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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by max b View Post

100% silk socks are usually the best for cerimonies or "tuxedo" events. The silk has also the peculiarity to keep the body tempereture, so it's good both in Summer and in Winter. You have different kind of silk on the market, the "shappe", which is the "basic" socks and the silk called (in Italian, sorry don't have the word in English) "organzino", which is the best. Usually best raw silk is coming from China, then, of course, there must be an excellent Company transforming it in the final thread, following all the right procedures and complaining to the Reach regulamentation about the protection of the health of the final consumer. As the thread is extremly fine, the spinner should be extremly prepared and good.
Of course an 100% silk sock is quite transparent, shiny and slippery.

About the lenght of the socks, to be sure the crew socks are staying up either you can buy under the calf socks (which is REALLY bad looking and not elegant) or buy socks with a lot of syntetic fibers in it, to give them the "stretch" fitting. Of course a sock 70% natural fiber 30% nylon or spandex is not so comfortable as 100% natural fiber, doesn't give the same transpiration to the skin, doesn't have the same look and doesn't have the same "hand". A little syntetic could be good, special in wooly materials, to avoid shrinkage problems. For example you have wool thread with nylon or polyammidic inside the thread, in order to avoid the nylon on the skin (a lot of people are becoming allergic to it).

This is of course my personal opinion, and there can be people thinkng completely opposite and I respect their opionion.


Who's the maker of the socks in that picture?
post #17 of 25
Those are Bresciani
post #18 of 25
Thanks! Always on the lookout for more socks. And you're up early.
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 
Where to buy Bresciani in EU?

I'm from Sweden and would like to avoid expensive shipping costs.
post #20 of 25
Berg & Berg but don't think they have silk socks/cotton lisle suitable for formal dress. Get you hands on Zimmerli's -- it's a Swiss brand I believe.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by VinnyMac View Post

I haven't worn over-the-calf socks since I was a kid, and I haven't had a problem keeping my socks up yet. I think that's a logical fallacy. It has more to do with weak elastic (or whatever keeps your socks up) than the height of the socks.

Absolutely...because at any moment, your pants could rise to calf-level, exposing your naked leg....come on. satisfied.gif

This happens all the time, and I know because I see people's legs frequently. I don't know what kind of trousers you wear, but unless they're very skinny and very long, you will probably be showing calf if you're sitting with your legs crossed with short socks. And if my socks fall down (which they do unless they're properly sized OTC socks), I'll be showing calf in any seated position, legs crossed or not. It's got nothing to do with logical fallacies, it's just experience.

And as someone else mentioned, if you've got some muscles in your calves the socks will slip down as the tapering will be more dramatic.

As for a recommendation, I get mine from Mes Chaussettes Rouges who carry silk socks by Mazarin. I've never had the black ones, but I've had the navy blue (which are close to midnight) and while they are very thin and light and quite transparent when held against the light, they are not see-through at all when on the leg. If you look at the actual toes, you will see that you can easily see each toe through them, but where the sock lays against the leg flatly there is no hint of skin-color, or anything else showing through, just the dark color of the sock and the natural luster of the silk., so no worries about looking like you're wearing nylons.

In my experiences their services and speed is excellent. Their promise is to send the item off within 5 days or something, but in my experience from ordering and using the cheapest shipping alternative (€5 or something like that), I get the shipping confirmation within a few hours of making the order, and the socks are in my mailbox about 3 days later, beautifully packaged and with a hand-written note.

Can't recommend these guys enough to be honest.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Preparatory View Post

Where to buy Bresciani in EU?

I'm from Sweden and would like to avoid expensive shipping costs.

I'm from Norway and as I said, from Mes Chaussettes Rouges it's about €5 (think this is regardless of shipment size) and takes 3-4 days with cheapest shipping option. Should be the same to Sweden.

Oh, and Mes Chaussettes Rouges also carry Bresciani, not in silk though. In silk it's all Mazarin, but they're wonderful.

Second edit: The black silk socks are actually Gammarelli, not Mazarin. I've had these too, and they too are wonderful.
Edited by The Silverfox - 3/14/13 at 3:50am
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by The Silverfox View Post

I'm from Norway and as I said, from Mes Chaussettes Rouges it's about €5 (think this is regardless of shipment size) and takes 3-4 days with cheapest shipping option. Should be the same to Sweden.

Oh, and Mes Chaussettes Rouges also carry Bresciani, not in silk though. In silk it's all Mazarin, but they're wonderful.

Second edit: The black silk socks are actually Gammarelli, not Mazarin. I've had these too, and they too are wonderful.

Thanks,

Can't see any black mazarin ones though.. :S
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Preparatory View Post

Thanks,

Can't see any black mazarin ones though.. :S

Hehe yeah that was my bad.
In silk, the black ones are by Gammarelli and the rest are Mazarin. I've had both brands, and they are very similar in terms of lightness and fineness of the knit.

If you just browse materials rather than brands you'll get all the ones they carry when you click silk, so you'll get 5 or so mazarins and one gamarelli popping up. I've only tried Mazarin in silk, but I've got Gammarelli's in wool (wearing the purple ones now actually) and they are very good. Compared to the pantarella pure wool they are lighter and thinner, but what sets them apart for me is that the elastic is better. They've got a sort of two tiered elastic where the bottom of the elastic is very expandable so that there's no pressure where the calf is thick while at the very top it gets tighter so it secures nicely. So for me at least they stay up better. That is of course the wool version, the silk I can't speak to but I'd imagine it's no less.

In fact, I'm going to go order some navy wool Mazarin socks right now I think.

I feel like I'm starting to sound like an advertisement so I just want to say that I'm in no way affiliated with these guys, I'm just a very satisfied customer.
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the recommendation. Maybe I'll go for Gammarelli.

Can anybody compare Gammarelli to Bresciani (I've heard best things about B).
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