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Since most of us Dreamers are sock fans, it’s probably not much of a surprise that we occasionally struggle with sock storage. It can be tempting to just throw all our socks into a pile and be done with it, but that can make socks hard to find, not to mention take up valuable floor space.
We’ve shared in the past some of the ways we Dreamers store our socks, and today we’re going to talk about organizing your sock drawer (or sock dresser, as the case may be), complete with a quick DIY.
If you’re going for a complete overhaul of your sock collection, it’s probably easiest to tackle them all at once, so you can start fresh. This will also give you a chance to go through and remove socks that need mending, socks that have outworn their usefulness (literally), and socks that could go on to a better home with a friend or a local thrift store. Seasonal socks can also be moved to longer-term storage, until their season rolls around again.
This is also a good chance to indulge in that tempting sock pile.
Once you’ve determined who will stay and who will go, it’s time to start folding. Our goal here is to 1) make them as compact as possible, 2) make it easy to see everything in your drawer, and 3) maintain the quality of your socks as long as possible. To this end, you want to make your socks into a nice folded square; one that is flat, and can be stood up next to its brethren in your drawer, making your morning grab for a sock that much quicker.
There are a few different techniques to folding socks. Perhaps the most common (and certainly the quickest) is to fold the top cuff of one sock over the other, to keep them connected. This may save time, but it doesn’t fulfill any of our folding goals: it takes up lots of space, will quickly lead to a chaotic drawer, and will stress the elastic band of the sock doing the binding. All in all, not an ideal technique.
These Holiday Striped Crews are having a stressful day.
The kilt is one of the most iconic symbols of Scotland, right up there with thistles, bagpipes, and haggis. Countless works of art and media depictions feature strong, proud warriors in full tartan splendor. The original kilt has its roots in the 16th century, but folks are still rocking this traditional garb–and not just in Scotland! Modern kilts run the gambit from classic tartan to a more utilitarian solid, and are found in many more fabrics than just wool. But what does one wear below the kilt?
Why, kilt socks, of course!
Traditional kilt socks are generally made of wool in undyed or natural colors, cuffed and gartered smartly below the knee. Sometimes they are rather plain, but often they are knit with beautiful bobbles and cabled designs. If you want a particularly thick cuff, shop in the Over the Knee or Thigh High sections so you’ll have more sock to work with. Top it all off by attaching a garter flash–a small piece of ribbon or fabric that coordinates with the kilt–to one of our Simply Adjustable Sock Garters for that perfect look.
Modern kilt enthusiasts shouldn’t feel constrained by tradition, however! There are patterns and colors enough to suit any casual, every-day kilt. Stripes and Argyles–a long-time partner of kilts already–are always fun. But what about Tie-Dye? Nerdy novelty? Socks with something to say? Loud socks work particularly well with utility kilts in solid colors.
Beyond the Knee
Though a thick cuff at the knee is traditional, the modern kilt-wearer has as many choices as those of us who wear skirts and shorts. For warmth and coverage, long socks, or even tights, are excellent ways to keep breezy thighs warm. If you’re new to thigh highs and find they slide down, we recommend the Industrial Suspender Clip Garter Belt. And no, garter belts are not just for ladies. That’s a silly stereotype that’ll have your socks ’round your ankles in no time. If long isn’t your thing, that’s okay, the standard midcalf length looks great paired with a kilt and maybe a set of Classic Sock Garters for that dashing look.
Are you inspired to ditch the trousers and don a kilt? Don’t be shy, you’ll look totally cool. In fact, we’d love to see and share photos of our be-kilted customers in Sock Dreams socks! You can post pictures on our Facebook, or submit them via tumblr. If you would rather email them, send them on over to firstname.lastname@example.org–just remember to let us know your preferred name, your pronouns, and if it is okay to share your photo on our social media sites.
Let’s face it. Snags happen. Socks can be particularly prone to this fiasco. They can catch on boot zippers, or stick on splintery furniture. They can get clawed by kittens, or entrapped by bike chains. Fortunately we in the sock business have found a useful tool to counteract this textile tragedy.
