Keeping Busy on the Run-Up to Christmas

Chilly days and nights ahead and with our current global situation, it’s more vital than ever to keep both your body and mind as active as possible.  Looking good means feeling good and can be equally important.  With an array of lady blouses and super comfy leisurewear, there has never been a better time to re-organise your wardrobe for comfort and practicality.

The beauty of James Meade lady blouses is the simple yet chic versatility. You’re certain to find the perfect blouse for any and every possible occasion.

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As we edge closer to the potential ease of lockdown, there are many activities that are available to keep our minds and bodies healthy.

The National Trust have kindly added a guide to their site that gives suggestions and ideas of what can achieved and things to do at home to help while away the time in the build up to the festive season.

Find a selection of Christmas recipes to try, anything from starters and sides to puddings, cakes and bakes. Try your hand at homemade Christmas decorations. Collect pinecones on your walks and sprinkle some Christmas magic with some coloured glitter. The family favourite paper chains that will forever stand the test of tradition. And learn how to make scented orange slice tree decorations.

It’s also worthy checking in with the National Trust as they will advise on the safest walks, local to you. Along with guidance and instructions to keep you safe during these difficult times.

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Traditional Men’s Nightwear, Socks and Slippers from James Meade

Men's Nightwear from James MeadeQuality Men’s Nightwear

Whether you’re treating yourself or gifting a loved one, our traditional men’s nightwear is a great choice for your husband, father or brother.

We offer mens traditional cotton pyjamas, mens pyjamas with cord tie waist, mens cotton nightshirts, mens slippers, dressing gowns and mens underwear which make the perfect presents. We have a variety of ranges and styles to suit your fashion taste and your budget. Ensuring comfort, the James Meade men’s nightwear range is available in sizes (M to XXL).

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Our men’s nightwear can will take you through the seasons, with short cotton pyjamas for summer and long pyjamas for cooler evenings. Or for all year-round wear, a mens nightshirt uk are essential wardrobe addition. The night shirts for men are designed to keep you cosy and cool on warm evenings, without causing any discomfort.

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Slippers are an ideal gift which is guaranteed to always be gratefully received; at James Meade we have some great designs available in a many different styles. Whether you are looking for some warm sheepskin slippers, traditional moccasins or some durable hard soles you are sure to find a ideal pair, all made to the highest possible quality you can be sure that they will last really well. Shop Men’s Slippers >

With an impressive selection of socks on offer at James Meade with many designed to suit specific needs. Why not get some walking socks for the hiker in your life or a pair with a really great pattern to brighten up someone’s day? Shop Men’s Socks >

So for the ideal gift for any man in your life why not check out the great quality range of men’s nightwear, Accessories and much more at James Meade Mens >.

We offer No Time Limit Guarantee, Exclusive Designs and FREE returns. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, please return it for an exchange or immediate refund in full.

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Transitional Wardrobe Staples

The October to November climate transition has seen a shift from summer lightweight garments to stocking up on the autumn/winter essentials such as winter shirts for ladies. All our quality blouses ensure a perfect addition to your winter wardrobe and allow for classic chic layering options.

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Here’s your Favourites as chosen by you:
The Merino Turtle Neck Sweater

A great piece of knitwear that always gives a classic silhouetted look. Perfect for keeping you warm on cooler days.
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Long Sleeve Leisure Polos

Pure cotton, soft to the touch and feels so comfortable, the long sleeve polo is a great leisurewear top but works as a useful extra layer when worn under a blouse or sweater.
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Silky Cotton Reusable Face Mask

Since we are now in lockdown again, your health has never been more important. Being healthy doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. At James Meade, we want to continue to support you throughout these times and believe the masks we have created using pure silky cotton won’t rub or cause soreness.
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Lambswool Cable Cardigan

Your autumn to winter wardrobe would not be complete without a warm top layering cardigan. This month your cardigan of choice is the lambswool cardigan. These lovely knits offer comforting warmth and protection in soft pure lambswool, styled with a front cable design adding that finishing touch to any outfit.
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Country Check Shirts

Renowned for our quality shirts, the country check shirts add that extra cosy feel, made in 80% cotton for the silk-smooth touch and 20% wool for added warmth. The classic cut of this shirt adds a country twist to your style and forms an impeccable look.
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Leisure Trousers

Now we are spending more time at home it’s a priority to ensure that each day is as comfortable as possible. Wearing these fabulous leisure trousers, with a fully elasticated waist, side pockets and brushed fabric means that you remain both stylish and comfortable while you relax at home.
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Easycare Long Sleeve Plain Polycotton Shirts

Easycare shirts have proved to be a hit with you all, and it’s no surprise. This shirt offers easy wear and easy care in one. It’s the perfect complementary and versatile wardrobe staple you really need. Ideal for everyday wear that quickly transforms to create a classic look when accessorised.
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James Meade Men’s October Highlights

As Summer signs off and the clocks go back it’s clear that our customers are forward thinkers. You can feel the chill in the air and getting ready for winter has proved to be a priority. Ensuring you have warm mens traditional pyjamas and stocking up on the cosy mens brushed cotton nightshirts UK. Along with winter warming rib sweaters and harris tweed flat caps shows you are preparing for the cooler weather ahead.

