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Happy Octoberween, everyone! We don’t know about you, but this is hands-down one of our favourite times of year. Fall has just hit and we have a month of jack-o-lanterns, candy, and cheesy black and white horror films to look forward to. This year we’re bringing you three terrifyingly fabulous monster stickers inspired a little by old cinema and scary stories.
The Monster’s Bride is looking absolutely shocking in simple White and Black Knees. We think she has an electric appeal.
And finally, the creature that goes “boo!” in the night, a hauntingly beautiful ghost. This grey lady wears N Stripes in Granite and Light Grey, to match her unearthly appearance.
If you’d like to take home one of our scary stickers, just wish us a Happy Halloween in your order notes and let us know which scream queen you prefer!
You’ve probably heard the superstitions about black cats, walking under ladders, and breaking mirrors. We even did a sock journal with some of our favorite common superstitions. But did you know that there are also many superstitions about socks and stockings?
Sports stars are particularly superstitious when it comes to socks. For example, tennis player Serena Williams will reportedly wear the same pair of socks for the duration of a tournament run. NBA star Jason Terry is said to wear five pairs of socks during games to increase his luck. Manchester United footballer Phil Jones admits to either putting on his right or left sock first, depending on whether he is playing a home or away game. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has claimed that his $300 pair of socks helped his team win their last Superbowl. Now, while we don’t carry any socks that will cost you $300, we do carry sporty socks that are worthy of obsessive wear.
Not all of the world’s superstitions about socks revolve around sports. It has long been held that putting your left sock on first will bring you good luck. It was also considered lucky to accidentally put on a sock inside out. The same holds true for unintentionally wearing mismatched socks. In both cases one was supposed keep the socks as they were to reap the full benefit. Here are some of our favorite socks for good luck.
Socks were also connected with certain portents or omens. It was believed that if you put your toes into the heel of the sock, an important letter was on its way. If your socks fell down to your ankles it meant that a lover was thinking of you. If two holes wore in your sock within the same week it was a sign that you would soon receive a gift. You could expect future happiness or a new love if your socks curled while hanging to dry. You were also supposed to dream of your future spouse if you put your left sock into your right sock before going to sleep.
There are plenty of myths about socks and health. It was long held that wearing a stocking wrapped around your neck as you slept would cure a sore throat. Another belief was that placing a sock on the chest of a pregnant woman would help bring about an easy birth. To this day, many people hold that wearing wet woolen socks to bed can reduce a fever. Now while we recommend seeing a doctor for these things, we can also recommend these terrific socks made with wool.
Of course, these may all just be old wives tales. But if you are looking for a little good luck, or a portent of love and happiness, then socks might be just the thing. Hey, it’s always worth a try.
It’s been a few months since we first brought in some anklets from Peony & Moss for summer, which just means that we’ve had that long to fall even more in love with this company! We’ve seen an awful lot of socks over the years, but nothing quite like this line. Their designs feature flirty details, such as lace and lots of ruffles, as well as knitted-in designs which range from sweet to bold.
Based in Seattle, the brains behind Peony & Moss had a clear vision in mind for their brand; the only challenge was finding knitting machines which were capable of producing the kinds of patterns and construction they wanted, in the custom Pantone colors and small minimums which would make it possible for this small, independent company to start production. Their search ended up leading them to Haining, China, where they were able to locate a factory with the kind of advanced sock technology which is currently only available there.
We are happy to report that their Haining factory has been audited by Intertek – a London-based multinational inspection company. In fact, they have not only been audited, but have won an achievement award for their production practices, including labor, wages, hours, health and safety of factory workers, as well as their management system. If you’ve been following our company for a while, you might know that these are really important factors to us!
The prospects of this company just gets brighter and brighter – we were really excited to learn that they’re about to introduce a line of bootsocks that are made in the USA! We don’t want to spoil the surprise for anybody, but we think you’re going to be pretty excited about them, too… Peony & Moss have managed to make a great impression on us in just their first year of business, and we can’t wait to see what their future holds!
September 23rd, 2015
It’s officially Autumn, one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the season of thick sweaters, pumpkin spiced everything, and falling leaves—not falling socks. Don’t get us wrong, sometimes you want the slouchy look, but not always. When it comes to keeping your socks all the way up, you have three choices: sock glue, garter belts, and sock garters.
