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We clearly love socks here, but some socks (and accessories!) we love more than others. “Dreamers Recommend” highlights the current favorite style of our Sock Dreamers.
Dreamer names: Jess & Rosalind
Current favourite style: Double Grip Clips (they both love these and rock them in different ways and have even made a gallery of Double Grip Clip uses on our Facebook!)
Did you like this item when we first started carrying it, or did you hate it and grow to love it?
Jess: I was intrigued by a garter style that had no waistband and no leg-pinching tightness, but wasn’t quite sure how to use them. I noted the product description’s caveat about “skirt lifters,” though, and tucked it away in the back of my mind until the day I wore a floor-length skirt to work. The skirt kept getting caught in the wheels of my chair all morning, until finally I broke down and bought two pairs of black clips from our warehouse stock to serve as skirt lifters out of sheer necessity. The effect was instantly AWESOME, both for convenience and style, and I’ve been using them on all of my longer skirts since then!
Rosalind: I was immediately intrigued by the open-ended nature of their design, but after I got a pair it took me a while to figure out the best way to use them.
What is the best thing about this particular style?
Jess: They’re so versatile! They add a visual lure to even the plainest of black skirts, and you can mix and match clip colors, adjust the length of the clips, or layer several lifts at once for volume. I especially love just lifting the front of my skirts (so I can show off my socks!) and letting them fall naturally in the back. I’ve also used these clips as regular garters to hold up my Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers, and a single clip will stylishly hold a cardigan closed (thanks for the tip, Laurel!). They’re handy to have around!
Rosalind: They’re clever, and possibly a little bit sneaky. When worn with a short skirt or shorts, they peek out to lend that old fashioned garter belt look, but they’re much more simple, versatile, and hot weather friendly than a real garter belt.
How’s the fit?
Jess: These aren’t technically “fitted,” but the adjustable length is really useful. If I’m wearing a longer top, I’ll lengthen the clips’ elastic fully so they’ll still show; if I want a higher skirt lift, I shorten the clips up a couple inches. The elastic is stretchy enough to have a bit of give (so they won’t tear your skirts if they get caught on something), but won’t stretch out unnecessarily.
Rosalind: They don’t need to go around any part of you, so they can fit anyone. Their length is adjustable for different sock heights. Sometimes if I wear them with really tall socks they’re a little long, even at their shortest, but I just fold the sock over at the top to get the right height.
Who would you recommend this style for?
Jess: Everyone! They’re great for costumes (Victorian, steampunk, Ren Faire, etc.), but they’ve already become a staple to my everyday aesthetic, as the Dreamers can attest. 😉 They’d be especially useful to anyone who’s looking to avoid the possible pinch of a garter belt, or someone who’d rather have their garter clips on the sides instead of the backs of their legs—you can clip these anywhere, so they’re a perfect starter-garter!
Rosalind: Anyone who is looking for a good anti-gravity wwwice for stockings, or whatever else you can think of holding up or together with them.
Jess: If you’re looking to add some texture, volume, and flair to your wardrobe, or if you want to show off your socks even in your longest skirt, pick up a pair or two of Double Grip Clips! You won’t regret it. 🙂
Rosalind: My favourite use of them is with pocketed skirts/shorts/dresses. That way you can clip them to the pocket underneath. Of course, if you have a very loose or stretchy waistband, you might want to try this out at home before you risk losing your pants in public. More secure waistbands, such as on jean skirts or shorts are best.
13 soxy thoughts:
Brilliant! Thanks so much for this. GREAT tip about attaching them to pockets!
Any chance we can get more of a how to wear tutorial for those of us who want to keep the clips out of sight?
This was an idea that wouldn’t leave me alone for years until Dara was able to secure a custom, US made, version we can get in many colors… in fact, if anyone wants to see different colors than what we currently offer we’re open to suggestions…
i love em! I’ve used the classic mitten garters as the same with less fabulous results–the clips weren’t designed for so much and the clips hurt on my legs after walking about maybe half a mile in em! I sure know what’s in my next shopping cart!
MQ—I wear them to slip shorts or boy shorts under skirts, that keeps them out of sight. Rosalind’s trick for clipping them to the inside pocket of skirts or shorts works as well, it all depends on how short your skirt is and how long your pockets are.
I love the Double Grip Clips so much! The way Jess rocks them with skirts makes me want to find a good foofy skirt to pair them with.
omg, thank you!! i’ve been incredibly intrigued by these guys, but i wanted to see some action shots before i took the plunge. i know what i’ll be getting next time i order!
Double grip clips are AWESOME! I use them on the running late days when speed counts. I can clip my stockings to my underwear, my slip or my skirt. I also love it for clipping my thigh high socks to my favorite denim skirt. no more slipping and tugging. Now I just need 2 pair in every color!
These are great for riding a bike in a skirt too! a fan on Facebook posted this. 🙂
I have been wanting to buy these for over a year D: This just made it worse. HM
I also use one of these horiontally on the back of blouses or dresses to take in a little material and make the front look more tailored.
@Sykie, Genius! That’s a newer favourite too around here.
How does one use these as skirt lifters (as depicted in the picture)? Where do you clip the top clip on the skirt?
@Megan, it all depends on the skirt! But if it is loose and flowy enough to be worn with the Double Grip Clips the way it is in with the red skirt, you should be able to just pinch a bit of fabric up near the waist (or hip, or wherever you’re lifting to) for the top clip to grab.