Soft, Sophisticated… Sockwell

When I started in the compression stocking business 15 years ago the style and color options were few and far between.  There were some cotton blends, but most were nylon and spandex  in beige and black.  The occasional customer would ask if we had anything fun or fashionable… patterns or stripes.  Back then the answer was “Sorry, no, but we will keep telling our manufacturers what you want.”

To our long-time customers who wanted variety, thank you for your persistence!  Today, there are stripes, patterns and a kaleidoscope of colors available from Rejuvahealth, Vim & Vigr, CEP, Juzo Dream Colors, and our newest line of stylish compression socks…. Sockwell.  The Sockwell designs and colors are comparatively muted and conservative, but convey a sophisticated and stylish edge.  Perhaps most importantly, the Sockwell weave includes luxurious fibers for maximum comfort.  I wore a pair of the Men’s Circulator Stripe on a recent cross-country trip to San Francisco.  They were made from merino wool, bamboo rayon, stretch nylon and spandex.   Beside the great fabric, Sockwells also have a lightly padded sole, arch support, non-binding welt to keep the socks comfortably in place, and a seamless toe closure.

sockwell-socksThe charcoal looked great with a pair of jeans and brown dress shoes.  Even after a five hour flight with my knees under my chin, my legs felt fantastic.  Plus, I discovered an added benefit from the fine wool fabric… my skin didn’t dry out.  When I wear compression stockings made from cotton and/or nylon my legs can get dry and flaky.  That didn’t happen with the Sockwells.  I’m a fan!

Sockwell compression stockings are available for men and women in 15-20 and 20-30mmHg.

Sneak Peak – New Juzo Dream Colors for Fall/Winter 2014

Juzo has an exciting array of colors for its Fall/Winter 2014 line of Juzo Dream (coming soon!). This season, we’re keeping customer favorites from last season – Dolphin, Midnight Blue and Pink. Juzo is adding four bright and trendy colors (with awesome names) – Tangerine, Mulberry, Purple Rain and Candy Apple. Check out the swatches below!

2014 Juzo Fall Winter Dream Colors

 These colors will be available to purchase at the end of September on our website. As always, you’ll be able to purchase these as pantyhose, thigh highs, knee highs, leggings and armsleeves. Products range in compression level from 15-20 mmhg, 20-30 mmhg and 30-40 mmHg.

Juzo 2014 Dream Color Samples

 BUT – the most exciting news is that Juzo will be offering the Dream Colors as part of the Naturally Sheer collection. This will add a hint of color to your wardrobe with the sheer, comfortable fabric you love.

Model in Naturally Sheer Dolphin

Naturally Sheer Dolphin

 Stay tuned for updates on the launch of these products! And get inspired by some of the outfits you can plan soon with these amazing compression products.

Juzo Pink Compression Stockings

Juzo Pink Compression Stockings

Juzo Dream Sleeve and Leggings in Midnight

Juzo Dream Sleeve and Leggings in Midnight Blue

As a reminder, all of these products are dyed to order. It can take over a week to ship items dyed once. For tie-dye products, please expect up to 14 days for your purchases to ship.

Letter from a Customer

Yesterday we received this really thoughtful and touching letter from one of our customers. Excuse us for being a bit corny, but knowing that we can make a difference in someone’s life by providing affordable, high quality products keeps us coming to work every day!

Dear BrightLife Direct,

I have been thinking about writing this email for a long time, and now I am finally sitting down to do it! I live here in Washington, DC (though I am moving to Massachusetts this month) and BrightLife Direct has become a big part of my life over the last few years.

I have always had problems with my circulation, and when I was 22 I developed a varicose vein in my left leg. I didn’t really know what to do or why it happened, and I felt too embarrassed to ask anyone about it. Most of the jobs I have had require me to be on my feet for 8 hours a day, standing on hard floors most of the time. So I tried to ignore it for years. The vein only got worse. When I was 25, I had pain in my legs and I had a positive D-dimer test in the ER. Luckily, the doctors determined that I did not have a blood clot, but venous insufficiency. When I found out that I was going to have to wear 20-30mmHg compression stockings every day and/or have laser ablation of the bad vein, I cried! My legs are my best feature, and now I had to cover them up.

