sock it to me

I always bought knee highs when I lived in the Bay Area. It was rarely too hot for them; when it was it was usually one of the few sandal days we have per year, anyway. But I found myself wishing for shorter socks by the second week of April here. Luckily, there’s an app for that my favorite brand sold at Sock Dreams.com, Sock It To Me, also has a fine array of shorter lengths. I love SITM because their socks are cut generously enough to fit around my calves, all the way up to my knees, without warping the pattern.

In addition to these awesome smiley toast socks, I also got lotus blossom socks, cherry socks, and bumblebee socks. Oh, and I may have gotten a pair of mushroom knee highs that will have to wait for cooler weather.

You know what I totally dread? That I will wind up with a job that doesn’t allow fun socks, and I will be stuck with 2 drawers bulging full of adorable socks that I will only be able to wear on my days off.

outfit of the day: blue & gray reconcile

ootd blue gray reconcile

The socks are from — where else? — Sock Dreams, $10. Everything else I already had.

outfit of the day: october threw up all over me

ootd october barfThe only new components here are the tights and trouser socks. The shoes I bought a couple months ago, the pin is the owl pin I bought in Louisiana, and the skirt and shirts I’ve had for a couple of years.

The stockings are one of the pairs I bought from We Love Colors, $9. They ship their stuff priority mail, so even though they’re in Miami I got my order the day after I ordered it (it shipped the same day I ordered it), so that was cool.

I got no complaints so far. The fit is exactly right, they don’t fall or roll down, and the color is rich and dark. A lot of times colored tights will look great in the package, but when stretched over your legs become pallid and insipid. These are dark even over my thighs, where they’re stretched the tightest.

WLC also has $15 tights, in the same sizes and choice of colors, that have a higher Lycra spandex content, so they’re probably more durable. However, with handwashing and a little care, I don’t see why these couldn’t last at least a year.

fall colors paisley socksThe trouser socks are from Sock Dreams, $10. Usually I stick to the $7 socks, but I do love paisley. I was afraid they would slip down over the tights, but they seem to be holding up well. (Take into account a 2 block walk to the bus stop, another block from one stop to the connecting stop, a dash into and out of McDonald’s, and a walk up a flight of stairs.)

My first bus driver this morning was like “Okay, WHERE do you get your socks?!” I told her Sock Dreams, BABY. SD should put me on commission. I will accept payment in socks.

outfit of the day: good heavens!

ootd good heavens

Ugh, what’s with the weird angle of my arm and hand? It looks like a chicken wing. Anyway, the socks are from Sock Dreams, the pin was a gift from my grandmother, and the shoes I already had.

I also have a ring on my left little finger that my mother gave me. She recently gave me some rings that my father had given her when they were dating. It’s just a simple braided silver & gold, and the gold’s probably like, 10k. They were just working kids. I left a couple of the rings in Louisiana because my fingers are a lot fatter then my mother’s were back then, and they’ll have to be sized on my next trip.

I thought I could get away with not irnong this dress (I hate ironing when it’s hot) if I hung it up as soon as I removed it from the dryer… I was wrong.

heavens pin

black and white star socks and gold shoes

outfit of the day: harlequin hummingbird

ootd harlequin hummingbird

The shoes and socks (Target and Sock Dreams, respectively) I bought several weeks ago, but I don’t think I’ve worn either yet. The pin came from Thrift Town, the juzu bracelet I’ve had for years.

patent leathetr shoes and harlequin socksThe shoes are patent leather; I have the same ones in silver. Tip: The best way to make patent leather sparkle? Windex. No lie, most of my shoes were patent leather in high school. I used Windex on my shoes way more often than I did the windows.

hummingbrid pin againThe pattern of the hummingbird’s wings kind of echos the diamonds in the socks. I dunno, it seemed as good a reason as any to wear this pin, as opposed to one of the 3 or 4 other pins that have green in them.

outfit of the day: birds & bugs

ootd birds and bugs

The socks are from Sock Dreams, $7. Everything else I already had.

Speaking of socks, I found this website (via The Pretty Pear) that sells plus sized tights in 51 (!!!) colors, starting at $9 a pair. TPP reviewed them and says they’re very comfortable and soft (like a very very thin legging), and the sizes are true. None of this “We swear to god, these will fit up to a 6′ tall, 300 lb. woman!” “Then why do they stop halfway up my thigh?” bullshit.

She can’t vouch for the durability yet, but the fact that they aren’t stretched to the breaking point every time you put them on makes me think they’ll last. Also, since they aren’t stretched so thin, the colors are really rich and opaque.

