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3 Things To Consider When Buying Men’s Dress Socks

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Consider When Buying Men’s Dress Socks

If you have recently purchased a new suit and are trying to find the perfect pair of socks to coordinate with it, you may want a little guidance. Here are a few things you should look for when buying a pair of men’s dress socks:

How do you pick the right color?

In the past, practically all dress socks for men were black. However, black is not always the best color to match with a suit. Black is certainly a neutral shade, but if worn with a light-colored suit, whenever the socks are displayed, such as times when you are sitting, they will draw attention to that area of your body. This can make it difficult for people to focus on your face and torso. Also, black socks may shorten the look of your legs. This is probably not an issue for tall men, but it may be undesirable for men who are a bit shorter.

As you look for the right hue, consider the color of your suit. It is best to match the color of the sock with that of your trousers. Since the socks will be adjacent to the pants, matching them to the trouser color can give a seamless, uniform appearance. However, if you are more expressive in your style, you can wear socks that display a pattern, such as argyle, that includes the color of the trousers.

The most daring option is to wear socks that purposefully contrast the trouser. It is important, however, that the contrast looks as though it is an intentional part of the style.

How long should the socks be?

When choosing a pair of dress socks for a suit, be sure that the socks are long enough not to display any skin when you are sitting. As you sit, the legs of your trousers will rise. Sometimes, only a hint of your ankle will show. However; depending on the cut of the trousers, a few inches of your leg above your ankle may be visible. In any case, the socks should extend high enough up the leg to prevent a flash of skin.

What material should the socks be made of?

The material of the socks can be based on the weather and your comfort level.


Socks that are made from cotton are naturally absorbent. This can be beneficial during warm months if your feet sweat a lot.


Wool socks allow a good amount of airflow. However, they are most appropriate for  cold weather due to their bulk and warmth.


Socks that are made of synthetic materials, such as polyester or acrylic, allow good airflow and are quite thin. Thus, they may fit well with dress shoes

Regardless of the material selected, it is best to have a dress sock that includes elastic. An elasticized cuff or elastic ribbing throughout the sock can help it fit well on the foot and stay high on the leg.

If you are considering purchasing a new pair of dress socks, review your available options online and buy mens socks online.

“Accidental Fur”–A Humane Alternative To Fur

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Accidental Fur”–A Humane Alternative To Fur

Fur was one of the first materials used to make clothing.  Although the popularity of fur today is less than it was even fifty years ago, it still has properties that make it desirable to many people.  It is very warm and it is durable.  In some cultures, fur is seen as glamorous and sophisticated, and is worn often by very affluent people.  Cultures in very cold climates depend on fur to stay warm in extreme temperatures.  Fur is often seen being worn as a coat, wrap, shawl, hat or hand muffs.  Fox, mink, beaver and wolf are popular types of fur.

The use of fur can be controversial because some people think that it is cruel to kill an animal for its pelt.  However, the fur industry is huge and there is still a demand for fur.  In order to try to find a more humane way to provide fur to consumers, some businesses and individuals have started to make and market fashion accessories from what they call “accidental fur.”  Accidental fur is the fur from animals that were killed on the roadways.  In other words, roadkill is now being turned into useful and elegant fur items! 

A large number of animals are killed each day on roadways everywhere.  The types of animals will vary by geographical location, but common carcasses found are raccoon, deer and muskrats.  In Canada, finding a bear or a moose on the side of the road is not uncommon.  Businesses have been started that collect roadkill and turn it into fine fur items.  These furs have been sold throughout the world and the practice of using accidental fur is considered a more humane way to provide fur.  This idea is catching on, and accidental fur is becoming more common in the fur market.

When a wild animal is hit by a car, it is examined to be sure the fur can be used.  If it is usable, it is then skinned and the pelt is sent to a tannery to dry.  From there it is turned into a beautiful fur accessory and sold to the public.  Only non-endangered wild animals are used.  Domestic pets, like cats and dogs, are not used, as that has the potential to make someone uncomfortable, knowing they are wearing someone’s pet.  Turning roadkill into beautiful fur pieces shows respect to the animal and some believe it allows their spirit to live on. 

For more information on using furs in fashion, contact a company like fur coats by Herman Sellers Gough Furs.

Three Things You Should Never Do Before Bringing Your Wedding Gown To The Dry Cleaner

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things You Should Never Do Before Bringing Your Wedding Gown To The Dry Cleaner

Whether you purchased a wedding gown or are wearing a family heirloom, you’ve probably considered preserving it for your daughter, niece or other family member. A dry cleaner can help you preserve a wedding gown so that many future generations can use it, but there are some types of damage they can’t undo. Gowns require special handing and care. After the ceremony and before you get it to the dry cleaner, there are three things you should never do to a wedding gown.

