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The wonder of long socks is that they extend the life of a skirt—cozy thigh highs mean you can keep wearing some of your favourite pieces as the weather gets colder. But not all garter belts (also called suspender belts) are created equal, and some just don’t have the staying power to keep a hold on thick socks.
The bit that holds on to the stocking is technically called the garter, though we tend to call them “garter clips” more often than not. They come in basically two types, loop-and-button or suspender. The loop-and-button garter is the classic type more traditionally associated with garter belts. Suspender clips are called that because they’re the type of clip you see on modern suspenders, with little teeth to get a good grip on whatever they’re biting down on.
On average, suspender clips can hold more and better than traditional garter clips. They clamp down fiercely on even the thickest socks. That’s why our Suspender Clip Industrial Garter Belt has them and why we offer sock garters with that style of garter clip. They’re all-purpose and a good way for a person to start trying types of garters. They hold everything! And though they have little teeth, they still do well with thinner styles of stockings, though very delicate styles aren’t advised, because nothing is sadder than a laddered stocking.
However, the loop-and-button style is best for delicate nylons. And for the more flimsy garter clips, thin stockings are as much as they can hold. But how can you tell if a garter clip of any kind is going to have the holding power you need for your socks and stockings? Well, I’ve rounded up all the clips of the various garter belts we sell and after the jump we’ll go through them, from lightest to strongest! Read more »
On our Measurements & Sizes page is a handy diagram of sock coverage, and you can see the crew listed as somewhere between the midcalf (which hits you about, well, at the middle of your calf) and ankle/quarter crew socks, which rest a little above the ankle bone.
Crew sock height can vary a lot, though most are about 6 to 8 inches from the heel to the top of the cuff. They look cute with sneakers and fancy shoes alike and you see them a lot more in the transitional seasons when you want a sock, but not too much sock.
Some more crew sock clarification after the jump! Read more »
Just what are “bed socks”? Even if you don’t wear socks to sleep, cozy bed sock styles can keep your feet warm during the cold winter months.
“Bed sock” is a term used most often to describe an ankle or crew height sock that is thicker and often fuzzy, just the thing for snuggling up under covers or padding around the house. Some styles even have grip treads on the bottom, like slippers, to keep you from slipping on slick floors.
The most obvious bed sock choice are the New Zealand Bed Socks. Thick fuzzy wool lining that doesn’t easily mat or felt in the wash or during wear is encased in a sturdy acrylic shell that keeps warmth right where it belongs—on your toes! In classic solids and fun patterns, they’re one of the most popular bed sock styles we carry. The grip tread patterns come in three sizes from little feet to big and make great gifts.
Not all bed socks have it in their name. Some of the styles in our Warm! collection fit the bill of height and coziness. Look for fluffy wool styles, that fun fuzziness is useful because it creates pockets of air that help trap heat. Angora is a great choice, as we’ve blogged before, it is a partially hollow fiber that does a professional job of trapping heat and regulating temperature (which means you stay warm, but not sweaty!).
For wool-free options and bed socks that are slumber-party ready, join us after the jump!
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