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What's hot to trot?

By Jaclyn Benstead

What's hot to trot?

Hitting the races this year with your crew and want to look lit? You have just used Afterpay for a brand new suit and ready to book yourself in for fresh hair but you have forgotten about one big detail!! You need some bright and fun socks to really make your outfit on fleek. 

Once you have all your basics covered you need to figure out how to inject some personality into your outfit! Get some colour in with matching socks and pocket square combo. Don't be boring and just meld into the crowd this Melbourne Cup Day! Do you want to look like your dad?

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an opportunity to really go that extra mile with your outfit. Wear everything you wouldn't wear in the office or working from home in your track pants. Have a bold look, with colors and prints! Don’t be afraid to mix a patterned shirt or tie with your suit. Bring it home this year! Get your yeet on and your right swipe hand ready! Yeah boi!!! 

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Our favourite wedding socks!

By Jaclyn Benstead

Our favourite wedding socks!

It's not hard to see that socks have become an important factor in the wedding planning process and picking the right socks can make or break an outfit.

Our boxes of different and unique but matching socks make the perfect addition to the groomsmen outfits or even a great gift on the day of the wedding. 

Below we have outlined our favorite boxes of wedding socks for your big day! 

5. Radical Box 98

These bright and sunny socks with a yellow theme look fantastic with a blue or black suit, especially if there will be any yellow flowers in the bouquet. 

Yellow box

4. Classic Box E

Polka dots are in! What would look better than four groomsmen with different colored polka dot socks and the goom with stripes?

 

3. Radial Socks 92

They may be camouflage but these socks will not be missed at the wedding! Pay homage to the epic paintball bucks party with these socks. 

 

2. Icon box 103

Want something fun and different but don't want to detract from the pink bowtie or sleek black look you are going for? Try Icon 103 with four different pairs of black socks and one dark navy pair fro the groom. Perfect for his midnight blue suit! 

 

1. Classic box 99

Our favorite box of wedding socks is classic box 99!! We love this box with its different but matching socks that can represent each of your groomsmen. Two with cute tiny mustaches, two with bright and fun polka dots and a lovely classic tartan. These colors work so well with any rustic wedding and would look amazing in your photos. That is why they are our number one pick for wedding socks! 

 

 

 

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History of socks

By Jaclyn Benstead

History of socks

Socks have come a long way since their humble beginnings. They are now a fashion necessity with any suit and can make-or-break an outfit as well as fulfilling their daily practical role.

Socks have evolved substantially from their earliest models, which were made from animal skin and then gathered up and tied around the ankles. During Roman times, socks were made from leather or woven. The sock we know today really started to appear by the 5th century AD when they were called "puttees" and were worn by holy people in Europe to symbolize purity.

The earliest known surviving pair of socks, created by naalbinding. Dating from 300–500, these were excavated from Oxyrhynchus on the Nile in Egypt. The split toes were designed for use with sandals. They are currently on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (see picture). 

I am sure our range of classic socks are a little more fashion-forward and comfortable and we hope they last just as long! 

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Socks and Sandals- yay or nay?

By Jaclyn Benstead

Socks and Sandals- yay or nay?

Love it or hate it, socks and sandals can be a dividing issue! We here at JFS, believe that it's each to their own and support anything (we mean anything *legal) you want to do with our socks. 

The socks and sandals debate has even reached the fashion echelons of Vogue, as outlined in an article by LIANA SATENSTEIN in Janurary (2018). 

"In the realm of men’s fashion, there are some trends that are so cringe-inducing that they become grossly sexy, like shirts unbuttoned to the navel to reveal male cleavage or toothpick-thin mustaches. These so-bad-they’re-good looks are an acquired taste, much like chopped liver or gefilte fish. You might hate them at first, but after some time, you learn to love them.