1. Don’t cover it in dry cleaning plastic or use a plastic garment bag.

Even though the plastic garment covers supplied by dry cleaners are meant to protect clothes, they aren’t intended for fragile garments like wedding gowns. Furthermore, these covers are only meant to protect a garment from dust or raindrops while transporting the garment from the cleaner to your home.

Plastic covers and bags actually create unhealthy environments for both synthetic and natural fibers and are especially damaging to garments that have not yet been cleaned.  They keep air from circulating, and they trap moisture as well as vapors produced by the breakdown of synthetic fibers. If the gown hasn’t been cleaned, mildew can form on the moisture from perspiration, stains and spills and cause permanent staining.

2. Don’t try to “protect” it with makeshift materials or containers.

You might think that you’re protecting your gown by placing it in a plastic storage tote or a black plastic garbage bag, but these containers can harm your gown. Garbage bags can shed minute plastic particles and transfer color to the gown. Plastic storage totes are too airtight and won’t allow the gown to breathe.

Also avoid placing the gown in tissue paper, bed sheets and cardboard or wooden boxes. Most of these materials are acidic and can damage or discolor the gown. Organic materials like cotton sheets, cardboard and wood can leach acid, deposit stains and turn white wedding gowns yellow. Colored materials such as fabric or paper can also transfer dye to the gown unless they are acid-free and designed for archival storage. Keep gowns away from metal and wood objects, including wooden hangers, shelves and drawers. Store and transport the gown in the box that it came in. 

3. Don’t attempt to clean it.

If you get a stain on your gown, don’t try to remove it. Most home stain removal methods can spread the offending substance or set stains permanently. For instance, warm water can set organic stains such as blood or grass. Blotting or rubbing oily stains like lipstick or grease can spread the stain and grind it deeper into the fabric. Even though your instinct might be to try to lessen the stain, it’s best to leave it alone and let the professionals treat it properly.

If you’ve decided to preserve and pass on your wedding gown instead of doing a “trash the dress” photo shoot, you need to care for it properly until you get it to the dry cleaner. Don’t wait to have it cleaned and preserved. Stains, dirt, oils from your skin, perfumes, light and improper storage materials can all damage and degrade your gown. Damage and discoloration will get worse with time, so make an appointment for your wedding dress cleaning as soon as possible. The future brides in your family will appreciate the care and proper handling and investment in fine dry cleaning. For more information, talk with Dry Cleaner’s in Calgary. 

Would You Like Smart Lenses With Those Frames? The Future Of Smart Glasses Has Arrived

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Would You Like Smart Lenses With Those Frames? The Future Of Smart Glasses Has Arrived

When Google Glass came out, it was a laughing stock, mostly because of its bulky, ugly appearance. Since it was such a failure, you would think that the future of smart glasses for consumers would be dead, but just the opposite is true. 

Smart Glasses Never Died, They Just Changed

While smart glasses never made it in the consumer market, they are being tested and becoming well-accepted in other areas, such as the military and medical community. The technology is being studied and developed for use in fields as diverse as aerospace, logistics, and manufacturing as well as the the retail and restaurant sectors. Meanwhile, companies around the globe have been working on the major flaw that made them so unpalatable to the consumer market; their appearance.

It’s All In the Curve

The one thing that made the original smart glasses so unappealing was their wide, flat lenses. The challenge was to make the technology work on a curved lens that could be fit into standard glasses frames. One of the many companies researching this problem, Carl Zeiss Smart Optics, has developed just such a lens. Their smart lens is built directly into the glasses lens, making it a strong possibility that it can one day be used with prescription lenses in regular eyeglass frames and sold as an option with your new eyeglasses. 

How the Technology Works

Very simply put, in the original smart glass technology, the image is beamed through a specialized mirror onto a prism that reflects the screen image back toward the wearer’s eye. The beam of light was sent from right to left, then reflected back before it was caught by the right eye. These new lenses beam the light from right to left inside a curved lens, then into a flat lens made of concentric circles called a fresnel lens, which sends it immediately into the eye. While the newer lenses do not have the same image quality as the original, they may be safer for extended use by preventing your right eye from having pain due to the bright light being shot into it.

The Research Continues

Many companies such as Sony and ADG are also working on their own versions of smart glasses. Although much of the work being done is for enterprise applications instead of the consumer market, you never know what they may stumble upon. As the technology advances and becomes more affordable, one day, your optometrist may automatically ask, “Would you like smart lenses with those frames?”

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, and the days when people wear computers on their bodies is already a reality. With so many companies working to make smart glasses a reality, it is only a matter of time before they hit the mainstream market. In the meantime, if you need a new pair of prescription lenses, it’s best to see your trusted local ophthalmologist or optometrist (such as one from Sol Optix).