THE POWER OF TURQUOISE

THE POWER OF TURQUOISE
The psychology of color

photoI am not sure why I love the color turquoise so much. Perhaps it is because it brings to memory the beautiful ocean waters of the Caribbean.  I happen to be an Aquarian and turquoise is the Plantary stone for Aquarius (as well as  Taurus, and Sagittarius). Whether I am wearing turquoise clothing, turquoise jewelry, or looking at the turquoise waters, I always feel calm, inspired, and balanced. The power that this color has on me is difficult to explain so I went to the website to better understand the meaning of turquoise. According to Sherwin –Williams website, 

 “In terms of color psychology, turquoise – because it sits on the color scale between blue and green – radiates the peace, calm and tranquility of blue; the balance and growth of green; and the uplifting energy of yellow. Turquoise is thought to enhance the ability to focus and concentrate, assisting with clear thinking and decision-making, and the development of good organizational skills. It is also thought to have a calming influence, helping to heal the emotions and restore depleted energies.”

The origin of the name “turquoise”

The name “turquoise” comes from the stone, which has been mined around the world in Iran, the Southwestern United States, the Sinai Peninsula, and China. It is most likely derived from the French word, turquoise, which means “Turkish” when French traders first obtained the mineral from Turkish bazaars in the 16th century. The turquoise was brought to Europe from the mines in historical Khorasan Province of Iran.

Considered a sacred stone to North American Indians as well as the Tibetans, it is used in ceremonies and rituals by shamans to promote mental and spiritual clarity and to enhance wisdom, trust, kindness, and understanding.

The color turquoise actually includes a range of colors, from teal to peacock to soft aqua. The range of colors  is due to the various colors of the stone, depending on the origin and the age.

Pantone color of the year

As a popular color in the 50’s, turquoise was often used in diners, home décor objects and interior colors. In 2010, turquoise was named by Pantone as the color of the year. Today, turquoise is experiencing overwhelming popularity once again in both fashion and home décor. This calming yet bright color combines well with other colors and is seen in every fashion and home décor magazine as a primary or secondary color.  A recent book, The Art of Turquoise, by Mary Emmerling, includes beautiful visuals of vintage and new turquoise jewelry, home décor, and artifacts.

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 Turquoise at Foot Traffic

At Foot Traffic, our turquoise microfiber tights, leggings and trouser socks look great with the current fashion trends, such as short skirts, shorts, and dresses.  In the various shades of teal, peacock and turquoise, you will certainly find the perfect color that makes you feel great.  Perhaps this healing, refreshing color is just what you need to add balance and uplifting energy.

We hope to see you wearing turquoise this spring and summer!

FASHION EXPRESSION

 

 

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Fashion Expression…

Although Foot Traffic has been around for over 25 years, it wasn’t until 2006 that we moved into a beautifully renovated historic building.  Most of the floors of the building were empty and evacuated prior to the renovation. When Charlie, the President and founder of Foot Traffic, was going through the building with the architects, he found this note taped to a pillar on one of the empty floors.

“Of all the Things You Wear, Your Expression is the Most Important”

Today at our office we have that piece of paper attached to our wall as a humble reminder that even when you are wearing the most creative, most stunning outfit ( fashionable legwear included of course!), it is your personal expression that matters the most.  So don’t forget to be yourself. Let your personal style and expression be your best accessory.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

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WEDDING DAY SURPRISES
What legwear is under your dress?

‘Tis the time of year when the birds are building their nests, geese are laying their eggs and it is clear that love is in the air!  Ah, the time for young men and women to commit to one another in joyful matrimony. The magazines are full of ideas and ways to make each wedding as unique as the two lovebirds involved. 

So not to add to the mayhem, there are ways to make the wedding not only beautiful, but ways to make the bride and groom show their personality. The bride is usually selecting a dress and veil that makes her feel pretty, radiant, feminine and yes, sexy. But what about comfort and fun?  That’s where Foot Traffic can offer some ideas…

What are you wearing under the dress? 

