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Here in Portland, spring has only officially just started, but the cherry blossoms that were perfectly timed last year are so over it and already drifiting down in the only snow we saw this year. But a few weeks earlier, we were sure we’d be seeing one last icy slap for us to remember the winter by.
These transitional seasons are tricky, man. You’ve gotta sock smart when you’re unsure if the afternoon will greet you with a foot of snow or the sneaking tendrils of summer. I mention transitional seasons a lot, but heck, Autumn and Spring are half the year!
Because spring is different everywhere, with the only constant being its inconsistency, I thought it might be good to round up all the various posts and categories beyond just our “Spring” section that can help you lock down your transitional season trajectory!
It’s kinda just a list, but it’s a good one to keep bookmarked and I’ve put pictures in there for you, don’t worry.
Layering & Warmth
How we layer is as individual as ourselves and our environments! But there are some basic tips to ride the freezing-too warm-chilly arc of Spring days.
A recent newsletter has some great layering tips and tricks and we have some info on Polar Fleece and fleece-lined styles, which are a great layer for confirming coziness.
We also have tips on finding warm sock options, most of which are shorter and pair great with leggings (and footless tights)! Great transitional season layers, you can always drop the warmer sock in the afternoon for something shorter/lighter and they also let you start rocking the warmer weather wardrobe early.
Easy to bundle up in a bag when they get too warm to wear and just as easy to rock during chilly moments in addition to the day’s outfit, arm and leg warmers are a vital part of settling into Spring. Our Arm Warmer and Leg Warmer categories have lots to peruse, but here’s some good starting points of reference!
Arm warmers basically come in “mitt”, “sleeve” and “fingerless glove” and we go over the differences here. For your other half, our two most popular leg warmers are the Ribbed Knit and our Cuffable Scrunchables, they’re similar but also very different, which this post explains.
They may be a temporary layer but if you want to match your warmers to your socks or tights with minimal hassle, we’ve got some tips and favourite combos as a guide.
While I’ve got some lightweight faves for springtime layering, there are a couple of different categories of ours that are good starts for folks who live in places where it’s already heating up!
Crochet Look and Openwork styles let a little breeze through, and tend to “breathe” better, which is great when the day started out needing tights and ends up laughing at those foolish enough to be clad toe to waist.
A nice fiber for spring is Bamboo, which has good breathability and performs well under pressure, wicking away sweat. Another good option that is able to be folded down to warm afternoon-friendly knee highs, Over The Knee styles keep those patella sitting pretty until it’s time for them to bask in springtime sun.
And the Lightweight category combines all sorts of the warmer weather variables above, and more!
Spring is sneaky, but outwit its weather tricks with layers, warmers and lots of lightweight options!
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.
I’ve written before about sock dreams coming true when a style we wish for happens or when a favourite sock comes back to us—but this may just be the dreamiest dream to come true yet!
Of course, I’ve got to tease a little.
and a little over three since they were available in an OTK and a thigh high.
But it’s been almost two years since we’ve had them in stock. The yarn for these socks was discontinued and we’ve been on a hunt for a replacement ever since.
But a secret stash of the yarn has been found—enough to make a limited run of both OTK and thigh highs. We won’t have them forever and we’re still looking for a long-term supply of this yarn, but for a short time, this sock dream has come true.
Have you guessed what they are? Join us after the jump for the answer! Read more »
While we’re watching your sticker picture snaps come in for the contest I thought we could all do with a little bit of fun prettiness (and I really just wanted an excuse to do more colour wheels!) from styles in our Summer and Lightweight collections.
One summer style that is a big favourite with Dreamers and will always remind me of a box of crayons are the Dream Sneakers. They hide under high tops and their ankle band of colour just pops over lower shoes. And they come in packs of two pair!
Now, sometimes you need more than little sneaker socks. Lightweight arm warmers and even an OTK after the jump! Read more »
Our Dreamer Socks styles, with their super comfy cuff and surprising stretch, have quickly become a favourite with us Dreamers and all you wonderful sock lovers. This week we’re proud to introduce more delightful, dreamy styles to the line.
I’m most excited about one of our newest styles for a terribly nerdy reason. Jacquard weaving, with its innovative loom (that was basically an early computer!) is a pretty cool thing. Socks are knit, not woven, and it turns out that there is a way to knit, jacquard style! The resulting two-colour patterns have great stretch, beautiful vertical patterns and have swept all us Dreamers off our feet with love. The first jacquard style we introduced has a gorgeous vertical ripple that almost plays optical illusion-like with your eyes.
The brand-newest jacquard style the girly side of me totally squeals over, it’s all ribbons and flowers and springy colours.
What I like best about the jacquard styles is that the inside is almost like terry loops, so they’re crazy cozy, but the stretchy knit doesn’t get overwarm!
More exciting new things after the jump! Read more »
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