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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.
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. . .
OH MY SOCKS A MUMMY.
HOLY STOCKINGS SKELETONNNNN!!
As fabulous as it can be to have elaborate and unique costumes, there is something really fun about going for one of the traditional stand-bys. Especially great if you don’t know whether or not you’ll be going out, these classics are things that can easily melt right back into your everyday wardrobe when the holiday is over.
Whether you go the sultry, skin-tight Batman villain route or keep it fuzzy and cozy, a good cat just needs ears, paws and a tail. The ears are up to you, but the rest of it can be found by searching within Solid for your kitty colour. The Harajuku Arm Warmers and Cotton Slouches are perfect paws (and come in a lot of colours) and for a tail, just slip one O Basic inside another and pin it where tails go!
We have a lot of perfectly pirate-y styles, but a great pairing with eye patch, kerchief and weather-worn rags are stripes in black and red (and the Curvy Stripes Knee High is a great style that fits lots of folks!) and the Wood Knee Highs in your choice of Oak or Mahogany (I like to think Mahogany is a good choice for the pirate with classic taste). And, if you’re a girly pirate lass, the Shimmer Organza Knee Length Petticoat is just the thing to fluff out those full skirts.
The days of throwing a sheet with eyeholes over your head is long gone, but if you want to be a ghost it’s still just as easy. Start with a white outfit—you know, all those outfit pieces you love, but never wear because what if they stain?! Then figure out when your ghost is from and add some solid white accessories!
Speaking of spooky spirits, have you seen our seasonal sticker for this Halloween? Be sure to ask for it when you order, we want to make sure anyone who wants is haunted by our lovely logo lady.
So there’s some places to start, if you are still mulling the question of “costume or not?” And we’ve even got some more ideas from a couple years ago, socks that are a costume and socks that make a costume! Of course, this is our favourite time of year, so if you’re looking for just the thing to make your look, drop us a line and we’ll happily help you out.
The specific fear of Friday the 13th is Friggatriskaidekaphobia (or Paraskevidekatriaphobia, depending on if you go Greek or Norse for your fifth-day naming). But it’s associated with thirteen, which sparks Triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13. So this week, as we all start amping up for Halloween, let’s look at some socks that’ll push your phobias. If cats, spiders, blood, beards or bees squick you out, then tread carefully!
Let’s start out with a softball. Pogonophobia, the fear of beards. I’m not certain if this includes moustaches, but if so? That means these styles are terrifying.
Cats. You either love ‘em or you’ve got Ailurophobia (or you could just moderately dislike them, or feel indifferent, whatever). That’s totally understandable when clearly, based on socks, they are plotting something devious and gathering in upsettingly large numbers.
More terror after the jump!
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