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Halloween might be one of our favourite times of year here at Sock Dreams. It’s one of the reasons why our Halloween category is easy to find year-round. Normally by now on the Sock Journal I’d have talked at least once about costumes and given you ideas, but all of you are clearly on top of it this year! We’ve seen so many cool combos of styles go out this month, you all are really making our season.
Since this year was full of some fabulously Halloween-riffic new styles, let’s just revel in a bit of Halloween trend goodness on this day o’ spooky and costumes. Some are out of stock at the moment (due to this being the season they’re most in demand) but, if you’re anything like a lot of us Dreamers, the visual themes of Halloween aren’t limited to one month of the year, so we’re sure you’ll find a use even in spring time for . . .
Cats! Like that familiar familiar, the black cat,
Or the sideways-talking Cheshire cat.
Even more classic are movie monsters!
And of course there’s just the general spookiness of spiders, bats and eyeballs.
Okay, I’m going to close with a real nerdy thing. I noticed this year that black and orange aren’t the hot Halloween colours. Both in what people are buying and what I’ve seen out and about. So I made some pretty ridiculous graphs of our two big Halloween brands because I know y’all are nerds too.
In Leg Avenue striped styles, the clear winner is Black & White. Then comes Black & Purple, with Rainbow and Black & Red about tied! The predominance of Pink & Purple stripes purchased from Leg Avenue is what prompted their addition to this pumpkin pie chart. A lot of sneaky Cheshire Cats about this year!
Now, in Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks, we see more folks getting the basics they need to finish off a more complex look. Stripes aren’t as stratospheric a seller. Unless you’re rainbows, that is! Between the various Radiant and Harvest Rainbows, plus the Rainbow Dreams, you folks are representing all the colours! Classic Black & Orange is much higher on the list for Dream Stockings. We are embarrassed to admit how long it took us to add Black as an option in the Orange Knees, but dang we’re glad we did!
Remember, seeing how you use our socks in your costumes gives us undead creatures of the night life! Tag us on Tumbr, share with us on Facebook, give us a virtual trick-or-treat of how awesome you all are. ♥
Have a happy Halloween and may your evening’s celebrations be bountiful!
Last month we announced our new monthly contest, Dreamer Dress Up. Our first challenge to you was to create a Halloween costume which featured some of our socks, or accessories. We had a lot of amazing entries. They were so good, in fact, that we had to share our ten finalists with all of you!
These first three finalists are looking spectacular in shades of red. Malia McCollister, a former ballet dancer, used the Puffy Chiffon Mini Petticoat to give her Firebird costume the right flare. Elizabeth Hedrick used tons of layers to make her pirate queen costume come alive, including a Mid-Length Petticoat, Ruffle Striped OTKs, and Flapper Buttoned Sock Garters. Yoko Mizuhara, our next finalist, modified her Solid Opaque Thigh Highs for her Bombshell Harley Quinn costume, and is a huge advocate of It Stays! Body Adhesive.
Our next two finalists are rocking the steam-punk look. Brianna Clarke is ready for a Victorian Air Ship ride in her Solid Over the Knee Stockings and her Extra Long Simply Adjustable Sock Garters. Amy Robinson made some creative edits to her Solid Opaque Thigh Highs, which she keeps held high with her Double Grip Clips.
We loved Cindy Dulay’s portrayal of Mary Sanderson, the middle sister from the movie Hocus Pocus. She is using the plus sized Striped Over the Knee stockings to keep her witchy legs warm. And speaking of needing to stay warm, our next entrant, known only as Pixi Faery, is staying snuggley by layering rust colored Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks and Dark Brown Knees.
And now for our three winners, who will each receive a $30 Sock Dreams Gift Card!
In her portrayal of the Queen of the Rainbow Goblins, Joyce Churchia created her own sleeves using Rainbow Knee High socks and Cotton Overknees, and completed her outfit with Vertical Rainbow Fishnet Tights. Kathleen Weaver is clearly excited about her Peter Pan costume, and so were we! She is wearing the ever popular Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks in olive. Our final winner, and perhaps our favorite, is Sara Bielaczyc. How adorable is she in her purple Chevron Sleeves and green and plum Super Stripe Knee Highs?
We want to congratulate all of our finalists. And to do that, we decided to throw in a bonus. We are giving each of them 10% off their next purchase! Feeling a bit jealous? Click here to find out how you can enter November’s Dreamer Dress Up contest. And don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter to see who will win next time!
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!
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!
This summer we went to the drive-in, but it’s too cold to do that in the autumn. Now’s the time of year for sitting in the dark and getting your scare on! Even though Halloween is still practically a week away, this is the big weekend before the holiday, a perfect day to premiere the latest on the silver screen.
Ooh, we took too long in the concession line! We missed the previews, but it doesn’t look like we missed any of the story . . . (And if you’re curious who any of the “actors” are, just click the links!)
Those stairs do not look like good business.
TOLD. YOU. Those are guts, he stepped in guts.
Wait, he’s still going up the stairs? To the ominous red door.
Come ON, he’s opening the door? Yes, that is a way to get straight up unravelled, Mr. Sock.
. . .
. . .
OH MY SOCKS A MUMMY.
HOLY STOCKINGS SKELETONNNNN!!
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