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It’s easy enough to say what white is not, it’s not supposed to be a colour and it’s not “off-white” (which is a problematic colour to pin down anyway). But even so, when it comes to actual objects, whites have a colour cast that can be frustrating when you’re trying to colour match.
I’d say white is actually one of the toughest colours to match, purely because there is so little colour to work with. But even if this white doesn’t match that white, that doesn’t make it off-white! Ideal white is almost an impossible thing in clothing. In manufacturing tints of blue are often added to the process to balance the inherent yellow-warmth of most fibers and trick the eye into thinking the white is more true.
Easily influenced by what’s around it, due to pure power of reflectiveness, its mutability can be tricky. The only difference in the O Chevrons below is that the left sock has black elastic and the right sock has white. But the yarn of the sock on the left looks grey!
Disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define white. It’s a very scientific colour, really, and if you want more on it, Wikipedia has the starter details. I’ve done my best to accurately represent these non-hues in relation to each other, so you can gather a good idea of what matches and what doesn’t.
Now, let’s float off into the nothing and everything that is white!
Dream Stockings & Dreamer Socks
We have two variations of white. The cotton blends that make up most of our socks are a clean, blue-hinting white. The nylon yarn in the N40s have a yellowy-green undertone next to bluer whites, though they become brilliantly so-bright-who-cares-how-white outside.
The only variance to the softer, clean-cotton tint of B.Ella’s white is the Meg, with their nylon blend and tiny kiss of cool colour.
Though they call their white “Miracle White” EG Smith often has slight batch differences across the same fiber, when it comes to white. There’s some trickiness to it we’ll talk about later.
With a yellow tint to their acrylic blends, Foot Traffic’s white mostly sings pure and clean, particularly in their nylons!
With most of their white in satin, lace and utter fluffery, Leg Avenue’s whites tend to have more lustre and warmth by sheer default, though they’re still a touch bluer than a cottony tee.
Brightly blue-ish, for the most part, Tabbisocks does a solid job of keeping their whites in a narrow range. There’s some that are more yellow, some that are brighter, but overall they’re closer than most.
Every brand offers something in white. Overall, if you only make one or two things in white, you make them a little bluer and cleaner.
Matching whites is the hardest thing, let’s look at some whites next to a super light off-white—how they compare is going to differ based on your monitor, the lighting and even how your individual eyes physically work (some eyes see yellow more easily, some see blue more easily!).
I love summer, but I think part of that love is because it makes lakes, rivers and the ocean so much more enjoyable. We have a couple water themed socks that give you a sip of those refreshing aquatic hues.
Yet, there are so many more watery wonders and cooling colours to dive into! We’ve looked at what blues you find in socks, gawked at greens and lamented trouble-making teal and turquoise, but let’s put aside all those definitions, versions and perfect-matching worry to just bathe in their cool tones. . .
There is nothing like a river on a hot day! Playing in the shallows, rafting or fishing—shoot, finding a lazy river and just hopping in an innertube to float the day away is one of life’s joys. The rush of the river keeps that water cold while trees hug the banks, shading your eyes and offering mossy beds to stretch out on.
As great as rivers are, sometimes you want to just get in and swim with less worry of currents. There’s nothing like the clear chop of a big ol’ lake, or the green glass stillness of a swimming hole. The rich mud on the bottom squishes like nothing else between your toes and if you get tired there’s always an anchored dock or raft to sun on.
Depending where you are, they can be harder to find, but a waterfall—with its crashing gouts that send sparkles of cool moisture into the air—is like a dream come true on a summer day. Whether they’re little falls that tumble a river downhill, or deafening beasts with caves behind them, they offer a refreshing oasis with fresh greens drinking in the generous bounty.
With depths so great they demand thundering awe and shallows so sweet they invite playful splashing, oceans can be as refreshing for the heart as they are for the body. With picturesque, sandy beaches, rocky tidepools full of bustling life, or salt-weathered docks to hang your feet off of, every place you meet the ocean offers a new experience and a unique moment to contemplate the wonder and joy of the world.
