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If you follow our blogs and social media, then you’ve probably realized many times over that we are a company obsessed with costumes. It should come as no surprise, then, that we like to take Halloween and run with it. Since we’re open 7 days a week, and not everybody is here every day, it’s hard to pick just one day for everybody to wear their costumes in, especially when Halloween falls on a weekend, as it does this year. Our solution? A full week of costumes! Check out our first three days – perhaps you can find inspiration for your own costume sock choices…
Since Nina’s regular wardrobe does tend to be a bit on the sinister side, she kind of just dresses as herself but more so during the earlier days of Halloweek… this IS her costume! But so is her skeleton hoodie! She’s sporting the brand new colorway of our Extraordinarily Longer Striped Thigh Highs; teal and black.
Jess wore one of our upcoming styles of leg warmers from ToeSox as a Frankensteinesque monster. While her outfit isn’t particularly costumey, between the greenish teal warmers and her cunning makeup she really captured this character, with attitude.
Dreamer Lucy happens to be a talented seamstress and seasoned cosplayer, so it’s no surprise that her gorgeous autumnal fairy costume is absolutely top notch! Her choice of Harvest Rainbow Thigh Highs transitions beautifully into the gradient of her layered skirts, with her purple-tinted hair topping it all off perfectly.
This cozy bat hoodie can make any outfit into a bat costume, but we think it’s worth going the extra mile and being a very stylish bat in an all-black outfit featuring various textures and patterns. This cozy little bat is The Night in Tabbisocks’ Crochet Look Tights, which feature a wing-like openwork pattern, as well as another style of upcoming ToeSox leg warmers.
Dreamer Tuesday is here to teach us an important lesson about costumes: it doesn’t always matter if you’re a specific anything, as long as your costume is FUN! She’s a little bit EVIL and a little bit sporty, as well as flouncy (a side-effect of petticoat wearing) and ADORABLE. We had a lot of fun coming up with different concepts to explain her raptor-headed alter ego…. clever girl.
For our second day of Halloweek we gathered the usual suspects by the bay door for a group shot. From left to right we had a flapper in Vertical Vintage OTKs, a unicorn wearing an upcoming pair of glittery OTKs from K. Bell, a classic witch in black and white Stripe Tights paired with traditional red witchy shoes, another unicorn, also wearing the soon-to-be-available glitter OTKs (and honestly, what else would a unicorn wear, if not glitter?), and Sally the rag doll from Nightmare Before Christmas, in scrunched down stripey knee highs!
Hooves were bumped.
Dogs were kissed.
Nina is back, as our favorite nightmare in Dream Stalker Stripes! While we’ve never seen Freddy wearing a garter belt, we think he would approve of her choice of the Suspender Clip Industrial Garter Belt, as it is just the kind of sturdy, no-nonsense hardware you need for terrorizing teens as they sleep. Falling socks would be another kind of nightmare entirely!
James joined in on day 3 of Halloweek with their amazing homemade Sith costume. The Sith typically keep their stockings shrouded in secrecy, but James was good enough to give us a peek at their N40s. These thigh highs are known for staying in place through the most intense lightsaber battles.
Dreamer Rachel also joined into the fray with her dragon slayer costume. This knight in shiny armor sported Glitter Lurex Tights in black/silver, to emulate the look of very glamorous chainmail. Black Simone Sleeves protect her arms from her foes. Her foes mostly consist of cold mornings and evenings.
Here we have a sea witch, though we think perhaps this is Ursula’s kinder, softer, more colorful witch sister. Opaque Tights in turquoise compliment her tentacles’ purple trim in an appropriately aquatic pop of color.
Tori brought a clever twist to her cat woman costume with her bionic legs! Right now she has to wear a brace on her right foot, but it just so happens to share a color scheme with the Toetal Recall Knee Highs from Sock It To Me! What was an injury is now an awesome excuse to be part cyborg.
Sabrina came up with her own contemporary twist on the beloved character, Wednesday Addams. We love that she chose a style of pigtails that showcases her amazing curls, while her subtly patterned Vertically Inclined Stockings are just the kind of darkness-on-darkness color scheme that Wednesday would appreciate.
And following Wednesday, we’ve got Tuesday again (there is so much room for jokes here that we are honestly at a loss), as Wolverine. Snikt! The BEER socks in yellow and black could not be a more perfect choice, as they match both Wolverine’s uniform and personality.
We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our first three days of Halloweek! We highly recommend adopting this yearly tradition, and we’d love to see any costumes involving our socks! In fact, our upcoming newsletter is all about our customers’ costumes, so if you’re not signed up to receive the Dreamer Dispatches, now would be a great time. Happy Halloweek!
It’s not going to surprise anybody that as a company named “Sock Dreams,” socks are kind of our specialty. With that said, we have branched out over the years into sock-related things, such as garters (for keeping socks up), leg warmers (which are basically socks without feet), tights (really long socks with a waistband) and arm warmers (socks for your arms). There is a logic to these additions, and sometimes it’s our customers who bring the next logical step to our attention. Such is the case with Little Boot Peep.
Ruffle Kerfuffle Boot Toppers in cocoa, pink and gray.
For the last couple years, customers have been coming into our shop and emailing us, asking for “boot toppers” which are a newer concept to us; kind of like a leg warmer, only shorter, so they just peep out the tops of your boots, giving the appearance of a fancy sock layer. When we looked into this style, it appeared that Little Boot Peep, a company based in Seattle, boasting products made in the USA (which you know we love) was the “it” company when it came to this trend, so we thought we’d try some out!
