Rumour may have reached you, dear reader, that Christmas is not far away and the populace is stocking up on presents for friends and family. Understandably, the first priority is to seek out a gift that will please its intended target.
But is it not possible to achieve this primary aim and do a little bit to better society? Of course it is, my dear old fruitcake with plump raisins, of course it is. The answer is to forage through the offerings of social business.
Business in the Community and Social Enterprise UK have drawn up a list of worthy ideas for consideration; social companies, which provide gorgeous gifts with true social impact. To take a few examples, From Babies with Love produce organic baby clothes with profits going to help orphaned and abandoned babies. Sleeping Bags repurposes luxury linens from hotels into bags and whatnot, reducing waste heading for landfill. And, of course, our own humble offering at the Jaunty Flaneur of donating socks to rough sleepers when our luxury socks are sold.
Please have a look at THIS LIST for plenty more wonderful ideas.
Christmas gifts? As the French might say, it is “dans le sac”.
Business in the Community and Social Enterprise UK have joined forces to bring together a fabulous selection of Christmas gifts for everyone. Behind each tempting offer is a business with a purpose, from helping people overseas access clean water, to creating jobs and education opportunities in deprived communities in the UK.
Buy Social this Christmas for perfect presents and a better world.
Scroll down for inspiring gift ideas for the creative thinker, the one who loves to be out an about, the one who deserves a little bit of luxury, and the food lover. Or download the full list HERE
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First and foremost, I should point out that the below are not ‘rules’, nor even ‘guidelines’, but more thoughts that might help you make different decisions. Choosing socks to go with an outfit is not something that needs to be regulated; it is something to have a bit of fun with. So, be flexible but bear the following in mind.
Black socks are formal. They should are ideal for ‘occasions’, be they black tie events or just dining somewhere swanky with someone special. Much like black suits in that respect – worn past 6pm they can look dapperlicious, but before then (excepting funerals), they seem somehow inappropriate. In keeping with the formality of black socks, a silk mix is just the ticket to add some Style Points.
If you’re going matchy-matchy with your socks, go matchy-matchy with your trousers, not shoes. This is a handy tip if you don’t want to incorporate more colours into your look. Otherwise, it’s playing it a bit safe: not very dashing or debonair, more dependable if you catch my drift.
Assuming you’re interested in pushing the bounds of the commonplace just a little, socks are a great way of instilling an outfit with a little more colour without being ostentatious or over the top. Discreet elegance is the aim, not attention-grabbing and not – Heaven help us – ‘in your face’.
A navy suit might be a typical City outfit. Pretty much any shade of red or purple would look fantastic with this. If a tie or pocket square is not worn (as seems to be the trend nowadays) or if no new colours are introduced (if, say, the tie is a shade of blue or the pocket square is white like the shirt), there are not many limits to the colours you can incorporate.
If wearing a different colour tie or pocket square, try to pick socks that work well with these other accessories. Sticking with our aforementioned navy suit and black shoes, for example, you might choose a pink tie (or a tie with pink in it). Purple socks might pick this out but red socks might clash.
Grey suits can be treated as above but with the addition of navy and green socks (save the green for less formal suits, perhaps). Grey is a very flexible colour in almost all of its shades (charcoal suits can be tricky, wear darker shades of socks). My personal favorite is a deep red with grey, and brown shoes. The red provides a jolly good frame to highlight the brightly polished shoes and the footwear takes on a chestnutty hue.
If wearing a grey suit with coloured accessories, and so not wanting to add another colour, mid-grey socks are ideal. Many English style icons from the 50’s and 60’s (in those blessed days before cartoon characters appeared on hosiery) often would wear a pale grey or pale pastel colour with tweed, flannel and heavier wools.