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May and early June may sometimes act like summer, but late spring is still a far cry from the practiced heat of July and August. We know some of you live where it is hot sun-up to sun-down and you’re scoffing right now, but even on 70-80°F afternoons the mornings around here can hover around a comparatively chilly 50°F. That’s a big jump!
If you’re going in to work, you can put together something with layers to get you from the chilly outside morning to the warm after-work afternoon. But what about days at home? If you haven’t got central air, you’re probably like me, all windows open to the cold morning, collecting a bit of chill so the house doesn’t heat up quite so much in the sun.
That’s why we didn’t feel that goofy introducing the fleece knee highs from Polar Feet. They’re perfect for paring with shorts on chilly, pre-summer mornings.
One of our Dreamers is particularly stoked, as they plan on getting a pair to wear camping. Their feet will be warm on cool woodsy mornings and in those surprisingly chilly evenings around the campfire. Plus, they fit great into boots!
What we particularly love about these fleece knee highs is the range of fit! Fleece doesn’t have as much give as knit materials, so we did some testing to figure out calf sizing. If a 19 inch cuff stretch isn’t enough, check out our versions in a wider calf, with about 23 inches of comfy, cozy stretch! What our smaller-footed folks loved was that, even on the larger calf size, the ankle wasn’t too baggy, tapering just the right amount but still offering about 12 inches of stretch at the narrowest part.
And bigger-footed folks were pleased too. Right now, the large foot size is only available in the Lumberjack style, but we tried it on our resident US men’s shoe size 11.5 EEEE (that’s 4x wide, plus he’s got a high instep!) and they fit beautifully.
If it’s already too hot where you live to even think of fleece, do future you a favour and pick up a pair to stash away until winter. Polar Feet is a tiny, wonderful company, and sometimes they have trouble keeping up with your demand for their delightful socks! When winter rolls around (even though it seems a million years away right now), your toes will thank you as they stay toasty.
And, of course, these fleece knee highs are perfect for our pals in the Southern Hemisphere, where they’ll be enjoying the start of winter any week now!
One of the things we love to do is help folks find which socks will work best for them. That’s why we put as much information as we can into the Sizing Tips on each product page and try to give as much real-life testing as we can into the styles we carry. Sometimes you’ve got to scroll a little to see it, depending on your monitor size, but it’s there!
And if it isn’t, or you’ve had a different experience, let us know via email and we’ll make sure things are up to date! So many products we carry are wrapped up in packaging and sometimes things sneakily change in a way we don’t notice until you let us know.
So okay, the information is there, but you’re still unsure—or, you’ve got a particular fit issue or need and our Advanced Search isn’t helping? Then it’s time for our handy-dandy contact form! Select “Sizing Query” from the topic drop-down and make sure your email address is correct so we can get back to you.
Now for your question itself! Something we tell folks a lot is that “large”, “skinny”, “plus” or really most adjectives and dress sizes don’t mean much without context. Who knows what clothing sizes mean anymore (besides, they’re based on everything but the measurements we need)! If you write us saying you’ve got “tiny calves” and nothing stays up or you’ve got “curvy thighs” and stockings always roll, we can only give you the vaguest help. But we want to give you specific help! So here’s what you’ve gotta do for ultimate sock searching assistance: measure!
Even if you don’t sew, a tailors tape (or fabric measuring tape) is the best $2 tool to have. I use mine to measure weird spaces furniture needs to go as much as I do when sewing! But, if you don’t have one, don’t worry. The same ability to measure around stuff is just as easy to obtain with some yarn or string and a regular ol’ ruler.
You just wrap the yarn around what you’re measuring, then lay it out next to a ruler and BAM! Measurements.
In general, a good reference for where you need to measure for what coverage of sock is the image on the Measurements & Sizes page (shown below with common coverage highlighted for easy reference). We also like to know your shoe size, too, particularly if you have smaller or larger feet than the average sock you encounter.
