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However you spend Valentine’s day, and whoever you spend it with (including yourself!) we’ve got some sweet treats for the day. Our Valentine’s Sweeties section is a great place to start. There’s your classic reds and hearts:
And traditional Valentine themes and colours with a little more edge:
And of course you can always paint the town (or your toes) red with our colour search.
Or pink to match your blush (which, I’m sure is totally because of the cold and not infatuation!).
Your best valentine should always be yourself, because (to paraphrase what a great person once said), if you can’t love yourself, how are you gonna love anybody else?! So indulge yourself, or get something warm to cozy up in, or get a little treat that’s on sale.
Of course, with the weather everywhere is having, even if you upgrade to Priority or Express (check our Shipping FAQ for more info) you might not get your Valentine treat in time. But we came prepared! Three of us Dreamers indulged our pun and doodle sides, putting together a bunch of little valentines for you all, like these:
Like the cartoon and toy themed valentines you might have got in grade school to give to all your classmates, we’ve made a PDF you can download and print to share with your friends and loved ones! Just click and save this link right here!
Of course, our favourite valentine is you, our wonderful customers! We love you lots and love that we can help your feet find their true love in socks!
We had so much fun doing socks themed by birth month that we wanted to carry on the birthday fun this year too! But instead of going by birthstone, flower and constellation, we’re turning to our freshly older Dreamers to share their favourites!
First up is Jen, who you’ve probably seen at events shilling socks, dishing advice and tempting your wallet with our wares! Her top favourites are the Harajuku Scrunchy Socks and the Nouvella Cotton Capri and Cotton Legging!
She has this to say about the Harajuku Scrunchy Socks, “These have a been a favorite of mine since I started working at Sock Dreams. They come in so many fantastic colors , they’re super warm through the body, but a little more breathable through the foot, and they look great with boots.”
Jen’s not only a huge fan of the Cotton Capri, she’s even the model for the both Brown Large and Charcoal Heather Large! These soft, t-shirt like leggings are a constant layering companion for her and when I think of Jen I always picture her wearing these leggings or the Color Tights!
Next is Zaffie, who runs our Tumblr and puts together the gorgeous ads you see in your favourite magazines, like Bust! Although she loves the Silk Knee Highs and got to be the model for both the Black in Medium/Large and the Rosa in Small/Medium, they’re not her daily go-to sock, though they are her favourite liner sock AND fancy dress sock all in one.
Instead, Zaffie picked our Diamond Ribs as her favourite sock! Why such a rugged and modest style when her toes have touched 100% silk? She says, “Diamond Ribs are my old faithful, and I preach their gospel as often as I can because they are beautiful, stretchy, and hard-wearing.”
Amen to that!
Last, but not least, is Tuesday from our shipping department. Pretty much a superhero (with the X-Men belt to prove it!), her favourite socks right now are straight up the O Dreamy in Nebula, worn here with basic Colour Tights that are not so much a favourite as an eternal standby!
You might have noticed this month’s Dreamers are all rocking boots and layers! They may be January babies, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to cold! Northern Hemisphere folks, cuddle on up to our Warm! section to keep those toes cozy as we shiver into February!
So, as I showed you a bit last week, how an individual brand portrays purple across different fibers can vary. “Purple” doesn’t always mean purple the same way. Niq reminded me of another good thing to know about matching colours—the exact same yarn can look different depending on what elastic it is paired with. A great example are our O Chevrons. The Plum O Chevrons are available with black detail and with white detail. The same Plum yarn is used in both, but the elastic is either black or white to create their eponymous design. You can see it easiest on the inside of the sock (on the right, below).
Just that little difference of backing colour can make the hue read differently (bluer, paler, anything!). It’s a good thing to keep in mind when stridently matching and a great thing to remember when playing with monochromatic colour schemes. So many variables! And if you start bringing stripes into it, whew. It’s why I’m focusing mostly on solids.
And those variables include the supplier themselves! Sometimes a yarn colour changes and even though it’s called the same thing (in the case of these Harajuku Scrunchy Socks, their Violet is yarn number 86), a fiber change or dye batch change (or in this case, BOTH!) can make a big change in colour.
So remember, as we look over some good matching options below, if it is a vital colour match you’re trying for, drop us a line and we can help you out! We do our best to update yarn colour changes , but eyes are more reliable than monitors!
Sometimes a colour name and total fiber difference doesn’t mean a thing. The 69% cotton Socklings in Bright Purple are a solid match with the Purple used in the EG Smith Original Bootsocks and GoGo Bootsocks, both of which are 98% cotton!
Another surprising match is Foot Traffic’s nylon Purple (found in tights, thigh highs and knee highs) and the Polonova Longer Velvet Wrist Warmers. Again a plusher fiber adds depth to the colour (and velvet is a beast for colour, with bright highlights and deep shadow, thanks to all that texture), but they are both what I like to call “rather dang purple.”
