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February is a tricksy time, you’re feeling just about done with winter and snow and cold and wet. In some areas, like the Pacific Northwest, there are whiffs of the spring to come as the most heedless flowers (I’m looking at you, crocus) pop up on the surprisingly “warm” days that aren’t actually that warm, in the real scheme of things.
We recently talked of the wonders of fleece, in all its variants, but what are some other ways to keep cozy and make sure you have all your toes by the time spring really comes? That’s where our Warm! Category steps in. Let’s look at the non-fleece options for snuggly socks (and more!).
Speaking of more, why don’t we start with your shoes? We recently brought in Alpaca Felt Insoles, made in the USA by Heartfelt. They’re super warm alpaca wool felted onto burlap for sturdiness, made to slip into your shoes and curl just a bit up the sides, adding an insulating layer between your feet and the cold world.
They can be a bit fiddly to get in, but oh boy are they worth it (we found that bending back the front edge as you slip them in helps)! Perfect for those boots that are always a bit loose, they’re a dream to stand on and some of us removed the insole that came with our shoes to replace it with this warm, woolly option.
And what of wool? If you can wear it, it’s the best natural insulator. That’s thanks to the halo we’ve talked about before, trapping all that air like a Thermos and keeping warm in and cold out. It also works to wick sweat and wet away, which makes it ideal if your feet might end up damp and cold!
Pairing wool fiber and fuzzy textures ups the snuggly factor. “Boucle” (or, more properly, “bouclé”) is both a yarn and the fabric made from that yarn. Strands are wound together in a way that makes that distinctive loopy appearance. Fabric knit from bouclé yarn has a squishy thickness to it that indicates its lovely insulating properties.
If you can’t wear wool, or aren’t big into bouclé, then there’s a similar option available for you! Terrycloth (called “terry” for short and “French terry” if knit, and “warp knit” if you’re nasty) is a fabric knit to be flat on one side, with lots of loops on the other. Those little loops trap air just like a bouclé fabric (though maybe not as efficiently). They also add a thickness too that ups the warmth factor. We have quite a few terry options not in the Warm! section too. But these two are probably our top toasty terry-lined options.
Of course, there’s much to explore (and lots of options to layer) in the Warm! section, but I want to leave you with one last luscious option for staying warm. They’re a home sock, really, made for snuggling into at the end of your day, but the New Zealand Bed Socks by Outer Gear are fabulously furry inside, with a gentle top that is kind to sensitive ankles, making them a great option for folks who need to put their feet up. In stripes, solids and polka dots, with treads and without, there’s a style for just about everyone!
Like a lot of our imported styles, shipments of New Zealand Bed Socks are few and far between, so if the one you want isn’t available at this moment, be sure to sign up for email notification by clicking the “be notified when new stock arrives.” link that pops up when you select an out of stock colour. Do that and you’ll know the same day we do that more have arrived and are ready to order!
Keep those toesies cozy and see if the snuggly solution to keeping warm is just waiting for you to find it! Do you have a favourite sock or combo attack that you use to defeat the cold?
Happy holidays dreamers! Things have been in full swing here at Sock Dreams HQ. We’ve been extra busy getting socks to their destined dreamers, whether they’ve been naughty or nice. All of that industriousness wont stop us from announcing this month’s Dreamer Dress Up winners however.
We saw various levels of bundling for our Snow Day theme. Some of you from warmer climates don’t need a whole lot to keep cozy in the winter. Others find it necessary to pile on the layers. Radlee was, without a doubt, our best bundler. She didn’t stop at layering a pair of M Stripes over some Long Cuffable Scrunchable socks. She also used another pair of Long Cuffable Scrunchables as a scarf and some Quad Marled Rib Knees as mittens.
Christina doesn’t see a lot of snow where she comes from. The nights can still get pretty cold once winter hits. When she cozys up on the couch after a long day, she keeps comfortable in a an over sized sweater and her favorite pair of Floral Tights.
While Summer Anne has seen more wind than snow in her home town, her OTK Tube Socks have been sufficient to keep her toasty. She particularly loves the jewel tone of this royal blue pair. The bright color helps banish some of the season’s dreariness. Besides, it matches her secret Santa gift perfectly!
