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There is a definite reason we lump teal and turquoise together in our Color Search. Turquoise is often bluer and lighter, dipping its toe into sky and neon blues, even. Teal is deeper and more forest-y, but just as easily slips into deep greens and muddy blues. Sometimes a supplier calls teal “turquoise” or vice-versa. Or just calls blue “teal” and then we shake our fist at the sky (which is actually blue, btw) at colour definitions. But dang, whatever you want to call it, it looks good all mixed together.
As a bonus to the tricky definitions, teal and turquoise are notoriously difficult to edit. Even if you don’t understand photo editing, check these screen caps I took while editing the images for this post. Now, I should just be having to crank on the “Aqua” (aqua and cyan are often the mechanical values of teal and turquoise) slider to correctly balance the blues and yellows in turquoise and teal. Here it is with just the Aqua adjusted and the Blue slider at 0 (blue equals blue):
Already you can see that the three Dreamer styles in the main image seem less blue than the teals and turquoises of other brands in the thumbnails on the left. Now, when you move the Blue slider all the way to the right (blue equals purple), something very telling happens:
Anything that is read by the camera eye as “blue” turns purple. Except! Those three dreamer styles. They remain un-purpled. And if we haul the slider to the left (blue equals green), the whole thing is proved more:
Just, wow. I know there are a lot of variables at play, but I hope this gives you an idea of how tricky teal and turquoise are to convey (and that not everything that could go under the teal and turquoise banner is truly that shade).
So it is with particular emphasis this month I add the disclaimer! I’m not trying to define teal or turquoise. If you want some poem-like lists of names for shades of teal and turquoise, Wikipedia’s Teal and Turquoise pages are kind of amazing resources. The Color Sorting Wiki is totally unpoetic and insists cyans like teal and turquoise are just shades of blue or green. 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. But oh man, they’re a bear. A blue-green bear.
That said, let’s see how different suppliers interpret this beautiful monster of a hue!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
As I showed above, we’ve got some beautiful representation of this hue, from pastel to deep and dark.
With their “Peacock” on the greener side of the aisle and “Turquoise” more light blue, Foot Traffic has their feet on both sides of the colour gradient.
They really only use “turquoise” twice in products we carry and it’s really more of a neon blue (which I’ll show later). But dang, it is a pretty hue and I love the petticoat in this colour.
Of course, Tabbisocks has the most stunning range of this hue, including the forest-y “Dark Cyan”. From light to dark, they’ve got it all, as usual!
A handful of other suppliers gave straight teal or turquoise a go, and they’ve done quite nicely at it!
The bluer and greener and blue-greener (and green-bluer) sub-families of teal and turquoise after the jump!
Not only is May National Bike Month but today is National Bike to Work (or school) day! We know that bicycling to work and school isn’t an option for everybody, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Bike Month with some spoke-tacular socks!
Sock It To Me has three types of coverage in their bicycle covered design, with knee highs and midcalves in classic black and white with contrasting yellow and their new anklet in bright red and royal blue!
Two more bike-centric styles from KBell are made for bigger feet and offer some great visual pop when rocked beneath cuffs rolled out of the way.
More great socks for biking after the jump! Read more »
Did you know it’s been National Wildflower Week? A celebration of native wildflowers, National Wildflower Week is a fairly new holiday (started in 1988), overseen by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. They say “Across the nation, wildflowers growing beside highways, in gardens and elsewhere are valued for their natural beauty.”
We live in a pretty verdant place here in the Pacific Northwest, but wildflowers are everywhere! In celebration of these blooming beauties, let’s look at some our floral styles (even if the blossoms depicted on a lot of them are of the cultivated type) and take a walk through our garden of socks!
Two of our most bombastically blooming styles have only recently sprouted on our site. The Flower Field Arm Warmers are a soft wool blend perfect for this mutable season with their length that looks just as great scrunched shorter. The Full Bloom Printed tights (in two sizes!) are a great opaque leg-covering layer that really pop in that springtime sun.
This is just a bit of the bouquet of flowery goodness we’ve got! I just checked and we have floral styles involving literally every colour except neon (oh man, we need to remedy that!), so even if you’re not normally into florals, check it out! You might find your perfect flower.
