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Okay, for real now, it’s leg warmer season. My ankles are cold and after a couple of days of complaining about it I remembered all the leg warmers I have exactly for this season. I think most folks don’t consider leg warmers as a dated fashion accessory any more, they’re just a perfect way to stop drafts between your shoe and pants, or to add another layer over leggings or under boots.
How much leg warmer you want is going to vary though. How much scrunch can you handle? Do you need ‘em to go up as high as they can for extra cold mornings? Are they going over pants or bare legs and tights? Well, we have two styles that each have two coverage levels that might just be exactly what you’re looking for.
Let’s look at the two main styles and then we can compare!
Long Cuffable Warmers
Though originally only available in a 33 inch length, the Long Cuffable Scrunchable Leg Warmers now come in a shorter version for folks who just don’t need that much leg warmer. The Shorty Scrunchable Warmers, a mere 20 inches long, are also available in bolder, more jewel-toned colours. Both are made in the classic cotton blend most of our Dream Stocking styles are, which is great for folks who want warmth without fuzzy halos.
With a stretch of 21 inches at the “top” cuff, the longer version is good option for slimmer thighs that would like their leg warmers to stay up. The shorties have a 22 inch stretch throughout and are great for folks with shorter inseams who just don’t want that much legwarmer and fuller calves that want a leg warmer without all the extra length. They also make a great sleeve-style arm warmer!
Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers
A Foot Traffic classic, they come in the 40 inch Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers and the shorter Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers, which are 20 inches long. Fuzzy in texture, they’re 70% acrylic, which means they dry fast, so they’re awesome in snowy or rainy weather. A couple of the colours are available in both lengths, but the long version has some new, ultra-delicious options that we’re in love with.
The Super Long Ribbed have one cuff that is tighter, stretching to only 25 inches (24 for the Charcoal), the body and cuff at the other end stretch to 30 inches! The shorter version have less stretch, with 20 inches at the tighter cuff, 27 inches at the other cuff and 29 inches in the body of the leg warmer.
Now, let’s compare!
Or, if I may, let’s see how they stack up against each other. . .
Both styles, as you may have noticed from my descriptions, have a tighter cuff and a looser cuff. The tighter cuff is supposed to be the “top”, and is tighter because of the thin bands of elastic threaded through the top row of stitches.
The “bottom” cuff is just the finished, ruffly end of the legwarmer itself, so it has practically the same stretch as the rest of the warmer—uninhibited by elastic’s rules, man.
And you too can reject what’s supposed to be up or down and wear them as you will! Most ankles are narrower than calves and thighs, so it works out well to have the less stretchy bit down there. Keep in mind, though, that the stretchier end has little stay-up power and will need to be paired with a sock garter like the Simply Adjustables to stay up through your day.
Texture-wise, the ribbed knit legwarmers are fuzzy, wuzzy and (for some folks) a little itchy when worn against thin tights or bare skin. Due to their killer stretch, that works out well, as they are AMAZING over pants and a lot of legs find they will go even over jeans.
The Scrunchables are a thinner cotton and a little snugger. So they have a sleeker look, both in texture and how they fit against and over you. I personally find them less than ideal to go over trousers, but they are perfect over tights and leggings.
So, two different leg warmers that are also very similar. Between them, four singular styles to select from to keep those ankles draft-free and to add another layer of warmth as we snowball into winter!
Those of you who have been shopping with us for a while might have found out about our ZAP! section by now. If not, it’s where we put items which have been discontinued by their suppliers until they sell out, never to return (though on occasion we’re pleasantly surprised by items making a come-back). Sometimes we’re very nearly out of the item in question by the time we find out it’s not coming back, but sometimes we get one last chance at it….
The Super Chic Cabled Leg Warmers first came across our conference room table two years ago, as Sakura of Tabbisocks was showing us their fall line. We were immediately in awe of them — finally the chunky cables we’d been dreaming of had arrived! I remember thinking they looked just like a classic Irish fisherman’s sweater, but until recently we didn’t know just how accurate that was!
We recently received word that these will not be going forward, so of course we immediately bought up the last of their stock, even though white is the only remaining color. Sadly, we didn’t even realize how unique these really are until they were already on their way out.
At it turns out, every pair of these leg warmers that we ever carried was knitted by one man, who had figured out how to make leg warmers on a sweater knitting machine. They look and feel like rustic sweaters, because they’re basically augmented sweater sleeves! Sadly this year the man who figured out how to make them retired, and was unable to find an apprentice before doing so.
