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The yellow of friendship in topaz (which actually comes in a surprising array of hues) and citrine are the gems for November. Visually, it’s almost impossible to tell cut topaz and citrine apart, but topaz is a bit harder in texture. Both stones are rather pale, and these pastel yellows definitely do the trick.
November’s flower is the chrysanthemum, which I am thankful to Spellcheck forever about. It’s another entry in the Asteraceae family, along with September and October’s flowers.Their complicated layers of petals mean it isn’t often represented on socks, but with a name that comes from “gold” and “flower” (the Greek “chrysos” and “anthemon”), I think we can do it justice with the Polonova Flower Trouser Socks and Polonova Floral Lace Trouser Socks.
Now, I’ve thought I’ve been in a tight spot before with these constellations, but I’m absolutely lost as to how to represent scorpio in socks! Maybe something with wide stripes to represent that segmented tail and basic arm warmers that have that thumb-hand separation that can look cool and claw-like? I don’t know, like the Dreamer Ruffle Striped OTK and the Space Dyed Long Perfect Arm Warmers?
Although, the more I think of it, the more I realise that the Leaf Pattern Fleece Arm Warmers encompass all those aspects in one go, the segmentation, the claw shape (with that pointed bit at the hand, even!). They’re also kind of perfect for the cold November weather.
Just one more month of birth symbols left! How the year is flying by (which I think is the motto of November, or at least should be!)
It’s cold outside, and a lot of us Dreamers have given up our razors for the winter (those of us who use them, anyway). Conveniently, this month is also the start of No-Shave-November “Noshember”, a fun challenge of setting down that razor and seeing what happens. Noshember is about folks “[uniting] in the height of laziness agreeing to not shave their beards or legs.”
And it’s not just about making things easier during one of the busiest times of year! The various No-Shave-November groups are also involved with charities, which is a great incentive for getting past those first painfully stubbly days.
If you’re focusing on the face and want to coordinate your socks with your new look (or if you can’t grow good face hair but want to have ‘stache solidarity), then we have some marvellous moustache options for you!
And larger feet can fit into the Mustache Tights too! Our be-stached knee high options (with and without argyle) only fit up to a US women’s shoe size 11 and men’s size 9, though (but they’re pretty perfect for smaller feet, perfectly fitting down to a US women’s size 6!).
Okay top halves covered, but what about options that won’t clash with incoming leg hair? Socks, especially our thick and cozy house brands, pretty much always do a great job covering leg hair, but what about if you want something dressier or nylon?
Our Opaque section offers styles in varying levels of opacity that all do a pretty solid job of hiding leg hair (though, from experience, any lighter colour over darker leg hair will never be perfect!). Bonus: most opaque styles are going to be warmer, which is perfect for all that incoming winter weather!
Probably everyone’s favourite legginga (and remember one of the differences between Leggings and Footless Tights is opacity) are the Thermo Fleece Lined Footless Tight (so cozy!), the Black Velvet Legging (so fancy!) and Nouvella’s Cotton Legging or Capri (the best basic!).
But what about tights—and something fancier, or more office-y? In solids, both the Color Tights and Opaque Tights are awesome and come in a million colours and the Erika Microfiber Tights are magic, because they’re the only microfiber cotton we’ve encountered. Seriously, they are the best.
And don’t think you’re stuck without stockings if you don’t want to shave, because there are plenty of thigh high options! The Lycra Cuban Heeled Two-Tone Stockings are a wonderful winter option to the traditional sheer Cuban heel, and the Solid Thigh High Stockings are just a great basic all around.
So do you stop shaving this time of year, for a cause or for yourself?
This summer we went to the drive-in, but it’s too cold to do that in the autumn. Now’s the time of year for sitting in the dark and getting your scare on! Even though Halloween is still practically a week away, this is the big weekend before the holiday, a perfect day to premiere the latest on the silver screen.
Ooh, we took too long in the concession line! We missed the previews, but it doesn’t look like we missed any of the story . . . (And if you’re curious who any of the “actors” are, just click the links!)
Those stairs do not look like good business.
TOLD. YOU. Those are guts, he stepped in guts.
