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Over the Knee
It’s warming up! But fluctuating spring weather means it’s not time for the lightest weight socks yet. So what to wear when it’s cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon?
Spring weather is my favourite. T-shirts and trousers or shorts and longsleeves, lighweight coats and shoes that don’t have to handle winter floods! One of my favourite menswear blogs recently posted about what socks to wear with plimsol sneakers (canvas shoes), which is a great question. Warm weather shoes don’t have to accommodate thick winter socks and they’re often paired with more casual looks, which opens up a bunch of fun possibilities.
The favourite thin sock in my household are the B Chevrons. They do double duty as a dress sock with loafers, the wide range of colours means they go with nearly everything and they’re not hard on the wallet. Those chevrons in the knit make these airy socks that get worn far into summer. Smaller feet have an option too, with the A Chevrons, which have a lighter palette.
I like A and B Chevrons because they’re great peeking beneath the hem of slacks, but they also scrunch down and look great with shorts. Here’s three more lighter-weight crew and midcalf options:
Options for shorts and some of the best longer socks for warmer weather after the jump!
Mother’s day is May 8th and since mama knows best we’ve got a collection of our mom’s favourite socks for you to browse for inspiration on what to get your mom. Mothers can be hard to get things for, even when they deserve something special, so we’re glad to share some ideas to start you off—though if you do get truly stumped, there’s always a gift card (because mamas do know best sometimes what they want!).
For fun moms who like to rock knee highs, here’s a range of cozy options that run from our fanciest luxury option to a great basic daily style:
Forget bouquets, get your mom some fun florals!
And if you’ve got a foxy mama, then tall styles like these are the way to go.
Of course, this is just a sample of our mom’s favourites so hop over and check it out. Use it as a springboard in figuring out just what treat your mamma deserves! What’s your mom’s favourite style?
We clearly love socks here, but some socks (and accessories!) we love more than others. “Dreamers Recommend” highlights the current favorite style of our Sock Dreamers.
Dreamer names: Jess & Rosalind
Current favourite style: Double Grip Clips (they both love these and rock them in different ways and have even made a gallery of Double Grip Clip uses on our Facebook!)
Did you like this item when we first started carrying it, or did you hate it and grow to love it?
Jess: I was intrigued by a garter style that had no waistband and no leg-pinching tightness, but wasn’t quite sure how to use them. I noted the product description’s caveat about “skirt lifters,” though, and tucked it away in the back of my mind until the day I wore a floor-length skirt to work. The skirt kept getting caught in the wheels of my chair all morning, until finally I broke down and bought two pairs of black clips from our warehouse stock to serve as skirt lifters out of sheer necessity. The effect was instantly AWESOME, both for convenience and style, and I’ve been using them on all of my longer skirts since then!
Rosalind: I was immediately intrigued by the open-ended nature of their design, but after I got a pair it took me a while to figure out the best way to use them.
What is the best thing about this particular style?
Jess: They’re so versatile! They add a visual lure to even the plainest of black skirts, and you can mix and match clip colors, adjust the length of the clips, or layer several lifts at once for volume. I especially love just lifting the front of my skirts (so I can show off my socks!) and letting them fall naturally in the back. I’ve also used these clips as regular garters to hold up my Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers, and a single clip will stylishly hold a cardigan closed (thanks for the tip, Laurel!). They’re handy to have around!
Rosalind: They’re clever, and possibly a little bit sneaky. When worn with a short skirt or shorts, they peek out to lend that old fashioned garter belt look, but they’re much more simple, versatile, and hot weather friendly than a real garter belt.
How’s the fit?
Jess: These aren’t technically “fitted,” but the adjustable length is really useful. If I’m wearing a longer top, I’ll lengthen the clips’ elastic fully so they’ll still show; if I want a higher skirt lift, I shorten the clips up a couple inches. The elastic is stretchy enough to have a bit of give (so they won’t tear your skirts if they get caught on something), but won’t stretch out unnecessarily.
Rosalind: They don’t need to go around any part of you, so they can fit anyone. Their length is adjustable for different sock heights. Sometimes if I wear them with really tall socks they’re a little long, even at their shortest, but I just fold the sock over at the top to get the right height.
Who would you recommend this style for?
Jess: Everyone! They’re great for costumes (Victorian, steampunk, Ren Faire, etc.), but they’ve already become a staple to my everyday aesthetic, as the Dreamers can attest. They’d be especially useful to anyone who’s looking to avoid the possible pinch of a garter belt, or someone who’d rather have their garter clips on the sides instead of the backs of their legs—you can clip these anywhere, so they’re a perfect starter-garter!
Rosalind: Anyone who is looking for a good anti-gravity wwwice for stockings, or whatever else you can think of holding up or together with them.
Jess: If you’re looking to add some texture, volume, and flair to your wardrobe, or if you want to show off your socks even in your longest skirt, pick up a pair or two of Double Grip Clips! You won’t regret it.
Rosalind: My favourite use of them is with pocketed skirts/shorts/dresses. That way you can clip them to the pocket underneath. Of course, if you have a very loose or stretchy waistband, you might want to try this out at home before you risk losing your pants in public. More secure waistbands, such as on jean skirts or shorts are best.
Every day is Sock Day at Sock Dreams, but some people consider February 1st to be the official International Day of the Sock… So wear your best, brightest, loudest etc… or maybe just your favorite socks and celebrate by buying even more socks to commemorate this special day with us!
Here’s the Facebook page dedicated to this special day: IDOTS
Me… I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of ExtraOrdinary stripes, plum & earth, it was a sample pair we later put into production because I adore it too much not to share…
There’s nothing quite like finding an amazing pair of socks in a style you love. Cronert always delivers each season with a new scrumptious selection of socks. But unfortunately, some of those styles aren’t going to be around forever.
Designed in Germany and made in Italy, with a level of design and quality that is hard to beat, Cronert’s basics—like the Cotton Overknee and the Ribbed Wool OTK—are styles that are definite staples and we’ll always carry them. Their cotton blend is amazing and feels as comfy as a t-shirt, while looking way more classy.
They also bring us beautiful designs, like the Diamond Line Over the Knee or the Faux Suspender Tights, that are fantastic additions to any sock collection. One of our favourites this season are the Pinstriped Victoria Over the Knee:
Unfortunately, some of these styles are seasonal. Quite a few of our small and European suppliers work like fashion houses, producing designs for a limited time. It’s a tricky business, guessing how many pairs in what colours and sizes to get. And even when we’ve guessed right, sometimes we can’t get as many as we need. This means that if there’s a brand new Cronert style that tickles your fancy, it’s worth picking them up when you can, because we probably won’t be able to restock it.
After the jump I share two of my favourite Cronert styles and let you know the status of a couple seasonal styles that are worth getting while you can.