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We’ve gone through all the main colours this year in our monthly focus posts and now with black under our belts, let’s take this colour matching to the next level: matching stripes across brands and styles! It’s something we see a lot of you folks doing as you put the final touches on your Halloween costumes, so I figured it’d be timely to talk about it now.
As we’ve learned, if you want to keep your colours matching, it’s best to stay within a brand or style, particularly in the Dream Stockings, since we use the same yarn for each colour. So, naturally, the M Sleeves and the Super Warmers short or long, match their corresponding colours in the Color Knees and Super Stripes (with some cross-pollination between all of those styles, plus the Neapolitans and Rainbow Dreams!).
Ditto the Sorcerer Socks and Sleeves, the Chevron Sleeves and their various levels of coverage. And Leg Avenue offers the Neon Rainbow Gauntlet Gloves to go with the tights and Neon Rainbow Striped Fishnet Tights to go with the fingerless gloves.
Top row: Sorcerer Sleeves, Chevron Sleeves, Neon Rainbow Gauntlet Gloves, Rainbow Net Fingerless Gloves
Bottom row: Sorcerer Socks, O Chevrons, Neon Rainbow Tights, Neon Rainbow Striped Fishnet Tights
But what about rainbows, or black/purple and black/red? What if your perfect sock to match your arm warmers is made of a totally different fiber? Well, we have good news and bad news, depending on what colours you’re talking about.
For those of you who do not know, we sponsored a fantastic cosplay contest in The Mary Sue‘s Geek Girl Headquarters at the New York Comic Con this past weekend. The time has finally come to pick the winners! Check out the finalists on The Mary Sue’s Twitter, or on their web page and cast your vote for your favorite. The choices are tough and the competition is fierce, so make your vote count.
The grand prize winner of the contest will get an amazing prize package from us including, socks, leg warmers, sock glue, the world’s best water bottle, stickers, buttons, not to mention a $50 gift card. Three runners up will also get gift cards.
If you missed out on the action and are itching to show off your socks in outfit related contests, don’t fret. We’ve got several competitions lined up in the coming months with our new Dreamer Dress Up feature. Just sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on how you can be a winner too!
Black is black, is black, unless it’s “Caviar” or “Nero”—although “Caviar” and “Nero” are just some more words (the former being descriptive, the latter being Italian) for “Black.”
As you can imagine, this colour focus post is going to be a little different. Black is pretty much black (an absence of colour). There are shades of black that are darker and shades of black that are blacker and yes, that is an actual distinction! Sometimes we can’t portray the true level of darkness while still showing you guys what the texture of a sock is.
So, this time around, we’ll do the regular thing of looking at some representative versions of black across suppliers (though it’ll not be an exhaustive list, because there are so many!), but then I’m going to look at a few distinctive aspects of this hue and the problems one can encounter in trying to properly convey black socks online.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define black. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of black, 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. That said, let’s get down to it!
Let’s get down to the suppliers, then. I apologise if your monitor decides to display the following images as Stygian rectangles from which no light escapes.
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
Using “Caviar” to mean black most of the time (though sometimes black is just black), they’re also nicely black, with the Erika Microfiber Tights being a little less dark and the Meg having the slightest green tint.
Either wool or cotton, they’re black, with the Simone’s Sleeves being a good match for the Cotton Overknee.
Though their black remains the same in their boot socks, the Socklings are softer than their taller OTK and thigh high cousins.
With a style in almost every fiber combo, they keep it pretty on-point, with the Textured Cable Acrylic OTKs a little softer and duller than the rest.
From left to right: Bamboo Ribbed Tights, Wool Rib Tights, Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers, Solid Acrylic OTKs, Textured Cable Acrylic OTKs, Solid Opaque Thigh High, Microfiber Stirrup Legging, Fleece Lined Knee Highs, Signature Cotton Thigh High
They seem to deal in textures (fishnet, lace, satin) so for their image I’m using one style that has satin, ruffle and nylon, and another that’s a black sheer. Pretty much all of their black styles are nylon or polyester and are textbook black.
Another pretty straightforward series of black, with the Color Tights a little bluer than the rest!
Of course, there are a lot more suppliers who have styles available in plain ol’ black, but these are some good, representative examples.
Whew. Okay. I’m just gearing myself up for some ‘splaining. Like with Teal & Turquoise, how we have to deal with black as a “colour” when editing can get tricky. Alright, let’s go!
Are you all stocked up for Halloween? Well, if you’re like us, you’ve been ready to go since November 1st of 2013. But for those of you still scrambling to get your leg wear together, we have some Shipping dates that will help you plan your purchases!
•Free/First Class: 5-9 days estimated shipping time (not guaranteed) – order by the 21st
•Priority Mail: 3-5 days estimated shipping time (not guaranteed) – order by the 25th
•Priority Express Mail: 1-2 days, guaranteed – order by the morning of the 29th
While you’re at it, make sure you request one of our spooky Halloween stickers, featuring our logo as the wickedest of witches.
If witches aren’t your thing, we have a lovely Autumn sticker for you to choose as well. Just let us know your preference and we will include one in your order.
New York Comic Con is coming up quick and boy are we jealous of those of you who will be attending. There will be amazing guests, killer panels, fantastic cosplay, and…us! Now, while we won’t be there vending our wares, you’ll still get a chance to snag some sweet Sock Dreams stuff.
“How is this possible?” you may ask. Well, let me explain. NYCC is going to have an exciting new feature, hosted by TheMarySue.com. It’s called “Geek Girl HQ“, and we are going to be a part of it. This is a place where women can hang out, relax, and recharge. Recharge your cell phones, that is. There will be special appearances, musical performances, crafts, games, and a library corner. Just go to Room 1E02 in the Javits Center during the convention from October 9-12.
“What does any of this have to do with Sock Dreams?” Another very good question. Sock Dreams is sponsoring the Cosplay Contest! In Geek Girl HQ there will be a life sized frame next to a table full of props that you can use to either create a costume or augment your own. Snap a photo of yourself in the frame and tweet @TheMarySue #GGHQ to enter the contest.
“Did you say something about freebies?” Why, yes I did. Try $200 worth of sock dreams goodies. We are giving away a super Grand Prize Package to the winner of the contest. Here’s what it includes:
- 1 hand painted wooden treasure box
- 1 Sock Dreams Water Bottle in Silver
- 1 Pair of Long Cuffable Scrunchable Leg Warmers in Black
- 1 Pair of Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in Light Blue & Natural
- 1 Pair of Dreamy Knees in Twilight
- 1 bottle of It Stays! Body Adhesive
- 1 $50 Sock Dreams Gift Card
- 3 vintage Sock Dreams Stickers
- 3 vintage Sock Dreams Buttons
We are also giving away gift cards to three runners up. So if you are going to New York Comic Con, be sure to stop by Geek Girl HQ for your chance to win!
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