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“Legging” is a pretty general category. When you look at our leggings section, you’ll find stirrup and capri leggings, along with true leggings and footless tights. Stirrup leggings cover your arch, but keep toes and heel free and capris end somewhere around the knee. Let’s pretend I meant for that to rhyme.
Now, sometimes we have folks talk about “leggings” but mean thigh highs, so it clearly can be a regional term. In the most general sense of how we use the word, leggings are like tights without the feet. They’ve got a waistband and end in the general area of your ankles. We and our suppliers also sometimes use the term “footless tights” to mean leggings—they’re practically interchangeable except for one thing: underpants visibility.
We’ve started to refine our terms the best we can, based on our experience and what words our customers (you beautiful folks!) use when looking for a specific style. Here’s what we’ve found. If you’re looking for leggings, more often than not you are looking for something with maximum underoo coverage. Leggings pair fabulously with tunic-length tops and dresses, things that don’t necessarily go with flashes of your undercarriage. Maybe they’re not perfectly opaque, but they’re at least tattoo-covering level of opacity. You can find all the straight-up leggings we carry with this search.
We’ve used a little bit of magic to sort together our favourite leggings that do the best at keeping things under wraps. Just search “opaque legging”, with the quotation marks around the phrase, and the most opaque of opaque leggings show up. And so do the Narita Sheer & Opaque Footless Tights, but we don’t know why, since they’re not opaque leggings at all. It is an unfortunate side effect of magic.
Make sure to check the descriptions and pictures, some styles listed there have two seams in the rear, which isn’t everyone’s favourite look (or feel). Of course, everyone is built a little differently, so opacity can vary. The more a style is stretched, the less opaque it can be. If you can, buy a size up for more opacity. The Thermo Fleece Lined Footless Tights are a good example of this. If you’re near the upper stretch limit for a size, they’re not very shy about what you’re wearing underneath.
We’ve found the Nouvella Cotton Legging and Cotton Capri are the most reliable for keeping you covered. One thing to watch, though: Charcoal and the Plum tend to run notably shorter in the leg than the other colors, but they’re super stretchy and soft. We also don’t think they’re as opaque as the other colours, so you might want to buy a size up for more opacity. Like a lot of true leggings, they’re a “cut & sew” style, with seams on the inside of the leg.
Okay, okay, so leggings cover your butt like a good friend backing you up that time you said you did a thing you didn’t. But what does that mean Footless Tights are?
Easy, everything else! Is it like tights but without feet? Then it is footless tights. It’s like identifying sharks. Bitey? There you go! Only, I guess, actually simpler than real taxonomy.
Clockwise from top: Side Stripe Footless Tights, Black Roses Printed Footless Tights, Foot Traffic Floral Footless Tights, Lycra Fishnet Footless Tights, Cherry Blossom Printed Footless Tights, Floral Flocked Footless Tights.
And one more time, here are some quick searches for you to bookmark or reference:
Though science makes the reality more inexact, “equinox” means equal amounts of night and day. We get roughly the same amount of light and dark on the first day of fall on the Autumnal Equinox (and in spring for the Vernal Equinox!). With that in mind, I thought I’d give you some equally fabulous options in both night and day versions.
All the “night” styles are pulled from our fabulous Autumn section and the “day” styles are from the Lightweight category. And if your transitional seasons are anything like ours, then having both cozy and breezy styles to hand is vital this time of year!
Black and red is fun, but so sophisticated if you make the red dark. The M Squared is a light little style that scrunches beautifully for the day, while the Super Stripes take on the night with bold bands of colour.
And with that warm glow of day, I’ll leave you to enjoy your first day of fall!
The specific fear of Friday the 13th is Friggatriskaidekaphobia (or Paraskevidekatriaphobia, depending on if you go Greek or Norse for your fifth-day naming). But it’s associated with thirteen, which sparks Triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13. So this week, as we all start amping up for Halloween, let’s look at some socks that’ll push your phobias. If cats, spiders, blood, beards or bees squick you out, then tread carefully!
Let’s start out with a softball. Pogonophobia, the fear of beards. I’m not certain if this includes moustaches, but if so? That means these styles are terrifying.
Cats. You either love ‘em or you’ve got Ailurophobia (or you could just moderately dislike them, or feel indifferent, whatever). That’s totally understandable when clearly, based on socks, they are plotting something devious and gathering in upsettingly large numbers.
More terror after the jump!
Deep cool tones are in common for September’s birthstone and flower. Deep blue Sapphires and purple Asters are like the earlier evenings we’re starting to see. The constellation for most of this month is Virgo, which is associated with Persephone, a perfect beginning to autumn.
Sapphires are really just blue rubies, which is wild! Well, they’re not all blue, but that’s the colour they’re most commonly associated with. Actually, if they’re pink but not pink enough to be a ruby, then they’re pink sapphires, which are another favourite shade of this stone.
But! Did you know what common flower is also part of the Asteraceae family? The dandelion. It’s true, I’ll wait while you look it up.
Virgo, the constellation until the last week of September, is a little tricky to depict in sock form. Sure, it’s associated with Persephone, but I already looked at pomegranates in January! Hmm. The coming of autumn and cold, the word “virgin” . . . ah-ha! Virgin wool. Perfect for those cool days that are creeping in. B.Ella has a lot of beautiful styles that use virgin wool, but here are three that speak to the season.
I know a lot of folks are looking forward to the season change. Just two scant weeks until the Equinox when it is officially fall!
From gorgeous patterns to fabulous textures, socks can be wearable works of art. Our Artistic category gathers the finest examples of fine art-inspired styles into a curated category that would make any gallerist proud. So let’s take a field trip to the Museum of Sock Art!
We’ll start with two styles that are so familiar they need no introduction, that enigmatic smiling Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and Van Gogh’s Starry Night. A Renaissance beauty and one of the most easily recognised Post-Impressionist works.
Next we have our lovely Art Nouveau wing. The iconic design elements of Art Nouveau are most recognisable from their beautiful posters and advertisements, like the iconic black cat of cabaret posters, or the full and twining blooms that were such a key part of framing design.
Working during the same time frame was the fantastic symbolist Gustav Klimt. Somehow taking simple shapes like spirals, he created pieces that are recognisable even when reinterpreted as pure pattern.
Before we move on to more modern works, let’s pop into the international wing and see some lovely works of art from Japan. These tabi socks’ take on and a Kabuki player and Hokusai’s woodblock print of mount Fuji is are fun interpretations of two of Japan’s richly traditional arts, printmaking and theatre.
Now for a bit of modern art! Mondrian’s colour blocking has been interpreted so many ways, from pop-art dresses in the 60′s to unique and playful furniture. The Plasticism Midcalves are probably our favourite though (we are a little biased towards socks).
We don’t have time to go through the entire museum, but feel free to wander around and take in some comfy culture!