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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.
There’s just something about a fresh new pair of socks that can really make a person feel good, but have you ever wondered what more socks have to offer in the feeling-good department? As it turns out, socks are kind of the cheerleaders of the wardrobe. Not only can they be bright and cheerful to lift your mood, but the right socks for the right occasion can make all the difference in how you feel physically! Today we’re going to take a look at what your socks can do for you, with Socks for Self Care!
Starting with the basic concept of “nice feeling socks make you feel nice”, we’ve assembled some of our softest, comfiest socks for when you’re sick at home, dragging your tired self to doctor’s appointments, or just need a pick-me-up. Quite a few of these options feature wool or other animal fiber blends, as wool has a great way of regulating temperature, so that it keeps you warm in cold weather, as well as cool in hot weather. It also dries very quickly, making it a great choice for folks who find their feet perspire more than they’d like.
Not everybody enjoys wool, though. In fact, some people just have a sensitivity to animal fibers in general, so we’ve rounded up some vegan options as well. In addition to thermal knit and acrylic as great wool alternatives, we’ve got a pretty decent selection of bamboo styles! Bamboo yarn or rayon from bamboo is super soft and enjoyable to wear, but it’s also great in hot weather, for those of you who just aren’t willing to try the whole “wool socks for summer” thing.
Most people’s feet see an awful lot of use, so it’s no surprise that injuries can occur. While some people suffer from bunions or plantar fasciitis, others have trouble with circulation in their feet or metatarsal pain, and we have socks for these things!
Other people have sock-specific sensitivities, which makes things like bulky toe seams or tight cuffs a big no-no. Nothing makes a bad day worse like socks that rub your feet the wrong way! For this reason, we have entire categories dedicated to “woven toe seam” socks, with a completely flat toe seam, as well as “non-constrictive”.
But what if it’s your toes rubbing up against each other that is causing discomfort? Believe it or not, toe socks are great for this! It might seem like they just add extra bulk between your toes, but much like wearing flip-flops, the more you do it, the more used to the feeling you get. We also carry some extra-thin toe socks, which can be more comfortable for those of us with more sensitive feet, in addition to providing relief from the friction of your toes rubbing each other. If you find that you experience discomfort from your toes rubbing together with regularity, you might want to take a look at how your shoes fit, too. Shoes that are too narrow or short in the toe box can cause a lot of pain over time, and while socks can help, they can’t change the way your shoes fit.
Because this is a blog on self-care, it’s only natural that we list some options for when you’re too far under the weather to leave the house. Whether you’re sick in bed, or just not emotionally prepared to face the outside world (hey, it happens, and there’s no need to feel ashamed!) a nice pair of slipper or bed socks can keep your feet comfy and clean, as well as giving you something cheerful to look at while you recuperate.
Over the years some of us have learned the importance of preemptive self-care, which can go a long way. Sometimes you just feel too crummy to get out of bed or take a shower, but when you’re feeling up to it, take the time to pamper yourself! Try these quick and easy steps to treat yourself to a spa day, using older, less beloved socks and stockings, or items from our Crafty Bundles:
- Snip the top cuff off of a nylon thigh high, and use it to keep your hair off of your face while you give yourself a facial.
- Use an old clean sock, or snip the bottom 6 inches or so (including the toe) off of a thigh high or pair of tights. Fill it with fragrant herbs, and tie off the top so they’re trapped inside. Now you can run yourself a herbal bath, and easily remove the plant matter which would otherwise try to make it down your drain.
- Back in 2013 Dreamer Brenna brought us this quick and easy tutorial for a DIY heat pack, which only really requires a long sock and some rice! You can also put your rice pack in the freezer, for low-intensity icing of aches and pains (for best results, we suggest icing, then heating achy muscles, to bring down swelling).
- Mix equal parts sugar and oil (olive or coconut oil work well for this) and scoop into the toe of an old sock or cut-off nylon pantyhose, and tie off opening. Now you can use this as a “sugar scrub” exfoliant in the shower or bath. Add a drop or two of your favorite skin-safe essential oil for scent, if desired.
- Generously apply lotion or oil (baby oil, jojoba or olive oil are good choices) to feet, paying special attention to heels or other dry/cracked areas. Put on a pair of clean cotton socks and either go to bed, or just wait for a few hours if you’re not into sleeping in socks. Your feet will come out feeling much softer! Just be careful to wash your feet off before you go walking barefoot on any slick surfaces, as getting injured in a fall is the opposite of what we’re going for.
from Dreamer Brenna’s 2013 heat pack tutorial
Just as everybody has different ailments and challenges, we all have different self care needs, so feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com. We’ll be happy to help you find the socks you need. What are your favorite socks for self care? Share your answers in the comments!
