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It is now officially holiday shopping season. We know it can be stressful, finding just the right thing for somebody (or yourself). Whether you’re having trouble choosing a style, figuring out fit, ordering and shipping your socks or all of it is dumb, why are presents so hard—don’t worry, we’ve got some tips and tricks to simplify the process!
I’m going to try and get all the tips and tricks and hyperlinks together in one place here, so buckle in for a longer post, but bookmark it, because I think it’ll be a good source of help for this and future holiday seasons! At the verrrrry end of this post are a bunch of links, so if you’re short on time, skip down there!
Picking styles for yourself and others
Even for yourself, creating a wishlist is a fun and useful thing. If you try to leave items in your shopping cart as a way to hold onto a style, they don’t always stay in your cart! Remember, other people are shopping too and they might be quicker on the draw for that last pair. We recommend folks finish their orders in an hour to make sure everything is there.
So, if you can, encourage folks you’re shopping for to make a wishlist. We added wishlists in 2011, and they’re easy as pie to use. Just make sure you’re signed in and click that little “Add to wishlist” button!
Wait, “signed in”?! Yep, even though you can shop as a “guest” and not have an account, it can help a lot for tracking orders and making wishlists if you have one. If you have questions about your account, they’re probably answered in the Account FAQ, we do our best to keep all our info up to date and useful!
Okay, but what do you fill that tempting wishlist with? And how do you know that the styles you’re buying for someone will fit them? Does knowing their dress size help, or that they’re “slim”? Or, if you know they wear plus-size styles, then you can’t get them anything that says “one size”, right?
Nope! “One Size” and dress sizes don’t mean a thing when it comes to fitting socks and legwear!
Figuring out fit
First off, as Dreamer Zaf says in this fabulous Tumblr post, when we say “one size” “Never, ever, ever do we mean One Size Fits All. Generally, we mean it only comes in the one size.”
So, if you click the drop-down box for size (the middle one, after the one you use to choose colour) and you see “One Size” is the only choice, then we sadly don’t have any other size options for this style.
Sometimes (most particularly with Leg Avenue), there will be a “One Size” and a “Plus Size” in the drop-down. This is a combination of things, based partially on what the supplier calls a size (and how it is then entered into our system) and a result of a style gaining a larger size at a later date.
But we could call One Size “fishcakes” and use the word “marabou” to mean “Plus Size” and it doesn’t really matter. Just like in clothing, sizes are different across suppliers and styles, so we do our best to make sure the Sizing Tips on each product page gives you all the information you need to know if what this particular iteration of “Plus Size” or “Small” or “fishcakes” is right for you. Even if that means we end up writing what looks like a tl;dr of info. I think the greatest example of which is the Professional Fishnet Tights with Cotton Sole.
But, if you’re looking for a good fit, then that highlighted Sizing Tips box is your best buddy! For example, when searching our Plus Size category you will see styles with only a “One Size” option, but that doesn’t mean it won’t fit some plus size bodies. And “Small” in a lot of brands (like Cronert, or Dream Stockings) is about foot size, not leg size. With your measurements in hand, you’ll know if a large kid’s size is actually exactly your small foot size.
Dreamer Zaf talks more about the importance of measuring on our Tumblr, but here are the basics:
• Know the measurements of the person you’re shopping for •
• Don’t worry about what the size is called, look at what that size fits •
• If our Sizing Tips say something should fit but it doesn’t, let us know •
Okay, okay, so what measurements do you need to know? And how do you get those measurements for someone without ruining the surprise of a gift?!
October! A time of magic and mystery and cooling weather. There’s no better month for the original Dreamer, Niq, to be born! The founder and President of Sock Dreams, she’s probably got the hardest time of all of us trying to pick a favourite sock to recommend to you all this month.
A long time ago, though, when she was the one writing the Sock Journal, Niq posted a sock of the day (or other sort of little updates). So she’s had her toes in just about every style we carry and have carried! That’s a lot of sock memory that can cloud up what one’s current fave style is.
To buy her some time, let’s look at some old favourites from Niq’s daily sock postings that we still carry. Because oldies are goodies and I’m forever thankful that not all socks are seasonal!
Sure, we don’t have that colourway in Boy’s Socks any longer, but the style thrives on! That also goes for the EG Smith Original Bootsocks, which may have gone away for a while but are once again a staple of Niq’s sock drawers.
