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We use “t-shirt like” to describe the texture of several styles. It’s difficult, over the internet, to properly convey the texture and weight of something, so we use a lot of similes. A sock isn’t going to feel 100% the same as a t-shirt, but there’s a tangible difference between your average sock and one that feels quite a lot like your favourite tee.
First, let’s start on the opposite end of t-shirt texture and remember what “halo” is when it comes to socks. We talked about it a while ago on the Sock Journal, and it’s basically the fuzzy or hairy texture wool and wool-like fibers have.
The fuzzies of the Este Luxe Crew Sock
Styles that we compare to t-shirts are on the opposite end of the fuzzy scale. They’re cotton blends that are smooth to the touch and lack any real discernible surface texture. If you look at the socks below, you can see the difference between a wool style with a halo, a pretty socky sock and something “t-shirt like”.
As comparatively smooth as they are, t-shirt styles aren’t the smoothest thing out there. Socks and tights that have that total stocking smoothness make the gauge of t-shirt textures look rustic in comparison.
So, we’re looking for this middle ground of smoothness. Essentially, when we touch the sock, it feels like touching a t-shirt. And it’s surprising how narrow that cut-off point is. A style that is pretty smooth, like the Cotton Anklet, is still rougher than the Socklings.
Mind you, this is all how we use the term. It’s rather subjective, and one of those “know it when you see it” situations. Believe you me, I tried counting the knitting gauge, but without knowing the yarn gauge, needle size, tension, or any of the other factors that give a texture its texture, I can’t give you a real set of rules that define what “t-shirt like” is.
To compound that difficulty, there’re a lot of different kinds of t-shirts out there. There’s the thinner, finer kind with more snap and stretch to it; or the thick, “beefy” tees that take lots of washes to get a good drape; the vintage and faux vintage styles that you’ve got to layer for modesty.
But here’s what all these sock styles do have in common:
• high cotton content •
• smooth texture •
• soft drape •
• lightweight •
• feels like a t-shirt •
There aren’t a lot of sock styles that meet those rough requirements. Two brands, though, Una and EG Smith, have the largest representation in the t-shirt texture field. Both offer lots of styles that are the smoothest you can get from a sock with it still being a sock and not a nylon stocking.
For the rest, you’ll need to search “t-shirt like” and see what styles spring up! Remember, they’re just socks (and arm warmers, and tights, and, and) that are pretending to be your favourite tee. Give them a little benefit of the doubt, we think you’ll find them pretty smooth. 😉
It’s been a couple of years since we last looked at what all makes up our Eco Friendly section. Overall, a lot of the themes remain the same, but we now have more brands that are a go-to for eco-conscious fiber options and our robust Advanced Search helps you narrow down your eco-friendly field, so let’s refresh!
Several more brands are offering styles in organic cotton. Did you know Turkey is one of the largest producers of organic cotton? They’ve got a long and storied history with textiles and some of the nicest cotton blends we’ve encountered are made there. That’s where ToeSox gets their organic cotton and although Sweet Marcel’s organic blends are made in the USA, the rest of their cotton is from Turkey.
As great as organic is, recycling and reusing fiber that would have otherwise become waste can be even friendlier to the ecosystem! All those scraps and bits leftover from making clothes get processed and spun into fresh new yarn! Most of our Dream Stockings are made with a recycled cotton yarn and our Dreamer Socks use an 85% regenerated mix of cotton, acrylic and polyester. Both are beautiful blends that make good use (or re-use?!) of an eco-friendly resource.
More brands and styles are joining the recycled and regenerated fiber train too! It’s been fun seeing styles like B.Ella get in on the recycled cotton action. And, of course, brands that use our socks as a base, like Love Lite Precision Tie Dye have the privilege of being of recycled and regenerated fiber too!
Three brands profiled in the last eco-friendly post that are beautifully focused on offering great styles with smart fiber choices are Una, QT Feet and EG Smith’s ECO line. Their fiber and value choices ring as true and clear as ever!
Zkano is not only made in the USA with certified organic cotton, they have a fiber recycling program! We can vouch for how difficult it can be to find good fiber recycling options. Their strong beliefs and sweet styles make them a favourite of ours.
