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Sock Dreams is pleased to introduce you to one of our newest suppliers: The Big Tights Company! These beautiful styles are produced on a knitting machine that has been customized with the higher end of Plus Size in mind. Features include a deeper waist-to-gusset reinforced panty top to accommodate tummies and bottoms, comfy waistband, and the largest size boasts a hip stretch up to 90 inches while the thighs can stretch up to 40 inches.
On paper, these tights look amazing. So much so that we knew we had to get them on our customers. We put out a model call on our tumblr and it received hundreds of notes, and over fifty models applied. In the end we could only bring in six of these wonderful models, and it was an amazing experience for us! We got to put some faces (and feet!) to screennames, and had a lot of fun chatting and joking around while taking photos of gorgeous people. We also got a lot of amazing feedback about how these tights actually fit real bodies, and we were not disappointed.
Instead of waxing poetic for days about how wonderful these tights are, we’ll let our models speak for themselves!
Leslie’s thoughts on the Plus 20 Denier Tights in Black and Brown: “I was very happy with the fit and quality of the 20 denier tights. Even though I was close to the top of the sizing in the hips, I have plenty of room for stretch, at least a 3-4 inches. I especially like the way the tops were made. I don’t feel like I’m going to rip the crotch seam, and they didn’t bind. But they weren’t baggy either.”
Rakayla’s thoughts on the Extra Plus 20 Denier Tights in Brown: I like them! As long as I have a knee length skirt on they’re great. They’re roomy and I wouldn’t have even noticed they were on if it wasn’t for us taking pictures in them. Lol. For tall plus size girls this is for sure an answered prayer. I give them an 8/10. Only because of that confusing seam thing* but besides that they’re perfect.”
*These tights have a double seam in the rear, which may take a little fiddling to get on correctly if you’re not familiar with them. Here’s an example of what that looks like.
Molly’s thoughts on the Extra Plus 180 Denier Tights: “The overall fit is good, though for me a little loose as I’m shorter than average. With a 29″ inseam, I found that I had to pull the tights up a bit more than expected to have them feel fully comfortable and not have “elephant” knees. The panty portion was amazingly comfortable, and there was no digging into my 63″ waist. Also, there was no riding up into the crotch, or sagging. The knit of the tights were wonderfully soft, and reminded me of the cotton knit tights we had as kids, and always wanted as adults. I’m so glad they’ve made these. This is a perfect spring, fall, or even winter tight.”
Molly’s thoughts on the Extra Plus 20 Denier tights in Beige: “The pair I tried on were amazingly comfortable for hose. Unlike the tights, this pair didn’t have quite the room in them. Even so, there was no riding up, cutting in, or sagging in the fit at all. Also, unlike other larger sized hose, this pair did not feel overly stretched on my 33″ thighs and didn’t cut into my skin. They honestly took all the blemishes and bruises and calmed them down to nothing. As my skin is so fair, it honestly didn’t even look like I was wearing hose.”
Sierra’s thoughts on the Plus 180 Denier Tights: “Super soft, comfy, the waistband didn’t roll down or bunch up, honestly better than any tights I’ve bought anywhere else. My only problem was they were a little too big, so they were scrunchy in some areas but it was a cute look.”
Nancy had this to say about the Extra Plus 20 Denier Tights in Black: “I don’t generally wear sheers because I’m hard on hosiery and shred them to pieces in minutes. These actually lasted through a whole day of work and play without a snag. Impressive! The toebox is really comfortable (my lil piggies are sensitive and hate being squished), and didn’t migrate on me during the day. Initially the fit was a little tricky, as getting them seated over the fullest part of my thigh required a bit of wiggle and readjustment, but once I got them in place they fit well, with lots of extra room in the hip and belly, but not so much that they bagged out in the leg.”
Allison’s thoughts on the Plus 20 Denier Tights in Beige: “These really are incredibly roomy. Probably the only pair of tights/hose that I’ve ever worn that stayed in place at the waist without rolling down. Lots of crotch room, lots of stretch. They are very finely woven, though, which is great because they look very natural but you do have to be super careful not to pick or snag these with your nails or jewelry.”
If you’re interested in trying these wonderful tights, but aren’t sure which size to choose, you can always drop us a line with your measurements and we will help you decide which will be best for you. And if you do buy them, please consider leaving an honest review on the product page with as much info as possible–you may be helping someone with similar measurements find the perfect product!
When we first found out about FOTSIE Wraps we had to have them, even though we were just going into the colder months. In addition to being one of the most original designs we’ve seen, they’re also hand made in the USA, from a tiny woman-run company — we happen to have a soft spot for that.
Now that Spring is here, we’re getting more adventurous in experimenting with these hand-crafted foot adornments, and wanted to share some of our results with you! The thing we first loved about these is that they fit into the same wardrobe niche which has been filled by a whole lot of no-shows in recent years. Now, we do understand the appeal of a low-coverage sock in summer, but something about trying to look like you’re not wearing socks at all seems just a little sacrilegious to some of us. What’s great about FOTSIE Wraps is that while they work with most of the outfits that one would wear no-shows with, they are visible, and add a great embellishment to your shoes, while being a light-weight whisper of fabric that lets your feet breathe in hot weather.
As it turns out, they’re also great for adding adorable accents to your shoes in cooler months, given enough layers! Because most of them are sheer, they layer over solid tights beautifully. Dreamer Rae put her black wraps over burgundy Opaque Tights, so a deep dark red shows through. Dreamer Lucy went for lower cotrast, wearing her royal Heart Lace wraps over french blue tights, giving the combination a tonal effect.