Spring is most definitely in the air (goodness knows us folks with allergies know it!) and National Wildflower Week is a great way to celebrate! Even though it’s almost over, take a gander at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s list of ideas on how to make the most of what’s left of the week!
Of course, wildflowers will still be there after this week is over, and so will our floral styles. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still bedeck your toes with flowers!
This year, Mother’s Day is May 11th, and hooray for mommas! If you’re looking for a socky treat for a mom in your life (or you’re a mom who is treating themselves), we’ve got some sweet and snuggly options for you!
In previous years on the Sock Journal, we’ve looked at our Mother’s Day Favourites collection, maternity tights and sweet indulgences. It can be tough thinking of good Mother’s Day themes for posts, since moms are people and people love so many different things! I was pretty stumped for what to do this year, but then I realized the holiday gives me the perfect excuse to show off my favourite thing: matching big and little socks.
Probably one of us Dreamers’ favourite things to see is an order with a matching pair of grown-up size socks and baby or kid size socks. The big socks are like the little socks’ momma! So if your feet are the same size or bigger than your moms’ get them one of our eight new plastic gift card designs so they can get what they really want, then sit back and get ready to go “aaaaaw!”
We were excited to be able to offer our fabulous Extraordinary Harvest Rainbows in a family range of sizes. And since they are extraordinary, the Youth fits down to toddler toes and the Junior fits up to middle grade kids (depending on everybody’s shoe sizes, of course!).
Since our Dreamy Bamboo Patterned OTKs are only available in a smaller size in the Ivory, the Little Dreamer Bamboo Socks are a separate entry, but they fit the same great range the Harvest Rainbows do!
More mama and kiddo styles after the jump! Read more »
Spring is here! And, appropriately, Dreamers with April birthdays regularly rock the shorter socks. It’s weird to use third person here, since I’m one of the April birthdays, but what are you gonna do.
Sixten is part of our shipping crew and tends to deal with most of our international shipping quandaries and queries. His response when I asked him what his favourite socks were revealed a pretty key piece of his personality, because he motioned at the shoes he was wearing and said, that the Squiggle Dots Midcalf went really well with them. Catching a Sixten in the wild is difficult, so you’ll have to be satisfied with this product shot, showing the shoes and socks in question.
I think, more than any of us, Sixten loves pairing socks with shoes. I mean, check the cut-out style he wore with the Argyle Compression Knee Highs, or the beetle-iridescent pair he matched with the 666 Knee Highs.
He’s a stylish guy, which is why we find his toes in the coolest midcalves more often than not.
Actually, both our feet end up in a lot of the same styles, like Racing Stripes Midcalf (he’s in Navy, I’m in Black).
And, more recently, the Palm Crew (I’m in the sunset-y Navy and he’s in the twilight-y Black).
I’m behind the camera more often than not, but my legs’ particular refusal to keep socks up and my penchant for obnoxious colours means I do end up with my feet in the frame once in a while. Like a lot of long-timers here, I have trouble picking a favourite sock, both because I have so many and because my ultra favourites are ones that no longer exist and that I keep darning since I know there’s no replacement.
Right now, I think my favourite, by pure regularity of wear, are the Acrylic Slouch Socks. Their colours are unrelenting, they’re squishy and warm (I’m sensitive to wool, so acrylic for me!) and oh man, they are brighter than we can ever properly convey across your monitor.
More than socks, though, I’m an arm warmer fiend. I am a big ol’ baby about the cold and yes, I will wear arm warmers with t-shirts and tank tops because I am fancy. My collection is heavy on Harajuku Arm Warmers because they’re the perfect fit, they stand up to lots of wear, and those colours!!
Since it is my birthday month I’m going to go on about myself just a little bit longer! I’m super guilty of loving styles and not wearing them enough and I think the Black Velvet Leggings and the Bella Half-Toe No Shows With Grip are the two I feel the worst about. The leggings are perfect, guys. They’re opaque and stretchy and velvet. You can’t really ask for more. And I normally hate toe socks, but these half-toes are the best and the grip is so good. I almost want to take up yoga to have an excuse to wear them more.
Okay, I’ll stop talking your ear off and wish you folks as great a springtime as I’m having (which, since it is my birthday month, I’m having a pretty great one!).