While we love wool, we realize that it’s not for everyone. Those with allergies, sensitivities, or who choose not to wear animal fibers deserve an alternative material. Synthetic fleece, often made from polyester or nylon, was designed to mimic the insulating properties of real fleece by trapping warm air near your skin. Last year Dreamer Brenna wrote a sock journal about the fleece items we had at the time, but since then we’ve gathered together a large selection of polar fleece and fleece-lined products that will make your chilly legs toasty warm.
So it’s cold outside, but your regular pair of opaque tights just aren’t doing it for you. That’s where fleece comes in! Fleece-lined tights and leggings are a true treasure for those of us who live in cold, wet climes. The thick, opaque fabric is smooth on the outside—just like a standard pair of tights—but inside it is lined with fluffy and warm fleece.
If you want something a little different from the standard fare, we have 90% Cotton Fleece-Lined Leggings with a cloud-soft inside reminiscent of your favorite vintage sweatshirt. Then there are the Thermal Fleece Leggings which have a faux-fur lining that’s as plush as a teddy bear. We even have these cozy Fleece-Lined Knee Highs, for those of us who prefer socks to tights or leggings!
Last week Dreamer Rosalind wrote a great piece on Polar Feet, a Canadian company that makes socks completely out of polar fleece material. We became avid fans after giving them a try. Not only do they come in awesome patterns, but there are tabi socks, kids’ sizes, and even narrow and wide calf knee highs. But don’t think we’ve neglected your hands! Talismana Designs has two styles of beautiful elfin gauntlets to warm your wrists while going about your day.
Wool and Polar Fleece
Finally, for those customers who are not adverse to a little wool, the marriage of the two materials is quite special! Pook’s Super Socks are lined in a thin polar fleece which keeps the delightfully scratchy and insulting wool outer sock off your your sensitive skin.
• Pook Super Socks •
We hope this has opened your eyes to all the warm possibilities fleece can bring! Make sure to check out our entire selection of fleece and fleece-lined items right here.
As we roll in the New Year, we’re excited about something else rolling in—namely, the start of the home season for Portland’s local roller derby team, the Rose City Rollers! Their season opening is this Saturday, January 16th, and to celebrate this occasion, we thought it would be fitting to highlight some of our favorite derby styles.
Show some league pride with the I Love RCR Knee Highs!
One of the reasons that we love roller derby is that, in additional to awesome ladies kicking butt, witty names, and a delightful mix of camp and serious sportsmanship, roller derby’s got style. Leagues are getting more and more formal and streamlined with their uniforms, but in most areas, legwear is still where derby ladies (and gents) define their personal style.
Although roller derby has come a long way from the sensationalistic sports-entertainment of the 70s and 80s, it still draws heavily on punk and rocker fashion from those eras. A delightful contrast of masculine and feminine, with a healthy serving of attitude all around. Whether you’re tearing down the track or cheering from the bleachers, we’ve got a lot of derby-inspired styles to choose from.
Tights or leggings are a must for the player who wants to avoid rink rash, and they’re a good opportunity to don your team colors. Fortunately, we have a few styles that come in a variety of colors, so you can play to your own preferences.
Stripes are also a classic way to accessorize your uniform, and boy do we have stripes—tights, thigh highs, knee highs…we’ve got something here for everyone!
If you’re looking for a sporty look, it’s hard to beat a good tube stock, and we’ve got three great options from our DreaM Stockings line.
To round-out your look, we’ve got plenty of knee high socks to fit any taste.
We’re seeing more and more junior leagues popping up (Portland now has two, the Rose Petals [age 7-12] and the Rosebuds [age 12-17]), and we have some special recommendations for those derby juniors out there!
Hopefully this will get you all geared up for the new season of derby (whenever the season starts for your league). You can use our advanced search to narrow our selections down by color and length (and a few other options as well–just use the check-boxes on the left!). As always, feel free to drop us a line if you’d like help tracking down a specific color combination or style–we love doing sock research! If you’re looking for large quantity of socks for a team, you can also ask us about our bulk pricing.
And finally, a special shout-out to all the local Portland fans suiting up to cheer on our league—here are some suggestions to represent your team in style!
