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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:
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.
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.”
FOR THE BURGER
600g Good-Quality Beef Mince
1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
FOR THE BALSAMIC ONION CHUTNEY
1-2 tablespoons Olive Oil
4 Spanish Onions, peeled and sliced
100ml Balsamic Vinegar
8 thin rashers Smoked Streaky Bacon
4 slices Mild Cheddar Cheese
4 Brioche Burger Buns
2 large Gherkins, thinly sliced
1 quantity Chunky Chips
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.
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.
It’s officially September already, where the heck did Summer go?
After the summer holidays, it’s time to get back on-track; to up your game again at work, at home and in the gym (possibly). We are in full support.
Your first step towards the office? Making sure you look great.
To help, here are five simple, work-ready styles for you. Each with perfectly matched sock, shoe and trouser combinations. And there’s one for each day of the week… so you can guarantee you’re boardroom ready Monday through Friday. Get ready to pull your socks up and go take on the world…
Your colleagues will envy your resilience by not allowing Monday to dampen your mood. These blue trousers and bold striped sock combo are a great way to brighten up a formal look. Burnt orange in the sock is perfect for a lighter brown shoe.
Black trousers are a classic in menswear, you can’t really escape them and, to be honest, we don’t see why you would want to. Exceedingly versatile, you can dress your black trousers or chino up or down and they leave you open to match with a variety of shirts, t-shirts or suit jackets.
If you’re looking for a sleek and smarter work outfit, you could stick to greys and black when it comes to your socks. But avoid the dull, black sock and go for this subtle check instead.
The brown leather semi-brogue is a wardrobe staple for both work and occasion wear. A pair of brogues with grey suit or trousers is a classic, simply sartorial look you can’t argue with! Incorporate some colour with a bright, striped sock, to break up the grey and brown tones and keep your style on point – plus an opportunity to show your character in the office.
Brown and blue go perfectly together, and the navy trouser and brown double monk strap is a great combination for a smart-casual look for the office.
Thursday is a day of getting things done, and a typical evening to be out with friends. So show some flair with a pop of colour in your socks. Burnt orange is great with tan shoes and Navy trousers. Keep things smart with a simple white cotton shirt – or pair with a navy suit for a business look whilst keeping things stylish, tailored and sharp. Enjoy the pop of colour in your socks, also drawing due attention to your stylish monk straps.
Friday is about dressing down but still looking smart. Here we’ve matched a simple burgundy chino with a smart suede shoe. For the sock choice we’ve gone with a complimentary Bordeaux / Burgundy colour sock with a nice pattern detail. Complete your look with items that balance out your statement trousers and socks. A white shirt or t-shirt is perfect.
More and more often we are relaxing our attitudes towards workwear. There is no need to stick to the rigid black or blue suit, white shirt and tie.
However that is no reason to get lazy with our business style. The key to dressing for work is maintaining a smart, sleek look – even when going casual. Focus on keeping it simple and use your socks to give that perfect complimentary detail of colour, pattern and style.
In our latest style tip feature we’re continuing our ‘back to basics’ theme, by exploring something as simple as Red Socks and how best to wear them. We feature five great style tips for different occasions, from office formal, to night out, to weekend casual.
We often receive questions from gentlemen who are a bit nervous of wearing brightly coloured socks for the first time. It’s perfectly understandable and of course, with the benefit of four years in the sock world, we like to think we can help.
So even if your instinct is to keep to safer sock colours, we’re going to show you how striking and sharp red socks can look with some simple style combinations you’re guaranteed to have in your wardrobe.
Whether you’re wondering how to wear red to the office, how to style black and red together or how to add a bit of colour to your formal attire. Here we hope to explain why everyone needs some red colours in their sock drawer, and share some excellent styling tips from the experts.
Take it as Red…
It has been said that the colour red ‘signifies pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination.’
Perhaps it’s our classic British cynicism, but if you think simply wearing red is going to turn you into Richard Branson tomorrow, well, we wish you the best of luck.
However, there is something hugely appealing about the colour red.
It appears in nature often as a warning colour. Tiger Woods always wore his red t-shirt on the final day of a competition, which we’re led to believe, was a warning to the rest that he was out to win.
Apart from anything, red is a naturally warm and attractive colour. It’s bold and eye catching.
Now, turning up to work tomorrow in a red shirt, red jumper, or even just a bold red tie, would definitely make a statement to the world! But we’re not sure it’s the statement you’re after.
However, wearing a pair of red socks is the perfect way to make the most of this warm, bold colour, in a much more gentlemanly, confident, and understated way.
So to make sure you can make the most of red socks as a professional style accessory, here are five great style suggestions from office wear to your weekend casual.
Office 1: Your perfect red sock style, for smart/casual
Smart / casual is the norm in many offices these days, even in the city. Our advice though, is even when you’re donning a more casual look, keep it smart and presentable. A smart blazer keeps a more formal look – which could save your bacon if an unexpected meeting crops up.
