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This week saw the official start of winter, and while it may have felt wintery for the last couple months, those of us in the northern hemisphere are currently experiencing the longest nights of the year. Though some see these long, cold, dark nights as kind of a bummer, we try to look at them as a great chance to get cozy, drink some cocoa and read in front of a glowing hearth, all while wearing our longest, warmest socks.
At 30 inches from heel to top, our line of Extraordinarily Longer Dreamer Thigh Highs aren’t our absolute longest socks, but they are one of the more universally beloved tall socks, as they tend to fit a wide range of legs as true thigh highs.
We love our Extraordinarily Longer Dreamer Socks so much, that we also have them in two rainbow styles! The Harvest Rainbow colorway features our usual regenerated cotton blend yarns, in a muted rainbow, which has become one of our best sellers! The Radiant Rainbows are made from brightly colored high quality acrylic yarn, and are extra soft and warm.
We also carry them in 5 “Elemental” colorways, referencing the 5 alchemical elements, which we’ve put our own spin on!
Top: Extraordinarily Longer Elemental Stripes in spirit, terra and zephyr
Bottom: glacier and inferno colorways
Getting a little bit longer, our next three styles all hail from our DreaM Stockings line, and are over 30 inches in length, but still under 40. These styles are knitted on antique machines, just for Sock Dreams, and while they don’t all fit quite the same range as our more contemporary Dreamer Socks line, you’ll find some great funky and vintage inspired textures and patterns here!
Our next 4 styles are all just about 40 inches from heel to cuff, which is lengthier than most people’s inseams! They’re mostly intended to scrunch or slouch, but one of these styles (hint: the leg warmer) has such great horizontal stretch that they can actually make a great thigh high without any scrunching on legs that are both long and full-figured!
Some of you might be thinking that this is it — our longest socks. But no! There are even longer socks! At 50 inches, our Longer Super Stripes are beautifully thigh high on smaller legs, with great scrunch potential on larger legs!
And even then, we’re not quite done, because we have even longer socks! Simply (and aptly) called “Super Longs,” these beauties are a towering 100 inches, for the lover of length who just can’t get enough sock! These essentially demand to be scrunched!
Super Longs – 100 inches of sock per leg!
Now, you dreamers who have been around the
block sock a few times might be wondering about the Great Whites, and if so, you’re right to wonder! They are in fact twice as long as our Super Longs, but they’re currently out of stock, and they’re just so long that they’re going to need a bigger blog…
There are several gifted musicians residing among the many Dreamers here at Sock Dreams. So when we were told that our summer ad for Bust Magazine should have a musical theme, we had just the right people for the job. We also had plenty of band equipment to work with.
Best of all, we had three varieties of Dream Stockings that rock like no others.
Nothing screams punk sock quite like our Super Stripes. At 36 inches long these stripey bad boys can be worn stretched up the thigh or scrunched over your boots. And with 15 different color varieties you can wear a different pair for each blazing guitar solo.
Our Vertically Inclined Stockings are perfect for conveying both class and sass. With eye-catching details these socks are as bold as your bass moves. The design of these cotton stockings is breathable enough to keep you cool. So you wont have to fret, while working the frets.
Because they are made of nylon, the N Stripes do a great job of staying in place. We love that, because when you are singing your heart out, you’ve got no time to stop and pull up your socks. These beauties come in array of vivid colors and have the stay-up power to keep you rocking all night long.
Even if you don’t have a killer band, these three sock varieties will have you looking like a rock star. Well, at least a sock star!
It’s getting cold and you want a taller sock or stocking. Either under pants, or with shorts (because summer never dies in our hearts!), or so you can keep wearing skirts but keep covered. For style, comfort or curiosity reasons, you want to try a thigh high. You’ve got your measurements in hand and the Advanced Search limited to “thigh high”, so now what?
We haven’t had a “What is a . . .” breakdown of thigh highs yet, partly because they’re so mutable! Personal taste, inseam and thigh circumference all come into play when walking that definition between a sock that falls “over the knee” and a sock that is truly “thigh high.” So, for the sake of this imaginary shopping plunge you’re about to take, let’s say you want a sock that falls at least in the middle of your thigh.
Extraordinarily Longer styles
Let’s start with a gimmie. The Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs have a length and stretch that we’ve yet to beat. Their cuffs stretch to 27 inches comfortably and are nice and wide, so they aren’t as prone to biting into those soft spots on your leg. At 31 inches from heel to the top of the cuff, unstretched, they have enough length to go up even long, full legs (the more a style stretches around, the less length it often has). They also come in stripes!
