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The kilt is one of the most iconic symbols of Scotland, right up there with thistles, bagpipes, and haggis. Countless works of art and media depictions feature strong, proud warriors in full tartan splendor. The original kilt has its roots in the 16th century, but folks are still rocking this traditional garb–and not just in Scotland! Modern kilts run the gambit from classic tartan to a more utilitarian solid, and are found in many more fabrics than just wool. But what does one wear below the kilt?
Why, kilt socks, of course!
Traditional kilt socks are generally made of wool in undyed or natural colors, cuffed and gartered smartly below the knee. Sometimes they are rather plain, but often they are knit with beautiful bobbles and cabled designs. If you want a particularly thick cuff, shop in the Over the Knee or Thigh High sections so you’ll have more sock to work with. Top it all off by attaching a garter flash–a small piece of ribbon or fabric that coordinates with the kilt–to one of our Simply Adjustable Sock Garters for that perfect look.
Modern kilt enthusiasts shouldn’t feel constrained by tradition, however! There are patterns and colors enough to suit any casual, every-day kilt. Stripes and Argyles–a long-time partner of kilts already–are always fun. But what about Tie-Dye? Nerdy novelty? Socks with something to say? Loud socks work particularly well with utility kilts in solid colors.
Beyond the Knee
Though a thick cuff at the knee is traditional, the modern kilt-wearer has as many choices as those of us who wear skirts and shorts. For warmth and coverage, long socks, or even tights, are excellent ways to keep breezy thighs warm. If you’re new to thigh highs and find they slide down, we recommend the Industrial Suspender Clip Garter Belt. And no, garter belts are not just for ladies. That’s a silly stereotype that’ll have your socks ’round your ankles in no time. If long isn’t your thing, that’s okay, the standard midcalf length looks great paired with a kilt and maybe a set of Classic Sock Garters for that dashing look.
Are you inspired to ditch the trousers and don a kilt? Don’t be shy, you’ll look totally cool. In fact, we’d love to see and share photos of our be-kilted customers in Sock Dreams socks! You can post pictures on our Facebook, or submit them via tumblr. If you would rather email them, send them on over to email@example.com–just remember to let us know your preferred name, your pronouns, and if it is okay to share your photo on our social media sites.
Let’s face it. Snags happen. Socks can be particularly prone to this fiasco. They can catch on boot zippers, or stick on splintery furniture. They can get clawed by kittens, or entrapped by bike chains. Fortunately we in the sock business have found a useful tool to counteract this textile tragedy.
This genius little device may not look like much, but has the power to rescue your favorite stockings from certain ruin. The tiny hook can grab hold of that pesky loose thread and bring it through to the inside, restoring your socks to respectability. It is very inexpensive and can be found in the sewing tools aisle of your local craft or fabric store. Here is a step-by-step guide for how to use this handy helper to remove a snag.
Step 1: Place the sock over your hand so that you have access to the inside of the sock. Locate the snag.
Step 2: Move the snag repair tool inside the sock and find the back side of the snag.
Step 3: Insert the tool through the back side of the fabric so that it pokes through the front of the sock right next to the snag.
Step 4: Place the snag inside of the hook and close the latch.
Step 5: Pull the tool back through the inside of the sock, bringing the snag with you.
Step 6: Enjoy your restored sock! Yep. It’s that easy.
The term “nerd” has evolved a lot over the years, from an insult to a badge of pride, but recently we’ve seen it be used more like the term “geek”—to denote a specific passion or expertise. You can have Food Nerds, Sports Nerds, Gardening Nerds…really, whenever you know an abnormal amount about something you love, you can consider yourself a “nerd.” Here, we’re all resident Sock Nerds, and we have a suspicion many of you are, too. But what other types of nerds are you? We thought we’d round up some recommendations for those passions, to help you fly your nerd flag high, no matter what brand of nerd you are.
To start us off, we thought it made sense to look at one of the more “traditional” nerds: the genre nerd. Genre nerds love the satire and discourse of science fiction, the allegory of fantasy, and the romance of horror, and don’t care much what medium they get it from. Books, movies, table-top games…there are so many ways to explore this passion, and we’ve got some perfect socks to fit into that mix.
If you travel in genre-nerd circles at all, you’ve probably heard that a certain duo has returned to air-waves after over a decade, and is back to tackling alien invasions and untangling unexplainable happenings. Well, we’ve got a few socks to help you celebrate!
Of course, Science Fiction covers a lot of scenarios, races, and worlds, but its most known for its high-flying space adventures, and we’ve got plenty of items to evoke an intergalactic frame of mind.
And if you’re a fan of a certain famous space opera, you should definitely check out Stance’s line of Star Wars socks, which come in adult and kid sizes.
Looking for something a bit more down-to-earth? Here are some styles based on the magic of the Elements, which feature frequently in Fantasy stories. First from our Dreamer Socks line…
And also from the lovely Ozone…
And we even have a few socks to represent some of our favorite fantasy creatures!