My doctor told me I needed to get fitted for stockings, and the Internet turned up BrightLife. I got right on the train and went to Van Ness and with tears still in my eyes arrived at BrightLife! The staff who was there that day, this was I guess in May of 2012, were so nice and helpful. Later that day, when I donned the stockings for the first time, I could not believe the change I felt.

I have worn Allegro stockings for over two years now, and a lot has changed. I’ve lost and kept off 50 lbs because for the first time I was able to exercise without being in pain. I am excited to see all the new, fun styles that BrightLife has and I hope to eventually buy some of the fancier stockings! Allegro stockings are such a great value. I have directed a lot of my coworkers and friends to BrightLife over the last two years, and it makes me happy to be able to introduce people to a great company that will improve their quality of life.

What started off as a burden I was going to have to learn to live with has since become a way of life. I am including a photo of my legs taken at the Capitol (where I work as a tour guide) in one of the solid marble bathtubs installed for the Senators back in the 1870s (they don’t use them anymore!). I never thought I would be writing this kind of a email to a company, but I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the work you all do (every package arrives so quickly!) and the products that you provide. If you ever need a spokesperson, let me know!

Sincerely,

Mary

Allegro Stockings at the Nation's Capitol

Allegro Stockings at the Nation’s Capitol

The Best Socks & Stockings for a Wedding

Wedding Shoes

Men and women wear compression socks and stockings to weddings for a number of reasons. Some of us have to wear compression socks every day, no matter what the occasion. Others prefer to wear compression socks and stockings when they’re on their feet for long periods of time, From cocktail hour to the dance floor, there’s plenty of time spent on your feet at a wedding. Swollen ankles and feet with tired, heavy legs are a common side effect to so much fun. Keep those legs energized, fresh and healthy with our list of recommended socks for men and women at a wedding.

Brides and Bridesmaids

Most likely you’re looking for a sheer stockings and possibly an open toe so that you can wear the perfect peep toe shoes. We recommend going with the one of the sheerest products on the market so they don’t take away from your dress:

  • EverSheer by Sigvaris. This is available in 15-20 mmhg, 20-30 mmhg and 30-40 mmhg with open or closed toe. Added bonus – the thigh high has a pretty sexy top band.
  • Sheer & Soft by Medi. This product is available in 8-15 mmhg, 15-20 mmhg, 20-30 mmhg and 30-40 mmhg with open or closed toe.

Grooms, Groomsmen and Male Guests

Men have it a bit easier since most weddings require trousers that cover up your socks. No need to sacrifice fashion for happy feet, though. Here are our favorite men’s socks for weddings:

  • Sockwell Socks for Men. If you just need a light compression (15-20 mmhg) to keep you dancing all night, check our selection of Sockwell socks. They’re available in Argyle, Stripes, and Geometric patterns.
  • Therafirm CoreSpun Socks – These socks range in compression level from 10-15 mmHg, 15-20 mmhg, 20-30 mmhg and 30-40 mmhg. Plus, they’re available in white, khaki, navy and black to match your pants.
  • Mediven For Men – Available in a classic ribbed pattern and a newer, sleek waffle knit in 15-20 mmhg, 20-30 mmhg and 30-40 mmhg.

Female Guests

As a guest of the wedding, you have more liberty for flare in your sock and stocking choices. If you need a sheer stocking, check the options listed under Bride and Bridesmaids above. If you’re looking for something different (patterns, opaques and more!), check the options below.

  • Sigvaris Allure – Available in thigh highs and pantyhose, these stockings have a stylish diamond knit in the semi-sheer fabric. Perfect to add pizzazz to a little black dress. Available in 15-20 mmhg and 20-30 mmhg.
  • Allegro Microfiber – If you’re looking for a basic opaque stocking at a great price in black (and soon charcoal and wine!), check out the Allegro Microfiber Thigh Highs, which get amazing reviews. Available in 15-20 mmHg and 20-30 mmHg.
  • RejuvaHealth – From polka dot sheers to florals, RejuvaHealth has the most stylish patterns in compression stockings. Available in knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose in 15-20 mmhg and 20-30 mmhg.