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For those of you who do not know, we sponsored a fantastic cosplay contest in The Mary Sue‘s Geek Girl Headquarters at the New York Comic Con this past weekend. The time has finally come to pick the winners! Check out the finalists on The Mary Sue’s Twitter, or on their web page and cast your vote for your favorite. The choices are tough and the competition is fierce, so make your vote count.
The grand prize winner of the contest will get an amazing prize package from us including, socks, leg warmers, sock glue, the world’s best water bottle, stickers, buttons, not to mention a $50 gift card. Three runners up will also get gift cards.
If you missed out on the action and are itching to show off your socks in outfit related contests, don’t fret. We’ve got several competitions lined up in the coming months with our new Dreamer Dress Up feature. Just sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you posted on how you can be a winner too!
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.
Here at Sock Dreams, we associate with all sorts of costumed characters. From anime to morning cartoons, super heroes and villains to steampunk, Star Trekkers to pirates, the sultry and the silly– we be-sock them all!
Although we receive a TON of orders during the Halloween season, in an age of cosplay, we are constantly getting orders and emails asking us to advise on the proper sock for all of folks’ costuming needs. Here are a few examples of socky suggestions we have made!
Pirates: Our favorite pirates are the members of PDX Yar! They’ve done videos with us, performed for our Halloween parties, and are some of our biggest fans. For pirate socks, we recommend the Dream Stalker Stripes and Extraordinary Stripes. The two colors that are most popular with this crew are red and black for the Extraordinaries, and dirt and blood for the Stalkers– no surprise there!
Super Heroes and Villains: In Portland, we have The Alter Egos Society to take the reins on fighting and committing crimes, and there are super groups all over the country who help their home cities– groups like The Rain City Super Hero Movement in Seattle, or The Black Monday Society in Salt Lake City. For these groups, we recommend our N40s and N Stripes. These mostly-nylon socks come in several bright and bold colors, including royal and a terrific purple, as well as some POWerful stripes.
Star Trekkers: The two new Star Trek movies have created a renewed interest in the shows. We’ve been seeing more folks at cons wearing their Start Fleet uniforms, and in our own city, Atomic Arts does a live performance of an original series episode. For your Trek cosplay needs, we recommend the tried-and-true O Basics, which come in red, royal, and gold, as well as purple, hunter, and teal for your Deanna Troi costuming needs.
We’re always interested to hear what socks you use for your costuming on our Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter pages, and we have lots of costume-related posts in our Sock Journal as well! Happy cosplaying!!!
Two days after All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween, and we hope you had a great one!) is the Day of the Dead. The Calavera Catrina is a traditional decoration and costume for the day of the dead. Which means you might be needing the Harajuku Long Bone Arm Warmers and the Kawaii Skeleton Over The Knees.
Of course, we have lots of skeletal delights . . .
For a more subtle look, Sock It To Me’s Dia De Los Muertos Knee Highs are perfect.
Whether you call it Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, or if you celebrated All Souls’ Day yesterday, it is a time for celebrating and remembering. And we have just the socks for the festivities.
Though we do have a rather wide selection, sometimes we just don’t have exactly that stripe or pattern that you need. But a steady hand and a little patience can take you a long way. I’ve got two quickie guides on adding your own drawn details to socks and there’s a bonus DIY at the end too!
Drawing on nylon
Drawing on nylon is the easiest, so let’s start there. Say your costume needs some sort of specific pattern on the legs. A good example would be Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. Her stitched-together legs are a huge part of costume accuracy (which maybe I’m a big nerd about). Here’s what you’ll need:
• A good reference picture (I like this one of assorted Sally parts) •
• A permanent marker—they make Sharpies in about every colour now, which is awesome! •
• white or off white tights, like the Opaque Tights •
Always test in an inconspicuous place, to make sure that what you’re using and what you’re using it on don’t hate each other. The Opaque Tights and Sharpies get along pretty well!
It is way easier to do this with the tights on, so suit up. Keep in mind there will be a little bleed through from the marker.
Now, keeping an eye on your reference image, start drawing! Try to go as smoothly as you can. Sometimes I found that the felt marker tip wanted to catch on the nylon.
Ooh, the detail really makes it. I wasn’t trying to get too-too accurate with the stitches, just going for the overall feel.
And, done! So easy! If you wanted to earn extra points, just add a blue-grey shade to ‘em with the skills you learned in DIY: Dyeing Nylon.
That’s tights, but what about socks? Join us after the jump for more tips and tricks! Read more »