The same can’t necessarily be said of the long detested socks-and-sandals combination. Instead of a guilty pleasure like V-necks or Burt Reynolds’s thick facial hair, the look is more associated with bros (perhaps itching to get their feet out of sweaty sneakers) and botany enthusiasts. Look up the phrase “socks and sandals” and sadanduseless.com, which is branded as “the most depressive humor site on the Internet,” pops up and shows a whole page titled “The Absolute Worst Pictures of Men in Socks and Sandals.” Those images are a special brand of heinous and include plaid tabi socks with athletic sandals (oy vey!) and a close-up shot of toe socks.

But like many other bad trends before it, socks and sandals have seen quite the comeback at the Fall 2018 men’s shows. Lucien Pellat Finet showed off pool slides and shin-length tube socks. Maison Kitsuné featured Teva-style sandals and gray socks, as did Kolor—its strappy sandals had fur! The most gag-worthy example unsurprisingly appeared at Vetements. The label showed burgundy slides with white socks so thin they defined each wiggling toe. As for off the runway, one brave showgoer put the look to the test in Paris, wearing pool slides and socks on the street.

All things considered, is the combo all that bad? Real-world hunks Justin Bieber and David Beckham were spotted in socks and sandals back in August and September. (Bieber hit up his church in blue socks and Givenchy sandals, while Beckham wore white athletic socks and snazzy red Adidas pool slides.) Vogue Senior Fashion News Writer Janelle Okwodu had a measured take: “I don’t hate it. It reminds me of my dad and other suburban dads. The trend belongs to them.” Noted—and sweet! Style Editor Edward Barsamian, however, is not a fan. “I know menswear editors will have my head, as it seems that Tevas and nubby socks are the stuff of their dreams, but in practical terms, it’s not such an elegant look,” he said. “Personally, I think the gents should ditch the look altogether, focus on getting a great pedicure, and invest in a sick pair of sneakers.”

Also favoring shoes is Living Editor Ella Riley-Adams, who said, “I think men should avoid sandals completely unless at the beach, and even then, a good sneaker should still do the trick,” but added, “I don’t mind a smart wool sock with a sandal, if it seems to fit a guy’s overall aesthetic. It has to be thoughtful.” The idea seems intrinsically dorky. I asked a male friend who works at a tech company about socks and sandals in his office. (According to him, one culprit “has a ponytail” and “pens in his T-shirt pocket.”) But he also waxed poetic with the following: “Chacos with socks is kind of cyberpunk, owing to the Vibram sole.” Not a bad point, as Vibram may be making a toe-tastic comeback.

It turns out, the look is indeed doable, even weirdly intriguing. But like Riley-Adams said, it takes commitment, and a whole lot of self-confidence is needed to pull off the look. (See the sleazy guy go-to, the über-pointy-toe shoe. In other words: Go for it, but make sure those white gym socks were washed in the hot cycle."

https://www.vogue.com/article/men-socks-and-sandals-trend-justin-bieber-david-beckham-fall-2018

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Luncheon on the Grass (Edouard Manet, 1862)

By Jaclyn Benstead

Luncheon on the Grass (Edouard Manet, 1862)

Heard about Manet’s famous painting – Luncheon on the Grass? Well, it is proudly displayed in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, but you don’t have to go there to be able to enjoy this gorgeous painting or at least part of it. As you can see, the print on this pair is clearly inspired by the iconic work of Manet.

Did you know that the lady in the painting was Manet’s favourite model, Victorine? When he painted her, her portrayal was larger, brighter and cruder than anyone before him would have dared. Victorine’s lack of clothing and her bold, unfaltering gaze as she stares directly at you are elements new to the art world. A sharp contrast is provided by her companion who is fully covered from head to toe. They sit in a park underneath an arch created by trees, while a fruit basket lies temptingly in front of them.

The theme, which once caused shockwaves with its subject matter in French society, and even among members of the art scene, is in huge demand these days – it not only represents the work of a legend but it can also be an excellent conversation starter. It features detailed weaves in a mix of beautiful colours.

Check out our Art Sock range today and get your own little piece of Luncheon on the Grass here.

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