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Last year we paired socks up in romance novel-style covers, but this year our true love matches are between styles that make for great cold weather layering! It’s been chilly up here in the Northern hemisphere (resulting in snow in Portland, even!), and we’ve all been getting creative with pairing up socks.
I’ve mentioned layering here before, both pretty openwork styles to go over solid tights and lightweight layering options for spring, now let’s look at warm options that help keep you cozy by trapping warm air and just plain doubling up!
I’m a big arm warmer fan, so the first thing I do when it gets chilly is pair knit gloves with my old standby, the Harajuku Arm Warmers. And when the freeze gets really bitey, you don’t want to take your gloves off to use your mobile, so the Smart Gloves are super handy (ha, hand-y).
Also available in a lambswool version for folks who aren’t sensitive to wool (you lucky people!), both styles of Smart Gloves have a special fiber in the index finger tip and thumb, so you can still swipe your screen without freezing up! Stretchier styles like the Harajuku Arm Warmers and larger styles like the Leaf Pattern Fleece Arm Warmers go easily over knit gloves. Plus, their open-hand design allows you to pull them back a bit and take your gloves off when it gets too warm for gloves but not warm enough to expose your wrists to the elements.
But what about your toes?! Like I mentioned in the January Dreamer recommendations post, Zaf personally loves using the Silk Knee Highs as a liner sock under a warmer style. Not only does this trap air that helps keep you warm (like how a Thermos works, but with socks!), but if you’re sensitive to wool, a liner sock keeps those prickly fibers at a comfortable distance. The O Woolies are a great basic wool style that cuffs to make a fabulous knee high, so don’t worry about wool behind your knees!
Having a natural fiber against your skin is also a boon when wearing a purely man-made fiber like the Acrylic Slouches. I love my Acrylic Slouches, but if my feet start to sweat there is nowhere for the moisture to go. Silk and wool are both fabulous as liner fibers, because they help keep the moisture off your skin—and, as anyone who has worked themselves into a sweat in freezing weather knows, you start warm and then get cold fast! Coolmax® fiber is another wonderful wicking option, and though most of our Coolmax® styles, like the Sport Over the Calf Toe Sock, have toes, that’s just more snuggly layers keeping you warm!
Okay, sure, double up your socks, double up your gloves. But what if it is REALLY cold and you need to bring out the big guns? I will share my cold weather secret: double up your pants! But not like, with actual pants. Leggings can fit snugly under slacks and looser jeans, and if you go for fleece-lined styles like Foot Traffic’s Fleece Lined Leggings or the Thermo Fleece Lined Footless Tights, then you’ll really be barricading your legs against the chilly invaders of weather!
Layers! Pair those styles up, OTKs over tights, leg warmers over everything! Keep those toes cozy and share with us what your favourite layering combos are when the cold gets nasty and means business.
Unlike many residents of northern climate zones, we in Portland very rarely see snow, so when it actually sticks as it did last week, the city really shuts down. This is partially due to a lack of snow plows or experience driving in snow, but also because it’s such a rare occurrence that we all just want to take the day off & enjoy it!
Here at Sock Dreams we feel a deep responsibility for keeping everyone’s toes warm so we don’t give in and stay home easily — as long as our website is up, customers can keep placing orders so we do our darnedest to keep filling them and sending them off. For this reason we stayed open through three days of [Portland paralyzing] snow, closing only on Sunday after we were hit by freezing rain, making for some extra-dangerous driving (and walking!) conditions.
Don’t worry, though –we still got some work done, despite all the fun! On Monday we managed to get two days worth of packages out the door on schedule!
Yes, I’ve mentioned sparkly styles for the new year before, but what better time to bring in the bling than on this side of winter Solstice, waiting for the days to get longer and knowing that there’s still a lot of winter to come. Also: sparkles!!
For more subtle sparkle, these three styles knit only a bit of shimmer in leaving most of the yarn unadorned.
But if you’re feeling a bit more bold, the overall shimmer-sparkle of these two styles should be perfect
And if you just can’t shine brightly enough then put on your shades for these three:
But what if you’d like to indulge a bit less ostentatiously? Well, the Indulgences category has all of our pricer (and worth it!) options that you totally deserve after surviving the year. From knee highs in cashmere or silk,
To luxurious velvet,
And truly indulgent sheers.
You deserve something special, even if it’s just drinking in some sock-tastic beauty and adding it to your wishlist! Our year with you has been fabulous and it’s our awesome customers that keep us going, so thank you and here’s to 2014!
Happy (almost) New Year, Dreamer Fans!!! We’re very excited about 2014! We have a lot of things happening for the New Year: continuing work on our new review system, some changing around of the web site, traveling to more places for conventions, and of course the new styles that are soon to grace the shelves at our headquarters.
But before we get in all our new lovelies for the new year, we need to clear out some of the inventory from this year–so we’re having a sale!
From 12:01 am (PST) December 26th to 11:59 pm December 31st 2013 we’ll be offering you 10% off for your order of $20 or more when you use the promo code Happy2014LN in your shopping cart prior to checkout. Want to save even more? Well, if you spend $40 or more, use the code SuperHappy2014LN and we’ll take a full 20% off of your order total! This is the perfect time to use all your holiday gift cards. This sale is ONLINE ONLY, and will not be happening in our shop.
Thanks to all our customers new and old and have a great 2014!
Ah December! We’ve reached the end of the year and our last month of birth month symbol-inspired socks! Holly and poinsettia are inevitable flowers for this month, but turquoise is a surprise as the birthstone! And Sagittarius’ arrows point straight to the end of the year!
The distinctive pretty prickliness of holly only really shows up in seasonal socks. This year we have the lovely Cardinals Crew, with bright little birds perched on holly leaves.
Did you know that the poinsettia “flower” is actually a cluster of specialised leaves? And besides the traditional red, they can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled! They need to be kept in the dark for a while for the colour change to happen, then need lots of light to get as bright as can be! The Starry Poinsettia Over the Knees are an obvious sock choice,
But the Juneau Fairisle Crews have that same distinctive “flower” worked into their design. Subtle!
Now, turquoise is an easy one! We even have a built-in “Browse by Color” search for it! Well, turquoise and teal. Because actual turquoise stones vary from super pale to vivid and blue to blue-greens, as a colour name it runs the gamut!
Now, what best represents the arrows of Sagittarius (since we only have horses, no centaur archers)? Why, chevrons! The stacked “V” design of a chevron is like a flying arrow, or the feathers (fletching) that balance it!
Of course, our DreaM Stockings have a lovely line of chevron styles:
And there are plenty of others to aim at!
See, December birthdays, even with all the holiday rush going on, we couldn’t forget you!