This genius little device may not look like much, but has the power to rescue your favorite stockings from certain ruin. The tiny hook can grab hold of that pesky loose thread and bring it through to the inside, restoring your socks to respectability. It is very inexpensive and can be found in the sewing tools aisle of your local craft or fabric store. Here is a step-by-step guide for how to use this handy helper to remove a snag.
Step 1: Place the sock over your hand so that you have access to the inside of the sock. Locate the snag.
Step 2: Move the snag repair tool inside the sock and find the back side of the snag.
Step 3: Insert the tool through the back side of the fabric so that it pokes through the front of the sock right next to the snag.
Step 4: Place the snag inside of the hook and close the latch.
Step 5: Pull the tool back through the inside of the sock, bringing the snag with you.
Step 6: Enjoy your restored sock! Yep. It’s that easy.
Back in Autumn, Dreamer Zaffie covered the many accessories we carry to keep thigh highs from falling down. Today we’re going to take a closer look at our selection of garter belts. We currently carry seven garter belts on our site from five different brands, all of them a little unique in their own right. Shopping for garter belts (also referred to as “suspender belts”) can be particularly challenging when it comes to selecting a size. Understandably so, since where you wear your garter belt is really a matter of personal preference. Some folks prefer to wear their garter belts higher around their waist while others prefer to wear theirs lower on their hips. To prep for purchasing a garter belt, there are two key measurements you will need to know: your hip measurement and your waist circumference. Once we’ve got those two numbers, we can start taking a closer look at our selection of garter belts.
Industrial Suspender Clip Garter Belt
To start off, let’s begin with our Industrial Suspender Clip Garter Belt, made in the USA exclusively for Sock Dreams. This sturdy belt lacks frills, however, it more than makes up for it in terms of durability. Its straps extend 5.5-9 or 10 inches, including the suspender clips. The Velcro closure is constructed so that the rough side of the Velcro faces your clothing. Currently, this item comes in four sizes:
- Small: 24-28 inches
- Medium: 32-36 inches
- Large: 37-41 inches
- Extra Large: 43-47 inches
What people love about it: the suspender clips are designed to firmly hold up socks with thick cuffs, such as our Extraordinarily Longer Thighs
What people didn’t love so much: the clips can be rough on sheer, delicate thigh high styles
Left: shown worn lower on the hips with the straps shortened
Right: shown worn higher, closer to the waist, with the straps extended
Industrial Garter Belt
Much in the same vein as the previous belt, the Industrial Garter Belt is also a sturdy, practical way to keep up those thigh highs. The straps extend 5-9 inches long and instead of the suspender clips, these have a traditional button and loop fastener. For an extensive look into the difference between these clips, please see our “What is a Garter Clip?” post. The Velcro closure is designed with the rough side facing you, so depending on the fit you may want to consider wearing a camisole underneath this belt. Currently, it comes in three sizes:
- Small: 22-30 inches
- Medium: 32-44 inches
- Large: 44-60 inches
What people love about it: while it’s not best suited for thigh highs with doubled-over cuffs, this durable belt can hold up most medium-weight cotton styles such as our Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks
What people didn’t love so much: the vinyl tab on the garter clips isn’t permanently attached (and, sadly, we do not have any replacement tabs) so make sure to keep them securely snugged after taking your garter belt off
Left: shown worn higher on the waist with the straps extended
Right: shown worn lower on the hips with the strap shortened
Deep Lace Suspender Belt
Taking a step back from our industrial styles, let’s jump right into the Deep Lace Suspender Belts from Miss Naughty. These beautiful belts are six inches wide and made of sultry, stretchy lace. The straps extend 6-11 inches long with button and loop garter clips that are disguised with a pretty little ribbon. The belt closes with eight hook and eye fasteners with three adjustable sizing options. This item comes in six different sizes, so having your waist and hip measurements is really important for these:
- Small: 25-32 inches at the top and 42 inches at the bottom
- Medium: 30-42 inches at the top and 47 inches at the bottom
- Large: 32-44 inches at the top and 49 inches at the bottom
- Extra Large: 34-47 inches at the top and 53 inches at the bottom
- 2X: 42-54 inches at the top and 61 inches at the bottom
- 3X: 43-58 inches at the top and 63 inches at the bottom