Nylon and other synthetic fibers are always where you’re going to find the most vibrant examples of a hue. Leg Avenue’s nylon purples and the Acrylic Slouches in Purple are both eye-searingly delightful in their vibrancy.
You’ll find pairings in the strangest places, like the wooly, lush Bea Polka Dot Crew Socks in Purple & Grey have the almost the same crayon vibrance of the EG Smith bootsock purple. The Bea’s black elastic tones the colour down and brings it to the refined palette B.Ella is known for.
One thing I think should always be remembered when playing within a colour is that your feet and legs are pretty far from the rest of you. A close colour match looks a lot more exact if one version is on your feet and another on your hands. Which means you could rock the Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs in Plum & Lilac with the Harajuku Arm Warmers in Purple for a pretty dang close match, or the Harajuku Arm Warmers in Violet for a not-exact-but-pretty-close pairing (and because it’s a little darker and more blue than our Lilac, it is almost like the colour baby of both stripes in the socks!).
A closer match for hands and feet would be the Knit Mitts in Grape & Burgundy paired with either the Opaque Solid Nylon Trouser Socks in Plum to match one half, or the Cotton Slouches in Plum to match the other half.
Dark purples and plums are one of the most popular colours we carry, so let’s end this post by gazing with a sigh into some pools of purple.
I hope you are having as much fun with these colour posts as I am, I already am planning the one for next month!
Folks write us sometimes to ask about colour matching. “Do these tights match those socks?” “Is this really that bright?!” Even though we do our best to accurately represent the real-life colours of our socks, everybody’s monitors are different, lighting situations are different, it’s frustrating. So what I thought might be fun is to look at how a colour is represented across brands and fibers, to share the similarities and differences.
I hope to make this a regular thing, not only because it makes my desk look exciting, but because colours are fun! We’re starting with purple, because it is kind of one of our theme colours here.
There’s lots of ways to approach this, but this time around, let’s focus on each brand’s interpretation of “purple” (and variants) across the different fibers they use (and within the fibers they use!). Because different fibers dye differently (as you may have learned in your own experiments). Now, I’m not trying to define purple or argue for why that sort-of-more-maroon shade is called “Plum.” We tend to go by what a supplier or brand calls a colour, so I’m taking some things at face value. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of purple, 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, let’s look at a quick visual of representative and key purples for each brand. I’m focusing on styles that are solid purple (or plum, or violet!) because, more often than not, a brand will use their purple yarns across styles. If they have a big ol’ spool of plum wool on hand, they’re going to use it for stripes and solids! So this is not all the purples.
DreaM Stockings & Dreamer Socks
Our house brands have great purples, but most of the time the hue runs to plum.
They have a pretty great representation of purple, across a couple of shades!
They’ve got some very basic purples, in both nylon and cotton.
It’s no surprise that B.Ella offers a rich array of the hue, tending more often than not to plum.
They’ve also got some lovely purples, including their signature “Inky Violet”!
They don’t have a lot of solid shades of purple, but they are a great example of how vibrant the hue can be when used in nylon styles. Put on your sunglasses!
Glorious! This is going to get a bit long and full of pictures, so join me after the jump for more purple and more info! Read more »
The word is, less people made resolutions this year than on average. It can be hard to stick with a goal you made in the rosy light of a fresh calendar, even if you know it’s for the best. Whether it is giving up a vice, exercising more or keeping healthy in general, we’ve got some socks you can both reward yourself with and use to reach your goal!
I’ve talked about our Vices category before (actually at the start of an earlier year!). These socks are a great way to indulge yourself without actually indulging in your particular vice. Maybe you need some sweet treats for your feets:
Or to take your toes out for a steak and a drink.
Of course, you can always say #@%! it and indulge your toes and your tummy at the same time. It’s all about moderation, right? Eat well and exercise. And our Sports Socks will be by your side (or, um, at your feet). From ways to warm up those muscles, or tricks to steady your toes—
To styles designed with support in mind and leggings we love to layer with shorts, we have lots more than old-school terry lined athletic socks (though we have those too!).
One thing we have noticed lately is that a lot of folks are starting their year right by treating themselves to compression socks. If you sit a lot or stand a lot (generally, if you are stuck in one position a lot), compression socks keep the blood flowin’ around your feet and ease a lot of strain. I know this holiday season when us Dreamers were wearing down the floors in the stock room to pull all your fabulous orders, we were glad to have compression socks to keep our feet from getting swollen and worn out! If you are treating yourself to compression socks, remember to put them on right!
More than anything, we hope you’re starting this year by treating yourself right and remembering that you are awesome and fabulous and (by the way) totally gorgeous. Yes, you. Let’s make this a great year, even if we don’t meet every goal we set when it started!