For this style, we suggest a sharp deep grey trouser or suit with open collar shirt, or even a roll neck for those colder days. Go with a soft brown leather shoe and finish with a hounds tooth patterned red sock to show some detail and personality.
The red sock style shown is our Shaken & Stirred Red – a strong red coloured sock, with equally as strong a hounds tooth pattern, subtly mixed with dark green and navy.
Red socks with houndstooth pattern: Shaken and Stirred
Office 2: Wearing a formal suit with bold red socks
We’re often asked if wearing bright red socks will look good with a formal suit. Our answer? Absolutely! And here’s a great way to do it stylishly.
Pair a crisp black Oxford shoe with a Navy suit, maybe even with a subtle check or pattern for the more adventurous.
Then style the look with our striking Routemaster Red socks, our tribute to an iconic symbol of London in the 20th century; the London Routemaster double decker bus – simple sophistication that will catch the eye.
Most of us save our best wardrobe pieces for the weekend – whether it be your new knit, your favourite brogues or your lucky Saturday night socks. But don’t get caught up always donning the same attire just because it’s “your favourite,” upgrade your weekend style and make sure even your most casual weekend looks are sharp, yet effortlessly stylish.
A plain white or grey trainer with a roll up blue jean is a great way to keep the edge on your weekend style. As we know jeans go with almost everything, but we suggest a sharp Navy or black knit with plain coloured t-shirt.
Top off with our fun, sport inspired Pitch Side White & Red striped socks to your outfit, and keep you warm in the stands this weekend.
Weekend: The Cocktail Party in patterned red socks
Aside from maybe Prince Harry, cocktail parties aren’t typically a weekly occurrence for most of us. However if you do have the opportunity to dress up for one, it’s great fun. It’s also the perfect setting to show off some bold red socks. The dress code for ‘cocktail party’ is generally quite formal, so we’ve suggested keeping it simple with the trousers, and adding some red patterned socks to match.
Although formal, we’re suggesting an understatedly classic look with smart suit trouser in black or deep navy (add the jacket if it is the evening) a and crisp open collar white shirt and a black leather Oxford shoe.
You can definitely opt for a more vibrant sock when it’s a cocktail party, so add a pop to your look with a bold colour or pattern. We’ve gone for the timeless Ottaway Style Red to really shake things up.
Date Night: Patterned Red Socks say confidence and attention to detail
Going on a date can be nerve-racking for anyone, so “what do I wear?” is the last question you want to be asking yourself at the eleventh hour. Whether it’s the 1st date or the 100th, it’s still an important occasion where you want to impress.
Our advice? Keep it simple. You want to look like you’ve made an effort without going over the top.
For the smart-casual date look opt for a simple grey or khaki trainer (make sure they’re clean), with roll up dark blue chinos or jeans, and a pair of colourful red socks.
Red socks are perfect as they show some personality. Here we’ve gone for a slightly darker shade of red, or burgundy with mustard, from the aptly named Eleni Shaken & Stirred…hopefully you can emulate some of that 007 charm.
Top it off with a smart wool overcoat and you’re sorted. That way you are covered for a romantic dinner, a walk in the park, drinks or a cinema date.
Monday, January 15th or “Blue Monday” is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, but we are paying no attention to that. Here are some ways you can make the most of your start to 2018, and well and truly beat the blues…
Get stuck into a specific gym routine and really nail that work/life balance.
Make your lunches the night before. Meal prep is the most effective way of keeping healthy, and avoiding those last-minute rushes to the shops on your lunch hour.
Iron and set out your work outfits on a Sunday night to avoid a chaotic start to every morning, and an extra 10 minutes in bed! (Don’t forget a fitting pair of socks).
Gym before work – you’ll have more energy for the day ahead and you can head straight home at the end of the day instead of enduring a dreaded 6pm spin class after a hard day in the office
Make plans! There is almost a sort of unspoken taboo with making plans in January. Plans are good for your mental wellbeing and help blow away those cobwebs.
Look sharp andembrace the blues! You’ll be feeling back to your old self in no time at all… To look good is to feel good, and blue is one of the most versatile colours to style after all.
Our Bloomsbury Collection is a wardrobe staple and oozes simple sophistication. This soft, light blue works particularly well with Navy chinos and brown brogues, or dress it down with a sharp pair of leather trainers in grey or khaki.
Keep it regal with the strong and stylish Arts Club Royal. Perfect with Navy chinos and brown or black brogues. Simplicity and beauty combine wonderfully in this collection, inspired by the creativity of the modern arts club of London.
Breathable, stylish and durable, our Wellington Socks are knee length and perfectly designed to fit over or inside the top of your Wellington Boots. Knitted from the finest British wool, they are a classic ribbed style for comfort, and blended with a small amount of Polyamide to reinforce the heel, sole and toe. Perfect for all New Year British country pursuits where wellies are required!