What people love about it: in addition to coming in a variety of sizes, the super soft and stretchy lace was a plus among those who reviewed it
What people didn’t love so much: the garter clips are plastic, not metal, which means that they can break if you try to force them to clasp socks with thick cuffs (this style works best with light-medium weight thigh highs like the Roll Top Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs)
Bear in mind that this belt is six inches long, so having both your waist and hip measurements is super useful when choosing the correct size
Lace Garter Belt & Thong
Staying with this lace theme, let’s move right along to our most affordable garter belt, the Lace Garter Belt & Thong from Leg Avenue. This basic garter belt has straps with button and loop garter clips that extend 4-8 inches long. This belt only comes in one size, with an adjustable strap in the back that closes with a hook and loop:
- One Size: 34-45 inches
What people love about it: those who reviewed this item were pleased with the pretty lace detailing and overall fit of the belt
What people didn’t love about it: the metal clips are very small, so while thinner or fishnet styles work wonderfully, medium-heavy weight socks will not fare very well
Left: shown worn high around the waist with straps extended
Right: shown worn lower around the hips with straps extended
(lace thong not pictured)
Satin Suspender Belt
If lace is not exactly your thing, you may be interested in Miss Naughty’s Satin Suspender Belt. The straps extend 6-11 inches long with button and loop garter clips that are disguised with the same pretty ribbon accent as the Deep Lace Suspender Belt. This belt closes with two hook and eye fasteners at the back, with three adjustable sizing options, and comes in six sizes:
- Small: 23-28 inches
- Medium: 27-37 inches
- Large: 31-41 inches
- Extra Large: 34-48 inches
- 2X: 43-55 inches
- 3X: 48-60 inches
What people love about it: not only is this garter belt comfortable, the traditional cut provides a flattering fit
What people didn’t love so much: the plastic garter clips aren’t well-suited for medium-heavy weight socks and the sizing is a little tricky for these, so please feel free to contact us with any sizing queries you may have
Left: shown here worn lower on the hips
Right: shown here worn higher on the waist
Rago Six Strap Garter Belt
This silky garter belt from Rago is lightly reinforced along the stomach area with decorative edging along the elastic for a chic finish. It features six glorious straps that extend 4.5-8 inches long with button and loop garter clips. Unlike the rest of the belts we’ve covered, this one doesn’t have a closure, it just slips on. This belt comes in nine different sizes, all listed for the waist measurement:
- Waist: 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42
- Rago recommends: choose the next largest size if your waist is 10 inches smaller than your hips or more
What people love about it: the ingenious six strap design was very well-received by reviewers and the loop on the garter clips is made from metal, which works very well for our medium weight styles, such as the Ribbed M Stockings
What people didn’t love so much: while great for medium weight styles, this belt isn’t really great for socks with doubled-over cuffs
Due to the sizing, having both your waist and hip measurements is important to finding the perfect fit
Rago Cincher Garter Belt
Our last garter belt is the perfect balance of utility and beauty. This cincher comes with removable garters that extend to 5 inches long. The cincher itself is 12 inches long, so you will definitely need both hip and waist measurements for this one. It closes in the front with hook and eye fasteners and currently comes in eleven different sizes, all listed for the waist measurement:
- Waist: 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46
- Rago recommends: choose the next largest size if your waist is 10 inches smaller than your hips or more
What people love about it: the removable garters are great because you can easily swap them out for Double Grip Clips if you want to wear this with thicker socks
What people didn’t love so much: some of our reviewers wished the garters could extend longer (they are 5 inches in length)
Left: shown worn lower on hips
Middle: shown worn higher around waist
Right: Double Grip Clips can be used in place of the removable garters
For more information regarding measuring yourself, take a look at Dreamer Brenna’s post about the Tips and Tricks to Measuring. Sometimes determining your size can be difficult even if you know your measurements, so please feel free to contact us with any and all sizing queries you may have. Should you receive a garter belt that doesn’t fit or work for you, please see our Returns Policy in order to review your options.