Have some fun with your shoes and legwear! I am talking about the shoes and the tights, socks, or hosiery. Add that special surprise when the groom goes for the garter. We have some ideas that hopefully you will remember while enjoying the beauty of your wedding.

The wedding day is your day– make it a day to remember forever!

What are you wearing under your wedding dress?

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SHORTS and TIGHTS for SUMMER

 

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SHORTS and TIGHTS

a winning combination….
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Asia and managed to do a fair share of people watching. I always find Asian fashion to be as exciting as New York or Paris. Watching the young women and men bustle through the streets in their up-to-date attire is curious, inspiring, and always fun. This time was no different. And one of the hottest trends I saw over and over again was the combination of shorts and tights. I have witnessed this trend on the streets for the last two years but never like this. Shorts varied from torn cut-off jeans to lace, stripes, leather, etc.
This exciting look takes advantage of tights like no other fashion trend.
Women were wearing every style of tights from black to navy, from sheer to textures to opaque. So much variety! The coordinating tights elongate the legs and depending on the shoes or boots, make the wearer look tall and sleek. The shorts and tights were most often topped with a blazer, men’s jacket or large shirt.
(This image was taken from maggsfashion.buzznet.com.)
Are you ready to wear shorts and tights this spring?!

Father’s Day Socks

 

WHICH DAD IS YOUR DAD?

Dads always are happy to get socks.

Foot Traffic has dozens of styles of Men’s Socks for every kind of Dad

10 sock ideas for the Dads in your life…..

There are lots of fun ideas for gifts this FATHER’S DAY, Sunday, June 16. Make it easy and give your dad a fun pair of novelty socks to help support his unique personality. There are so many great dads out there so which dad is your dad?

1.)    “I LOVE BACON” DAD

What Dad doesn’t love breakfast and especially BACON?!?  Give you dad the gift of BACON AND EGGS SOCKS for Father’s Day to start his day on the right foot.

2.)    MONKEY AROUND” DAD

Your dad is such a fun guy so why not add to his crazy character with a pair of SOCK MONKEY socks. He will surely want to “Monkey around” in a fun pair of SOCK MONKEY socks.

3.)    BAD TO THE BONE” DAD

You know your dad will love you for giving him a pair of edgy skull and crossbone socks to cop an attitude of bad-to-the-bone DAD.

4.)    “AMERICAN HERO” DAD

Your dad is and All-American good guy and proud to be an American. Whether he has served in the military or contributed to making our country a great place to live, he will love to proudly wear our fun American flag socks.

5.)    WALL STREET” DAD

Is your dad constantly feeling the ups and downs of the stock market? Give him our fun WALL STREET socks to remind him that to you, he is always UP!

6.)    “FIRE UP THE GRILL” DAD

Is your Dad the expert griller of the family? Is BBQ one of the major food groups according to him?
He will love wearing the FLAMES socks as he fires up the grill for yet another delicious grilled feast.

7.)    I’D RATHER BE FISHING” DAD

Of course you know your dad’s favorite pastime is fishing.  It is the #1 hobby in America so indulge the familyangler with some fun fishing socks to remind him of his favorite get-away sport!

8.)    CHAUFFEUR” DAD

Is your dad the one who is always there to take you and your friends to your school events, sports events and wherever-you-need-to-go events?  (AND pick you up!) Give him a pair of official TAXI socks to acknowledge that he is your favorite chauffeur!

9.)    GOLF” DAD

Does your dad play so much golf that he has been given every golf accessory possible? Give him a pair of socks, something  that he can actually use. Perhaps wearing our GOLF TEES socks will help him get that hole-in-one he keeps trying for!

10.) HAPPY” DAD

Is your dad the guy who always has a smile on his face, supports you when the chips are down, and is the guy that makes others feel good? Give him a pair of our SMILEY FACE socks so he will be smiling from head to toe!

Even more fun socks on our website!

Buy before JUNE 12 to get your socks in time to surprise your Dad this Father’s Day!