I hope these little sock slices helped cool you off and that, if you’re partial to taking a dip, you have the perfect spot to visit to take the edge off the harsh start of summer. If you’re feeling it’s too hot for socks, try a liner or no-show to handle the sweat while dialling back the coverage. And always, remember your water safety and respect the stuff that makes up so much of the earth and ourselves!
Sure, if warm weather and summer’s official presence means you turn to footies, no-shows and liners without a thought, then you’ve got socks for hot weather down. But if you like a little more coverage, it can be a little trickier. That’s what our Lightweight category is for!
Though you’ll find some anklets in there, the bulk of the category are options with a little more coverage. Lightweight and less coverage is more of Summer category’s game. There’s also overlap with both the Lace and Openwork categories, but overall we try to keep the Lightweight category living up to its description: “Lightweight styles for when you’ve got to cover up but don’t need to warm up.”
I think the best way to browse this category is through our Advanced Search. Once you have “Lightweight” picked, you can restrict the search by coverage and better pinpoint what you’re looking for. Let’s use this search technique to look at some fave lightweight options!
The majority of lightweight tights are more sheer and the higher coverage styles (more opaque, or visually busier) still show dark tattoos, but otherwise offer a great compromise of modesty and seasonal comfort.
Dense openwork styles act almost like dazzle camouflage on your legs, sometimes creating a more “opaque” effect than solid coloured semi-sheers.
Not as many options as their footed sisters, but there are still some gorgeous styles to choose from.
And we’ve got some basics too, for when even the t-shirt thin and soft, but high waisted, M. Rena are too much.
OTKs and Thigh Highs
Some of the lightweight over the knee and thigh high styles are just leg-only versions of similar tights and leggings, which is kind of rad.
But for folks who find nylon blends and warm weather an unfriendly pairing, there are lovely cottony options too!
The lower we go, coverage-wise, the more fun lightweight options there are! There are some lovely lightweight trouser and dress sock options:
Along with OTK styles that also work as knee highs are some short versions of taller and tights styles, like the Doris Crochet Trouser Sock, plus a couple casual cotton options too!
Midcalves and Anklets
There’s a nice selection of shorter styles in lovely light weights. The Sockling styles, in particular, are a great basic for warm weather socks.
Unfortunately, there’s a sadly small amount of truly lightweight midcalf options for larger feet. Luckily, I do think the three styles that qualify are utterly fabulous to wear.
Arm and Leg Warmers
We have a LOT of lightweight arm warmer options, thanks to the dream fabric that Una makes their arm warmers out of. But we’re also fans of a good long, lightweight arm warmer and have several styles that you may love.
And thanks to the simplicity of some sleeve styles, there are lovely leg warmers that are breathable enough to deny their name when it heats up.
So, if you want to keep covered but don’t want to overheat, check out our Lightweight category for some summer-ready styles! And of course, if you ever have any questions, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to help you get a handle on what will work for you.
As a summery counterpoint to springtime pastels, the bright pops of neon colour are fun, fabulous and hard to define. “Neon” specifically means the noble gas used to light gaudy signs, but when it’s used to describe colour, it means high value and high saturation, so: bright and vivid and gloriously eye-searing!
The drawback to neon colours is the difficulty in properly portraying them across your computer monitor. They’re not as bad as teal and turquoise, but the sheer power of a neon colour can be difficult for us to light, shoot and edit in a way that lets you see just how bright they are without dampening the colour’s hue. Luckily, most colour names for neons include the word “neon” or similar terms like “hot” or “electric”, and we always mention in Additional Info if something is just too bright to convey.
