What’s up, folks! I know Tia’s wedding dress shenanigans are a hard act to follow, but how about a little product review?
It seems like I’ve been eying products from Sock Dreams for basically forever. I bought some longer socks for Jessica and Tia a few years ago, but never really heard back on whether any of it fit, or if they liked it, yadda yadda. Anyhow, I don’t remember how I came across it, but there’s a pretty great Sock Dreams review compilation post over on the Fatshionista LiveJournal community. I’m sort of on the cusp between plus-sized and non-plus-sized when it comes to my legs, what with the whole standard-size-boots-won’t-fit-over-my-calves thing, which also applies to knee-high, OTK, and thigh-high socks. True, comfortable OTK and thigh-high socks seem to be a particularly difficult thing for plus-sized women to find, as Tia mentioned last week. Because of this, I selflessly decided to purchase four pairs of socks–three of which seemed like good bets based on the Fatshionista reviews and one of which hadn’t been reviewed yet–and give my own opinions about the fit and comfort. For the good of the sock-loving community, as it were.
Okay, so some data. The four pairs I purchased were:
– Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks in Royal Blue
– O Marled in Tan
– N40s in Coffee
– Extraordinarily Longer Thigh High in Teal
As for me, my measurements at the time of wearing (aka Saturday) were:
– Calf: 16″
– Just above knee: 17″
– Midthigh: 21″
– Upper thigh: 24.5″
– Inseam: about 30″
– Height: 5’7″
– Shoe size: 7.5-8
To assist with the product photos, I called upon my friend, The Shortest Skirt in My Closet, to help. (And no, I may not have worn this outfit around the house for the rest of the day. But I figured I might as well change into something a little more appropriate than grungy pajamas.) Michael generously set up his camera for me since it’s nicer than mine, and takes better indoor photographs. Just a warning: if you’re not in the mood to see some squishy upper thigh, this might not be the post for you. If you are, however, carry on!
First up: the Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks (LCSS). Socks Dreams wasn’t playing around when they call these babies long, at nearly 40″ from top to heel. They’re a little bit less electric blue in real life, and more of a true royal. Very pretty and well-made, out of a thick, nubby yarn that makes me think of camping.
The fit: Pretty good! The foot area is a bit loose, which is not unexpected on someone with smaller feet. This is a good sign for folks out there who tend towards the larger-footed end of the scale. I chose a darker pair because the item detail on the website mentions that “top stretch is extremely variable on these and sometimes changes without our knowledge,” and that the darker-colored pairs seem to have better stretching capabilities, up to 25-26″. Indeed, I was able to pull them pretty much all the way up my thighs, but experienced a good deal of rolling at the top once they got there, so I cuffed them down to about midthigh instead. You can see how far the cuff extends, from the top right down to my knees. They seem like they’ll stay up pretty well, although I also wouldn’t be averse to scrunching them as the name suggests. Due to the looseness of the foot, I won’t be able to wear these with anything but looser shoes or boots, but that was my plan in any case, so I’m not bugging.
Second up: the O Marled pair. The item color is “Tan,” but I’d call them oatmeal. These are also thick, marled and nubby, even moreso than the LCSSes, but aren’t quite as long at 26″ from top to toe.
The fit: Also good! They stayed up a bit better than the LCSSes, although you can see some rolling here as well since the top stretches to 24″ and my upper thigh is a bit more than that. If I really truly wanted to eliminate rolling, I would probably purchase some of Sock Dreams’ body adhesive, which works well, according to Fatshionista. Instead, I’ll probably end up cuffing these a bit in day-to-day wear, because cuffed socks look cute anyway. The foot area fits pretty nicely. Because it’s a thick yarn, these and the LCSSes were both a little bit scratchy out of the package. Nothing unbearable, but sort of like a homemade sweater. (Not that anybody’s ever made me a sweater. Heavy sigh.) I did wash them after and that may help a bit, but I also plan to wear both pairs over tights, which ought to mitigate things.
Third up: The N40s. The site says 35″ from top to heel, and they have quite a bit of stretch to them, since they are made from nylon and lycra rather than cotton and other things like the previous two pairs. Less thick and yarn-y, more like really long trouser socks.
The fit: Again, no real problems. The site mentions that these may be harder to put on than the others, but it was just like putting on a pair of thick nylons (which, well, duh, they’re made of nylon). They do squish my squishables more as they get up to the upper thigh–since they only stretch up to 23″–and roll rather more aggressively, but work fine once they’re cuffed. Thanks to the nylon, these seem like they’ll stay up really well, and are nice and stretchy-soft. They fit well in the ankles and feet, too, and I doubt they’ll sag or bag even with extended wear. Plus, I love the rich brown color.
Finally: The Extraordinarily Longer Thigh High (ELTH). I bought these on a semi-whim, since they seem to be a newer product, and the copy advertises them as stretching at the top to 27″ around. Plus, you know how I get about teal.
The Fit: BAM. I love these. They pulled up beautifully and–what what!–stay all the way up, as you can see here, with barely a roll in sight. I’ll have to give them a proper day out to see how they fare and whether they’ll need to be pulled up often, but it seems like they’ll stay put. Maybe it’s the elastic in the fiber? They’re somewhere between the N4os and the first two pairs in terms of feel: thicker than the nylons but softer and smoother than the socks. Love! Love love love. They’re also the most expensive of the bunch at $20 a pair, but I’d call them a good investment, and if I could I’d buy them in all three other colors.
The Bottom Line: I’m happy with my purchases and will be keeping all four pairs. The biggest issue I encountered was rolling, which can be combated by cuffing or possibly with sock glue. This means that most of the pairs have slightly less leg-height than advertised, but they all still come out to be true OTK and midthigh socks, which is more than I usually get with standard-size socks. I found their advertised measurements to be generally correct. I’m glad Fatshionista’s review compilation was available as a resource, since having folks with their measurements all laid out helped me get an idea of what kind of fit I could expect. It doesn’t sound as if all of Sock Dreams’ “plus-size” products are truly plus-size, but the ones I bought work for me and seem like they’ll work for ladies with bigger legs as well, since none of these socks were stretched uncomfortably tight.
I know I’m not really a proper spokesperson to the plus-size community since I’m an in-betweener, but I do hope this post helps some ladies with their sock-related decisions. I look forward to wearing my new socks as the weather gets colder–they’re definitely coming along to Chicago! Maybe I can get Tia to try my pairs on too, so she can chime in about how they fit for someone who is but three apples high.
[I was not contacted by any company to review the products mentioned here, and I did not receive any compensation for reviewing them. All opinions stated are my own.]