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Konnichiwa, Sock Dreams fans!
For our second event of the season, we head back up to Seattle for the Pacific Northwest’s largest anime convention, Sakura Con!
The definition of sakura is cherry blossom, which seems completely appropriate, as the cherry trees in Oregon and Washington are going crazy with blossoms right now. Spring is in the air, and we are ready to celebrate with cosplay, characters, and all the socks one would need for both.
We have a HUGE following in the anime community, as we have a wide array of stripey socks to match your character. M Stripes, Extraordinary Stripes, Super Stripes, Dreamy Knees, N Stripes, striped tights, knee highs, over-the-knees, and thigh highs will all be on display and on sale for you to see up close and in person, along with petticoats, garter belts, and every cosplayer’s most trusted item: the It Stays Body Adhesive. As per usual, we will have special event prices on all of our Dreams Stockings and Dreamer Socks, plus a variety of stickers from our collection.
On a daily basis, we receive emails, tweets, Facebook posts, and Tumblr requests seeking sock guidance for various anime characters; we are always pleased to oblige. Speaking of our Social Media team, we will be running a promotion through all our various social media for Sakura Con, so stay tuned for more details.
Putting on socks and stockings with vertical stripes can be kind of a hassle. You want the stripes to be straight, but it’s hard to keep them that way. It’s a special kind of frustrating to pull on a pair of tights with a vertical design and realise once you look in a mirror that they’re zigging AND zagging, instead of staying on the straight and narrow.
With our helpful assistant, Mrs. Half-Mannequin (“Half” is her maiden name) and a pair of Sheer Vertical Striped Pantyhose, I’ll share a couple tricks to help you guide those stripes. The wonderful Dreamer Zaf of our Tumblr took most of these pictures, since I only have so many hands.
In trying to keep those stripes straight, particularly with tights, sometimes the legs get twisted and that makes it awful up in areas that you really don’t want bunching. So here’s the key: keep the pattern straight from the start.
As you gather up the stocking or tights to slide them on, make sure you’re gathering everything evenly. Keep those stripes in line as you gather, starting from the top of the sock or leg of the tights. If you’re dealing with panels or designs, pay attention to what part is made to go in the front or back. What you’re doing is making sure your tights don’t get twisted.
Okay, now you’re ready to get fancy. Ease your little toes in and carefully put the stockings or tights on. It should be a lot easier now that you’ve essentially “prepped” them to keep their stripes straight. You may need to do a bit of adjusting as you go, but it should be pretty minimal.
Now they’re on! You may find that the toes are a little wonky. This is fine! You were focusing on getting things straight. Just adjust the toe seam to your comfort and pickiness—it’s a lot easier to get tights on straight then adjust the toe than make the toes perfect and try to keep the designs straight.
There, you look fabulous! For a twist you can do just that with socks and stockings (as opposed to tights), purposefully twisting them as you put them on for a new spin on vertical stripes. I think the Fast Lane Knee Highs are particularly well-suited to this.
Do you have any tips or tricks for putting on difficult patterns just right?
Web designer extraordinaire Olivia has done it again with this month’s fabulous new theme for Halloween!
This theme is so sweet we may be tempted to keep it up past the end of the month and to celebrate the season of playing dress up, or just showing off our favorite autumn outfits, we’re adding new items for fall just as fast as we can (which, try as we might, never seems fast enough) including several new items for our ever growing Halloween section…
My personal favorite from this latest batch of Halloween goodies are the Candy Corn socks…
Based on our classic “striped knees” DreaM Stockings
*made exclusively for us in the USA using recycled cotton*
this version won’t be around long so if you love the bright colors grab a pair while you can.
…but worry not, we’re getting a darker version soon that should last us all the way til winter creeps in.
And when winter does creep in, me and my dogs are going to stay nice and cozy no matter what our crazy Portland weather throws at us!
Every day is Sock Day at Sock Dreams, but some people consider February 1st to be the official International Day of the Sock… So wear your best, brightest, loudest etc… or maybe just your favorite socks and celebrate by buying even more socks to commemorate this special day with us!
Here’s the Facebook page dedicated to this special day: IDOTS
Me… I’m wearing one of my favorite pairs of ExtraOrdinary stripes, plum & earth, it was a sample pair we later put into production because I adore it too much not to share…
Today is a banner day for fans of a particular series about enterprising young wizards. With the first part of the last Harry Potter film released today (or technically, last night at midnight), what better time to nerd about the Sorcerer Socks?
Even though plain charcoal knee socks, like cuffed O Basics, or black tights would be more accurate (according to the crazy thorough Harry Potter Wiki), they’re nowhere near as fun as perfectly coordinating with the colours of your chosen house. We debuted this style in 2006 and their stretchy fit, padded feet and ultimate nerdiness has made them a perennial favourite.
Whether people are picking their pairs based on online tests—and, if any of you also re-take a test like that until you get the answer you want, raise your hand—or based on how brave, cunning, studious, or loyal you are, there’s one house colour combo that is clearly the most popular.
After the jump I’ll dish how the other houses rank in popularity and offer some other sock styles that are available in your favourite house colours.
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