I don’t wear tights in summer, but I’m bookmarking it for fall. Although I could wear them now, since it’s been such a cool summer. But I’m like the Japanese: I tend to change my wardrobe according to the calendar, regardless of what the weather’s like!

sparrows socks and grey tweed shoes

sparrows all over socks

birds and bugs dragonfly pin

outfit of the day: spring formal

ootd spring formal

The shoes I bought a few weeks ago at Target. It’s odd that I love them, because usually I hate fussy little bows on clothes. If I see underwear that has a fussy little bow (on bras they always stick them on the piece of cloth that connects the cups, which drives me batty), but that I otherwise like, I’ll buy it, then remove the bow with a seam ripper. But on the shoes, they work. The fact that they’re flat bows is part of it, I think.

Everything else I already owned.

Sock Dreams answered my email complaint about the socks before noon yesterday. They immediately mailed out the correct pair, and said the package would include an addressed, pre-stamped envelope. I just have to stick the wrong pair of socks in it, along with my receipt, and send them back. I like that they didn’t make me send the wrong pair back first (and pay for postage and packaging myself), that’s excellent customer service.

black toed shoes and black eyelet socks

pink cherry blossom furoshiki

blue cherry blossom pin

outfit of the day: smoky pastels

ootd smoky pastels

I hate what I think of as “Easter pastels”: sickly greens, blues, and pinks. But pastels that have a grey base are awesome. They are pastels for adults, not children.

The socks are from Sock Dreams, $8. I used to never wear vertically striped socks, because I’m so anal that it bugged me that I could never get or keep the lines perfectly straight. I’m trying to get over such behavior. The shoes were on clearance at Target for $12.48. The pin is the same blue crystal cherry blossom one I wore last week. And the neckerchief I’ve had for years.

I know it seems like I’m spending a lot on shoes lately, but a) I really needed them, b) they were almost all on clearance and less than $15 (and ALL of them were under $20), and c) I consider them an investment. I had, literally, just 2 pairs of shoes. One was brown and could only be worn with brown-based outfits. The other was made of ribbons of several different colors and, while they were cute, went with almost nothing I owned.

Like any other lifestyle change/hobby, there’s an initial investment before you start saving money. At least that’s my justification for buying nearly a dozen pairs of shoes in the past 6 weeks.

pastel checkered scarf

lilac socks and silver shoes

outfit of the day: sacred hearts

ootd sacred heartsUmm, WHY didn’t I think to put my Hearts on Fire socks with my heart rosary before?! The shoes I got at Thrift Town, $9.99

Speaking of socks, I may or may not have spent some money at Sock Dreams yesterday. (I totally did.) I should just sign my paycheck directly over to those guys.

black kelly diamond jester socks

cherry blossom socks

fast lane socks black charcoal

lilac black cotton inklined socks

And that should do it for now, I’ve gone through their entire stock of knee highs, and those were the ones I couldn’t live without. Although I will check every month or so to see what’s new; one of the great things about Sock Dreams is they have free shipping, so you can order just one pair and it’s not a waste of money. They get here fast, too. They’ve always shipped the same day I order them, and they’re here in a day or two. Sock Dreams is based in Portland, so they don’t have very far to go.

The only thing I really still need is a brown dress. (I bought that green one from Target; it’s not cotton, but it was on clearance for $15!) I found one yesterday at OneStopPlus.com, but they were out of most sizes, including any that would conceivably fit me.

outfit of the day: holy peacocks

ootd holy peacocksI decided to go ahead and order that dress that I thought might be too small. I could always return it, right? Turns out it fits, so yay, now I have a grey dress in my arsenal.

The socks are from Sock Dreams, and the shoes are the same ones I wore yesterday. Actually, I’m finding they go with a lot more of my stuff than I would have thought. The rosary is one my mother bought for me at the St. Louis Cathedral gift shop. It has a drop of water from Lourdes in the center. The peacock is one of the symbols of the Virgin Mary, GET IT?? Also the ausetrity of the dress kind of makes me think of something nuns might wear. Okay okay, I’m stretching it.

I have a silver cuff bracelet that would be a perfect finishing touch to this outfit, and I’m kicking myself for not having thought of it until now.

This dress’s belt isn’t sewn to the dress itself, so I could theoretically accessorize with belts. But I don’t really like belts, because I have a short torso/high waist. I always look like some 90-year-old Florida retiree with my pants hiked up to my ears.

Putting the camera on my desk sure makes my head look small. I know it’s not really that small, because I’m one of those people who have a hard time finding hats that fit!

peacock socksHere’s a close-up of the socks, because they are awesome.

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