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So what makes these items so great, let’s take a closer look:

Fishermans Rib Sweater – As it says on the label. This chunky knit traditional crew neck, ribbed sweater is sure to see you through the harshest of environments.
Knitted in pure wool. This supersoft and super cosy sweater is the perfect accompaniment to any outfit to ensure both a traditional, classic look and yet, remain warm at all times.

Mens Brushed Cotton Nightshirts UK – Winter is seen as a time of recuperating and hibernation. (see more at Sleep.org) Choosing the right nightwear is essential to a good nights sleep. Nothing beats the natural feel of lightweight brushed cotton, breathable and soft to the touch. The ideal choice for a perfect slumber.

Harris Tweed Flat Cap – The perfect staple to complete any winter wardrobe, the Harris Tweed flat cap. The pinnacle item in any gentleman’s clothing itinerary. Made in 100% pure wool and fully lined. You can feel the warmth from head to toe when also choose to wear pure wool socks!

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Knitwear for Gardening in Comfort

It is possible to remain stylish whilst tending to your perennials in the garden. Practical ladies knitted waistcoats are the perfect addition to ladies cotton shirts.  They offer the full flexibility of movement and add a touch of effortless chic.

The beauty of the James Meade collection is that our clothing ranges offer durability and versatility all in one. With a choice of pure Shetland wool, pure Merino wool and pure Lambswool, the selection of ladies knitted waistcoats is sure to provide the extra autumn layer required as well as adding colour and completing your look when you layer over pure ladies cotton shirts.

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Some handy tips on what can be achieved in the garden in October in terms of growth as seen on Gardeners’ World:

Peas:
For an early crop of tasty peas, sow overwintering cultivars like ‘Avola’, in a sheltered spot. Watch out for mice and consider bought or homemade cloches to provide extra protection.

Salad mixes:
Salad mixes are one of easiest crops to grow. Sown in autumn, they’ll grow quickly to provide fresh pickings. If growing outside, protect them with a sturdy cloche. They’re ideal for pots and containers on the windowsill, too.

Lettuce:
At this time of year, you can be making successional sowings of hardy lettuces. At this point, you want to begin sowing overwintering varieties like ‘Winter Gem’ outdoors.

Broad beans:
You can boost next year’s harvest of broad beans by sowing some in October and November, in addition to winter and spring sowings.

Cauliflower:
Early-summer cropping cauliflower cultivars like ‘Snowball’ can be sown now in cold frames to overwinter.

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Cosy Night Shirts for Men

After a long day perhaps out walking what more could you ask for than to snuggle in front of the fire. With a hot drink and get ready to replenish your energy with a good night’s sleep.

James Meade has a great range of pure cotton night shirts for men. Choose any one of our luxury night shirts for men and get a good night’s rest. Made of pure, natural fibres to keep you cool and comfortable while our brushed cotton style will give you extra warmth on colder evenings. Essential for blissful, unbroken sleep.

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Walking is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the United Kingdom. Within England and Wales, there is a comprehensive network of rights of way that permits access to the countryside.

The rambler’s association have curated some helpful advice and guidance to the new regulations. To help keep the activity and its members as safe as possible during the pandemic.   Please find below useful advice for those who enjoy a countryside walk.

Status across the nation

England: Ramblers organised group walks can continue with up to 30 people. In accordance with UK government guidance which states organised outdoor physical activity is exempt from the ‘rule of six’. You may also walk outdoors with friends or family in a group of up to six. The three-tier system introduced on 12 October means walkers should not travel to or from very-high alert areas in England. From 6pm on Friday 23 October until further notice, walkers in England must not travel to Wales. All Ramblers group walks in Wales are cancelled from 23 October to 9 November.

Scotland: You may walk outdoors with friends or family in a group of up to six people from two households.  Ramblers groups can continue to run Covid-secure group walks. In accordance with Scottish Government and sport Scotland guidance. Which allows organised outdoor non-contact sporting activities for up to 30 people. Although many walk leaders will set lower limits.   However, due to temporary measures until at least 2 November. Walkers in affected health board areas should not leave their areas. Or use public transport or shared private hire vehicles, including coaches. People living elsewhere should not travel to any of the affected areas.