For your thicker socks, like Dreamer Socks and Dream Stockings, you’re going to need a garter belt with a little more muscle and less glam. Our Suspender Clip Industrial Garter Belt along with its button-tab cousin the Industrial Garter Belt are the workhorses of garter belts. For a great explanation of the difference between the two types of clips, check out “What is a Garter Clip? Initially designed for hockey players to keep their many layers in place, these styles will keep even the most stubborn of socks from slipping down. If you like the garter belt look, but don’t want to deal with the whole belt, we also have Double Grip Clips, which clip onto your socks on one end, and your shirttails or pocket lining on the other. Choose any of these for medium to heavy weight socks, like EG Smith Thigh Highs, Extraordinaries, and Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks.
If it’s not quite thick sock weather where you are, we have a whole range of lighter garter belts to choose from. Our newest brand from England, Miss Naughty, boasts a large range of sizes and a really comfy fit. And we still have your old favorites from Rago, which are a happy medium between function and frill. The smaller button-tab clips on these are appropriate for sheer to light weight socks, like Sheer Curvy Stockings or Solid Opaque Thigh Highs.
A good portion of our sock garters also come in either suspender clips or button-tab closures, while others have no clips at all! Sock garters with clips are worn around the calf or thigh, and clip onto your socks. We have a bunch of our own styles, including Classic Sock Garters and Sock Garters with Suspender Clips. We use comfy wide elastic that is adjustable to your comfort and closes with a flat hook and eye. Revivall Clothing is one of our newer brands, and they have a different take on the traditional sock garter. Where ours have two garter attachments on either side of the elastic band, theirs feature one button tab garter right in front of the adjustable buckle for a different look that is quite chic.
These next sock garters are clipless, and go around the cuff of the sock to keep it in place. Our line of Simply Adjustable Sock Garters have the same elastic, sliding adjustment, and hook and eye as the Classics above. Our Buttoned Garters are handmade in small batches right here at Sock Dreams HQ. Since the elastic band features button holes every inch or so, you can really customize your fit. For a more embellished look, check out Snappy Garters. Handmade in the USA by our good friend Shelly, these garters feature fun buttons and baubles for a unique look.
If garters just aren’t your thing, It Stays! Body Adhesive is a great alternative. This stuff is so fantastic that Brenna and Rosalind previously wrote about it and demonstrated its use in “Sock Glue!”
We hope you enjoy the cooler weather, and all the cozy socks that come with it! If you have any more questions on which garter belts will fit, or will work with a certain pair of socks, please Contact Us and our Dreamers will be happy to answer your questions.
As the leaves change into their autumnal blaze, it seems appropriate to talk about those not-quite-orange-not-quite-red colours we call “Rust”, “Spice” and “Paprika”. When we talked about orange and about red, we skipped over this kind of colour, because it’s totally its own beast.
Like with dark reds and navy, both of which are technically shades of another colour (red and blue, respectively), “rust” is a darker orange, or a yellower red, depending on the particular flavour of the hue. And, same as dark red and navy, we don’t have a colour search for it specifically.
But if you search “rust” and choose Orange and (or) Red from the Colour options on the sidebar, you can pin-point it easily. Though: not everything these hues is called “Rust”, so here are quick search links for you for the most common colour names:
And if you want to get the whole lot in one sweep, try this link!
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define rust, or “spice” or “paprika”. If you want some fancier names for shades of rust, Wikipedia gives you just some (neat, but not useful) facts and points you to articles on shades of Orange, Red and Brown for your poetry! 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. That said, let’s get down to it!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
I think we have a delightful range of toasty shades, with the O Rayon book-ending the basic orange tones with dips into red and gold.
Mostly, B.Ella uses rust as a colour pop, paired with brown. Though the Sophia Confetti Knee High come up in this search, I think they’re actually quite truly red and not that rusty.
Cronert rarely goes rusty, but the batch of Cotton Overknees we have right now have two shining examples of the shade.
Purveyor of paprika, EG Smith keeps their rusts red and ready, but toasty enough to stand on their own.
They don’t play in this colour much, but Foot Traffic’s two entries into rustiness are nice options. As they do regularly, the hue of the Opaque Trouser Socks is the same as the tights and the Signature Cotton Tights are the same hue as the leggings.
Nouvella is special because they have Spice. It’s a space dye, something I never usually include in these colour posts, since one of the defining aspects of space dye is the use of multiple colours! But, Nouvella’s “Spice” space dye is so unique and so utterly a rust I had to include them. The spice must flow, you know.
Oh Tabbisocks. They hide their lovely range of hues with words like “brick” and “red brown”, meaning a causal search for rusty tones won’t bring them up! But they’re there and glorious.
Another one you have to trick the search to show, Una has two flavours of spicy shades that fill any rusty holes in your soul.
Amazingly, there’s no “Assorted” batch for me to share; everybody (right now anyway) offers one or two types of rusty radness. So let’s go look at how this already in-between-y hue breaks down into futher nit-picky sub groups.
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