Escape the cold, damp British January with A Spot of Style, designed by London College of Fashion student, Martina Milana. Inspired by the classic movie Roman Holidays, this pair will add a bit of la dolce vita to your look. Think multicoloured Vespas, polka dots and a timeless sense of style.
Two colours of luxury cotton yarns in blue and black are entwined together before knitting, to make this unique marl effect. A soft, comfortable finish for something a bit different. We suggest combining with a Navy suit or denim, with soft brown/black leather shoes, or a pair of white trainers for the more casual gent.
Our Designer Sock Collection sets are the perfect gift of dapper sock styles for gents who enjoy the finer details. This one includes our some of our favourite blue pairs, including the Arts Club and Marl as mentioned above, as well as our Eleni Blue, meaning there truly is something for any occasion.
At London Sock Co. we might specialise in socks and gifts for men, but we still need to make sure we find the right gifts for the special ladies in our lives.
Christmas gifting in particular is an annual pressure, but when it comes to finding the right gift for women, what do you buy?
We know from our own experience that a lot of men, and women, are still searching. So we’ve made things a bit easier for you with this guide – and there’s still time to purchase for pre-Christmas delivery.
Whether it be for your partners, friends, family and work friends – we’ve got you covered.
So here are some of our favourite gift ideas for a special lady, from the grand to the small. You can thank us later. Creating this guide has certainly saved us this year when it comes to gifting our loved ones!
Alice Made This Ring
Alice Made This is a British jewellery brand founded with a precise intention to create ‘Engineered Simplicity’. We love this silver-plated Mia ring from their latest collection – a simply beautiful, delicate piece oozing sophistication for the modern fashionista.
Finlay and Co. sunglasses have blown up recently and have been snapped up by female celebs including; Gigi Hadid, Pippa Middleton, Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller. And most recently, with Megan Markle making her first public appearance with Prince Harry wearing Finlay & Co.’s Shades.
This Albany style is fiercely sleek and the cat-eye shape exudes femininity. Both the Champagne frame & the Tortoise frame are great choices this Christmas, and will suit most face shapes. Megan Markle also had hers monogrammed with MM on the arm – we like your style, Megan.
Finlay and Co. – Albany in Champagne / Turquoise – £120.00: Link
Mulberry Mini Amberley Satchel
Miniature bags are bang on trend this season, and this mini cross-body Satchel by Mulberry in Oxblood Leather is sure so please on Christmas morning.
Nothing says Christmas like new pyjamas. You can’t go wrong with this classic luxury rose silk set from London-based brand, Yolke. Monogramming available.
Yolke – Rose Stretch Silk Pyjama Set – £325.00: Link
Charlotte Simone Fur Scarf
British brand Charlotte Simone has become a classic in women’s accessories. Her ‘Popsicle’ fur cuff scarves complement any look, and are available in a range of colours. We love this blue and black Popsicle for winter-chic style.
London brand, FFS, have taken the British Beauty subscription market by storm with their monthly female shaving sets – and it’s currently on offer!
A great gift for your partner, we’ve heard they are every girls ‘Shaviour’. However we feel obliged to mention we take no responsibility for any offence taken from this present…. gift at your own risk!
Friction Free Shaving – Gift Set – £32.00 £25.00: Link
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty
Celebrity makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury, launched her own collection in 2013 and has become one of the most popular luxury British beauty brands on the market. Her genius gift guide lets you purchase an entire makeup ‘look’ – and there’s ten to choose from, making it devilishly easy for us gents.
Charlotte Tilbury – The Sophisticate Gift Box – £165.00: Link
Oversized statement jumpers are a must-have for British winter. As men, Reiss is one of our go-to brands for knitwear, shirts and trousers – and their womenswear collection is just as sought after. Who said buying clothes for women was hard?…
Reiss – Rosaria Crew-Neck Jumper in Truffle – £125.00: Link
Jo Malone Candle
Every woman loves candles, right? A stereotype perhaps… but there’s no better smell than the Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir fragrance.
Jo Malone – Pomegranate Noir Home Candle – £45.00: Link
Liz Earle Skincare
World-renowned British skincare hero, Liz Earle, has an array of skincare and beauty gifts for all budgets. This ‘Make Every Day Radiant’ set is sure winner, with three full size skincare products and two pure cotton clothes. Link
Olivia Burton Watch
Olivia’s British watches are fashionable, statement pieces – with a style for everyone. Check out their wide range of metals, strap colours and unique watch faces. This Chrono Detail Mink and Rose Gold Watch is a chic, understated piece for the sophisticated woman.
Olivia Burton – Chrono Detail Mink and Rose Gold Watch – £135.00: Link
RHA Bluetooth Headphones
RHA headphones, manufactured in Scotland, a great gift for the fitness fanatic – also a cracking gift for those getting the new iPhone this year as it no longer hosts a port for wired headphones.
RHA – £99.95 – MA 650 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphone: Link