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Celebrity Sock Style: Benedict Cumberbatch

News • 20 July 2022

Earlier this year, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch – famed for his roles in Sherlock, Dr. Strange, Imitation Game, and many more – took on the task of hosting the American skit show SNL. Suffice to say, his appearance on the show did not disappoint. 

For the SNL promotional photoshoot, Cumberbatch’s outfit was impeccably put together by Michael Fisher, a stylist and friend of London Sock Company (you can explore Fisher’s bold Block Collection here). Fisher demonstrated why he is the go-to guru for Hollywood’s leading men with Cumberbatch’s two choices of suits. With each look – an aqua blue ensemble and classic navy suit – Fisher showcases the versatility of Simply Sartorial in Ebony Black. 

An international photoshoot may not be on your horizon, but these two looks will aid you in the choppy sartorial waters of formal wear and confirm the enduring reliability of a good pair of black socks. 

Bright suits and socks: Bold in blue

The bright blue suit is a punchy choice for an everyday look but paired with a crisp white shirt, smart black dress shoes, and our Simply Sartorial in Ebony Black, it is worthy of Hollywood’s best-dressed. A masterclass in playful and colourful pairings – something Michael Fisher has made his signature (just check out his work with Sebastian Stan and his exclusive sock collection for LSC).

We’re often asked how to style lighter suits with more classic coloured socks and Fisher’s deft balance of unflinching hues shows us how it can be done. Consider this your permission to channel colour in more than just your socks. Love this shade of blue? Check out our Simply Sartorial in Aqua.

A classic navy suit and sock combo

The second look is a much more classic option. Cumberbatch’s navy suit and complementary navy tie have enduring sartorial appeal – note the slight shine on Cumberbatch’s suit that ensures it still pops on camera. The crisp white shirt and black shoe/sock combo bring the look together for an effortless, sleek outfit that offers ideal inspiration for a traditional wedding or formal event. 

SNL’s Sock Style

What lessons can one takeaway from Mr Cumberbatch’s striking SNL shoot? Firstly, embrace the blue hue – all along the colour spectrum. A suit (no matter how brightly coloured) achieves an effortlessly cool tonal look without worrying about coordinating separate pieces and can be dressed up or down to align with the occasion. There’s a reason why this trademark menswear item has stood the test of time. 

Secondly, Fisher’s use of Simply Sartorial’s Ebony Black socks illustrates the foundational appeal of the classic, block-coloured style. It can complete a killer outfit to stand out from the crowd or add a polished finish to a sharp suit. 

And finally, you can stay true to your style while still taking risks. These two outfits pay homage to Cumberbatch’s traditional, tailored British style while embracing the bold and performative nature of SNL. Fisher continues to deliver well-put-together looks that are inspirational yet attainable.

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