“Socks in Perfect French” was the subject line of an email I received from Mes Chaussettes Rouges, a French company that sells men’s socks. I was told that they’ve been catching on with women, as well, because everyone needs warm and well-made socks, and asked if I’d like to try a pair.
I don’t know if you know what New York has been like this winter, but let me demonstrate for you:
And it has left me feeling cold, as well as:
So when a lovely Frenchman named Jacques asks if you’d be interested in receiving warm socks from France, you say, “Oui! Bien sûr!” (And, of course, “Merci beaucoup!”)
Mes Chausettes Rouges is an online store selling high-end socks in cotton, wool, cashmere, and silk. They also have a brick-and-mortar store in Paris. They carry some lines exclusively, including Gammarelli, tailors to the Pope since 1798, and Mazarin Grand Faiseur, who made the green socks to match the famous green habits of the Académie française (who would highly disapprove of my Frenglish.)
I can’t even begin to tell you how delightful this company is. Honestly. The package arrived in what seemed like less than a week. It’s taken longer for me to get things from California this winter. Not that they have control over the postal service, but, it did sway me to their side. 😉
But, it didn’t end there. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to France, but there is something so special about shopping there, because every shop, every item you buy, is wrapped up and treated like a work of art. Every store and company has special tissue paper, bags, cards that go in the bags, you name it. It’s like every package is a gift, even when you’re shopping for yourself. I come home from France with a suitcase loaded with the things I’ve bought…and all the packaging I bought them in—they’re too pretty to throw away!
To my delight, it appears online shopping follows those conventions, even for something that was sent gratis. The packaging was impeccable. I actually waited two days to open everything up and look at the socks, because I HAD to take photos of everything before I destroyed the tissue paper, and the lighting wasn’t cooperating. The socks came in a perfectly sized envelope. With a gorgeous card. And a handwritten note (I want European handwriting SO BADLY). In a little sack/sachet. IN SCENTED TISSUE PAPER. (Yes, really.)
I finally got to the socks, and they’re long and lovely. Because of the women’s to men’s size conversion, they’re just a tad big for my feet, but it actually isn’t a problem. And I’m finding out how versatile they are.
Yesterday morning, I put them on over my tights, knowing I was going to be slipping into my Hunter boots. All that snow is melting and turning into huge puddles, so wellies are a necessity on my walks to and from the subway. And if you’ve ever worn galoshes, you know that they’re good for puddles, but bad for keeping your feet warm. My toes are usually freezing inside them, even with socks, but not yesterday!
I just had to pull out my new t-shirt, since it fit the theme. I also wore my ubiquitous vegan leather A-line skirt. I threw on my brightly colored flannel shirt (yes, I did cave and bought TWO!) since it is still winter, and then pulled on my fun new polka-dot stockings (which promptly sprouted a run 2 minutes after I put them on—and they’re WOLFORD!! That’s not supposed to happen!!).
Rounding out the color explosion were my new socks and my favorite red shoes. I honestly did not realize that my chaussettes were navy until I got to work, but hopefully that doesn’t matter too much. (Of course. I told you Navy is very Parisian.) (Can you tell I get dressed in the dark?)
But I have fallen in amour with these socks. In fact, I’d dearly love to get a pair of the Norwegian ones to do more fashion-week inspired looks with!
Voulez-vous des chaussettes rouges aussi? What do you think of the look? Do you wear knee-socks in your daily wear?
Outfit photos by Britt Blake.
Flannel shirt: Hollister (sold out; similar here)
Pierre le Frenchman t-shirt: Two String Jane
Vegan leather skirt: Tenley Road
Polka dot tights: Wolford (similar here)
Socks: Mazarin c/o Mes Chaussettes Rouges
Shoes: Chie Mihara (old)
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