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Men’s Socks – Everything you Need to Know

A sock is not just a sock…

Everyday Socks

These socks are for non-formal, everyday wear. They should look good, and be very comfortable. The right pair of everyday socks will provide some cushioning to the foot and will also absorb moisture without smelling. Choose black, navy or grey to work with your entire wardrobe.

 

Sports Socks

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Sports or gym socks are created specifically for wear when exercising or participating in physical activity. They are just as important for performance as is a high quality pair of sporting shoes. High quality socks made specifically for sportswear will offer support and cushioning to the toes, aches, balls of feet and Achilles tendons. They will help you avoid blisters and rubbing, and will absorb moisture generated by sweating. They also need to be breathable and durable. These socks are usually white.

 

Dressy Socks

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Dressy socks are worn for formal wear, often good trousers and business suits. They are thinner and more delicately crafted than everyday socks, and should mould well to the leg. The right pair will not bunch or slip down. Again, choose basic colours such as black, grey and navy.

Work Socks

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These are heavy duty socks made for extreme wear.

Sock Fabrics

Which sock fabrics are the best?

  • Cotton is lightweight, extremely comfortable, and is a superior moisture absorber. It is usually blended to make socks.
  • Wool socks offer great ventilation for the feet, and also absorb excess amounts of sweat and offer a high level of cushioning. They are also very warm to wear. They can, however, be very itchy for some people if they have sensitivity to wool yarn.
  • Nylon makes for durable and insulating socks
  • Polyester is a common fabric used in blends for socks, particularly with cotton. It helps the feet to breathe and minimises sweating.
  • Acrylic is highly cushioning and moisture absorbent
  • Coolmax® Fabric is created by Dupont and it is renowned as being the fastest drying fabrics in the world – taking fewer than thirty minutes to completely dry.
  • Lycra is also created by Dupont, and offers elasticity for fit and comfort.

Choose socks that work for you – with fine stitching, and the right fit. Buy in bulk and save money, and remember to replace your socks when they lose shape.

When is the Right time to buy a Maternity Bra?

Every mum to be must at some point address the need for a maternity bra. Otherwise known as nursing bras, these bras make it easy to breastfeed – but they serve other purposes as well.

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Maternity bras come in an array of styles and you need to find the right one for you.

Fullness and tenderness of the breasts can be one of the first signs of pregnancy. Breasts grow significantly throughout pregnancy, and a good quality maternity bra worn from as early as the first trimester can make you feel much more comfortable and supported.

Most women begin to outgrow their normal bras by about ten weeks into the pregnancy. This is a great time to have a professional fitting for your maternity bras to accommodate sensitive, heavier breasts.

As soon as you are spilling out of your normal bras, finding band or straps are digging in, that under wires are uncomfortable, or your bra is simply too snug, it’s time to get fitted for a nursing bra.

What should you look for?

  • Coverage – the entire breast should be covered without overflow at the top or sides.
  • Support – wide straps, wide band, deep centre at the front, and straps made from firm elastic.
  • Adjustability – with at least four rows of hook and eye closures. Early in the pregnancy, the bra should fasten easily on the tightest closure, giving plenty of room for widening rib cage in the coming months. Later in pregnancy, make sure you have a bra that is comfortably fastened on the last hook and eye closures – your rib cage will reduce in circumference gradually after you give birth.
  • Comfort
    • Cups should fit smoothly and snug
    • Centre seam should sit comfortably on the breastbone
    • Soft cotton lining
    • Straps should be wide and comfortable
    • No under wires is preferred

Breasts change throughout pregnancy and even more so after childbirth when lactating, so your bra needs may well change also.

Every pregnant woman is different, and you need to accommodate your changing needs.

Is there a difference between maternity and nursing bras?

A maternity bra is a more supportive version of a normal bra.

Nursing bras are also supportive but have panels and clasps that allow easy nipple access for breastfeeding.

If you opt to buy nursing bras during pregnancy, allow for room to go up at least a cup size when your milk comes in. Buy at least two or three to keep on rotation.