Horror has bled (no pun intended) into fantasy and sci fi from the beginning. If classic horror is where your heart lies, we’ve got a few items that show that horror isn’t just for Halloween.
One of the things we love most about genre settings are the diverse, beautiful (and often devastating) worlds these stories inhabit. We’re going to end this line-up with a few items that evoke these worlds in our imagination, and hopefully they will spark something in yours.
Valentine’s Day is a surprisingly big holiday for us – or maybe it’s not that surprising, if you consider that every pair of socks consists of two perfectly matched sole mates….. or do they?? Today we’ll be taking a look at our socks that don’t match, but still go together perfectly. Somehow we find them even more romantic than pairs that are carbon copies of each other… after all, they say that opposites attract.
The first supplier of mismatched socks that jumps to mind is the aptly named Solmate. Featuring fair isle patterns and eye catching colorways, each US-made pair includes two (or in the case of the children’s crews, three) mismatched socks that go together perfectly. As their motto says, “life’s too short for matching socks!”
As some of us know all too well, being soulmates or best friends won’t always keep us from butting heads. Don’t worry – the socks of Hooray Hoopla understand. Versus socks pair two traditional “enemies,” but they still end up being perfectly matched. Just don’t let your next argument be over who’s the dragon and who’s the unicorn – take a hint from the socks, and learn to coexist!
While there are only a few companies specializing in mismatched socks, there are several others who have dipped their toes into the concept. Stance has several styles of not-quite-matching socks, while K. Bell only has one….. but that one comes with four different socks, so it probably deserves some sort of prize.
Mismatching socks is so fun that we’ve had to try it ourselves! Our Spiral OTKs in the peppermint colorway are only available seasonally, and feature one red with white sock, and one white with red! We also recently introduced a mismatched version of our M Sleeves in four different colorways – while these sleeves are the same colors on both arms, one side has wider stripes, for a subtly quirky look.
But the best thing about mismatched socks is how wonderfully giftable they are! They’re kind of like the friendship necklace of socks – buy the same set for yourself and a loved one, then the two of you can decide if you want to mismatch together, or trade one of the socks for symmetrical, yet complimentary looks. However you decide to wear them, they’re sure to be a match made in heaven!
Back in Autumn, Dreamer Zaffie covered the many accessories we carry to keep thigh highs from falling down. Today we’re going to take a closer look at our selection of garter belts. We currently carry seven garter belts on our site from five different brands, all of them a little unique in their own right. Shopping for garter belts (also referred to as “suspender belts”) can be particularly challenging when it comes to selecting a size. Understandably so, since where you wear your garter belt is really a matter of personal preference. Some folks prefer to wear their garter belts higher around their waist while others prefer to wear theirs lower on their hips. To prep for purchasing a garter belt, there are two key measurements you will need to know: your hip measurement and your waist circumference. Once we’ve got those two numbers, we can start taking a closer look at our selection of garter belts.
Industrial Suspender Clip Garter Belt
To start off, let’s begin with our Industrial Suspender Clip Garter Belt, made in the USA exclusively for Sock Dreams. This sturdy belt lacks frills, however, it more than makes up for it in terms of durability. Its straps extend 5.5-9 or 10 inches, including the suspender clips. The Velcro closure is constructed so that the rough side of the Velcro faces your clothing. Currently, this item comes in four sizes:
- Small: 24-28 inches
- Medium: 32-36 inches
- Large: 37-41 inches
- Extra Large: 43-47 inches
What people love about it: the suspender clips are designed to firmly hold up socks with thick cuffs, such as our Extraordinarily Longer Thighs
What people didn’t love so much: the clips can be rough on sheer, delicate thigh high styles
Left: shown worn lower on the hips with the straps shortened
Right: shown worn higher, closer to the waist, with the straps extended
Industrial Garter Belt
Much in the same vein as the previous belt, the Industrial Garter Belt is also a sturdy, practical way to keep up those thigh highs. The straps extend 5-9 inches long and instead of the suspender clips, these have a traditional button and loop fastener. For an extensive look into the difference between these clips, please see our “What is a Garter Clip?” post. The Velcro closure is designed with the rough side facing you, so depending on the fit you may want to consider wearing a camisole underneath this belt. Currently, it comes in three sizes:
- Small: 22-30 inches
- Medium: 32-44 inches
- Large: 44-60 inches
What people love about it: while it’s not best suited for thigh highs with doubled-over cuffs, this durable belt can hold up most medium-weight cotton styles such as our Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks
What people didn’t love so much: the vinyl tab on the garter clips isn’t permanently attached (and, sadly, we do not have any replacement tabs) so make sure to keep them securely snugged after taking your garter belt off
Left: shown worn higher on the waist with the straps extended
Right: shown worn lower on the hips with the strap shortened
Deep Lace Suspender Belt
