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If you are into costuming or cosplay you know that the right accessories can help pull your outfit together. Say, for example, you are obsessed with a certain series of books about teenage wizards. Coordinating our sorcerer’s socks and sleeves with your school clothes can take your costume from meh, to magical.
The right touch can transport you to other worlds. With some great socks and a little imagination you can find your self in a broken metropolis, a fairy woodland, an anime story-line, or somewhere over the rainbow.
If you are extra adventurous, you can also create costume pieces by modifying your accessories. And in that vein, we are going to introduce a new feature here at Sock Dreams: Cosplay Corner. Coming in January we will be bringing to you tips, tricks, and tutorials on how to take your accessories to the next level. We will have cosplay ideas for the beginner as well as for the more adventurous. We also know from experience just how creative you can be, and we are really looking forward to your ideas, suggestions, and feedback.
Stay tuned dreamers. We will see you in another world.
In our second edition of our Dreamer Dress Up competition we saw a lot of ingenuity in the way our dreamers took warm weather clothes and changed them into cold weather outfits with Sock Dreams socks and accessories. Here is a peak at our ten favorites, and what they had to say about their outfits.
These first two finalists were very nearly winners. We loved Jennifer’s bright colors during this sometimes drab season. Not only did she turn a summer party dress into a great fall outfit, but she kept a little hint of sunshine with her Extraordinary Radiant Rainbows. Lindsay’s autumn color choices were a big hit here at Sock Dreams. She kept warm in her spring mini dress with Signature Cotton Tights, O Dreamy Stockings (in a gorgeous color that we, unfortunately, no longer carry), and Harajuku Arm Warmers.
Our next set of finalists had fun with indoor shots. Han had this to say about her outfit, “I love layers and was laying around the house, desperately not wanting to put on outdoor clothes to go get food when the idea struck me: don’t change the leggings and tank you are wearing–just throw more stuff on top! This was the result.” She knocked it out of the park with Chevron Sleeves and Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers. Alana was one of our first entries. She made her lace summer dress fall-ready with a long sleeved t-shirt and Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks. We loved what Whitney had to say about her outfit. “From keeping cool *eating ice cream* to staying cozy *dressed like a sundae*! I bundled up with layered long sleeves & hopped into Sock Dreams’ Neapolitan Stripes to keep my legs cozy.”
Jessica was used to staying warm in Alabama, when a cold wet spell hit. She couldn’t walk her dog in her usual clothing. Her solution? Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs. Megan says, “Sweet lolita pastels are more commonly associated with Spring, but I like to be able to wear my whole lolita wardrobe year round! ” She used our Blue Knees in Pink to coordinate and keep her legs from getting chilled.
And here are our winners! Holly is loving the autumn in her Classic Tie Dyed Striped Knees and Basic Fingerless Gloves. Phoebe is looking cool while staying warm with her Chevron Sleeves and Floral Tights. Candis took her babies Magnolia and Camellia out to enjoy their first snow in her Tie-dye Bamboo OTKs and Bamboo Cable Tights. She kept their tiny toes warm with Picnic Plaid Baby Socks.
All of our finalists received a 10% off coupon code, and our three winners each received a $30 gift code. If you want a chance to win make sure you enter next month’s competition. The theme is “Snow Day!” Show us how you bundle up for a wild winter. Click here for a complete set of rules and instructions on how to enter. And don’t forget to check out our Newsletter for more details about why we chose our top three. If you haven’t signed up for our Newsletter, now’s the perfect time to do it!
We used to have a LOT of November birthdays. I want to say it was like 20% of our very small staff seemed to have a birthday this month, which added a lot of cake and joy into one of our busiest seasons.
One of my favourite things about Rachel is that she brings some of the most ace props when modelling socks. She’s another one of the Dreamers with an almost supernatural ability to match and complement colours across an outfit and I end up clapping my hands gleefully when I see how she’s put the socks I need to shoot to work!
Rachel’s favourites are a regular favourite for a lot of us, and for good reason. She says:
My current favorite socks are the O Dreamy Stockings. They’re warm, comfortable, and the yarns are always so beautiful. Plus they’re easy to wear with lots of different outfits due to all of the colors contained in just one sock. They’re always at the top of my OTK sock drawer.
I love that she paired the Shorty Scrunchable Warmers in Teal with these. The jewel tones of the Shorty Scrunchables is a perfect foil to the secret vividness of the dark marls of the O Dreamy in Nebula.