Foot Traffic Mens Socks

Dads need fun socks

POWER SKIRTS and TIGHTS

One of the hottest looks for spring and summer is the POWER skirt. By power skirt, I mean a skirt that can work hard for you all season because it is comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and can be changed up by rotating your tops and legwear, such as tights, leggings, printed tights and footless tights.
The structure of a power skirt is simple–usually stretchy, containing spandex, with an elastic waistband. Although form fitting, the best fit is when is hugs the hips but not as tight on the thigh.  The length can vary depending on your age and the season.These skirts are easy to wear, travel well, and are available in a variety of colors, stripes or patterns. These little gems can be found in most boutiques and department stores so look around for the best price and best fit.  This one is from BCBG MAX AZRIA.

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At FOOT TRAFFIC, we recommend wearing these cute skirts with our microfiber tights and footless tights as a transition into summer. Colorful tights, footless tights and leggings can add the additional punch of color when paired with fun shoes and sandals. You will definitely want more than one!

Spring Look Book 2013

BLACK + WHITE! BLACK + BRIGHT!

Black and white.  It’s that simple.  And that makes it easy to set our wardrobe for spring since most of us have black and white in our closets.  But the fashion question is how to wear black and white. The look this spring is graphic patterns such as stripes and dots, mixed and matched together to bring clean, dramatic combinations. At our FOOT TRAFFIC photo shoot, we had a great time using lots of black and white for our 2013 SPRING LOOK BOOK as well as pops of color. When building your foundation wardrobe for spring, you should include (and probably already have!) the following items:

  • Black skinny jeans or boyfriend jeans
  • White jeans
  • Black leggings
  • Little black skirt or dress
  • Crisp white shirt
  • black and white stripe anything
  • Black and white Polka dot anything

If you have most of the above you are set for spring. But at FOOT TRAFFIC we don’t stop there. We love color and there is no better backdrop than black and white. With a scarf, bold jewelry or fun colored legwear and shoes, you can take your outfit i from plain to POW!  This is about being bold, fun, and crisp. We worked with Jill Hathaway at www.jhathawayshoeboutique.com,  a favorite shoe boutique,  to show how fun colored shoes paired with our fun socks, footless tights, and legwear can brighten up your black and white outfit.

Even Darla, the French bulldog/ Boston terrier rescue dog loves to show her true colors—black and white! Shop our LOOK BOOK for ideas and let us know how you will be wearing black and white this spring!

FUN.FASHION.FIT.

Right under our FOOT TRAFFIC logo are the words FUN. FASHION. FIT.

We take our tagline seriously and use these simple words to guide our product development process.

At Foot Traffic, we take FUN seriously.  We love legwear and have a lot of fun working with our designers to create fun legwear and socks so you can have fun too.  Our novelty socks and knee highs allow men and women to express their personal style with over 200 designs to choose from.

We take FASHION seriously too. We like to make sure that we have the most up to date legwear solutions at a great value so you can make a fashion statement just by changing your legwear, such as tights, footless tights, socks, OTK’s, and knee highs.  We attend fashion shows, devour fashion magazines, and listen to you so we can develop the latest colors and textures.

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Dog Walking Fashion

I love this photo of ladies from the 1950’s wearing dog collars around their ankles, over their white bobby socks. So fun!

I am not sure if this trend lasted very long, but it was obviously worth photographing.

If you love your dog, we have socks that also have a dog collar … but it is woven into the design so it won’t slide down!

For the love of fashion and dogs, get your collared dog lover socks today and enjoy your walk!

 

DIYers – We have socks for you!

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I happen to be a DIYer and have found that most DIYers love colors, textures and the creativity involved with making something or putting something together-everything from home décor to fashion. There has never been so much activity around creative crafting and ETSY has a lot to do with enabling creative spirits to share and sell their work. ETSY has grown so much that it now represents thousands of DIYers around the world as creative enthusiasts share their love of handmade items. That creative spirit spills over into fashion as most DIYers show their one-of-a-kind personality through their fun wardrobe, combining textures, colors and patterns in unique ways.

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