Wales: Ramblers organised group walks, and other Ramblers group activities, are cancelled from 6pm on the 23 October to 9 November, in accordance with Welsh government guidelines. You may walk outdoors with other members or your household (or bubble if you live alone), but you must follow the legally enforceable travel restrictions that are in place. Walkers must not travel outside their local area. 

All walkers should make themselves aware of, and comply with, additional local restrictions that may affect walking locally.

We hope you can continue to safely enjoy the great British countryside this autumn.

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Dressing for Cold Weather During the Game Season

James Meade have a great selection of Tattersall shirts, along with gilets and fleeces to ensure the unpredictable British weather does not spoil your enjoyment of outdoor pursuits.

The Tattersall Shirt

If you enjoy outdoor pursuits it’s wise to prepare your wardrobe for the drop on temperature with essentials and even thermal under garments.

The question then remains what to wear over the thermals to ensure you retain the heat?  The tattersall shirt lends itself to versatility, it’s capable of seeing you through your activity whilst also remaining stylish for lunch out after your activity.

Combining a blend of Wool & Cotton together in the same thread to create a strong but soft fabric that will keep you warm when it’s not and cool when it’s hot. The unique natural properties of these two natural fibres work together to create an intimate blend.

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The Gilet

A gilet is an essential staple for storing all your important items and making sure you can stay comfortable and warm as you go about your day. Our gilets make the perfect alternative to a full jacket or coat. They look great, and when paired with our other clothing and look perfect for the country gent.

The Classic Fleece

Fleece Zip Front Jacket 7F6 – Our fleece Jacket offers a zip front which allows for easier opening in colder weather where fingers and thumbs do not comply. In addition, the fleece also has front zip pockets adding that extra security for keys and other valuables to be kept safe. Being 100% polyester, this fleece is perfect for cold weather conditions. Polyester does not wick the moisture and perspiration. The tight weave of the fabric also keeps the heat trapped inside. Therefore, it will keep you warmer. Also suitable for adding as the top layer over your tattersall shirt and gilet.

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Quick and easy to follow recipe for chutney making.

We know James Meade love ladies blouses whether they be patterned blouses or plain.  It’s always a good idea to protect your clothing when cooking so we would like to suggest using the beautiful Portmeirion apron for this purpose.

It’s that time of year when we need to take stock. The weather is ever unpredictable, and leaves begin to fall. Collecting the berries, apples and other summer leftover fruits, ready for new bloom next year.

We have found a fabulous and quick recipe for chutney by the BBC that we’d like to share with you.

The complete preparation time is less than 30 minutes, and this makes approximately 7 to 8 jars of chutney.

Ingredients

  • 1kg/2lb 4oz Bramley apples
  • 500g/1lb 2oz onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5cm/2in piece fresh root ginger
  • 100g/3.5oz sultanas (or other dried fruit such as dates and raisins)
  • pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 500ml/18fl oz distilled malt vinegar
  • 250g/9oz light muscovado sugar
  • 1.5 tsp salt

Method

  1. Peel, core, then roughly chop the apples. Roughly chop the onions, finely chop the garlic and peel and finely chop the ginger.
  2. Place the apple, onion, garlic, chilli flakes and fruit into a large, wide saucepan. Stir in the vinegar, sugar and salt. Stir the mixture over a medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat slightly and simmer the chutney for around one hour, stirring every so often. As it thickens, stir more frequently and watch that the sugar does not begin to stick to the bottom of the pan. The chutney is done when you can scrape a wooden spoon across the bottom of the pan and the chutney does not flow back into the gap.
  4. Meanwhile, to clean the jam jars, preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Gas 1. Wash the jars well in warm soapy water then rinse thoroughly under running water. Leave the jars and lids to dry, upside down, in the oven. (Or you can clean the jars by putting them through a hot cycle of a dishwasher.)
  5. Carefully spoon the chutney into the sterilised jars and seal while hot. Store in a cool, dark place for about a month before eating, to let the flavours mellow.

To complement your delicious chutney, why not serve in our pretty Portmeirion jar that includes a wooden utensil for serving. Complete your Portmeirion theme with the equally pretty Portmeirion Botanical gardens printed motifs apron, tea towels, oven glove and napkins.

All that’s left is to enjoy your freshly made, delicious chutney!

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Celebrating Wool Week

Wool is simply an incredible material. Used to make almost anything you can think of, from compost to cardigans, and more. In celebration of Wool Week, James Meade is looking at some of our best-selling garments made using this versatile material. To include favourites such as the merino longline cardigan, ladies knitted waistcoats and lambswool sweaters. And to tackle to great Wool Week debate “Lambswool Vs Merino Wool”! 

Lambswool Versus Merino Wool 

Lambswool is taken from the first shearing of a sheep. The fibres are usually no longer than 50mm. Processing is straightforward as the fibres are very fine and very soft. 

