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For those of us that are going back to school, Labor Day signifies the end of summer. Amidst all the shopping that comes with school back in session, we can’t help but be reminded of the once-often popular fashion trend of “no wearing white after Labor Day”. It’s hard to imagine a moratorium on a color holding such weight today, but it used to be standard in women’s fashion to put away all white clothing until Memorial Day. This custom was practiced throughout the first half of the 20th century, though today it is largely ignored. We covered fashion lawbreakers a few years ago however, our sock selection has grown quite a bit since then to incorporate even more fashionably deviant items. Today we’re celebrating those rebellious rule-breakers that forgo trend stipulations and the socks that follow suit!
There are a few different theories behind the origin of the “no white after Labor Day” rule. Some contend that it’s a petty statute invented by the elite upper-class and some say that the practice was implemented in order to separate lightweight clothing from heavy, winter clothing. While it’s understandable that a lot of white clothing is lightweight, there are quite a few comfy, white items in our Warm Collection that will keep you cozy far after Labor Day. The Orkney Angora Over the Knees are very soft and the angora/lambswool blend will definitely keep you warm. Both the Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks and the OTK Tube Socks are Dream Stockings staples that are great for fall and winter; while the former is perfect for cuffing and scrunching, the latter is lined with thick terry knit to keep you warm and dry.
One of our favorite explanations of the “no white after Labor Day” rule is that it was implemented in order to save nice white clothing from getting muddied by the fall rain, especially shoes–something we have much experience with in the Pacific Northwest. We try not to let the rain inhibit our choice of shoe too much, though.
Other than solid white, there are a few other seemingly out-dated color stipulations in the fashion world. This includes combinations of some colors that supposedly aren’t complimentary because the two colors are similar, but different enough not to “go together”. Our first ill-fated color combination might be too sweet for some, but we think that Red & Pink are a lovely match. If you find yourself in the Valentine’s Day spirit, the bold, bright contrast of the Red Hearts & Swirls Crews may be just what you’re looking for! Alternatively, the stripes on the Red Pink Knees are pretty eye-catching, especially with those white boots! Speaking of fabulous shoe selections, those Pink Cotton Slouch Socks look great with those red heels!
We’re not sure where the Navy & Black boycott came from; we think they look great together! However, there was a time when it was a big fashion no-no to mix the two. The wide horizontal stripes on the Navy & Black Extraordinarily Striped Thigh Highs spark a striking contrast to the understated pattern on the Navy Boy’s Socks, which we find almost reminiscent of pinstripes. We also love the way the Navy/Black/Rust Dreamer Tartan OTKs incorporate the Rust as a pop of color, too.
Brown & Black, the last combination we’ll go over today, is quite possibly our favorite color duo! We offer this particular pairing in a few different striped options; in addition to the Dream Stalker Stripes pictured below, we carry Black Brown Knees and Black & Brown Striped Thigh Highs. If you prefer something different than alternating bands of color, the subtle design of the Dark Brown/Black B Chevrons might be perfect for your two-toned needs. Alternatively, the Dreamer Vertically Checkered OTKs show how beneficial this color partnership can be when another neutral color is brought into the mix.
So far we’ve only covered antiquated color rules, but truthfully there are plenty of other aspects of fashion that at some point in time have come under scrutiny. Mixing patterns, for example, can get mixed reviews. Personally, I love to mix textures and patterns throughout my outfit, but even I have to admit I can go overboard sometimes. We have a lot of items on our site that are specially made a little out of the ordinary to help you make a bold statement. Below, the Prowl Midcalf socks have a band of animal print breaking up stripes of various widths, adding visual interest way down to your toes. However, if you are looking for more of a stark contrast in pattern, the Harlequin Diamond Striped Tights may do just the trick! Additionally, the Mix It Up Knee High 2-Pair Pack comes with four individual socks that you mix and match at your discretion for total pattern chaos.
The last fashion rule we’ll cover today has sparked tiffs between friends and families for years. Do you wear leggings as pants? We’re not here to judge if you do, but plenty of people can agree the jury is out on this one. Regardless of how you like to wear your leggings, we do have a few pretty opaque options. Honestly, the Leopard Print Velvet Leggings are close to being pants on their own–they’re opaque, sleek, and very comfortable (they also come in a solid black version, as well). The Static Houndstooth Leggings are super soft and their thick, sweater-like knit is sure to keep you cozy. Pictured far right, the Lace Jacquard High Waist Leggings are definitely eye-catching; we love the floral design paired with the deep texture on these. Additionally, as noted in the Sizing Tips on their page, “the opacity of these thick leggings is almost pant-like, hiding contrasting underwear and underwear lines quite well, even when stretched to 46 inches at the hip” much like the Diamond-Sided High Waist Leggings, also from M. Rena.
When it comes to fashion we aren’t really into labels, we just like what we like! Whether you are fashion-forward or vintage-inclined, we’re here to help you nail down the right items for you, no matter how you choose to wear them. Are there any fashion rules you love to break? We’d love to hear any and all of them in the comments below.
Or hanging out with the Fantastic Mr. Fox and his family…
Alice would be so proud!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
From a soft gold to cool and deep, our house brand styles run a neat and tight selection of hues.
Pinky, golden and neutral, B.Ella hits the main colour points with just a couple of styles.
From left to right: Professional Fishnet Tights with Cotton Sole, Sheer Thigh Highs with Lace Stay-Up Top, Contrast Cuff Cuban Heel Thigh Highs, Sheer Lace Top Stockings with Backseam, Spandex Fishnet Pantyhose
From left to right:Harajuku Leg Warmers, Ruffled Arm Warmer, Basic Five Toes, Crochet Lover Over the Knees, Harajuku Scrunchy Socks, Crochet Look Sleeves
Bottom row: Five Toes Pantyhose in Chocolate Brown, Beige
All of these hues fall into some gorgeous groupings of colour, let’s take a look at that next!
You think black would be simple, but it sure isn’t—not when you want to show detail and make sure people don’t think it’s navy!
Speaking of troublemakers, let’s talk about teal and turquoise.
Less of a pain and always beautiful is grey, with subtle shading between cool and warm, dark and light, gorgeous and like, really gorgeous.
Tips & Tricks
Though we love to help you find the socks that will make your sock dreams come true, we can’t do it without a little help from you. Terms like “plus size” and “tall” can be subjective and when it comes to socks, you want an objectively perfect fit! Knowing what measurements to give us right off helps a lot in helping us help you!
Our compression sock options have grown more and better since we tentatively began offering a couple select styles. We’re in love and we want you to love them too, but to get the most out of compression socks you’ve got to put them on right. Knowing the trick not only improves their performance but ensures they’re helping and not hurting your legs.
What is A . . .?
Forever a matter of debate, whether you want that debate or not, the poor ol’ legging just wants to be itself: opaque enough not to let others know what underwear you’re wearing.
Always in-between worlds, the knee sock is an OTK for some and a knee high for others, floating up and down depending on your cuff preference, your calf and how long your legs are. Despite their lack of clear coverage, there is something wonderful about their mutability.
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