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We’re almost through the first month of the year! And I thought February was supposed to be the short month. But January is always full and busy as we sort out what we’re doing over the next year. In the sock world, that means saying goodbye to some styles to make room for new favourites. You might have seen Jess’ post in Latest News about a bunch of Leg Avenue we’ll be seeing the last of, but I thought it might be good to show you more ways to work the Zap! category. And it’s kind of fun to be able to look back on posts like this (like this one from 2010) and see styles we’ve forgotten about, like a sad time machine.
If you’re not familiar with our Zap! category, it’s sort of like a train station platform where we can wave goodbye to styles as they go away. This time of year our Zap! category swells as we find out what styles are being discontinued, what newer or better styles are coming out in the spring and just from general housecleaning. At this moment there are over 100 styles in Zap! I feel like I should add an extra exclamation mark, since the category name already has one. Heck, let’s do three!!!
But because we’re saying goodbye to these socks means you get to say hello. So here are a few styles that you might want to grab a pair of before they’re gone for good. Now, I’m trying to pick styles there are still plenty of, but be aware that some might be gone before you get there!
Almost a quarter of the styles in Zap! are knee highs, and a lot are super fun. I think almost every closet needs one pair of knee highs that make you smile or feel fancy.
Moving on up the leg, here are some over the knee and higher treats that we won’t have around much longer.
Some favourite tights are going away and I know several Dreamers have stocked up on their favourite pairs!
Of course, there is a sweet silver lining to styles going away and that’s when they go on sale! There are a lot of luscious choices with marked down prices that mean you get a pair before they disappear and feel smart for waiting because now you’re paying less.
There are a lot of reasons (most of them being whether or not we can still get a style) that a sock might go away and as sad as it is, it does mean that we’re busy picking out new things to take its place. So dig into the Zap! category or use our advanced search to pick through all these styles that are just waiting for a home—you’re helping us make room for some new favourite styles.
Space! We’re all pretty into outer space here at Sock Dreams, so a nerdy memorial day like the first moon landing July 20th in 1969 is pretty up our alley. Since we’ve recently looked at star socks, I thought I’d mix it up a little. So I put together some “colour” wheels of styles we carry that come in grey. It’s amazing how many shades of grey there are!
Let’s start with our most basic grey styles!
Clockwise from top: O Basics in Charcoal, O Basics in Grey, Solid Opaque Thigh High in Graphite, Extraordinary Thigh Highs in Charcoal, Extraordinary Thigh Highs in Grey, Bright Basic Tabi Socks in Grey
The moon isn’t smooth, so here are some great textured options.
Clockwise from top: Textured Cable Acrylic OTKs in Grey, Four Button Ribbed Leg Warmers in Charcoal, Cotton Slouch Socks in Charcoal, Diamond Rib Knee Highs in Charcoal, At Cross Over the Knee in Grey, Acrylic Slouch Socks in Silver Grey
Sure, the moon doesn’t have patterns or stripes, but what goes better with grey than more grey, or deep-space black?
Clockwise from top: O Chevrons in Charcoal & White, O Chevrons in Charcoal & Black, Foot Traffic Floral Tights in Platinum, Shaggy Stripe Leggings in Black & Grey, Super Stripes in Charcoal & Grey, Kayla Stripe Trouser Socks in Grey.
And for general out-of-this world grey, check out the 100 Inch Super Ruched in Grey. They may not be long enough to get you all the way to the moon, 100 inches are only about 8 feet of sock, but—wait a second! Eight feet is a LOT. Maybe not space travel distance, but a lot for a sock!
Grey is a little more exciting than you’d expect. Maybe not as exciting as the moon, but close.
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 »
A popular look that we’ve been seeing and being asked about lately are taller socks that are stretchy enough to go over skinny jeans and scrunch down under knee high and midcalf boots. Regular slouch socks just don’t cut it, they’re often too short to get the right amount of scrunch going above the boot.
Of course, the first thing we thought of were the Harajuku Super Loose. I know I talk about them all the time on the Sock Journal, but they’re a really versatile sock! And they’ve got enough stretch and height to work well over trousers and under boots.
Another two styles that popped into our heads right away when brainstorming socks for this look were the Ribbed M Stockings and the Long Cuffable Scrunchables. They’ve both got a lot of length (the Ribbed M are over 45 inches!) and wonderful ribbing that keeps them where you scrunch them. I also like that they’re thick enough that any weird wrinkles that happen from pulling them up over your jeans won’t show.
If you want an extra kick of warmth, the Cronert Ribbed Wool OTK are the perfect option. They’re not fond of staying up on their own anyhow, so wearing them over trousers and under boots is what they’re made for!
Shorter styles and some non-sock options after the jump and a couple tips for finding just the right socks for rocking this look! Read more »
Like when we transition into spring, it’s time for socks that can do the double duty of cold mornings and warm afternoons, like the styles we have in our Autumn collection. The days are just going to get colder, so socks that can keep up the pace with the weather, like lightweight wool styles, are the key in autumn.
It’s also getting to be time for tights and leggings, to add that extra layer of warm when you need it. Maybe it isn’t quite cold enough for cotton-lined wool, but lighter weight, open-knit cotton tights like the Codori Crochet Tights will help you keep rocking shorts and skirts as the leaves start to fall. They’re available in two new colours too, Graphite and Espresso! We don’t have images for them yet, but they’re the same as the same colours in the Doris Crochet Trouser Socks.
A couple more transitional options and my favourite OTK trick for when the weather warms up after the jump!
Cozy OTKs that cuff well in wool or cotton are also the perfect thing. I wear a pair of over the knee socks pulled up when I walk to work and end up cuffing them to knee high by the end of the work day.
Now, I’ve got short legs so to get OTKs to cuff properly on me I have to double-cuff them, unless I want to slouch my socks—which I love, but doesn’t work for all styles. It’s a super easy trick that makes all the difference. (Ooh, these socks are in our new item queue and I LOVE them, so keep an eye on What’s New this month for sure!)
It’s also time for leg warmers and arm warmers! We’re already seeing people start to stock up—they’re great because you can layer them when it’s cold and take them off and pop ‘em in a pocket or purse if it warms up.
So how do you transition into fall? Is there a sock or style that you have to stock up on once the leaves start turning?
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