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It’s that time of year again: convention season!
One of our favorite parts of being in the sock-peddling business is helping people find the right socks for them. As a mostly-online business, we don’t get to do this in person much, especially outside of our rainy Portland area. That’s why we get so excited for convention season! It gives us that much-needed chance to interact with some of our loyal customers in person, as well as giving some of you a chance to see our products up close.
We’ve got a great line-up this year, with some conventions across the country, as well as closer to our home in the Pacific Northwest. If we’re going to be in your area, come say hi!
Emerald City Comic Con
April 7th – April 10th
Los Angeles, CA
May 7th – May 8th
Denver Comic Con
June 17th – June 19th
September 2nd – September 5th
Rose City Comic Con
September 10th – September 11th
Geek Girl Con
October 8th – October 9th
We’re also debuting three limited-edition stickers at our 2016 booths. You can choose between pink, purple, and aqua. But pick wisely! These stickers are in short supply, and won’t be available anywhere else.
With con season gearing up, we’re looking ahead to one of our favorite parts of vending—seeing all the fantastic cosplay!
Dreamer Lucy as Ramona Flowers
Although we can’t claim supernatural powers of prediction, there are a few things we’re expecting (and hoping) to see a lot of this year. And a few recommendations that will help you keep this year’s cosplay on point.
Super Heroes (and Villains)
With so many super hero movies (and TV shows) coming out this year, we’re expecting to see a lot of Marvel and DC’s finest wandering the con floor. From Deadpool to Captain America, there’s a lot of material to cover. We’re hoping Wonder Woman will also put in an appearance, even though she won’t get her own movie until 2017.
- Rock a Deadpool-inspired look with some Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in black and red.
- Grab some Fishnet Pantyhose or Sporty Striped OTKS (with red or blue top stripes) to put that finishing touch on your Suicide Squad Harley Quinn cosplay.
Blast from the Past
Never has the phrase “everything old is new again” felt quite so accurate, at least in the con scene. This year will see a lot of familiar faces gracing the big and small screens; whether it’s Mulder and Scully’s return to investigating X-Files, a new generation of Star Wars fans out in force, or the re-imaging of everyone’s favorite ghost-busting team, 2016 feels comfortably nostalgic.
- Grab some delightful neutrals to compliment your Jedi attire. Strong with the force are these socks, yes.
- There’s nothing quite as fashionable as some classic green slime. Who you gonna call?
Animation continues to win many hearts, both young and less-young, and this year promises to see a bunch of cosplayers doing their fandoms proud. Old favorites continue to stay strong, with a plethora of Sailor Moon and Adventure Time cosplayers (remember Rae’s Fionna cosplay from last year?), as well as some newer favorites like One Punch Man and RWBY. With the end of Gravity Falls, we’re expecting to see a bunch of fans giving their favorite series the appropriate sendoff (though of course, the end of a show never means the end of cosplay!), in addition to a continuing rise in Steven Universe cosplayers.
- Where will your star go? Whether ankle or thigh, we’ve got a few options to help pull together your Steven Universe-inspired look.
- Don some Toe-Tal Recall Midcalves to give homage to a certain Demon Cyborg.
As always, sometimes the most exciting costumes are the unexpected ones, so never feel confined to the current trends! Regardless of who you’re dressed as (even yourself!) we love to see our items in action, so if you’re wearing anything you purchased from us, be sure to visit our booth at one of the cons we’re attending! Your picture may even end up in one of our con reports.
We had a blast at our latest event, Rose City Comic Con. Now it is time for us to bring our season to a close with one last event. Geek Girl Con is this weekend in Seattle, WA and we’ll be there! We’re bringing our socks, our con exclusives, and a special deal! Stop by booth 105 to see them for yourselves.
Geek Girl Con is the perfect time to come and pick up socks for that Cosplay you’ve been working on. Once you’ve got you costume put together, don’t forget to snap a photo or two and send them into our Dreamer Dress Up Contest. You could win one of three $50 gift cards! You can find out how to enter and see a list of complete rules here!
Have fun, drive safe, and we’ll see you at the Conference Center on October 10th and 11th at booth 105!
We Dreamers wear a lot of hats (and socks, of course), but one of our favorite jobs around here is helping customers find the perfect socks for cosplays and costumes. While finding a good color match for a cartoon character’s socks can be challenging, things get even harder when it comes to historical costuming. This probably has to do with the fact that these “costumes” are supposed to look and feel like real clothes that people actually wore, which means that things like fiber content and construction become a lot more important than they typically are for fictional characters. While our socks are generally a bit too modern to be truly historically accurate, we’ve got some helpful hints on styles that evoke the right qualities for historical reenactment!
O Basics in natural, worn under a full length skirt.
For much of European history, women wore full-length dresses, which meant that counter to contemporary trends, there was quite a bit more variety and decoration involved in men’s stockings than women’s. In fact, our recommendations for women’s stockings don’t change much between the Middle Ages and the 18th century; it’s how the stockings were worn that changed the most! During this time most women would have worn over-the-knee stockings, in wool, linen, or silk, depending on their class. Our O Woolies and O Basics (which are a cotton blend that serves as a decent stand-in for linen) make good choices for women who weren’t part of the upper classes at the time, and while we don’t have silk stockings for the aristocracy, the Zena Knee Socks from B. Ella are made from a fine, slinky viscose blend which mimics the look and feel of silk to good effect.
