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Last year I showed you folks some “night & day” versions of styles, in honour of the season’s change! This year, let’s think about the harvest and how some things have to go away so others can grow. This time of year is when we start finding out which styles aren’t being made any longer, but it’s also the time of year when a lot of things we’ve been waiting for all summer start being available!
It’s always sad to talk about the Zap! Section, because it is full of beloved styles that we won’t see again once the last pair leave our doors. So I’ll temper it with some new favourites from our What’s New category, because though favourites can never be replaced, their memory can always be shared with a new love.
As the mornings get colder, I’ve been relying more on arm warmers. The Space Dyed Long Perfect Arm Warmers are wonderful for this weather, because they’re nice and long and mitt-style! But they’re going away, and are only available in Green Zebra now. I think the Flower Field Arm Warmer will be a good replacement for cold hands, as they’re nicely long (longer than the Space Dyed Long Perfect Arm Warmers, actually!) and just as beautiful.
I’m seeing more tights too, as folks start layering up against the incoming season. The Midnight Garden Sheer Printed Tights are a great light layer, but they’re also in Zap! Another bright, lightweight layer that is new (well, the colour is) are the Codori Crochet Tights in Orchid. The Codori are a classic, but their Orchid version is a new addition and I’m pretty smitten. It’s a great pink, and I’m picky about pink!
Speaking of light layers (and refusing to think of the coming winter) nothing is lighter than a sheer anklet. And the little bits of sparkly nothing that are the Shimmer Seashell Sheer Crews are leaving us as quickly as Summer. The Lace Foot Wraps are just as lovely and light and look luscious layered over something a bit warmer.
This is also the time of year when Cronert is rejuvenated and we see some styles going away, like the Tonal Wide Stripe Over the Knees, while others return or are renewed, such as the Multi Stripe Over the Knee.
Some styles we know are going away almost as soon as we get them. We try to note that they won’t be around long in the Additional Info on each product page. Terms in the Additional Info on a product page like “Limited Availability” and “Quantities Limited” mean a style isn’t long for this socky world. Because sometimes we can get more, they don’t always make it into the Zap! Section.
I’ve put together an Advanced Search for you to spy out these seasonal socks, so they don’t slip away! Below are just a few:
But we’re always adding new styles! I wish I could show you the thrilling queue of new products we’re working on shooting and entering, but I can’t, so you’ll have to just keep an eye on What’s New to make sure you don’t miss all the wonderful things that come in as the leaves turn.
Good ol’ brown. Now, I mean brown-brown, not tan or beige (which are their own thing in our Color Search). Deep, earthy, bark-like, ranging from cool to warm, brown is a great “neutral” shade for when you don’t want to go black or navy or grey.
You’ll see, as we look at the different supplier’s browns, that there are definitely some dye batch differences that exist within brown, but everybody can fall into a pretty clear family of umbers, chocolates, earthy loams and red. I think in this post, the images of each brand’s array of browns is closest to spot-on for colour accuracy.
Brown seems very mutable, and reflects the colours it is next to or knit with quite strongly. See the difference in how the colour presents between the white elastic of the O Chevrons and the black elastic of the B Chevrons below!
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define brown. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of brown, 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!
Oops, I forgot to include the Dreamer Socks’ Extraordinary Thigh Highs in Dark Brown here, but they’re just a touch richer than the Dark Brown in the Dream Stockings styles. Earth is nice and cool-yellow and I love the Coffee nylon hue, so rich!
Ooh boy. Not only does B.Ella offer “Espresso” “Chocolate” and plain ol’ “Brown”, there’s some variation within each colour (both the tights on the far left and far right are “Espresso”). It does mean a gorgeous range of hues, though.
From left to right: Patricia Merino Crochet Tights, Meg Unconstricted Top Crew, Trentata Italian Trouser Sock, Pantera Jersey Dress Midcalf, Gregorio Wool Bootsocks, Vera Recycled Cotton No Show, Bastia Comfort Top Crew, Codori Crochet Tights
Either deep or chocolately-basic, Cronert keeps it simple with two very good representations of brown.
EG Smith tries to keep it simple with just a simple “Brownie” and a heather. But, as you can see between the two boot sock styles (with the same fiber content) below, there’s variation. We keep our images updated the best we can when dealing with dye batch differences like this. The Sockling and the Solid OTK are pretty much the same hue, on the other hand.
Not normally one to offer a full range of hues, Foot Traffic brings it home with a pretty selection of browns from loamy to umber to chocolate. The colour variation in Brown between the Opaque Solid Nylon Trouser Socks and the Solid Opaque Thigh Highs seems to be that the former is 80% microfiber nylon and the latter is 90% plain ol’ nylon.
From left to right: Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmer, Fleece Lined Knee Highs, Opaque Solid Nylon Trouser Socks, Solid Opaque Thigh High, Signature Cotton Tights, Signature Cotton Tights, Cotton Lace Anklets
Nouvella’s colour consistency is a little uneven when it comes to browns, with the widest range between dye batches. Below you can see two different dye batches of the Nouvella Cotton Leggings in Brown. What a difference! We try to catch all changes we can so we can keep our images updated.
For once, Tabbisocks does not dominate a colour with a masterful array! Their brown tends towards maroon (except for their Color Tights, which are nice and cool, a rather umber-y chocolate).
Lots of browns show up as single examples across different brands.
Okay, after the jump, let’s look at the variations within the variations of brown!
As business starts to really pick up for the fall season, we’ve decided it’s about time we started a new tradition around here. For 14 years we’ve been showing you our socks and how style them, and while we will continue to do so, we think it’s about time we recognized the style and talents of our amazing customer base!