Speaking of colors it is time to announce our next Dreamer Dress Up Theme. Since this one will take place in February, the theme will be Amethyst and Violet, for the gemstone and flower of the month. We want to see what you can create using Sock Dreams products in shades of purple.
And if purple socks isn’t enough to get you excited about entering the next competition, we’ve got two great reasons that you should. Starting now, everyone who sends in a valid entry will receive a personal, one time, 10% discount code. Not only that, but we are also upping our prizes! All three of our next winners will receive a $50 gift card!
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure that your entry includes all of the following:
- 1-2 photos, no larger than 500 x 700 pixels, which shows off your entire outfit.
- A list of the products you used, how they fit the theme, and why you made your choices.
- Your full name, your preferred public name, and your preferred pronoun (she, he, they, etc.)
- Your city, state, zip code, and phone number.
- Your email address.
See our official rules for complete details. And congratulations to this month’s Dreamer Dress Up Winners!
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?!
In our second edition of our Dreamer Dress Up competition we saw a lot of ingenuity in the way our dreamers took warm weather clothes and changed them into cold weather outfits with Sock Dreams socks and accessories. Here is a peak at our ten favorites, and what they had to say about their outfits.
These first two finalists were very nearly winners. We loved Jennifer’s bright colors during this sometimes drab season. Not only did she turn a summer party dress into a great fall outfit, but she kept a little hint of sunshine with her Extraordinary Radiant Rainbows. Lindsay’s autumn color choices were a big hit here at Sock Dreams. She kept warm in her spring mini dress with Signature Cotton Tights, O Dreamy Stockings (in a gorgeous color that we, unfortunately, no longer carry), and Harajuku Arm Warmers.
Our next set of finalists had fun with indoor shots. Han had this to say about her outfit, “I love layers and was laying around the house, desperately not wanting to put on outdoor clothes to go get food when the idea struck me: don’t change the leggings and tank you are wearing–just throw more stuff on top! This was the result.” She knocked it out of the park with Chevron Sleeves and Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers. Alana was one of our first entries. She made her lace summer dress fall-ready with a long sleeved t-shirt and Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks. We loved what Whitney had to say about her outfit. “From keeping cool *eating ice cream* to staying cozy *dressed like a sundae*! I bundled up with layered long sleeves & hopped into Sock Dreams’ Neapolitan Stripes to keep my legs cozy.”
Jessica was used to staying warm in Alabama, when a cold wet spell hit. She couldn’t walk her dog in her usual clothing. Her solution? Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs. Megan says, “Sweet lolita pastels are more commonly associated with Spring, but I like to be able to wear my whole lolita wardrobe year round! ” She used our Blue Knees in Pink to coordinate and keep her legs from getting chilled.
And here are our winners! Holly is loving the autumn in her Classic Tie Dyed Striped Knees and Basic Fingerless Gloves. Phoebe is looking cool while staying warm with her Chevron Sleeves and Floral Tights. Candis took her babies Magnolia and Camellia out to enjoy their first snow in her Tie-dye Bamboo OTKs and Bamboo Cable Tights. She kept their tiny toes warm with Picnic Plaid Baby Socks.
All of our finalists received a 10% off coupon code, and our three winners each received a $30 gift code. If you want a chance to win make sure you enter next month’s competition. The theme is “Snow Day!” Show us how you bundle up for a wild winter. Click here for a complete set of rules and instructions on how to enter. And don’t forget to check out our Newsletter for more details about why we chose our top three. If you haven’t signed up for our Newsletter, now’s the perfect time to do it!
We’re just three weeks in to autumn, but we’re already preparing for the December holidays! Why? Because we’re offering free USPS First Class International Shipping until the end of November! This way our friends overseas can order holiday socks in time for them to travel and make it through customs, while enjoying the same free shipping that US residents enjoy all year round!
Of course, this means we’ve released our winter logo stickers early this year, for inclusion with holiday orders!
Our holiday logo lady is enjoying some hot cocoa while getting cozy in Peppermint Spiral Cotton OTKs to match the candy border, with Long Cuffable Leg Warmers layered over them for even more coziness!
Our winter logo sticker is sporting the same sock and legwarmer combo, only in different colors. She holds a snowglobe, and inside of that snowglobe is another logo lady, who is holding another snowglobe…. perhaps containing another logo lady?
To obtain a sticker of your very own, just leave an order note requesting either a holiday or winter logo sticker when you place your order!
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