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When you think of monsters, you probably picture the classics—Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein. How we mentally picture these creatures is mostly shaped by the early work of Universal Studios’ films from the first half of the 20th century. They made a lot of monsters, but I thought we could look at the classics and see what accessories and socks you’d need to finalise your costume (because I’ve been loving Zaffie’s costume posts on our Tumblr) and what else evokes their classic, terrifying style.
The ultimate classic monster, Dracula, didn’t ever really show socks. I am sure someone as aristocratic as the Count totally rocked classy cashmere midcalves, but nothing you ever saw on screen. Nonetheless, you can wear his vampiric, black tie look a little more campily (because really, Bela Lugosi is a little camp anyway).
As old as vampires are werewolves, and Universal’s Wolfman (and the ground breaking transformation scenes!) is as classic. Transforming into this hirsute beast won’t take much trouble, or a full moon. You just need some appropriate accessories.
Nerds know you don’t call the big green guy “Frankenstein.” Properly he is “Frankenstein’s monster” or, “THE MONSTER.” And he’s yet another sockless wonder. But I bet big ol’ feet like his would do best with comfy, terry lined styles like the M Bootsocks. Or! I bet he’d like something fun (and colour-coordinated) like the Sock It To Me Monster Midcalves!
The Monster’s lady, on the other hand, wears long fingerless gloves, or bandages that look like it. And you can rock her distinctive hair without breaking out the bleach by rocking those stripes on your legs with a little creative layering.
Some more movie monsters and associated socks after the jump! Read more »
It’s been far too long since I let my inner costuming nerd run rampant with Socks on Film. But this time let’s turn to the smaller screen. Some of these stylish stars will be familiar to you from our “As Seen on TV” Pinterest board, but I think we’ve got a few surprises for you too. Be sure to check out some of my linkage, I’ve tucking some pre-built searches around here if you want a similar look, but not the sock pictured.
In 2009 and 2010, we started hearing a lot about some socks worn by Eliza Dushku’s character, Echo, in the show Dollhouse. Off white, crochet look thigh highs. Why, that sounds quite like the Open Crochet Over the Knee!
Another foxy TV lady has a much subtler stocking. Audrey Horne of Twin Peaks rocked sheer stockings (or hose, like the Sheer To Waist Pantyhose) with her saddle shoes and pumps. Bare legs were not an option for a classy dame like Miss Horne.
More sock-tastic television after the jump!
Not too long ago, Sock It To Me blogged about famous socks and it got us thinking about notable socks on the silver screen. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s fun to realise how big an impact legwear makes in a movie without the audience necessarily realising it. We Dreamers put our heads together to think of our favourite instances of socks on film.
Funny enough, the first thing I thought of were Mrs. Robinson’s stockings in The Graduate. This is from 1967, so they’re actual stockings, not stay-ups or thigh highs. They’re so key to the film and character design that if you run a search for “The Graduate poster” about 90% of the posters that show up have Mrs. Robinson’s stockings right in the foreground. For a similar sheer and sexy stocking, the Sheer Lace Top Stockings with Backseam in Black are a safe bet.
The very next thing I thought of was Clueless. Maybe Cher doesn’t rock the craziest socks, but she does know the benefit of properly accessorising with knee highs. The Opaque Solid Nylon Trouser Socks are a perfect match for accessorising Cher’s preppy looks.
Here’s where the other Dreamers stepped in and helped me think of more movies! A far more classic sock, that I cannot believe I didn’t think of, is the black and white striped number we see on the Wicked Witch of the East, after Dorothy’s house smushes her in The Wizard of Oz. The N Stripes in Black & White are a sure bet for a match.
More films with socks as co-stars (or at least in cameos) after the jump!
Unless you choose 2 Day Express by the end of the day today (Friday the 28th), you probably won’t get your socks in time for Halloween on Monday (check out our shipping info page and give us a call if you have questions, we know how important socks are this time of year) But don’t worry! There are two costume socks you can DIY yourself, if you need a last-minute finishing touch for your costume. In both these DIY I’m using the O Basics, but any plain sock will work perfectly.
If you need something like the Kawaii Skeleton OTK, all you need is a pair of black socks, a paintbrush and some white acrylic paint (like craft paint). This one is easier to do if you put the socks on (it’s even easier if you have someone help you, though!). Keep in mind, some paint will leak through to your leg, but that’s the beauty of craft paint, it washes off.
Using our image of the Kawaii Skeleton OTK or an image of leg bones as a guide, paint some bones on your socks. If you’re not comfortable freehanding, use a piece of chalk or a white eye liner to draw some guides before you paint. The result is much more like an x-ray, which I kind of like!
Not too hard! But if you want an even easier option, you can DIY your own version of a very popular stocking we sold out of way too fast this season. That and more after the jump (believe me, you want to see what other Halloweeny goodness I have to share)! Read more »
If you want to make sure that your socks get to you in time for any weekend parties before Halloween proper, it’s best to choose Priority Shipping for your order. Priority Shipping is $5 extra on orders under $50, but it’s worth it if you need your socks by a certain time. Our Shipping info page has all the hard data. To choose Priority Shipping just select it from the drop down on the Shipping Options page of the checkout process:
Oh dang! Halloween is only about a week away?! Have you thought of a costume yet? It’s not quite enough time to whip something complicated together and you know that all the good stuff in thrift stores have been scooped up already. So what to do? Well, at the start of the month I mentioned some socks that make a costume, but now it’s time to bring in socks that are a costume (or most of one).
No, don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you wear just socks. It’s cold this time of year. But to be a ninja, all you need is to wear all black and the Ninja Knee Highs from Gumball Poodle.
And to be a bee takes just the Fuzzy Stripe Leg Warmers in Black & Yellow and, if you’re feeling adventurous, the Striped Over the Knees in Black & Yellow turned into arm warmers with the know-how from the Arm Warmer Basics DIY.
Still stumped? We’ve got a couple more ideas after the jump! Read more »