In case you didn’t catch our latest newsletter, you can check it out here – in it we announced our new monthly contest, guidelines, and gave some examples of the sort of outfit shots we’re looking for.
To sum it up, we’re now taking submissions for next month’s contest, with a theme of Halloween costumes! Please read the following rules; entries that do not follow these cannot be considered.
• Photos are due October 13th and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; please let us know which products you used, and tell us a little about your costume, including which Sock Dreams product is featured!
• Your costume must feature socks, tights, and/or accessories purchased from Sock Dreams, and they must be clearly visible as part of the costume.
• Photos must be taken for our contest; no photos from past years or photos submitted to other contests.
• Please keep your costume work-safe and free of any offensive subject matter.
• Make sure your photo is well-lit, in-focus, and there is no clutter (or toilets!) in the background.
We will be picking our three favorite winners each month, and publishing them in the following edition of Dreamer Dress-Up, as well as sending each winner a $30 giftcard.
To receive our newsletters, including those announcing the theme for each successive contest, sign up here! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
What are letters and pictures without numbers and theories? Since last week you started your sock school day with some writing and art, your brain is all warmed up and ready for some science and math!
Science is a broad field that covers a lot of learnin’. There are many “-ologies” (“studies of”) out there to nerd out on. I think a lot of folks think of a lab and assorted fiddly bits when presented with the word “science”, but in actuality there’s a lot more there. Studying dinosaurs is science. Maybe it is the best science.
Let’s start with a field that isn’t an “-ology” but whatever. Astronomy is the study of celestial objects, all that weird and beautiful star stuff. What they’re made of, where they’re going, how they interact with each other and us—it’s a science that isn’t that intimidating, because not only are the stars always with us, but amateur astronomers have been vital parts of many major discoveries.
Another thing that is always with us, like it or not, are insects and that’s what entomology studies! From obviously useful insect friends, like bees, to what a lot of us consider pests, entomology investigates insects from their smallest parts to the greatest expanse of their social structures and their place in the ecosystem. I know somebody who did their doctoral work on the iridescence of beetle carapaces and that is a pretty awesome thing.
From land to sea, marine biology studies the critters (a very scientific term) that live in the ocean and other non-fresh water places. Like bugs and space, you get to look at some weird monsters and beautiful creatures that we share the world with.
Of course, both entomology and marine biology are subsets of plain ol’ biology, the natural science of life and living stuff. There are five natural sciences: astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics. When it comes to socks, synthetic fibers, like Coolmax, have chemistry to thank. How socks stay up is directly connected to physics (and sock glue) and as for the earth sciences, socks—well, socks rock.
Natural science is one of the “empirical sciences”, while mathematics is classed as a “formal science”. You may now picture your favourite number dressed up as James Bond.
Though we use math all the time with socks (they come to us in packs of six, which means I’m very good at my six-times tables), they’re not as easy to integrate into mathematics.
Well, they do divide themselves more often than we’d like, leaving one in the dryer and one off exploring the depths of space or something. If you don’t like your socks doing division, using a hosiery bag for washing should keep them prime (get it, indivisible?!). The brand Soxks even includes a wash bag with each pair!
Now, I know a lot of folks wish their sock collection could multiply, but there’s an easy way to do that. Multi packs!
From two packs to six, buying more socks at once not only multiplies your styles, but is also a formula for savings, since they’re often less per pair when packaged together.
There are no sciences like the sock sciences (both natural and formal). Now that you’ve been sock schooled, I hereby deem you professors of socks! Just in time for the new school year. May all your learning be as useful and fun as socks can be.
Fall is right around the corner, if you squint you can see it! School is about to start or has already started for lots of folks and we’ve got your sock curriculum all planned out. We’re going to sock-school you!
However you feel about school, writing and the arts of language is a vital foundation to life (we have words to thank for our sassy, punny copy, for instance!). So grab your pencil and some paper to take down a few notes.
Creativity is key and it’s amazing what can blossom between restraints of form. That could be the limits of a form poem, or working with given prompts. An example! Let’s try a triplet, three lines using the same rhyme and forming a complete little thought unto themselves.
And for inspiration, some words.
Okay, let’s try . . .
The evil jinn, not gin the drink,
Poured himself a glass, and sat to think.
And as he drank, began to shrink.
Wait, are you even paying attention. You’re reading comic books, aren’t you?
I mean, comic books are great, and actually a perfect example of what restraints of form can do in inspiring the creative process. It’s just, a little rude when I’m all trying to teach up-over here. But I can take a hint. Let’s move on to a related subject.
The visual arts go hand-in-hand with written language. They can convey and document, suggest and imagine. More than just pretty pictures, it’s how people decorate their world through architecture and textiles and how that process influences and is influenced by society.
• Maroc Midcalf (architectural design in form of repeating tile patterns) •
• Folklore Midcalf (simplistic motif used to convey story and feeling) •
• Art Deco Tights (highly influential visual style that influenced all aspects of life) •
Though the kind of paintings that hang in museums get a lot of attention, work that should never be overlooked is that inspired by or related to handicraft and entertainment. Silhouette scenes and patterns cut from card are a great example of this. Though silhouette portraiture was popularised in the Victorian era, paper cut scenes were a popular way to illustrate books since the late 18th century and their use in shadow theatre is an ancient art.
Oh, there goes the bell! Well, I’ll see you back here after lunch (or, ahem, next week) for your last two classes, science and math. Don’t make that face, it’ll be fun.
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