Taking a step back from our industrial styles, let’s jump right into the Deep Lace Suspender Belts from Miss Naughty. These beautiful belts are six inches wide and made of sultry, stretchy lace. The straps extend 6-11 inches long with button and loop garter clips that are disguised with a pretty little ribbon. The belt closes with eight hook and eye fasteners with three adjustable sizing options. This item comes in six different sizes, so having your waist and hip measurements is really important for these:
- Small: 25-32 inches at the top and 42 inches at the bottom
- Medium: 30-42 inches at the top and 47 inches at the bottom
- Large: 32-44 inches at the top and 49 inches at the bottom
- Extra Large: 34-47 inches at the top and 53 inches at the bottom
- 2X: 42-54 inches at the top and 61 inches at the bottom
- 3X: 43-58 inches at the top and 63 inches at the bottom
What people love about it: in addition to coming in a variety of sizes, the super soft and stretchy lace was a plus among those who reviewed it
What people didn’t love so much: the garter clips are plastic, not metal, which means that they can break if you try to force them to clasp socks with thick cuffs (this style works best with light-medium weight thigh highs like the Roll Top Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs)
Bear in mind that this belt is six inches long, so having both your waist and hip measurements is super useful when choosing the correct size
Lace Garter Belt & Thong
Staying with this lace theme, let’s move right along to our most affordable garter belt, the Lace Garter Belt & Thong from Leg Avenue. This basic garter belt has straps with button and loop garter clips that extend 4-8 inches long. This belt only comes in one size, with an adjustable strap in the back that closes with a hook and loop:
- One Size: 34-45 inches
What people love about it: those who reviewed this item were pleased with the pretty lace detailing and overall fit of the belt
What people didn’t love about it: the metal clips are very small, so while thinner or fishnet styles work wonderfully, medium-heavy weight socks will not fare very well
Left: shown worn high around the waist with straps extended
Right: shown worn lower around the hips with straps extended
(lace thong not pictured)
Satin Suspender Belt
If lace is not exactly your thing, you may be interested in Miss Naughty’s Satin Suspender Belt. The straps extend 6-11 inches long with button and loop garter clips that are disguised with the same pretty ribbon accent as the Deep Lace Suspender Belt. This belt closes with two hook and eye fasteners at the back, with three adjustable sizing options, and comes in six sizes:
- Small: 23-28 inches
- Medium: 27-37 inches
- Large: 31-41 inches
- Extra Large: 34-48 inches
- 2X: 43-55 inches
- 3X: 48-60 inches
What people love about it: not only is this garter belt comfortable, the traditional cut provides a flattering fit
What people didn’t love so much: the plastic garter clips aren’t well-suited for medium-heavy weight socks and the sizing is a little tricky for these, so please feel free to contact us with any sizing queries you may have
Left: shown here worn lower on the hips
Right: shown here worn higher on the waist
Rago Six Strap Garter Belt
This silky garter belt from Rago is lightly reinforced along the stomach area with decorative edging along the elastic for a chic finish. It features six glorious straps that extend 4.5-8 inches long with button and loop garter clips. Unlike the rest of the belts we’ve covered, this one doesn’t have a closure, it just slips on. This belt comes in nine different sizes, all listed for the waist measurement:
- Waist: 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42
- Rago recommends: choose the next largest size if your waist is 10 inches smaller than your hips or more
What people love about it: the ingenious six strap design was very well-received by reviewers and the loop on the garter clips is made from metal, which works very well for our medium weight styles, such as the Ribbed M Stockings
What people didn’t love so much: while great for medium weight styles, this belt isn’t really great for socks with doubled-over cuffs
Due to the sizing, having both your waist and hip measurements is important to finding the perfect fit
Rago Cincher Garter Belt
Our last garter belt is the perfect balance of utility and beauty. This cincher comes with removable garters that extend to 5 inches long. The cincher itself is 12 inches long, so you will definitely need both hip and waist measurements for this one. It closes in the front with hook and eye fasteners and currently comes in eleven different sizes, all listed for the waist measurement:
- Waist: 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46
- Rago recommends: choose the next largest size if your waist is 10 inches smaller than your hips or more
What people love about it: the removable garters are great because you can easily swap them out for Double Grip Clips if you want to wear this with thicker socks
What people didn’t love so much: some of our reviewers wished the garters could extend longer (they are 5 inches in length)
Left: shown worn lower on hips
Middle: shown worn higher around waist
Right: Double Grip Clips can be used in place of the removable garters
For more information regarding measuring yourself, take a look at Dreamer Brenna’s post about the Tips and Tricks to Measuring. Sometimes determining your size can be difficult even if you know your measurements, so please feel free to contact us with any and all sizing queries you may have. Should you receive a garter belt that doesn’t fit or work for you, please see our Returns Policy in order to review your options.