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You know when you get a new wooly sock and there are those almost microscopic little hairs poofing up from the stitches? That’s loosely called “halo.” Angora has a very marked halo, that’s what makes it so warm! Even some synthetic fibers that are made to imitate wool, like acrylic, have a bit of halo. It’s what can cause itchies for some folks—though everyone has different ways wool can be itchy.
Halo is also part of what makes wooly (and fake wooly acrylic) so great in so many temperatures, too. Those little fibers trap air that keeps the cold out and the warm in (and it works the opposite way too, I swear!).
Combined with blooming, which is when yarn puffs up to make a fuller and fuzzier look after washing, halo is part of what can make a sock so very fluffy-soft or hairy-scratchy, depending on your skin’s sensitivities. As a wool sensitive person, I like that acrylic can imitate that fluffy specialness of wool. Take a gander below!
The Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers and the Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers are another great example of acrylic halo. The Charcoal are obviously fuzzy, with those little white “hairs”, but the black are just as fuzz—they’re being all stealth about it. All the colours of both styles have a bit of halo, with the Ivory having the least (but still having some).
Of course, that’s not the case for all acrylic styles. Our O Dreamy and Super Dreamy styles also have almost no halo. The Foot Traffic and Leg Avenue acrylic OTKs and thigh highs are super soft, but smooth, with none of the wooly halo.
And wool can have very little halo too. Wool crochet-like styles tend to be smoother and don’t bloom as much after washing and wearing.
Angora has enough halo that adding even tiny bits of it can add to a style’s overall fuzzy halo feel. The Kimi Wool Blend OTKs, like a lot of B.Ella’s angora blends, only has 6% of this fuzzy fiber in it, but combined with 8% cashmere it makes for just the right amount of super soft halo to keep cozy as the days grow cold.
More microscopic than what we call “fuzzy or furry”, the halo found in wool and acrylic blends adds to the warmth and coziness and their beautiful bloom that builds as they’re washed and worn adds to the experience.
I know I said that Yellow was an under-represented colour, but Orange shows up even less. Once you take “rust” and “spice” out of the equation (which I did with Red as well), there’s hardly enough to count. Look at how well they all fit in this one bin, not a bit of spillover!
As I’m saving pastels and neons for another day, we’ll just focus on that delicious crayon-orange. There are lighter shades and brighter shades and ones that dance the edge of rust, but overall it’s a pretty straightforward colour.
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define orange. 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!
As our Dreamer Socks only enlist orange in a spice/rust variant, it’s just Dream Stockings that offer orange as an option. The nylon version is definitely more of a red orange, while the cotton Sherbet and Tangerine have a yellow undertone.
An outrageous orange that battles your monitor’s capabilities of rendering it accurately, EG Smith’s orange is slightly more vibrant in their Ribbed Bootsock.
Now, I’m showing the Striped OTK in Black & Neon Orange just so you can have a good comparison against the Black & Pumpkin. Word on the street is that the Black w/Pumpkin is being discontinued, more’s the pity.
Suprisingly, Tabbisocks, who offers ALL the colours, only has about one representation of plain ol’ orange. It’s a good, reliable orange. Bright, but not glaring. The arm and leg warmers aren’t an exact match (totally different fiber content will do that), but they match well enough to be worn together, since they’re on totally different ends.
There are some scattered representations of orange throughout our suppliers. They tend to range carefully in straight up “orange” if they’re not fully embracing spice and rust.
Oh, and this pretender
You may be doubting me when I say that rust and spice are their own thing and shouldn’t be counted with orange. I think a great example of how different rust can be is shown in the Jellies Arm Cozies in “Orange.” Ma’am that is rust.
After the jump, let’s take a gander at the loose sub-categories of orange that exist even in this small a sample of styles!
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!