But more information is always useful, so after the jump we’ve got some slightly more in-depth tips for measurements to send with your sizing question.
Pretty much the go-to for bright striped tights, the Leg Avenue Striped Tights are a great, budget-friendly way to sass up your derby uniform, going out clothes, or every day wardrobe. Though most of the colours are only offered in a “one size fits most” that fits waists up 35 inches around (with a couple more inches stretch in the hips), four colours come in two more sizes with an amazing range of fit. The Black/Purple, Black/White, White/Red and Black/Red are also available in a “1x-2x” and a “3x-4x”.
You may notice in the image below that the red is a little different between sizes. The “one size” is more of a tomato red and the 1x-2x is more of a lipstick red. The other colours of the 1x-2x and 3x-4x aren’t as different when compared to their “one size” versions.
There are some other differences between the “one size” and the “plus” sizes. Though it isn’t dependable that the stripes go all the way up to the waistband on the one size (which is why we love when you drop us a line to ask if the current batch do), both the 1x-2x and the 3x-4x sizes always have stripes that go all the way up (UPDATE! As of the spring of 2013, the stripes do not go all the way to the top on any size. So now, even the 1x-2x and the 3x-4x have a solid panty and toes. They still fit just as beautifully and the plus sizes still have double seams in the rear).
And that’s true for the other end too. The stripes go all the way to the toes on the 1x-2x and 3x-4x.
You’ll notice that the one size legs are longer than the plus size in the image below. Don’t fret! There is some magic stretch in the plus sizes of the Leg Avenue Striped Tights. If you have a longer inseam and any curves, the 1x-2x size may be a better option. Our tester with a 32 inch inseam found that the legs of the “one size” just fit—they maxed out the stretch of the “one size”, both hips and inseam.
I will say this for Valentines day, I like seeing all the lacy decorations. I’m not a very girly person, but I have one heck of a soft spot for lacy bits and stockings that don’t keep you warm. It’s not just me that’s feeling frilly and fancy, earlier this winter Style.com had an article (and slideshow) about “elaborate hose” showing up more often on the runway and on celebrities.
images above from Style.com, but similar styles are:
This, as any dedicated sock fan knows, is just the rest of the world catching up! What the popularity of fancy tights means is that our suppliers are offering more options and we have more great styles to choose from!
Of course, I am not a runway model or a celebrity that gets driven around everywhere. I have to deal with the still-too-cold-for-my-taste weather of February. I’m guessing you do too, so remember, a gorgeous lace or net style is just as stunning (if not more so) layered over something like the Color Tights or the Foot Traffic Combed Cotton Tights.
Let’s start off with all the amazing options from Foot Traffic. They offer some great textured tights, most with plus size options and some of them come in white even!
More lovely, lacy options after the jump! Read more »
after thinking one of our favorite Dream Stockings styles was gone for good we have been blessed with lots of new colors of O Marled socks… and just in time for fall weather to start hitting us with chilly evenings and even chillier mornings.
These deliciously thick, ribbed socks stretch to an accommodating 23 inches around at the tops while still fitting those of us with scrawny calves… a true “Dream” stocking if there ever was one!
My inseam is about 30 inches and my thighs are 19 inches around so these come pretty close to the tops of my thighs if I pull them all the way up, but my favorite way to wear them is thickly cuffed just above my knees. Larger/longer legs will have varying results, but as seen in the image for charcoal, as worn by Trina, these can still be a great OTK…
The biggest change with this new batch is that we decided to only do one foot size which we are calling large because it is larger [in the feet] than the small hunter we have leftover from the previous batches, but don’t worry, these fit a shoe size 7 right up to women’s 10 pretty well and we will probably switch that large to “one size” when those hunters are gone. I also think these itch a little more before being washed a few times, which we think is due to the marled bits, I solved it by wearing them over leggings, but really it just took washing them to soften them up.
Ember is my favorite color of these right now, and as I sit here telling you why I love them so much I am tempted to wear them through a second day because I don’t want to take them off!
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