Flora Love Boot Toppers in gray and buttercream with cream.
The genius thing about boot toppers is that while they appear to be just the decorative tip of a fancy, socky iceberg, they don’t add any bulk or insulation to your feet, which is ideal in transitional seasons when you don’t want to be too hot, or for boots that don’t have enough room for thick boot socks. They can also act as a draft-stopper in colder months, keeping cold air and precipitation out of your boots.
Put A Bow On It! Boot Toppers in gray and brown.
Currently we carry three styles from Little Boot Peep: the dainty and feminine Ruffle Kerfuffle, the cozy, sweatery Flora Love Boot Topper, and the slinky smooth Put A Bow On It, featuring drapey ribbons for you to style to your own liking!
As far as we’re concerned, boots and layering will never go out of style, making Little Boot Peeps a great boot-season staple, as well as a brand to watch. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Happy Octoberween, everyone! We don’t know about you, but this is hands-down one of our favourite times of year. Fall has just hit and we have a month of jack-o-lanterns, candy, and cheesy black and white horror films to look forward to. This year we’re bringing you three terrifyingly fabulous monster stickers inspired a little by old cinema and scary stories.
The Monster’s Bride is looking absolutely shocking in simple White and Black Knees. We think she has an electric appeal.
And finally, the creature that goes “boo!” in the night, a hauntingly beautiful ghost. This grey lady wears N Stripes in Granite and Light Grey, to match her unearthly appearance.
If you’d like to take home one of our scary stickers, just wish us a Happy Halloween in your order notes and let us know which scream queen you prefer!
It’s been a few months since we first brought in some anklets from Peony & Moss for summer, which just means that we’ve had that long to fall even more in love with this company! We’ve seen an awful lot of socks over the years, but nothing quite like this line. Their designs feature flirty details, such as lace and lots of ruffles, as well as knitted-in designs which range from sweet to bold.
Based in Seattle, the brains behind Peony & Moss had a clear vision in mind for their brand; the only challenge was finding knitting machines which were capable of producing the kinds of patterns and construction they wanted, in the custom Pantone colors and small minimums which would make it possible for this small, independent company to start production. Their search ended up leading them to Haining, China, where they were able to locate a factory with the kind of advanced sock technology which is currently only available there.
We are happy to report that their Haining factory has been audited by Intertek – a London-based multinational inspection company. In fact, they have not only been audited, but have won an achievement award for their production practices, including labor, wages, hours, health and safety of factory workers, as well as their management system. If you’ve been following our company for a while, you might know that these are really important factors to us!
The prospects of this company just gets brighter and brighter – we were really excited to learn that they’re about to introduce a line of bootsocks that are made in the USA! We don’t want to spoil the surprise for anybody, but we think you’re going to be pretty excited about them, too… Peony & Moss have managed to make a great impression on us in just their first year of business, and we can’t wait to see what their future holds!
We’ve just concluded our second-ever Pinterest contest, and we have to say, these were some pretty impressive submissions! Narrowing our options down was tough, but we finally managed to select six winners who really conveyed the “Back-to-School” theme, while showcasing our favorite accessories: socks!
Our first place winner and recipient of a $75 gift card was Jessica G., who captured our hearts with this vintage-inspired look in shades of tan and red. Featuring red Color Tights and the scrumptiously soft Leola Merino Bouclé Anklets, Jessica payed great attention to detail, and we love the way she explains every element of the outfit in captions.
Our second place winner, Sharon Rose, also went with a vintage vibe, though instead of the clean lines and pert tweedy patterns that Jessica chose, she went with a softer, more feminine look, featuring an abundance of foxes, including the Fox Slipper Socks from Foot Traffic. We love the freshness of her mint and rust color scheme, and her selection of literature for her first day back to school.
We’ve got to give it up for our first honorable mention, submitted by Jill. We can see that she clearly built the entire outfit around a pair of Abstract Rhythms Midcalves, and continued the themes of color blocking and crayon colors from there. This outfit just screams, “art kid” (and actually came with kind of an artist’s statement, appropriately enough), and we really can’t argue with that.
Ginie’s outfit board also earned an honorable mention. Featuring subtle makeup, neutral tones, and lots of classic pearls, this look really draws your attention to the Harvest Rainbow Thigh Highs, and you know we love a good sock-centric style! To keep the stockings up, Ginie chose a pair of Extra Long Sock Garters with Suspender Clips in olive — so stylish and practical!
Rachel, another winner of an honorable mention, came through with this outfit that we think is perfectly suited to a witch’s first day back at school. The bracelet referencing Harry Potter ties in nicely with the feather nails and tree branch patterned bag, which remind us of Harry’s faithful snowy owl, Hedwig. The amethyst ring, cloak and scarf featuring a map of Tolkien’s Middle Earth just seal the deal. Of course an aspiring sorcerer needs good legwear staples, and we think the combination of Perfect Pair Tights and 4 Button Ribbed Leg Warmers from Foot Traffic are ideal for a magical, scholarly environment.
Theresa’s submission really brightened our day, drawing from a hodgepodge of delightfully geeky influences, from school supplies (captured well by the Ashi Dashi Notebook Paper Knee Highs) to scifi and fantasy references, including Sorcerer Sleeves. And how cute would that red petticoat be with the R2D2 dress? SO cute! Theresa definitely earned herself an honorable mention with this look.
Thanks so much to everybody who submitted! It’s been incredibly fun looking at what you all came up with, and we can’t wait for our next contest!