I know, they also cost $20, which is a big investment. You can get packs of three knee highs for $8 at your local department store. But our Dreamer Socks are made to our specifications, based on observations on sock fit made over a decade. We really love and believe in our Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs and when folks ask us “what should my first thigh high be?” the first reaction of a Dreamer is “these!!” With a foot size range that goes from a US women’s shoe size 7 (a men’s 5) to a men’s shoe size 12 (a women’s 14), they’re kind of a sock dream come true.
I asked my fellow Dreamers what thigh high (excluding the Extraordinarily Longers) what they’d recommend to a person looking for their first truly tall sock and I’ve got their answers for you after the jump!
One of the things we love to do is help folks find which socks will work best for them. That’s why we put as much information as we can into the Sizing Tips on each product page and try to give as much real-life testing as we can into the styles we carry. Sometimes you’ve got to scroll a little to see it, depending on your monitor size, but it’s there!
And if it isn’t, or you’ve had a different experience, let us know via email and we’ll make sure things are up to date! So many products we carry are wrapped up in packaging and sometimes things sneakily change in a way we don’t notice until you let us know.
So okay, the information is there, but you’re still unsure—or, you’ve got a particular fit issue or need and our Advanced Search isn’t helping? Then it’s time for our handy-dandy contact form! Select “Sizing Query” from the topic drop-down and make sure your email address is correct so we can get back to you.
Now for your question itself! Something we tell folks a lot is that “large”, “skinny”, “plus” or really most adjectives and dress sizes don’t mean much without context. Who knows what clothing sizes mean anymore (besides, they’re based on everything but the measurements we need)! If you write us saying you’ve got “tiny calves” and nothing stays up or you’ve got “curvy thighs” and stockings always roll, we can only give you the vaguest help. But we want to give you specific help! So here’s what you’ve gotta do for ultimate sock searching assistance: measure!
Even if you don’t sew, a tailors tape (or fabric measuring tape) is the best $2 tool to have. I use mine to measure weird spaces furniture needs to go as much as I do when sewing! But, if you don’t have one, don’t worry. The same ability to measure around stuff is just as easy to obtain with some yarn or string and a regular ol’ ruler.
You just wrap the yarn around what you’re measuring, then lay it out next to a ruler and BAM! Measurements.
In general, a good reference for where you need to measure for what coverage of sock is the image on the Measurements & Sizes page (shown below with common coverage highlighted for easy reference). We also like to know your shoe size, too, particularly if you have smaller or larger feet than the average sock you encounter.
But more information is always useful, so after the jump we’ve got some slightly more in-depth tips for measurements to send with your sizing question.
This has been a month of nylons, hasn’t it? There’s something really fantastic about them and how they visually smooth out your skin, making your legs look even more fabulous. Of course, that illusion works best if your stockings are a similar tone as your skin. People come in a lot of different shades, so it is rather frustrating that most companies that make the nylons we sell only offer lighter shades of beige. And some even call the colour “nude”! Which makes no sense and is why we use the word “beige” for those colours. We are constantly telling our suppliers that we want more shades and though we’re seeing a teeny bit of forward progress, we just don’t know when more than beige will be a regular option.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem dyes their dancers’ tights and shoes to match their skin, which creates that classic ballet visual of uninterrupted line. You can see some samples of their work in the picture for this LA Times article. To create the classic visual of nylon stockings that perfectly match and melt into your skin, we can do the same thing. I’ve gone over some basic dyeing techniques here before, so I know you know how to do it. But which colours? What dye?
For these examples and as a general suggestion, I recommend RIT dye. If you live near a craft store, they’ve got it, in all the colours. Supermarkets and Wal-Marts also often carry RIT dye and, more often than not, offer all the colours. It’s easy to use and not that expensive, plus their site is a great resource, with a Colour Formula Guide to reference once you feel comfortable enough to mix up some magic (and it is magic, there’s a warm brown there that is made of their Sunshine Orange and Navy, somehow, so cool!).
Like I said earlier, people come in a lot of different shades and, if you’re going to dye-to-match then you’ll want to get it just how you want it. I suggest picking up some of the pantyhose that come in an egg and experimenting with those, so mistakes can be made cheaply before you customise stockings you love. For the experiments below I used the Sheer Backseams with Lace Top, though, because hey, we’re fancy.
Those gorgeous shades are all straight-from-the-box, no mixing! I’ll give you the vitals and some tips after the jump.
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