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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!
Spring is here and winter is coming!
If you watch the show, you know what we’re talking about. Based on the epic series by George R. R. Martin, the television show Game of Thrones is a visually rich (and rather violent) series that’s starting back up in just a couple of days! It’s really your classic, sweeping, epic fantasy wherein large family tribes battle for honour and glory. But the costumes. Oh MAN, the costumes.
The beautiful hand embroidery and surface embellishment (like these pieces by the amazingly skilled Michele Carragher, for example) help illustrate and underline each character’s loyalties and position. All the families have a crest with a sigil and motto that is worked into the more elaborate costumes. Taking that idea and applying it to socks (naturally), we’ve got some styles to suggest that can add a new layer of meaning to your look. And, of course, dressing up for watching the show is highly encouraged!
More houses after the jump!
It’s by pure accident that each month’s birthday Dreamers are picking styles perfect for the (Northern hemisphere’s) seasonal weather. And it happens once more with March!
Rosalind runs our Facebook and Pinterest most notably, and you can probably place the blame on her for some of our most egregiously dorky puns. For her recommended style Rosalind picked a perfect option for transitional seasons like spring:
Okay, this might be sacrilegious or something, but the thing that really stands out as my ultimate favorite isn’t actually a sock. The Long Cuffable Scrunchable Leg Warmers are my absolute favorite thing to put on my legs. They’re exactly like one of my favorite socks, only without the sock part. Not having a foot means that I can wear them with shoes that are too tight for thicker socks, or to sleep in (my feet always get too hot if I wear socks in bed). The best thing about them, though, is that you don’t have to wash them after every wear, because there is no foot to get stinky! It’s that rare marriage of fashion and laziness that I love so much.
Toby, the gentleman dog also pictured above, does not seem to have a favourite sock himself, as there is yet no sock that gives you belly scratches. And although he’s snuck into several of Rosalind’s shoots, he’s not the birthday boy here! So, back to Rosalind.
While looking for styles Rosalind has modelled for us, I realised something. More often than not, she models a style that gets discontinued quickly or she models tights! I have no idea why the discontinued styles thing happens, but I do know why we always get shots of her in tights. She’s our long inseam tester and if Rosalind says a style of tights won’t cramp your toes, they won’t cramp your toes.
Other than legs for miles, Rosalind also has another key skill to bring to product shots: tiny dinosaur. You’d think this wouldn’t be vital for a perfect shot, but that’s crazy talk. Even out of focus, a tiny dinosaur is absolutely necessary.
Next up is Lucy, who works in our Customer Service department and is one of my favourite rays of true sunshine. Like a lot of us here, Lucy has a signature colour, which would be the brightest pink you can handle (best when paired with royal purple and deep teal!). Her recommendation is one of the most spring-inspiring socks we’ve got, with flowers and a gradient that is like the season’s transition from cold to warm:
My absolute favorite socks are the Tibetan Flower Crew socks. The fuchsia pair were the first socks I purchased when I started working here, and are every bit as snugly and comfortable as they are gorgeous. Once it looked like we weren’t going to be able to restock them, so I bought a pair in each color, plus an extra fuchsia, just in case. Fortunately, they stuck around, and now they’re my go-to sock. I wear them in boots in the winter and mary-janes in the summer, and one day I’ll probably own enough pairs to wear one each day of the week.
And since they’ve got two new colours (Red and Green, which don’t have pictures up just yet), Lucy won’t even have to repeat a colour of ‘em during the work week! Her love of colour and gameness to try new styles makes Lucy one of the go-to models for crazy toe socks. She’s even got a pair of flip flops stashed away in her desk for sudden toe sock picture emergencies.
How Lucy keeps her sunny, bright cheerfulness even during the big rush of Christmas season is pretty obvious to me. She’s magic. Look, you can tell by the styles she’s modelled. Wizarding school arm warmers? A fairy wand in a picture of sock garters? Clearly, magic. Or maybe, all of us Dreamers are. . .
So onward and ahead to proper spring and shorter socks (if April behaves, anyhow!) Here’s a trick for these transitional seasons: the styles we put into our Autumn category have similar properties to what goes in Spring. For Autumn we just focus on darker colours, less flowers, the warmer end of the midweight scale and wool!
The first official day of spring was yesterday, and we know that some of you folks out east are still experiencing wintery wildness and that folks in the Southern hemisphere have been undergoing quite the sultry summer, but! Here in Portland, cherry blossoms are bursting awake and drifting about like fairytale snow—when they aren’t being pummelled by the rain, anyhow.
Even if the lion of March keeps roaring into April, we got a glimpse of the flowers full spring will bring!
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