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Let’s talk Liners
Do you want warmer socks separate from lightweight ones?
Do you have trouser socks for work and dreamy slipper socks for home?
Do you want to keep running/yoga/biking/aerial socks and leggings separate from “regular” styles?
Do you want to keep things sorted by colour and pattern first?
Mending & Crafting
• Stockings too long? Simple sewing solution! •
• Too big a foot? This Tumblr user has a great fix! •
• A smidge too snug? Blocking may be your friend! •
• Foot just no good ? Maybe they’d be better as arm warmers! •
• Just not working as tights? Bet they’d be fabulous gartered stockings! •
Socks that are no longer socks
There’s more info at this link, but here’s a little of what they say:
Maybe it’s a little funny that in our colour search we have “Rainbow” as an option. I mean, rainbows are made of lots of colours, that’s the point! But if you need rainbow socks, then you need rainbow socks, which is why Rainbows have their own category too!
The difference in the results between Rainbow as a colour search and Rainbows as a category is that the colour search brings up individual varieties that are rainbow, like the M Sleeves in Classic Rainbow, where the category just shows styles that have rainbow options. The category is also a little looser on the definition of “rainbow”, like with the Kawaii Not Rainbow Youth & Junior Crew, which is defined as “Pink” by our colour search, since that’s the dominant colour in the sock.
I’ve mentioned this before, but our main goal with the colour searches is to make sure that nobody is going to search for “green” or something and be disappointed by what the results are. So in multi-coloured styles we only tag the dominant colours. Unless, of course, it’s RAINBOW.
So let’s look at some rainbows across different brands! As we discussed in the post about matching stripes across styles, rainbows are basic but tricky, because there are so many more colours to match up. That means our focus in this colour post is more about types of rainbow styles, rather than dissecting how a hue is portrayed across brands and fibers.
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks (including Love Lite Tie Dye)
As the majority of Love Lite Precision Tie Dye styles are made with our Dream Stockings and Dreamer Socks blanks, it’s easier to wrap them all up together. Between our three versions of Rainbow Dreams and our plethora of Radiant Rainbow and Harvest Rainbow styles, we’ve got rainbows on lock down. The classic tie dye rainbow stylings of Love Lite are the cherry and whipped cream on top (or the pot of gold at the end of all these rainbows!)
Top row from left to right: Rainbow Dreams Bright, Rainbow Dreams Classic, Rainbow Dreams Pastel, Radiant Rainbows, Harvest Rainbows
Bottom row from left to right: Extraordinary Tie Dyed Thigh Highs, Extraordinary Tie Dyed Stripes
Full of classic primary-coloured rainbow options, Foot Traffic also has some fun styles with rad rainbow touches.
Some basic rainbows, sure, but K Bell also rocks the rainbows striped or set off with black.
From left to right: Rainbow Skull & Crossbones Knee Highs, Neon Rainbow Gauntlet Gloves, Vertical Rainbow Fishnet Tights, Acrylic Rainbow Thigh Highs, Over the Rainbow Thigh Highs, Neon Acrylic Rainbow Thigh Highs, Neon Rainbow Striped Fishnet Tights
Background is Rainbow Organza Tutu
Sock It To Me
They just cover the basic rainbow needs, but they do it well!
With probably the slimmest of classic rainbow offerings, I figure it’s because Tabbisocks focuses on nailing all aspects of solid colours.
Other brands have something to represent rainbows, but they’re regularly pretty basic stripes (with the exception of space dye in Sparkle, but we’ll get to that in a sec).
Now, let’s look at the basic variations rainbows end up in!
Is anything quite the special kind of adorable that big socks/little socks makes? I think the snaps I took for an old Father’s day post are still probably my favourite because of that.
We don’t offer a whole lot of kid styles, because there are shops out there that specialise in those complicated little sizes. But, gosh darn it, if we encounter a new baby or kid sock that is an itty-bitty version of a grown up style, then it’s pretty hard to say no. The Tropical Trio Socks are a good example. They match the Mouthy Fish 3-D and the Mouthy Alligator 3-D socks!
And we know we’re not the only ones who feel that way. We can tell that it’s new baby season when we pull orders that have perfectly paired sets of socks for the whole family’s feet! So we’ve made a way to find what socks have options for feet both big and small! Just search “family”!
You’re going to see all sorts of socks, but any sock we’ve tagged “family” come in options for big and for little feet. If you can’t spot the matching pair right away, check the main copy, Sizing Tips or Additional Info for links (we try to fit them where is most logical for the style)! We’ve done our best to cross-link matching styles.