Of course elasticized fabrics weren’t invented until 1820, so earlier socks needed some help defying gravity! While all of the garters we sell are made from elastic for stretch, most early garters were just ribbons that tied under the cuff of the stockings, to hold them above the knees.
O Basics tied up with ribbon garters
Now, while women were busy wearing floor-length gowns, men wore relatively short tunics or doublets, with hose (similar to tights). This was the norm from the middle ages until the mid-16th century, when breeches became a more common addition, eventually leading to pants. During the medieval and renaissance eras, hose actually consisted of two separate legs, which tied or laced together at the waist, and were worn with a codpiece. Often the legs were two different colors, and the hose were typically made of wool.
Two half-pairs of Signature Cotton Tights, in rust and brown, all ready to be laced together.
As far as recreating this look goes, we suggest forgoing the authenticity of wool fibers, as our more finely-knitted cotton tights can be altered without unraveling. The Signature Cotton Tights or Solid Cotton Tights handle alterations well, and come in a nice variety colors, for fun with mismatched legs! We took two pairs of the Signature Cotton Tights and cut them up the seams, from gusset to waist, then trimmed the waistband off. After that you can either snip small eyelets along the top edge where the waistband was (but not too close!) for lacing together, or to a belt, or just cheat and use some Double Grip Clips to hold them together!
All laced up with a shoelace and ready for a codpiece (worn over leggings for modesty).
When breeches came into style, men traded in their hose for stockings. Early breeches came down to the knee to overlap the tops of the stockings, which were held up by buckled garters. The stockings themselves were not unlike the ones which women had been wearing for centuries at that point – they went over the knees and were typically made of wool, linen or silk. Most of the same options previously suggested for women will work here. The O Rayons are another good choice, and the mushroom and wheat colors are not only typical of historical stockings, they’re also made with rayon blended from flax, which is what linen is made of!
O Rayons in flax and mushroom
As the 17th century went on, men began wearing tall boots which were fitted in the leg, but loose on top. The stockings they wore with these boots had embroidered or lace-trimmed tops, which were made to fall over the top of the boot for added ornamentation. Lace was a popular decoration for men and women alike! This is one of the harder looks to recreate from our catalog, but we have a couple of ways of making it happen. The easiest thing is to choose one of our taller lace-topped styles (many of which are sheer thigh highs, but as long as they don’t have grips on the inside, those should work fine) and arrange them in the boot so that only the lace part is visible, cuffed down over the exterior of the boot. A more difficult, but also more authentic version of this would be to take a sock that is fitted in the leg but loose in the tops, like our M45s, and add your own lace trim or embroidery to the tops so they can flop over the boots to reveal the flourish.
The world of hosiery didn’t change an awful lot during the 18th century, but it did mark the first time in European fashion that feminine clothes became more elaborate than their masculine counterparts. This trend of women’s attire being more decorative than their masculine equivalents’ carried on into the regency era and beyond… and that is when the world of hosiery started to get really exciting!
Join us in part 2, where we will make our way through the advances of the 18th and 19th centuries! Huge strides in technology will be made, and hosiery options galore will become available as we make our journey towards the present!
This year’s Dragon Con was the busiest event of the season! This meant that not only were we able to share our socks with a whole new group of stocking enthusiasts, we also got to meet an exceptional number of Sock Dreams fanatics. Here are just a few of the smiling faces that came by to show off their sock inclusive cosplays.
No anime or comic book convention would be complete with out heroes. Katie completed her Kate Bishop (aka. Hawkeye) cosplay with a comfy pair of Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in black and plum. Trish favored the grey Long Cuffable Scrunchables for her depiction of Beth from the animated web series Bravest Warriors.
Of course you can’t have a hero without a proper villain or two. Nicole made great use of our black and kelly Vertically Inclined Stockings in her feminine rendition of Loki, Thor’s mischievous sibling. We also met Michael, portraying a young Dr. Horrible. The only person who loved him more than we did was his mom Lori, who has always been his first and biggest fan. She rocked her look with our Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs in steel and light blue.
Coming all the way from Hogwarts were three alumni from the world’s most famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. Both Kara and Jessica were sorted into Gryffindor. Jessica was exuberant about her dark red and gold Sorcerer Socks. Kara chose to show off her Gryffindor pride with the dark red and gold Super Stripe Knee Highs. Heather, a Ravenclaw, gave her dark blue and silver Sorcerer Socks an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Finally we spotted a couple of characters from an enchanted forest. Diane was a sweet fairy who adored her Oregon Dreamy Knees. We caught Rhica prowling around as Little Red Riding Wolf. Her Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in black and natural were just the thing she needed to complete this fun mashup.
Our next event is Rose City Comic Con here in our hometown of Portland Oregon. We’ll be at the Portland Convention Center on September 19th and 20th. Be sure to visit us at booth 408 to take advantage of our special deals and to grab our latest con exclusive sticker, like our new little fan Ciaran.