And, it’s another one of our delicious Dream Stockings that Niq picked for her current fave! Here’s what she says:
Narrowing my favorite socks down to a single pair was not an easy task for me but the Super Dreamy won out because they’re like a security blanket for my legs and feet, comforting all the way to my soles. I love them for traveling, especially during the chillier months, because they layer well and can turn a tank top or t-shirt into a perfect pair of pajamas that can also double as a great base for my daywear.
Most truthfully, her current favourite are a pair of Cronert that aren’t live yet. But that’s par for the course, Cronert’s deliciously soft cotton and lovely patterns are Niq’s kryptonite and have been for a long time. The Elliot Anklet is another favourite, with the sweet scalloped cuff and florals. One more that she loves and misses (and we hope is something we can restock soon!) are the Tentacle Boot Socks, made specially for us by Raygun Robyn.
So, a happy birthday month to the reason you’re here shopping and we’re here socking (and to all you other October babies)!
What are letters and pictures without numbers and theories? Since last week you started your sock school day with some writing and art, your brain is all warmed up and ready for some science and math!
Science is a broad field that covers a lot of learnin’. There are many “-ologies” (“studies of”) out there to nerd out on. I think a lot of folks think of a lab and assorted fiddly bits when presented with the word “science”, but in actuality there’s a lot more there. Studying dinosaurs is science. Maybe it is the best science.
Let’s start with a field that isn’t an “-ology” but whatever. Astronomy is the study of celestial objects, all that weird and beautiful star stuff. What they’re made of, where they’re going, how they interact with each other and us—it’s a science that isn’t that intimidating, because not only are the stars always with us, but amateur astronomers have been vital parts of many major discoveries.
Another thing that is always with us, like it or not, are insects and that’s what entomology studies! From obviously useful insect friends, like bees, to what a lot of us consider pests, entomology investigates insects from their smallest parts to the greatest expanse of their social structures and their place in the ecosystem. I know somebody who did their doctoral work on the iridescence of beetle carapaces and that is a pretty awesome thing.
From land to sea, marine biology studies the critters (a very scientific term) that live in the ocean and other non-fresh water places. Like bugs and space, you get to look at some weird monsters and beautiful creatures that we share the world with.
Of course, both entomology and marine biology are subsets of plain ol’ biology, the natural science of life and living stuff. There are five natural sciences: astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics. When it comes to socks, synthetic fibers, like Coolmax, have chemistry to thank. How socks stay up is directly connected to physics (and sock glue) and as for the earth sciences, socks—well, socks rock.
Natural science is one of the “empirical sciences”, while mathematics is classed as a “formal science”. You may now picture your favourite number dressed up as James Bond.
Though we use math all the time with socks (they come to us in packs of six, which means I’m very good at my six-times tables), they’re not as easy to integrate into mathematics.
Well, they do divide themselves more often than we’d like, leaving one in the dryer and one off exploring the depths of space or something. If you don’t like your socks doing division, using a hosiery bag for washing should keep them prime (get it, indivisible?!). The brand Soxks even includes a wash bag with each pair!
Now, I know a lot of folks wish their sock collection could multiply, but there’s an easy way to do that. Multi packs!
From two packs to six, buying more socks at once not only multiplies your styles, but is also a formula for savings, since they’re often less per pair when packaged together.
There are no sciences like the sock sciences (both natural and formal). Now that you’ve been sock schooled, I hereby deem you professors of socks! Just in time for the new school year. May all your learning be as useful and fun as socks can be.
Fall is right around the corner, if you squint you can see it! School is about to start or has already started for lots of folks and we’ve got your sock curriculum all planned out. We’re going to sock-school you!
However you feel about school, writing and the arts of language is a vital foundation to life (we have words to thank for our sassy, punny copy, for instance!). So grab your pencil and some paper to take down a few notes.
Creativity is key and it’s amazing what can blossom between restraints of form. That could be the limits of a form poem, or working with given prompts. An example! Let’s try a triplet, three lines using the same rhyme and forming a complete little thought unto themselves.
And for inspiration, some words.
Okay, let’s try . . .
The evil jinn, not gin the drink,
Poured himself a glass, and sat to think.
And as he drank, began to shrink.
Wait, are you even paying attention. You’re reading comic books, aren’t you?
I mean, comic books are great, and actually a perfect example of what restraints of form can do in inspiring the creative process. It’s just, a little rude when I’m all trying to teach up-over here. But I can take a hint. Let’s move on to a related subject.
The visual arts go hand-in-hand with written language. They can convey and document, suggest and imagine. More than just pretty pictures, it’s how people decorate their world through architecture and textiles and how that process influences and is influenced by society.