Sometimes people want to use the word “fluorescence,” but that’s only truly applicable to colours that, well, fluoresce by throwing out light that they’ve absorbed. Now, we’ve touched on neon colours and UV reactive styles that glow under blacklight before (quick version: search “blacklight”!), but I’m hesitant to really dig into the science of it, since folks who make socks are often euphemistic in their colour descriptions. A good quick look into how fluorescent colour works is, unsurprisingly, available at the DayGlo website.
So, disclaimer time! I’m not trying to define neons. What we’re going to be looking at are the defining features of colours classed as neon and found in the “neon” area of our colour search. Because neon can be a little subjective, I’m using some blindingly bright paper as my background.
I’m sure you’ve encountered these standard paper colours before (and if you’re old enough, you’ll remember when paper this colour wasn’t recyclable!). All photos were edited in a batch, so you can use your familiarity with brights and neons to better place what the colours look like in life, not on a monitor.
Clearly set to coincide with end of the year field trips and the start of vacations, June is National Zoo and Aquarium month! Now, what you might not have known is that we have quite the menagerie of critters in the aptly named Critter Socks section! Let’s take a tour through land, sea and air. . . have your cameras ready, because the animals are shy and we may only get peeks at them!
The Woods and Field
Though not unfamiliar animals to those of you who’ve lived in rural areas, they’re often cunning, curious and associated with myth and fairy tales—none more so than the crafty fox!
In contrast to the fox’s trademark swiftness and smarts, brother bruin appears less agile and wise. But bear in mind all that fur and big paws hide a muscular wall of an animal who will surprise you in what they can do.
If we’re quiet, we might spy a majestic buck (larger male deer are called “stags”), a creature connected to forests but actually a habitant of the transitional area between forest and field.
Jungle and Savannah
Ah, now here are the beasts you’ve been waiting for! These beautiful creatures are what you traditionally think of when you think of going to the zoo, like the majestic elephant. We’re lucky enough to have one of the rare pink varieties, we used to have a white elephant, but we finally traded it out for something that suited us more.
And here’s that other fun favourite, the playful monkey!
Less forward are the shy skyscrapers that are giraffes. Their distinctive patchy spots help them blend in the best they can amongst the foliage they delicately nibble.
Speaking of camouflage, can you “spot” this master of stealth? For bonus points, what cousin to this creature often gets credit for their distinctive design?
Ocean and Lakes
Dramatic and dangerous beasts of the sea, I have to say this is where most of my favourite animals live! Our aquarium center is quite large, as we pride ourselves on sharing all the fabulous fish and curious cephalopods as we can. Speaking of which, here is our star species, the octopus!
The jellyfish and tidepool room is a family favourite. The hypnotic and calming movements of jellies is always a wonder.
And the tidepool lets you see denizens of the sea up close and, if you’re gentle and respectful, give them a touch.
This popular fellow can be a bit reluctant to come near, but you can always spot them by their distinctive fin.
Oh goodness! Well, I’m glad it wasn’t an adult shark. Well, if you’ll follow me, we’ll exit the aquarium and move on to the aviary . . .
What? No, that’s not a locness monster, you must be mistaken. We pride ourselves on being a learning facility, with animals solidly set in scientific seriousness.
Birds of Land and Air
Our collection includes majestic flyers, perfect hunters and birds you might not consider important members of the avian world, because of their regular integration into daily life, like the crow. A valuable member of the animal society, crows are a protected species as a migratory bird.
From a bird you may see every day to a bird that is a bit more rare, the curious kiwi bird, layer of large eggs and national symbol of New Zealand.
Another land bird is the ostrich, which is a much better runner (and fighter!) than the adorable kiwi. Beautiful and terrifying, ostriches are birds that definitely remind you of their dinosaur history.
Speaking of beautiful, efficient birds, there is nothing like the owl. Silent fliers and smart hunters, in some places they are around us as much as the crow, but they’re less forward about it.
We’ll end our tour on a tropical note, with a particularly curious species of macaw, known for being even more big-mouthed than than the rest of these talkative birds.
We hope you enjoyed your tour of our Critter Socks collection, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way home!