While we hope that every sock sold gets lots of love, we understand that sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Maybe those sparkly tights don’t match the dress you were planning to pair them with or those legwarmers arrived and they don’t fit? Perhaps you were lucky enough to be gifted some novelty crews but you’ve really been eyeing our selection of bootsocks? Whatever the reason may be, we’re here to help guide you through the returns process and let you know what your options are!
If the item in question hasn’t been actively worn or washed, it is eligible to be returned to us within 6 weeks from the purchase date. While we pride ourselves on offering free shipping where we can, we do not offer paid postage on returns. As you are responsible for shipping the return, it might be a good idea to snag a tracking number from the Post Office because we cannot offer credit for items we don’t receive. Please include a completed Return Authorization Form with your returned item; they are printed on the back of every invoice we ship out and they are also available on our Returns Information page. Once you have filled out the form, simply mail it with the socks you wish to return to:
Sock Dreams: Attn. Returns Dept.
Order # __________
7980 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
The type of reimbursement you qualify for depends on the condition of the socks you return:
If the item has not been opened or tried on (tags haven’t been removed/packaging is still intact), it can be returned for a refund or store credit. Items that have never had the tags removed and have intact packaging will be considered “P” as noted on the Return Authorization Form for “Packaged” and considered eligible for reimbursement in either form.
A new caveat to our returns policy this year: we are now accepting tights that have been tried on for reimbursement in the form of store credit. As long as they haven’t been actively worn or washed, they can be tried on and returned to us for a store credit. Leggings and tights that have had the tags removed or have been removed from their packaging will be considered “O” as noted on the Return Authorization Form for “Opened” and will only be considered eligible for a store credit.
Any socks, gloves, legwarmers, petticoats, or other accessories from our site that have been tried on can be returned to us for a store credit. This policy stands for all the items described above except for those from our house brands, as explained below.
Dream Stockings/Dreamer Socks
Our house brands, Dreamer Socks and Dream Stockings, are made in the USA from recycled cotton and we think they’re pretty great. So great, they can be returned to us for a refund or store credit even if they’ve been tried on, as long as they haven’t been actively worn or washed. If you’re not sure if the item you purchased is from one of our house brands, you can recognize them by the designated “DS” or “SD” in the beginning of their part code from your invoice.
Unfortunately, in order to speed up the returns process for our customers and eliminate some frustrations due to out-of-stock, back-ordered, or discontinued items, we no longer issue direct exchanges for returns. If you haven’t removed the item from its packaging and you need the item right away, we recommend purchasing it now, and requesting a refund for your return. If your item has been tried on, you can request store credit, and purchase the new item after we’ve emailed you with the code for your credit.
Returning a gift?
If you are returning a gift you probably won’t be interested in a refund, as we can only reimburse the purchaser’s account. If you do not have the original invoice, please include the gift-giver’s full name on the Return Authorization Form so that we can associate your return with the corresponding order. Additionally, you’ll want to enclose your email address so that we can email you the store credit code once your return has been processed and completed.
Returning to the shop?
If you live in the Portland area and would like to return your item back to our shop location, the wonderful Shop Dreamers will be there to assist you every day from 11 am – 6 pm. Please note that our shop is unable to issue refunds for online orders in-store. They can, however, process your return for store credit that you can then use in the shop.
Wrong or Missing Item?
Maybe your item arrived and there appears to be a hole or a pair of tights arrived in the wrong size? Perhaps a pair of socks is missing from your order, altogether? In case any of these were to happen, please contact us right away! We will replace the defective or incorrect socks and send you a postage paid return mailer to send back the defective or wrong items. Please note that defective or wrong item claims need to be reported to us within seven days of receipt so that we can best resolve the issue for you.
Once your return has been processed and completed, we’ll send you a confirmation email. Please bear in mind that January is a very busy month for returns; while we do our best to ensure each one is completed in a timely manner, processing can take 4-6 weeks this time of year. We appreciate your patience and thank you in advance! Our lovely Customer Service Department is available to answer any and all questions you may have via email (email@example.com) or telephone (888.717.6257). Cheers to bringing in the New Year with new socks!
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