Socks are the most underrated accessory in the fashion and styling space, especially when they can truly transform your end look. A bright pair of socks, or boldly or lightly patterned ones can accentuate your attire. They can keep your toes warm in winter and/or absorb excess sweat during summer. So selecting socks for a particular season that will not only add flourish to your feet, but also provide the right kind of cushioning and comfort is important. Needless to say, the secret to getting the perfect socks lies in the hosiery yarn that makes them.
Now, there are six types of
hosiery yarns that are used to make socks, namely, spandex, acrylic, nylon, wool, rayon and cotton. All six of these yarns have unique properties that set their applications apart from one another.
Spandex, for instance, is used widely in sports socks for its elasticity and durability. When mixed with cotton, the spandex blend becomes absorbent and roomy, hence ideal for a sweaty and heavy work out. Then there is wool. Since it is warm, it is an ideal hosiery yarn for use in socks for winter care. However, wool by itself isn’t very durable, which is why blends with strong synthetics, like polyester, are recommended for long lasting wear.
Rayon is another Hosiery Yarn, when blended with synthetics like spandex, makes for socks that are durable and cheaper than cotton. Then there is nylon that is used to make various types of stockings and pantyhose. Socks made of nylon weren’t absorbent till about two decades back which is why choosing to wear them in summer was for the daring. But with the introduction of moisture wicking techniques in fabric construction, breathability was achieved in most synthetic fabric creations, including nylon. Finally, acrylic, a cheaper and stronger alternative to wool.
Did this knock your socks off or not?