Wait, he’s still going up the stairs? To the ominous red door.
Come ON, he’s opening the door? Yes, that is a way to get straight up unravelled, Mr. Sock.
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. . .
OH MY SOCKS A MUMMY.
HOLY STOCKINGS SKELETONNNNN!!
Using diluted bleach on dark colours is like the bizarro-world version of dyeing light colours! You’re just taking away pigment instead of adding it. There are a lot of great bleach stencilling and painting tutorials out there and Google awaits you with open arms and a bouquet of options. But our lovely Rosalind, who you may know from our Facebook and Pinterest, had a genius idea: stamping!
Since it was her idea, I am letting her take the wheel with the words!
First off, general safety tips!
Follow precautions on bleach bottle and do this in a ventilated area! Craft safely!!
What you’ll need to start:
• Bleach •
• Vinegar •
• A plastic or glass container large enough to submerge tights in water •
• A small, shallow dish or lid (I used a yogurt lid) •
• Paper towels •
• Spray bottle •
• Tights (Foot Traffic’s Signature Cotton Tights are thick enough to not bleed through, even to the inside)
• Rubber stamp(s) – choose patterns that are bold, with no fine lines. Abstract designs tend to work a little better. •
• Newspaper •
• Gloves (optional) •
• A outfit that you can risk getting bleach on •
1. Keep it clean! – Cover your work area with newspapers or a dropcloth.
2. Mix neutralizer – in the large container, mix vinegar with water, about 1 part vinegar to 5 parts water. You don’t have to be super exact. This solution is to stop the bleach and make it safe to toss your stamped tights into a load of your regular laundry for the final washout. No need to run the machine for one item!
3. Make stamp pad – fold a paper towel down to the size of your dish or yogurt lid. You can cut or tear it down to size, but be sure that you do have a few layers in there. Pour a little bit of pure bleach onto the pad – enough to dampen the towel, but not to form a puddle around it. Basically you want it to be about as wet as a real stamp pad with ink would be.
4. Mix bleach spray – in the spray bottle, mix a little bit of bleach into some water. Since you want to be able to distinguish your stamps from the nebulous mist effect that the spray bottle creates, make this pretty well diluted, so that the bleach acts very slowly and can be neutralized before it gets as light as the stamps.
Lots more after the jump!
As fabulous as it can be to have elaborate and unique costumes, there is something really fun about going for one of the traditional stand-bys. Especially great if you don’t know whether or not you’ll be going out, these classics are things that can easily melt right back into your everyday wardrobe when the holiday is over.
Whether you go the sultry, skin-tight Batman villain route or keep it fuzzy and cozy, a good cat just needs ears, paws and a tail. The ears are up to you, but the rest of it can be found by searching within Solid for your kitty colour. The Harajuku Arm Warmers and Cotton Slouches are perfect paws (and come in a lot of colours) and for a tail, just slip one O Basic inside another and pin it where tails go!
We have a lot of perfectly pirate-y styles, but a great pairing with eye patch, kerchief and weather-worn rags are stripes in black and red (and the Curvy Stripes Knee High is a great style that fits lots of folks!) and the Wood Knee Highs in your choice of Oak or Mahogany (I like to think Mahogany is a good choice for the pirate with classic taste). And, if you’re a girly pirate lass, the Shimmer Organza Knee Length Petticoat is just the thing to fluff out those full skirts.
The days of throwing a sheet with eyeholes over your head is long gone, but if you want to be a ghost it’s still just as easy. Start with a white outfit—you know, all those outfit pieces you love, but never wear because what if they stain?! Then figure out when your ghost is from and add some solid white accessories!
Speaking of spooky spirits, have you seen our seasonal sticker for this Halloween? Be sure to ask for it when you order, we want to make sure anyone who wants is haunted by our lovely logo lady.
So there’s some places to start, if you are still mulling the question of “costume or not?” And we’ve even got some more ideas from a couple years ago, socks that are a costume and socks that make a costume! Of course, this is our favourite time of year, so if you’re looking for just the thing to make your look, drop us a line and we’ll happily help you out.