Lambswool can come from any breed of sheep. The wool is not exclusive to just one breed. The lambswool heralds its popularity via its pure softness from the first lamb shear, usually about 7 months old so the fibres are undoubtedly gloriously soft. Once the lamb is shorn its wool is not used again for this category. This exclusivity of the accumulation of these supersoft and super warm fibres accounts for the demand. 

Merino Wool, however, is unique to the Merino sheep, who can produce the wool repeatedly throughout their lives. 

Although the rarity of gathering this wool is not as exclusive as Lambswool, the location of the fibres is only collected from one breed only and therefore quality is always assured. 

Merino wool averages around 21.5 microns although the superfine follicles can measure between 15-18.5 microns making it as soft as cashmere. Making Merino wool incredibly versatile and very little of the fleece goes to waste. It works super well for next to skin base layer garments. 

Lambswool is more of a soft knot and has more outwear uses. 

So, there you have it, while both types of wool are soft, they are soft in a different way and the properties of the wools make them slightly better at different things. Either way at James Meade, you can always be rest assured of the quality in all our garments. Made to wear and love time and time again. 

Ladies Lambswool Knitwear: 
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Perfectly Curated Men’s knitwear for Wool Week

Wool Week is upon us again, bringing into sharp focus just how brilliant wool is. Start Wool Week in style with these premium cardigans, jumpers and slipovers in some of the softest, most luxurious natural knitwear. Shop our men’s pure wool jumpers at your leisure.

With colder weather upon us it’s a good time to update your wardrobe with merino and/or lambswool knitwear. Wool Week, the annual celebration of one of the world’s most luxurious materials, is here.

When it comes to wool, we know a thing or two about this warm but lightweight natural yarn. Take a look at some of our best-selling men’s pure wool jumpers, exclusive to James Meade and not easily found on the high street.

We have put together some example outfits so show you how knitwear can look smart or casual and keep you warm right through winter.

Alpaca Wool – New In – 7T2 ML Charles Alpaca Sweater

Wear the handsome Charles Alpaca sweater, exclusive to James Meade knitted in colours that reflect the autumn season. Together with its rich Alpaca wool, the Charles Alpaca sweater is lighter than cashmere and warmer than wool. Making this sweater perfect for colder days and smarter occasions. Worn here with green formal Cavalry twill trousers, this really is a striking sweater that will give you years of wear.

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Lambswool – Best Seller – 491 Lambswool Crew Neck Sweater Mens

Our range of premium pure lambswool jumpers for men boast a sleek, flattering design. Featuring an improved softness and generous fit for added comfort.

Ideal for layering throughout the seasons and staying cosy on chilly days. These men’s wool jumpers boast an incredibly soft feel for long-lasting comfort. The proof really is in the touch.  Worn here with a pair of needlecord trousers for a more casual look.

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Merino Wool – Best Seller – 7BU Merino V neck Sweater Mens

Reboot your wardrobe with the latest men’s merino knitwear.  Choose from classic crew necks to smart V-necks, we’ve got all the must-have styles to layer up. The extra-fine merino wool yarns give this rich knitwear superior warmth, making them ideal for chillier months. Merino wool is moisture wicking and therefore it is suitable for all season wear.

So, whether you want an extra layer at home or to keep warm on a winter walk, the merino knitwear range is a great choice. Available in many seasonal colours that will co-ordinate  and look great with our range of Mens long sleeve shirts and fine needlecord trousers.

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Pure Wool – New In – 7D1 EC Guernsey Sweater Mens

This Guernsey sweater looks great on its own or under our Harrington jacket as seen below on cooler days. This traditional sweater is designed to be worn longer, has side vents and very comfortable. 

You may wonder how the Guernsey sweater came by its name? The Guernsey sweater; a hard-wearing garment that was once standard issue in the Royal Navy. It was solid enough to see you through a force 10 gale out on the deep Atlantic.  

These nautical Guernsey jumpers display a traditional cable pattern to reflect their heritage. They have stood the test of time because they are the most brilliant pieces of British clothing design.

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Shetland Wool – 7LA BY Shetland Fairisle Crew Neck Sweater Mens

The supersoft men’s Shetland wool crew neck sweaters are satisfyingly warm and comfortable, without being bulky or cumbersome. The perfect choice for long Autumn evenings and cold winter days.

Our line of Mens Fairisle Shetland knitwear is exclusive to James Meade. Made in the UK The Fairisle design is very traditional and knitted in bands which makes it very recognisable.

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Learn more about sweaters and their heritage. Read our previous blog “a Gentleman’s guide to Sweaters”, it has everything you need to help you decide your prefect knitwear style.

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