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When most people think of Oregon, they think of rain; and with good reason. Portland alone gets an average of around 37 inches of rain a year, and often times it feels like we should start gathering animals two by two. There advantage to all the rain is when the sun comes out, Oregon turns into a green paradise. So, the latest news is… SUNSHINE!!!
One of our favorite parts of the warm weather is new shorties, like these sweet Sweet Marcel anklets from last summer!!!
We here at Sock Dreams are suckers for a little shorty sock and luckily Tabbisocks has already starting sending us the most adorable socks ever.
Stay tuned for new styles coming just in time for Spring and Summer.
We recently learned a new descriptive term that we dig: ‘scrunchy socks’. Sharp eyes may have noticed that the ‘Loose Socks’ collection has been renamed to ‘Scrunchy Socks.’ When talking with our Tabbisocks sales representatives, they explained that the much-loved Super Loose were changing their name.
It turns out that though ‘Super Loose’ is a direct translation of the Japanese word for this style of sock, a more accurate translation is ‘Scrunchy.’ And it definitely seems more accurate! One of the things we love about this style is that you can just scrunch them down.
Is there a difference between ‘scrunching’ and ‘slouching’? Not really, though how we often tend to use the words is that ‘scrunch’ is actively pushing your socks down and ‘slouch’ is when a sock more naturally crumples a little lower. The effect is the same either way, soft folds above your ankles (or tops of your boots!).
In our Scrunchy Socks collection you’ll find two distinct schools of the scrunchy sock, ‘schoolgirl socks’ and ‘slouch socks.’ What’s the difference? Find out after the jump!
Sometimes something big happens that can cast a shadow over daily joys. The only thing to do is keep fighting forward to find the small happinesses that can buoy you along the hard path back. The earthquake and subsequent disasters in Japan hit all of us sock Dreamers in our hearts. Working with the International School we donated socks to support Socks for Japan, a brilliant and amazing organization that knows that though small comforts don’t fix big problems, they can be a small flash of warmth in a cold world. Their site says it beautifully, “Socks aren’t primary support, but a token of care that will last beyond their small mid-crisis comfort.”
Tabbisocks, our supplier in Japan, so far has not suffered any direct loss from the recent disasters. We’re keeping fingers and toes crossed for their continued safety and we will do our best to keep our Tabbisocks styles in stock as we can. Supporting Japanese companies like our wonderful sock friends at Tabbisocks is a small way to help support their economy (and ours) during this troubling times. It seems silly, and small, but again, it’s the small comforts and helping hands that can help uplift hearts as we work to heal.
In that mind, here are a couple of our favourite comfort socks by Tabbisocks, including two new styles that we are so thrilled to be able to offer.
We’ve featured the Super Loose Socks before on the Sock Journal, they’re one of the Dreamer favourites, hands (and feet) down, cozy and slouchy and classic. We now offer almost every colour Tabbisocks has, including an incredibly vivid Kelly that we got just in time for St. Patrick’s day.
They were, until recently, one of the closest styles we could recommend to folks looking for something like the long-lost Pippy Longstockling, which were much thicker and longer, perfect for getting the schoolgirl look. We searched long and hard for a good replacement for the Pippy style and much to our delight Tabbisocks recently introduced their Schoolgirl Long Socks, in 30 and the Extra-Long 40 inch lengths. Unlike the Super Loose, they’re a cotton blend and have a wonderful heft and slouch to them.
One new Tabbisocks style I am personally super excited about are the Furry Warmers and the Spotted Furry Warmers. The cozy faux fur gives just the right amount of warmth and adding them to an outfit, as warmers or a retro-style muff, makes for one undeniable look.
There are so many ways we can help, directly with the Red Cross and the Portland-based Mercy Corps to more indirect ways like Socks for Japan and supporting companies that are local to our hearts. Every little bit helps, remember that small comforts can bring a surprising ray of hope no matter how dark the day.
I was only able to pop in for a little bit, but our Dreamers were there representing Sock Dreams all three days of the event, with handpicked socks and garters.
I was pretty overwhelmed by all the costumes so I wasn’t able to get too many snaps (and the light in the vendor’s area was not camera friendly ), but I did get a picture of some sock browsing by a lovely Manastu whose choker detail I kind a love.
But what about the table! And the socks!
A common request when we’re helping customers is finding a decent uniform sock option. Because school rules vary it’s always a fun challenge for us to find a style that works best.
Uniform socks, above all, need to be a solid colour and we tend to find folks want them knee high or over the knee. If you’re looking for solid coloured sock options, even if your school days are long past, this is a good list for you. This is totally not every solid colour sock we carry, just the styles that have an option in white, which we’ve found to be the most popular uniform sock colour.
Socks for kids and teens can be hard to choose, you go through so many foot sizes when you’re growing up! I’m going to focus here on options that fit women’s US shoe size 6 (men’s shoe size 4) and up, as we get the most requests for help in these sizes. Be sure to check the Sizing Information for any styles you’re interested in, we try our best to include all the measurements we can, from top and calf stretch to height from heel to cuff.
Flat knit is a classic choice and is often a slightly lighter weight option. They’re not as warm as ribs and cables, but they’re a great day-to-day sock.
These are the most basic sock style we see people buying for uniforms. If you want something that works with your dress code, but is more fun, check out what we’ve got below the cut.
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