers Smoked Streaky Bacon

4 slices Mild Cheddar Cheese

4 Brioche Burger Buns

2 large Gherkins, thinly sliced

1 quantity Chunky Chips

METHOD

Divide the beef mince into four 150g portions, then press each portion into a 10cm wide pastry ring to form neat patties. Arrange the patties in a single layer on a plate, cover with cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes to allow them to firm up.

Next, make the balsamic onion chutney. Heat a heavy-based pan with the oil until hot. Add the onions and a generous pinch of salt and cook over a medium–high heat for 10–12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to soften and colour. Once they are golden, turn the heat down and continue to cook for another 15–20 minutes until they darken further and become soft and sticky. Do remember to stir frequently to prevent the onions from burning. Tip in the balsamic vinegar and cook until the vinegar has reduced to a sticky glaze. Leave to cool.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven grill to the highest setting. Arrange the bacon rashers on a baking sheet in a single layer. Grill for 5–6 minutes until they are golden brown and crisp. Remove and leave to cool slightly. Set the oven to 200°C.

Heat a wide ovenproof frying pan over high heat with a little of the olive oil. Season both sides of the burger patties. Fry them for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Place 2 crisp bacon rashers and a slice of Cheddar on top of each patty then transfer the pan to the hot oven to finish the cooking. For medium burgers, remove them from the oven after 3 minutes, by which time the cheese should be oozing over the patties. If you prefer the burgers well done, leave them in the oven for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, halve and toast the burger buns. Put the bottom halves on warmed serving plates, then spread over an even layer of onion chutney. Arrange 3 slices of gherkin on top of the chutney, followed by the burgers. Top with the lids of the buns and serve immediately with piping hot chips.

Get on the grill and give London’s best burger a go for yourself.

But we don’t blame you if you aren’t up to the challenge, or simply want to try it for real.  Visit the Little Social in Mayfair for the full Atherton experience.

Little Social

5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1NE.

Jason’s Sock Style Choices

Jason’s a huge fan of bright and colourful, but has a real love for the Ottaway Style designs.  As a sock club member he already has a good number of our selections, so picked out a few gift box selections below with his favourites included.

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