Stephanie knew exactly what her favourite socks were: slipper and house socks, the cosiest of them all! She says:
Most important criteria for a favorite sock: coziness. I can dig dressing up socks for daytime wear, but if it isn’t soft, squishy, and ultimately made for lounging, it will sit at the bottom of my drawer. My favorites right now are the Lumberjack Fleece Knee Highs, but basically anything from Polar Feet is great. I used to think that color didn’t factor into what socks I sported more, but based on what socks have the most wear, I suppose I like warm colors! Bonus if it is space dyed, marled, velvet, or tie dyed!
You can tell that the Lumberjack Fleece Knee Highs are a top fave because she’s worn them in well. I love how extra cozy this fleece gets as it is washed, worn and loved.
At first, Mr. Natosi couldn’t remember the name of his favourite socks, “the textured ones” he said, having the same problem most of us do when trying to remember the name of one of our over 1,000 styles. I had a guess that it was one of B.Ella’s newer cotton larger-footed midcalves and I was right! Their casual dapperness totally matches his style.
I also had to make sure to grab a snap of the arm warmers he’s wearing today, because I honestly can’t picture Mr. Natosi without them. He’s had his thumbs in almost every arm warmer style we carry!
Weather-wise, in the Portland area November stops being fall and starts being winter abruptly and wetly. The darkening skies of incoming winter storms mean grey is the perfect colour to focus on this month.
More often than not called “silver”, “charcoal”, “graphite”, “anthracite” or “slate”, grey is a wonderful neutral that stays surprisingly neutral (though some styles tend more blue or yellow). A mutable hue, it’s greatly affected by what it is next to, like these O Chevrons (and an A Chevron) show for our Dream Stockings in Grey and in Charcoal.
Grey falls into about three categories: light, medium and dark, as you can see by how I sorted out my bins of examples.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define grey. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of grey, both Wikipedia and the Color Sorting Wiki are kind of amazing resources. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t. There are a lot of greys from our suppliers, so I’m not going to clutter your monitor with all of them, just representative examples.
Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks
We have a pretty lovely range of grey, if I say so myself! From light to dark, we’ve got ‘em in lots of different fibers (including the Dreamer Acrylic Slouch Socks in Silver Grey that I forgot to add here)!
From left to right: Gregorio Wool Bootsocks, Sergei Recycled Cotton No Shows, Zena Knee Sock, Bess Cashmere Slouch Rib Knee Sock, Ginger Ribbed Knee High, Pantera Jersey Dress Midcalf, Kayla Stripe Trouser Sock, Erika Microfiber Tights
Just a single shade, really, Anthracite is the fanciest-named grey we carry.
Just two shades of grey here, but both medium and dark greys covered nicely!
Tending towards marled, Foot Traffic offers some nice greys that go a bit bluer in the microfiber versions.
From left to right: Signature Cotton Tights, Textured Cable Acrylic OTK, Cotton Rag Bootsock, Microfiber Stirrup Legging, Signature Cotton Tights, Opaque Nylon Trouser Sock, Fleece Lined Knee High, Super-Long Ribbed Leg Warmer
From light silvery grey to dark Night Grey, Tabbisocks offers a lovely range of greys across several fibers.
From left to right: Crochet Lover OTK, Harajuku Arm Warmers, Basic Tabi Socks, Harajuku Arm Warmers, Cotton Tabi OTK, Crochet Look Tights, Harajuku Arm Warmers, Harajuku Scrunchy Socks
Bottom row: Color Tights in Silver Grey, Color Tights in Dark Grey
Most of the various greys that are only represented by one or two styles in other brands fall in the medium to medium-darker grey range. I’m just showing some good representative examples below.
Grey falls into some pretty simple categories: light, medium, dark and tending to yellow or blue. Check out the breakdowns after the jump!
November 11th, 2014
We’re just three weeks in to autumn, but we’re already preparing for the December holidays! Why? Because we’re offering free USPS First Class International Shipping until the end of November! This way our friends overseas can order holiday socks in time for them to travel and make it through customs, while enjoying the same free shipping that US residents enjoy all year round!
Of course, this means we’ve released our winter logo stickers early this year, for inclusion with holiday orders!
Our holiday logo lady is enjoying some hot cocoa while getting cozy in Peppermint Spiral Cotton OTKs to match the candy border, with Long Cuffable Leg Warmers layered over them for even more coziness!
Our winter logo sticker is sporting the same sock and legwarmer combo, only in different colors. She holds a snowglobe, and inside of that snowglobe is another logo lady, who is holding another snowglobe…. perhaps containing another logo lady?
To obtain a sticker of your very own, just leave an order note requesting either a holiday or winter logo sticker when you place your order!
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