Sockwell and Goodhew are sister brands, so it’s difficult to speak of one without mentioning the other. Both brands are (like we say in their Additional Info) committed to products and yarns made in the USA and they focus on natural and renewable options to minimize their environmental footprint. You can see more at their “Why Goodhew” page under the “Good Practice” header (Sockwell’s version of the page adorably says “Well-Considered Practices”). One thing we really loved when we were first introduced to these brands—beyond their fabulous fit and good looks—was that they grow their sheep at home, so all the fibers in their socks are made in the USA!
Sock Dreams strives to make our impact on the environment as gentle as we can. From our polymailers made of 100% recycled material to the minimal packaging of our house brands, we’re always working to soften the blow. We even make sure that things like our plastic gift cards are made from recycled (and recyclable) ABS plastic (though the truly green option is an e-card).
So let’s celebrate earth day and find all those little ways we can be more conscious of how we affect the environment! ♥
Sock Dreams is pleased to introduce you to one of our newest suppliers: The Big Tights Company! These beautiful styles are produced on a knitting machine that has been customized with the higher end of Plus Size in mind. Features include a deeper waist-to-gusset reinforced panty top to accommodate tummies and bottoms, comfy waistband, and the largest size boasts a hip stretch up to 90 inches while the thighs can stretch up to 40 inches.
On paper, these tights look amazing. So much so that we knew we had to get them on our customers. We put out a model call on our tumblr and it received hundreds of notes, and over fifty models applied. In the end we could only bring in six of these wonderful models, and it was an amazing experience for us! We got to put some faces (and feet!) to screennames, and had a lot of fun chatting and joking around while taking photos of gorgeous people. We also got a lot of amazing feedback about how these tights actually fit real bodies, and we were not disappointed.
Instead of waxing poetic for days about how wonderful these tights are, we’ll let our models speak for themselves!
Leslie’s thoughts on the Plus 20 Denier Tights in Black and Brown: “I was very happy with the fit and quality of the 20 denier tights. Even though I was close to the top of the sizing in the hips, I have plenty of room for stretch, at least a 3-4 inches. I especially like the way the tops were made. I don’t feel like I’m going to rip the crotch seam, and they didn’t bind. But they weren’t baggy either.”
Rakayla’s thoughts on the Extra Plus 20 Denier Tights in Brown: I like them! As long as I have a knee length skirt on they’re great. They’re roomy and I wouldn’t have even noticed they were on if it wasn’t for us taking pictures in them. Lol. For tall plus size girls this is for sure an answered prayer. I give them an 8/10. Only because of that confusing seam thing* but besides that they’re perfect.”
*These tights have a double seam in the rear, which may take a little fiddling to get on correctly if you’re not familiar with them. Here’s an example of what that looks like.
Molly’s thoughts on the Extra Plus 180 Denier Tights: “The overall fit is good, though for me a little loose as I’m shorter than average. With a 29″ inseam, I found that I had to pull the tights up a bit more than expected to have them feel fully comfortable and not have “elephant” knees. The panty portion was amazingly comfortable, and there was no digging into my 63″ waist. Also, there was no riding up into the crotch, or sagging. The knit of the tights were wonderfully soft, and reminded me of the cotton knit tights we had as kids, and always wanted as adults. I’m so glad they’ve made these. This is a perfect spring, fall, or even winter tight.”
Molly’s thoughts on the Extra Plus 20 Denier tights in Beige: “The pair I tried on were amazingly comfortable for hose. Unlike the tights, this pair didn’t have quite the room in them. Even so, there was no riding up, cutting in, or sagging in the fit at all. Also, unlike other larger sized hose, this pair did not feel overly stretched on my 33″ thighs and didn’t cut into my skin. They honestly took all the blemishes and bruises and calmed them down to nothing. As my skin is so fair, it honestly didn’t even look like I was wearing hose.”
Sierra’s thoughts on the Plus 180 Denier Tights: “Super soft, comfy, the waistband didn’t roll down or bunch up, honestly better than any tights I’ve bought anywhere else. My only problem was they were a little too big, so they were scrunchy in some areas but it was a cute look.”
Nancy had this to say about the Extra Plus 20 Denier Tights in Black: “I don’t generally wear sheers because I’m hard on hosiery and shred them to pieces in minutes. These actually lasted through a whole day of work and play without a snag. Impressive! The toebox is really comfortable (my lil piggies are sensitive and hate being squished), and didn’t migrate on me during the day. Initially the fit was a little tricky, as getting them seated over the fullest part of my thigh required a bit of wiggle and readjustment, but once I got them in place they fit well, with lots of extra room in the hip and belly, but not so much that they bagged out in the leg.”