Luckily, several of these family-ready styles have the smaller sizes available from the size drop-down, most particularly Sock It To Me, like with their Unicorn Knee Highs.
Mostly though, the two different sizes live in separate entries to make things a little easier for the majority of folks browsing (we don’t want someone getting a kid size when they were trying for an adult size!). Some big & little styles are perfectly paired, like the Sweet Marcel styles.
Or the Owl vs. Mouse Midcalf!
Others are similar, but have some colourway differences, so you get more of a style match than a 100% perfect sock match.
And some styles just exist across a bunch of heights and shoe sizes, so you can get the whole family in on it! I think the most notable styles for this are the Sock It To Me super hero styles:
And our Harvest Rainbow styles:
There are a whole hecka lota options for matching across sizes, so play around with the Advanced Search to limit the results to what you need. For example, if you’re trying to match socks for littler feet to larger feet (say, up to a US men’s size 12), click “Larger Feet” under Category to bring up just the styles that come in those larger sizes.
In general be sure to check the Sizing Tips on each product page to make sure that a size will work for you and yours. We’ve also got a post with some tips and tricks about sizing those tricksy little toes for you too! If your searching skills are strong, you can use the tags explained in the baby & kids sizing post to augment your search within family socks. Just remember, if you’re using two tags and want both of them to count, put a big ol “AND” between them. But not all of us are that skilled, so here are some quick links. Since these searches are looking specifically for little foot socks, remember, look for the cross-link to bigger sizes in the copy:
Family socks with styles that fit infant (wee baby) feet
Family socks with styles that fit toddler feet
Family socks with styles that fit little kid (generally folks 5-8 years old) feet
Family socks with styles that fit big kid (generally folks 7-12 years old) feet
Special bonus! Family socks with a smaller style that can fit up to a US women’s 5 or 6
There are a lot of parent holidays coming up (with Mother’s day coming up May 10th!) so let’s get you and yours (or your friend’s families) marvellously matchy!!
We use “t-shirt like” to describe the texture of several styles. It’s difficult, over the internet, to properly convey the texture and weight of something, so we use a lot of similes. A sock isn’t going to feel 100% the same as a t-shirt, but there’s a tangible difference between your average sock and one that feels quite a lot like your favourite tee.
First, let’s start on the opposite end of t-shirt texture and remember what “halo” is when it comes to socks. We talked about it a while ago on the Sock Journal, and it’s basically the fuzzy or hairy texture wool and wool-like fibers have.
The fuzzies of the Este Luxe Crew Sock
Styles that we compare to t-shirts are on the opposite end of the fuzzy scale. They’re cotton blends that are smooth to the touch and lack any real discernible surface texture. If you look at the socks below, you can see the difference between a wool style with a halo, a pretty socky sock and something “t-shirt like”.
As comparatively smooth as they are, t-shirt styles aren’t the smoothest thing out there. Socks and tights that have that total stocking smoothness make the gauge of t-shirt textures look rustic in comparison.
So, we’re looking for this middle ground of smoothness. Essentially, when we touch the sock, it feels like touching a t-shirt. And it’s surprising how narrow that cut-off point is. A style that is pretty smooth, like the Cotton Anklet, is still rougher than the Socklings.
Mind you, this is all how we use the term. It’s rather subjective, and one of those “know it when you see it” situations. Believe you me, I tried counting the knitting gauge, but without knowing the yarn gauge, needle size, tension, or any of the other factors that give a texture its texture, I can’t give you a real set of rules that define what “t-shirt like” is.
To compound that difficulty, there’re a lot of different kinds of t-shirts out there. There’s the thinner, finer kind with more snap and stretch to it; or the thick, “beefy” tees that take lots of washes to get a good drape; the vintage and faux vintage styles that you’ve got to layer for modesty.
But here’s what all these sock styles do have in common:
• high cotton content •
• smooth texture •
• soft drape •
• lightweight •
• feels like a t-shirt •
There aren’t a lot of sock styles that meet those rough requirements. Two brands, though, Una and EG Smith, have the largest representation in the t-shirt texture field. Both offer lots of styles that are the smoothest you can get from a sock with it still being a sock and not a nylon stocking.
For the rest, you’ll need to search “t-shirt like” and see what styles spring up! Remember, they’re just socks (and arm warmers, and tights, and, and) that are pretending to be your favourite tee. Give them a little benefit of the doubt, we think you’ll find them pretty smooth. 😉
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