For Dreamer Paige, it’s less about color, and more about what you do with the ties! She styled two looks for us, the first of which utilizes a pair of the Heart Lace Wraps with a pair of the Solid Modal Wraps for added volume! For her second look she layered just the sheer heart lace wraps over contrasting socklings (kept in place by garters from Revivall Clothing), but stretched the wraps up her ankles before tying them in back, so that more of the lace pattern can be seen!
Dreamer Rosalind was mostly concerned with the interplay of ankle boots and the wraps, in terms of both contrasting colors and heights – the Lace Wraps are just tall enough for their ties to trail over the tops of booties in back, for a romantic effect where you might not expect to find one. Samara Animal Print Tights add to the unusual and striking nature of this ensemble.
FOTSIE actually stands for Fruits Of The Spirit In Effect, and creativity is certainly a fruit of the spirit! We encourage you to approach wearing these with the same creativity which their inventor, Marlene, has put into the conception of these fun and versatile wraps!
Do you prefer to dream discreetly?
We would like to take a moment to let you know that we are happy to send out packages without our company name on the exterior. Often people request this when ordering gifts for someone they live with, but we know that there are a variety of reasons for which you may not wish to have your package identified as being from us, and we are not at all offended by these requests.
An example of a discreet domestic shipping label.
We think it is important to note that due to customs laws, we are required to attach a copy of the invoice, which lists items purchased, to the exterior of all international shipments. For this copy of the invoice, we list all items as “socks”, which we think is fairly innocuous. We must also provide a name for the return address. In cases where international customers request discreet packaging, we use an alternative (and more ambiguous) company name. We are working on removing all searchable ties to this name, but we think you should know that if you are concerned about prying eyes, international shipments may not be 100% secure. If you think that somebody you live with might open the customs packet or Google our alternative company name, you might want to try to find a safer address to ship to, or arrange to pick it up at a post office, if possible. We know that these measures aren’t possible for everybody, and are working to minimize these issues, though we must comply with customs law.
Examples of our international labels with our alternative name. Unfortunately we must include a name, but this one should be less obvious than Sock Dreams.
Your identities, privacy and personal safety are of the utmost importance to us. Just leave us an order note requesting that we leave off our company name and logo when you check out (order notes are on the same page as shipping options) and we will absolutely respect your wishes.
We had our best turn out yet for February’s Dreamer Dress Up contest. The theme was Amethyst and Violet. In other words, shades of purple. We received some truly gorgeous submissions this time and we want to share them with you!
Our first two finalists brought out the beauty of purple’s darker hues. Olivia stunning cape brings out the richness of the plum in her Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs, and makes the lilac really pop. Meshel, who was very nearly in our top three, found a skirt that exactly matched the purple in her Multi Stripe Over the Knee socks. Olivia and Meshel really captured the theme of our contest with their sweet and flirtatious entries.
Heather’s lavender outfit, Long Cuffable Scrunchables, and tree hugging photo captivated the lighter side of purple. They also made us smile. Jess and Erin traveled from Washington to our shop in Portland to show off their violet socks. Jess paired her Striped OTK Toe Socks with a rainbow skirt, while Erin’s Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs added some color to her little black dress. Steph is staying warm and looking cool in her Fleece Lined Leggings. She sent a special message to her fiance on Valentines with this outfit by adding the Love Ya crews.
It is cold up in the North East right now, and that’s why Amy Lynn is wearing triple layers. She is getting cozy in dark red Purple Knees over plum M45’s, which she has layered over her Signature Cotton Tights by Foot Traffic. Sadeyeartist, as our next model prefers to be called, is also from the North East. She is keeping warm by staying indoors and wearing two Crinoline Skirts over purple Striped Tights. She stays extra warm with Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers which she keeps in place with Snappy D-Ring Garters.
As for our three finalists, we just couldn’t resist any of them. Summer rocks her plum and lilac Super Stripes, and an amazing guitar. Nate is lovely in his Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs. And Rose, well, Rose pulled together seven different Sock Dreams items into one of the best photos we’ve received so far! If you want to learn more about these three finalists and why we loved them so much, check out our newsletter!
Our next Dreamer Dress Up Contest is “Flora and Fauna”. Check out the official rules here! We want to see your best use of floral and animal themed products. Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13th with the following:
- 1 or 2 photos, no larger than 500 x 700 pixels, which best show your entire outfit.
- A description of the Sock Dreams products used and how they fit the theme.
- Your full name, preferred public name, and preferred pronoun (they, she, he, etc).
- Your city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address.
Each person sending in a valid entry will receive a 10% discount code which they can use on their next purchase. Our three lucky winners will all receive a $50 gift card as well. Just think! That could be you!
Since the inception of Sock Dreams we have been providing free shipping to our US customers. It is a service that we are proud of and passionate about. We have always wanted to offer the same service to our customers over seas. Now that dream has finally become a reality.
Beginning today we will be offering free USPS Airmail International, to customers in most countries, with purchases of $30 USD or more. Customers with these qualifying purchases also have the option to upgrade to USPS Airmail Plus for only $3 USD. Airmail plus includes improved tracking, with updates from when the package leaves the US to when it arrives at the door, and also comes with delivery insurance. To find out more about available shipping options and qualifying countries see our FAQ.
We have also updated our website to automatically convert the currency from US dollars to local currency. Now our international customers will know instantly how much they will be spending, without having to bother with a currency conversion calculator.
These are just a few more ways we are working to provide great service to sock lovers and dreamers around the world!
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