To be perfectly clear, Nara (AKA Sock City), Japan is a town which has been devoted to sock making for over a century. It’s where they make the amazing toe socks with the hand woven seams that don’t rub your feet the wrong way. The people who work in the 200 sock factories of Nara are considered artisans within the industry. We think it’s pretty telling of the amount of time and skill that went into making these, that in a city full of dedicated sock makers, nobody could be found to take on this endeavor.
And so it is with a heavy heart that we offer you the last of these amazing, sweatery leg warmers. We hope that when you wear yours, you will think of the anonymous sock genius who single-handedly made them possible. We think they’re even more amazing once you know their story!
The word is, less people made resolutions this year than on average. It can be hard to stick with a goal you made in the rosy light of a fresh calendar, even if you know it’s for the best. Whether it is giving up a vice, exercising more or keeping healthy in general, we’ve got some socks you can both reward yourself with and use to reach your goal!
I’ve talked about our Vices category before (actually at the start of an earlier year!). These socks are a great way to indulge yourself without actually indulging in your particular vice. Maybe you need some sweet treats for your feets:
Or to take your toes out for a steak and a drink.
Of course, you can always say #@%! it and indulge your toes and your tummy at the same time. It’s all about moderation, right? Eat well and exercise. And our Sports Socks will be by your side (or, um, at your feet). From ways to warm up those muscles, or tricks to steady your toes—
To styles designed with support in mind and leggings we love to layer with shorts, we have lots more than old-school terry lined athletic socks (though we have those too!).
One thing we have noticed lately is that a lot of folks are starting their year right by treating themselves to compression socks. If you sit a lot or stand a lot (generally, if you are stuck in one position a lot), compression socks keep the blood flowin’ around your feet and ease a lot of strain. I know this holiday season when us Dreamers were wearing down the floors in the stock room to pull all your fabulous orders, we were glad to have compression socks to keep our feet from getting swollen and worn out! If you are treating yourself to compression socks, remember to put them on right!
More than anything, we hope you’re starting this year by treating yourself right and remembering that you are awesome and fabulous and (by the way) totally gorgeous. Yes, you. Let’s make this a great year, even if we don’t meet every goal we set when it started!
Ever wonder why faux fur and other fuzzies keep you so cozy? Well, every one of those little hairs or fuzz helps trap air, insulating you from the cold and trapping your body heat inside. Like a Thermos without the vacuum!
The weather here has been getting pretty cold and as silly as some styles may appear at first glance, more Dreamers seem to be cozying up to faux fur and other fuzzies and finding them fantastic at keeping warm.
Fuzzy fur is a great choice for keeping those toes warm at home. New Zealand Bed Sock styles are practically slippers (and some have treads and just are slippers!) and the plush, woolly fur that they’re lined with doesn’t mat, keeping fluffy and trapping that warm air for you!
For more subtle daily fuzziness, the touches of silky-soft microfiber on these styles adds a bit of snuggliness.
But, the ultra-ultimate in furry warmth has got to be furry leg warmers. Fabulous faux fur keeping you crazy cozy.
We’ve got lots more styles (and more due as the cold progresses) so try out the “Furry – Fuzzy” Advanced Search and check ‘em out!
Last year I suggested some lightweight socks that make the transition from cooler to warmer temperatures, but our Lightweight collection and our Spring collection have a lot more perfect options for layering as we make our way into real summer.
Lightweight over the knee socks are a great choice for springy weather and they keep rocking when you layer them over coloured tights when the weather cools down. I’m a big fan of combining lighter-weight tall socks with warm leg warmers in the morning. Then later, when the sun asserts its dominance, the legwarmers can go into my bag and my lightly clad legs can continue being comfy!
The Vertically Inclined Stockings are probably one of the ultimate lightweight sock options, with subtle, almost-openwork that keep your legs from suffocating in warm temperatures. And probably my current favourite legwarmer are the Harajuku Furry Warmers—mine are getting a little beat up, even, from how much I wear them.
Openwork over the knees are a great layering option for this trick. These three are some of our favourite and most popular:
We offer a wide selection of leg warmer weights, from barely-there to super cozy. For this layering trick, shorter styles are best, with less bulk.
If you want a little more coverage that is just as light, a lot of the styles in our Frills & Lace post in February are just as perfect now as earlier in the year, only now you don’t need to layer solid tights under them!
A couple more styles that are great to layer with after the jump! Read more »
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