• Maroc Midcalf (architectural design in form of repeating tile patterns) •
• Folklore Midcalf (simplistic motif used to convey story and feeling) •
• Art Deco Tights (highly influential visual style that influenced all aspects of life) •
Though the kind of paintings that hang in museums get a lot of attention, work that should never be overlooked is that inspired by or related to handicraft and entertainment. Silhouette scenes and patterns cut from card are a great example of this. Though silhouette portraiture was popularised in the Victorian era, paper cut scenes were a popular way to illustrate books since the late 18th century and their use in shadow theatre is an ancient art.
Oh, there goes the bell! Well, I’ll see you back here after lunch (or, ahem, next week) for your last two classes, science and math. Don’t make that face, it’ll be fun.
After two months of just single Dreamer birthdays we’ve got a whole mess of folks born in July! Like their summer birthday month, the love they have for these styles burns bright!
Nina is our Customer Service Manager and the darkest ray of sunshine. If it’s black and sparkly, then she’s got a pair. When I asked her what her favourite style was, the first one on the list did not surprise me.
Some of my favorites include the Tabbisocks Party Night warmers because my hands are always cold, but it is imperative to always sparkle!
But she didn’t stop there!
I am a HUUUUUGE fan of the 100-inch Super Ruched socks made exclusively for us by Tabbisocks. A truly impressive sock that doesn’t get the love it deserves, IMO. They go on forever, soft and light, endlessly scrunchable, and a great conversation starter.
Tabbisocks Cat Tights because they are infinitely adorable . . . made even more so (if that’s even possible) with the DIY addition of google eyes and paired with my bestest kitty shoes.
Oh, my! I think it might have just occurred to me…I am in mad, mad love with Tabbisocks!
And we’re in mad, mad love with you, Nina!
Though she’s effusing over only one style, Sabrina (our savant of both the shop and Customer Service) says she picked the Dreamy Knees in Peacock to “spread my love for stripey Sock Dreams Dreamy/Color Knees. Stripey socks are my favorite! And Dreamy Knees/Color Knees are the best! I own about 7 different colorways, but I probably wear the Peacock Dreamy Knees the most because those are all my favorite colors. BEST. COLOR. PALETTE. EVER.”
With six types of Colour Knees, four Dessert Knees, three variations of rainbow, and all the delicious Dreamy Knees, Miz Sabz has the giantest heart of anybody to love all these stripes! Though she doesn’t limit her love, and lets other patterns get in on the mix.
But don’t think it’s all that colour that’s winning her over, ‘cause lady can wear a neutral as well.
Ryan is our Domestic Shipping Manager and a general all-around handy dude and wonderful human. He somehow manages to be a man of not many words who can still sling sass and enthusiasm with the best of them. Ryan chose the Dreamer Jacquard Flowering Vine OTK to represent his overall preference for our Dreamer Socks styles, the Extraordinary styles in particular.
First I need to give a solemn shout out to my favorite pair of socks for nostalgia’s sake. Those would be the O Yummies in Blueberry, my very 1st pair of Sock Dreams socks, that, alas, shared a similar fate with most of our discontinued lines, in that the yarn source dried up. My current favorites are the Extraordinaries, in any style/color. In my opinion these are the perfect year round sock. The coverage adds enough warmth for all but the coldest days and the weave gives enough breath-ability for all but the hottest days. Lastly, if you hate scrunchy, slouchy socks like me, then you’ll be pleased to know that these tend to stay where you put them on your legs.
Ryan is a joy to shoot and regularly rocks the heck out of taller socks paired perfectly with shorts. His love of our Dreamer Socks is only eclipsed by being a grade-A goof if you make him model toe socks.
And then there’s our fabulous Shop Shift Supervisor Rose! Girl can layer. And that’s her game, too:
SITM has always been my go to style of sock. I mainly wear a quirky novelty sock (or two) layered over bright (FT) tights or (NV) leggings. All year round. Every now and again I’ll go a little fancier with openwork tights, layered over solid tights and always with converse. Keepin’ it classy and a bit weird, layer by layer.
My go to colors are seafoam, teal, purple, black, and pink – often all at once.
So of course she layered two socks together because “Because dinosaurs in space“!
I can always rely on Rose for an ultimate pairing of socks and accessories, like the shirt and necklace combo with the Neon Suspenders or that she gave me three (!) under layering colour options when she modelled the Neon Rainbow Striped Fishnet Tights.
July birthday folks, you’re a joy! Keep cool temperature-wise, ‘cause I know you already got the “being awesome” part of cool down!