Vertical Striped Cotton OTKS in black/dark blues for the Heartless Heathers!
Elvis Striped Cotton Midcalves in yellow for the High Rollers!
Harajuku Checkered OTKs in black w/ white for the Break Neck Betties!
Striped Knee Highs in black & pink for the Guns N Rollers!
While we hope that every sock sold gets lots of love, we understand that sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Maybe those sparkly tights don’t match the dress you were planning to pair them with or those legwarmers arrived and they don’t fit? Perhaps you were lucky enough to be gifted some novelty crews but you’ve really been eyeing our selection of bootsocks? Whatever the reason may be, we’re here to help guide you through the returns process and let you know what your options are!
If the item in question hasn’t been actively worn or washed, it is eligible to be returned to us within 6 weeks from the purchase date. While we pride ourselves on offering free shipping where we can, we do not offer paid postage on returns. As you are responsible for shipping the return, it might be a good idea to snag a tracking number from the Post Office because we cannot offer credit for items we don’t receive. Please include a completed Return Authorization Form with your returned item; they are printed on the back of every invoice we ship out and they are also available on our Returns Information page. Once you have filled out the form, simply mail it with the socks you wish to return to:
Sock Dreams: Attn. Returns Dept.
Order # __________
7980 SE 17th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202
The type of reimbursement you qualify for depends on the condition of the socks you return:
If the item has not been opened or tried on (tags haven’t been removed/packaging is still intact), it can be returned for a refund or store credit. Items that have never had the tags removed and have intact packaging will be considered “P” as noted on the Return Authorization Form for “Packaged” and considered eligible for reimbursement in either form.
A new caveat to our returns policy this year: we are now accepting tights that have been tried on for reimbursement in the form of store credit. As long as they haven’t been actively worn or washed, they can be tried on and returned to us for a store credit. Leggings and tights that have had the tags removed or have been removed from their packaging will be considered “O” as noted on the Return Authorization Form for “Opened” and will only be considered eligible for a store credit.
Any socks, gloves, legwarmers, petticoats, or other accessories from our site that have been tried on can be returned to us for a store credit. This policy stands for all the items described above except for those from our house brands, as explained below.
Dream Stockings/Dreamer Socks
Our house brands, Dreamer Socks and Dream Stockings, are made in the USA from recycled cotton and we think they’re pretty great. So great, they can be returned to us for a refund or store credit even if they’ve been tried on, as long as they haven’t been actively worn or washed. If you’re not sure if the item you purchased is from one of our house brands, you can recognize them by the designated “DS” or “SD” in the beginning of their part code from your invoice.
Unfortunately, in order to speed up the returns process for our customers and eliminate some frustrations due to out-of-stock, back-ordered, or discontinued items, we no longer issue direct exchanges for returns. If you haven’t removed the item from its packaging and you need the item right away, we recommend purchasing it now, and requesting a refund for your return. If your item has been tried on, you can request store credit, and purchase the new item after we’ve emailed you with the code for your credit.
Returning a gift?
If you are returning a gift you probably won’t be interested in a refund, as we can only reimburse the purchaser’s account. If you do not have the original invoice, please include the gift-giver’s full name on the Return Authorization Form so that we can associate your return with the corresponding order. Additionally, you’ll want to enclose your email address so that we can email you the store credit code once your return has been processed and completed.
Returning to the shop?
If you live in the Portland area and would like to return your item back to our shop location, the wonderful Shop Dreamers will be there to assist you every day from 11 am – 6 pm. Please note that our shop is unable to issue refunds for online orders in-store. They can, however, process your return for store credit that you can then use in the shop.
Wrong or Missing Item?
Maybe your item arrived and there appears to be a hole or a pair of tights arrived in the wrong size? Perhaps a pair of socks is missing from your order, altogether? In case any of these were to happen, please contact us right away! We will replace the defective or incorrect socks and send you a postage paid return mailer to send back the defective or wrong items. Please note that defective or wrong item claims need to be reported to us within seven days of receipt so that we can best resolve the issue for you.
Once your return has been processed and completed, we’ll send you a confirmation email. Please bear in mind that January is a very busy month for returns; while we do our best to ensure each one is completed in a timely manner, processing can take 4-6 weeks this time of year. We appreciate your patience and thank you in advance! Our lovely Customer Service Department is available to answer any and all questions you may have via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (888.717.6257). Cheers to bringing in the New Year with new socks!