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I planned to look at the colour blue for July because it’s one of our slower sock months (hmm, middle of summer, wonder why?) and I knew I’d have a bit more time to look at all these blues. It’s the colour associated with the most styles, just under black (which has over twice as many styles as blue, but that’s a tale for another month!). There are enough of ‘em that I’m ignoring navy for now, along with pastels, and just focusing on blue-blue.
As usual, I’m not trying to define blue. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of blue, 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.
There are a lot of blue euphemisms (blue-phemisms), like “Steel”, “Denim”, “Royal” and ocean-y words. As you browse down through the brand lineups of blues I challenge you to guess what word is used to mean “blue” the most.
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
Without pastels and navy, our house brands only rock a couple basic blues, but the Royal is unrepentant!
Lots of gorgeous blue variations here, B.Ella does blue luxe!
From left to right: Erin Wool & Silk Socks, Maniche Silk Tweed Boot Sock, Bastia Comfort Top Crew, Ginger Ribbed Knee Highs, Sergei Recycled Cotton No Show, Gregorio Wool Bootsocks, Zazu Honeycomb Footies
From the edge of teal to a rich royal (that is actually called Denim), they run a nice little gamut that stays sedate.
Lots of soft blues here, with quite the royal to cap it all off!
Another limited blue palette (which is always amazing, as Tabbisocks normally rules colour selection), but such pretty blues.
Lots of blues with a heavy dose of royal, because if you’re going to do just one blue, why not go all the way?
A look at how all these hues break down after the jump!
Even with the advent of mustard as a popular shade, yellow socks and stockings are as rare as sunshine in the Pacific Northwest winter. Like a lot of hues that aren’t widely represented, where yellow does show up it shows up in every version it can, from crayon to Dijon.
As usual, I’m not trying to define yellow. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of yellow, 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.
There aren’t that many yellows to look at, so let’s dive in! You’ll see as we go along that yellow tends to fall into crayon, gold, mustard and not quite mustard.
Surprisingly, these yellows were more of a pain to edit than the Teal/Turquoise last month, and I think the shots of each colour type in the second half of this post is the most accurate to what they look like in person. You know the little kid game where you hold a dandelion or buttercup under your chin and if it reflects yellow on your face you like butter? According to how much yellow reflects, everything likes butter.
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
From the pastel of Banana to rich Marigold, our house brand styles touch almost every type of yellow except crayon-pure.
Sticking to crayon yellows for their nylon styles, they only dip into golden tones when using cotton, like in the Smiley Faced Crews.
No surprise, Tabbisocks rocks this under-represented colour, focusing mostly on mustards of varying shades. They call the Dijon delight of their Harajuku Arm Warmers “Yellow”, but it’s more spread than sunshine in shade.
I’m splitting up the assorted single representatives of brands into two subgroups! First, our crayon shades:
Now the mustardy-dijon:
After the jump, we’ll take in all this sunshine and break down the hues! Read more »
There is a definite reason we lump teal and turquoise together in our Color Search. Turquoise is often bluer and lighter, dipping its toe into sky and neon blues, even. Teal is deeper and more forest-y, but just as easily slips into deep greens and muddy blues. Sometimes a supplier calls teal “turquoise” or vice-versa. Or just calls blue “teal” and then we shake our fist at the sky (which is actually blue, btw) at colour definitions. But dang, whatever you want to call it, it looks good all mixed together.
As a bonus to the tricky definitions, teal and turquoise are notoriously difficult to edit. Even if you don’t understand photo editing, check these screen caps I took while editing the images for this post. Now, I should just be having to crank on the “Aqua” (aqua and cyan are often the mechanical values of teal and turquoise) slider to correctly balance the blues and yellows in turquoise and teal. Here it is with just the Aqua adjusted and the Blue slider at 0 (blue equals blue):
Already you can see that the three Dreamer styles in the main image seem less blue than the teals and turquoises of other brands in the thumbnails on the left. Now, when you move the Blue slider all the way to the right (blue equals purple), something very telling happens:
Anything that is read by the camera eye as “blue” turns purple. Except! Those three dreamer styles. They remain un-purpled. And if we haul the slider to the left (blue equals green), the whole thing is proved more:
Just, wow. I know there are a lot of variables at play, but I hope this gives you an idea of how tricky teal and turquoise are to convey (and that not everything that could go under the teal and turquoise banner is truly that shade).
So it is with particular emphasis this month I add the disclaimer! I’m not trying to define teal or turquoise. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of teal and turquoise, Wikipedia’s Teal and Turquoise pages are kind of amazing resources. The Color Sorting Wiki is totally unpoetic and insists cyans like teal and turquoise are just shades of blue or green. 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. But oh man, they’re a bear. A blue-green bear.
That said, let’s see how different suppliers interpret this beautiful monster of a hue!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
As I showed above, we’ve got some beautiful representation of this hue, from pastel to deep and dark.
With their “Peacock” on the greener side of the aisle and “Turquoise” more light blue, Foot Traffic has their feet on both sides of the colour gradient.
They really only use “turquoise” twice in products we carry and it’s really more of a neon blue (which I’ll show later). But dang, it is a pretty hue and I love the petticoat in this colour.
Of course, Tabbisocks has the most stunning range of this hue, including the forest-y “Dark Cyan”. From light to dark, they’ve got it all, as usual!
A handful of other suppliers gave straight teal or turquoise a go, and they’ve done quite nicely at it!
The bluer and greener and blue-greener (and green-bluer) sub-families of teal and turquoise after the jump!
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!
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