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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.
One of the most floral ranges of hue is pink, I even recently looked at pastel pinks when talking about the start of spring and cherry blossoms. As we focus on pink specifically this week, I’m going to look at the deeper shades of the hue. I was actually so taken with the range of pinks our suppliers offer that I forgot to take a snap of them all snuggled up on my desk, so you’ll have to be satisfied with this bit of my screen from when I was editing the shots.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define pink. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of pink, both Wikipedia and the Color Sorting Wiki are kind of amazing resources. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t.
First off, let me note that I’m not looking at pastel tints right now. What makes a pink a pastel instead of a light (or “baby”) pink is a little indefinable, but I draw the line somewhere between the Solid Opaque Thigh High in Light Pink (on the left, below) and the Opaque Thigh Highs with Bows (on the right). The former is light pink, the latter is pastel.
I’m not looking at neons either, we’ll take in electric pink with other eye-searing shades another time.
Now, elastic colour can make a huge difference in how a pink reads. You can see that the heel of the O Chevron on the left is the same colour as the O Basic on the right, but the black elastic of the O Chevron gives the yarn a salmon-y touch.
Let’s look at how our different suppliers do this delicate shade!
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
Though we don’t offer that many versions of pink, we do quickly run the gamut from bold to soft. The middle shade (Bubblegum) matches pretty well, tonally, between both DreaM Stockings and Dreamer Socks. Our lightest pink isn’t baby/ballerina pink, there’s a little yellow to it that warms it up.
Like a lot of their colour treatments, B.Ella runs richer in hue, with a delicious Raspberry as their darkest pink.
Though their bootsocks’ pink is quite pastel, they do offer a great lighter pink in a gorgeous heather. And, like B.Ella, offer a delicious raspberry.
Their pinks tend to run cold, which is a great option and is probably what keeps their fuchsia from busting into neon or berry in tone.
As usual, Tabbisocks brings some unique and gorgeous versions of the hue, dabbling heavily in petal-perfect shades of rose (when they aren’t killing it with neon).
Everybody has some kind of pink, and it often seems like if that’s their only version of the hue, there’s something unique about it.
Such a selection of pinks! But do any go together? Are there delightful themes we can group them by? Of course! See it all after the jump!
Green seemed like the natural choice to focus on for March. I pointed out last year that even though St. Patrick’s day has been associated with a lot more colours than green, the combo of impending spring and popular holiday means that March means a tide of green! Grabbing samples to look at with you for this post was like bringing warmer weather and hikes in the forest into my cubicle.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define green. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of red, both Wikipedia and the Color Sorting Wiki are kind of amazing resources. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t.
I did find, while sorting through all these delicious, verdant hues, that green appears to fall into five different sub-groups, flavour-wise. It’s not a very scientific classification system, but ooh it is delightful!
But more on that later! First, let’s look at how each supplier does the outcome of yellow+blue.
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We really run the gamut for this hue, from deep to pastel-bright, with a stop at crayon-colour clarity there in the middle!
Not a lot of greens, but they’re one of the few folks who offer a lime! Which is hilarious next to their otherwise subdued greens.
Another “not a lot, but lime!” selection.
They call their green “Kelly” and that’s what it is! There’s a neon green too, but it’s so neon it can’t really be included here. They use the same green whether it’s in their Striped Tights (on the left) or Striped Thigh Highs (on the right).
SO. MANY. GREENS! Each of their main styles offers at least two greens, it’s a lush landscape over here.
Top row, from left to right: Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Kelly), Harajuku Scrunchy Sock (Green Tea), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Mint), Harajuku Leg Warmer (Moss Green), Harajuku Arm Warmers (top down: Green Tea, Olive, Emerald Green)
Bottom Row, from left to right: Color Tights in Dark Green, Olive, Pear, Mint
Some brands only have one good representative green, and here they are!
Now let’s look at the quirks and sub-groups of green, after the jump!
There’s just something about impending spring that fires up our crafty itch. Time to make things! Conveniently, March is National Craft Month and just about everywhere online and in the brick & mortar world has lots of fun ideas to kick-start your creative juices.
I love doing our DIY posts here on the Sock Journal, but sometimes the themes can get a bit lost among all the other posts we do. So I’ll start you off with a more solid round-up of DIY posts than the gift-oriented roundup I shared around the holidays. Then! I’ve got one new quickie craft to share with you.
First up, before we really dig in, remember that our DIY Sock Style Pinterest board and our Tumblr’s “DIY” tag have awesome crafty ideas from both us and around the web! Plus, our posts in the Tips & Tricks category has more useful sock care and fit resources.
Modification & Mending
• Darn It! •
• Arm Warmer Basics •
• DIY For Fit: Tights •
• DIY For Fun and Fashion •
• Tips & Tricks for Cutting Socks •
• Lace & Bows, Thighs & Toes (quick way to shorten stockings) •
• Fit Your Shirt to a “T” •
Surface Techniques (painting, etc)
Now, after the jump, let me add one more idea to your mental craft basket: DIY boot toppers! Read more »
Last month, we looked at Purple as the start of some monthly colour focus fun. This month we’re looking at red, because I thought this short month would be a great time to focus on a sorely under-represented colour. Sure, the colour most absent from socks is probably yellow, but bear with me here, it’s seasonally appropriate! And really, with all the winter gloom we’ve been having, I needed the colour punch only red can give!
There aren’t a whole lot of solid red socks out there, they tend to shade into “dark red” (and “burgundy” and “wine” or “Bordeaux” or some other name for fermented grapes) or “rust” (also known as “spice”). This time, we’re just looking at red-reds. A 1940’s lipstick red!
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define red. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of red, both Wikipedia and the Color Sorting Wiki are kind of amazing resources. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t. That said, let’s get down to it!
First, let’s look at the difference between red with black elastic behind it and red with white elastic behind it. In the Cotton Inklined on the left, the hue is a little darker (think “cinnamon candy”). In the Spiral Cotton OTK on the right, the hue is a little brighter (think “cherry candy”).
How much of the elastic colour you see also makes a difference. The O Basics have a slightly thicker yarn than the Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs, making their stitches a little wider and showing more of the black underneath. So even though the yarns are the same colour, the red yarn in the O Basics “pops” a little more because of the more visible, contrasting black.
Now let’s look at representative and key reds across some different brands! I’m focusing mostly on solids and only the most basic stripes, just to keep things simple. A word of warning: pure reds are total monsters to edit, because it’s such a vibrant colour. I’ve done the best I can to properly represent these shades. And I apologise if I blow out your monitor.
Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks
Crayon-clearness of hue, with cotton yarn nearly as pure and bright as the nylon.
Almost always a rich, darker red that sometimes strays a little more blue, but has the decency to be called Bordeaux if it dabbles too darkly.
A very true blue, lipstick-y red, with the heavier gauged yarn of the Bootsocks almost glowing in person.
No variation in this nylon colour. It is red and it is so red.
From the borderline bluer-dark red of the tights to the yellow-cast hue in the legwarmers, there isn’t a regularity but there is a range!
Okay, give yourself some time to blink it out and join me after the jump for some fiber hue comparisons across brands!
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