Allison’s thoughts on the Plus 20 Denier Tights in Beige: “These really are incredibly roomy. Probably the only pair of tights/hose that I’ve ever worn that stayed in place at the waist without rolling down. Lots of crotch room, lots of stretch. They are very finely woven, though, which is great because they look very natural but you do have to be super careful not to pick or snag these with your nails or jewelry.”
If you’re interested in trying these wonderful tights, but aren’t sure which size to choose, you can always drop us a line with your measurements and we will help you decide which will be best for you. And if you do buy them, please consider leaving an honest review on the product page with as much info as possible–you may be helping someone with similar measurements find the perfect product!
A long time ago, in a warehouse far (not that far) away, we didn’t have the best lighting. This was fine, for the most part but, in winter particularly, it made seeing the difference between navy and black stupidly difficult. I mean, one is black, the other is blue, right? Well, it depends on the supplier and the fiber.
Navy has some special something that differentiates it from plain ol’ blue, even though it’s just a shade (adding black to) of the same. We go back and forth about adding “Navy” as an option in our Search By Colour, but once you start deciding which popular colour variants are worthy of singular attention things can get complicated. For now, your navy needs can be met by simply searching for “navy” and then limiting the results to Blue.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define navy. If you want more in-depth detail on the shade, Wikipedia is a good place to go and the Color Sorting Wiki is always a great resource for poem-like names of shades and hues. 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. Now, let’s dive into those deep blue waters!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We only really have two versions of navy, nylon and our cotton reclaimed fiber blend. And the Navy N40s are a dark dream next to the lighter, more blue, cotton blends.
Because B.Ella tends to go for the dark hues as their basics, they rock the heck out of navy, bringing the widest range of what the shade can do.
Though they play around with navy in their heathers, EG’s solid navy doesn’t stray. It’s a very dark and pure blue, with no reds warming it up.
Like EG Smith, Foot Traffic’s navy is strong, dark and pure. Like a really good cup of coffee, only with the colour blue.
As they often do, Tabbisocks’ colours are imbued with depths of hue. I think they make the richest navy of the lot, though their tights go more the dim and dark route in shade.
For everyone else, their Navy varies across the board, from perfectly neutral to basically blue.
How much variety within a simple shade like navy can there be anyway? A surprising amount, considering the range of navy is from “basically black” to “still darker than dark blue.”
I’m going to be comparing these various subsets of navy against a pair of Simone’s Sleeves in Black. It’s a nice, true black that does well at showing the hidden blue in even the darkest navy.
We clicked our heels three times and have finally made it home from Emerald City Comic Con. While there is definitely no place like home, we have to admit that ECCC was an amazing adventure. The best part about it though, was getting to meet some of you. We were impressed with the way you tied some of our favorite socks into your incredible cosplays, including Shannon’s very fitting Dorothy Gale. She used a pair of Four Button Ribbed Leg Warmers in ivory for her steam punk spin on this classic character.
Aireeka was the first to stop by our booth and show off her costume socks. She completed her rad Rocket Raccoon cosplay with our N Stripes in orange and red. Sarah couldn’t wait to show us how she utilized the Purple Knees she had bought from us the day before. Here she is as Clawdeen Wolf with her Monster High classmate, Frankie Stein, as portrayed by friend Merce.
What comic con would be complete without a visit from The Doctor? Fortunately we didn’t have to find out when Whitney showed up as the 11th version of this enigmatic traveler from Gallifrey. Her Constellation Knee Highs from Sock It To Me added a spacey touch to this feminine take on the role. And speaking of feminine takes, we also loved this girlish approach to Firefly’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds. Kayln used our Extraordinary Thigh Highs in olive green for her sassy ensemble.
Another thing that we loved about our adventure in Emerald City was getting to meet other exhibitors. Our next door neighbor and borrower and lender of scissors was the talented James Ramos. James is an artist, illustrator, game designer, and philanthropist. His heroes include Walt Disney, Charles Schulz, and Chuck Jones. We also, literally, bumped into Christopher Stuart Wilson, a painter and self proclaimed ninja. He is an award winning artist who strives to, in his words, “bridge the canyon gap between the real and the abstract.” We were particularly taken with his Mona-Mystique painting.
Eventually all adventures come to an end. Fortunately we are gearing up for a new one at Chicago’s C2E2. If you want to be a part of our next incredible journey, meet us there at Booth 781!
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