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  • Dress Like The Stars In These Compression Socks

    Jessica Alba Look Book
    Dress like Jessica Alba and Sarah Michelle Gellar!

    These stylish celebrities wear compression socks when flying to protect their legs against blood clots, swelling and fatigue. Whether you're on a plane or embarking on a long car ride, throw on a pair of compression socks to keep your legs fresh, healthy and energized.

    We were inspired by these health-conscious fashionistas, so we put together a traveler's style guide to combine fashion and health, comfortably. Here's how to get the look:


    Jessica AlbaJessica Alba wears compression socks when she travels

    The Look: Sigvaris Performance Compression Socks

    Jessica Alba opted for a pair of Sigvaris Performance Compression Socks in Black on a recent flight. These socks are designed for athletes to boost performance and protect against injury. These high-tech socks are made with moisture-wicking fibers to keep your feet cool, comfortable and dry.

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    How To Wear It:

    Jessica Alba Style Guide


    Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar wears compression socks while flying

    The Look: Sockwell Circulator Stripe Compression Socks

    Sarah Michelle Gellar protected her legs in a stylish pair of striped Sockwell compression socks. These cute compression socks come in a variety of colors and are ideal for traveling or wearing during long periods of sitting or standing. These soft socks provide arch support for comfortable, all day wear.

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    How To Wear It:
    Sarah Michelle Gellar Style Guide

    No matter what your style is, it's important to wear compression socks when you fly to protect your legs and reduce your risk of DVT. We have lot of cute compressions socks in a variety of patterns and colors. Travel in style with looks from the biggest fashion brands like Rejuva, Vim & Vigr, Sockwell and more.

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  • Compression Socks or Sleeves? What's the difference?

    CEP Compression Leg Sleeves

    Compression socks and sleeves are often worn by athletes to recover faster, energize legs and alleviate the pain from common injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, cramping and Achilles strains. Graduated compression provides support, the stabilization of muscles and joints and helps to decrease fatigue, swelling and soreness.

    What's the difference between socks and sleeves?

    For the most part, wearing socks or sleeves is a personal preference.  Leg sleeves are made without the foot portion of the sock and provide the same amount of compression as socks.  If you have a lucky pair of ankle socks or sandals, you can still comfortably wear them with calf sleeves. Compression sleeves are also great for triathlons to keep you moving when switching from swimming to cycling. If you are experiencing swelling, you should not wear compression sleeves.

    To get the full recovery and performance benefits of compression, knee highs are ideal. If you are traveling, you should wear compression socks instead of sleeves to prevent blood from pooling in the ankles and feet. Compression socks are more effective in preventing blood clots (DVT) when flying or long periods of inactivity.

    What should I wear for performance or recovery?

    Zensah Compression SocksBoth compression socks and calf sleeves can be worn for performance and recovery. After a long run or tough workout, try 15-20mmHg compression socks to recover faster. To enhance performance, wear socks or sleeves that provide 20-30mmHg compression to boost endurance and to keep your legs feeling energized mile after mile. If you're looking for a sock or sleeve that you can wear for performance, recovery and travel, choose one that provides 15-20mmHg compression.

    Performance:

    1. 2XU Performance Run Socks and Sleeves are designed with a zoned breathability panel for increased air flow and provide UPF50+ sun protection. Made from a lightweight, antibacterial fabric, these socks stabilize muscles to reduce damage and fatigue.
    2. TheraSport Performance Socks and Sleeves provide 20-30mmHg compression and are made from a stretchy fabric that's easy to get on and off. Made with a moisture-wicking fabric to keep your feet cool and dry. Also anti-microbial to prevent odor.
    3. Sigvaris Performance Socks come in lots of bright colors and provide 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance and protect you from injury. Made with high-tech fibers for thermal and odor control. Stabilizes and reduces vibrations of active muscles.
    4. Solidea Micro Massage Leg Sleeves are made with a fabric that is activated as you move to massage your leg and reduces excess fluid [to help speed up recovery]. Made with a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that contains silver to reduces odor.

    Triathlons: The Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve provides 20-30mmHg compression to enhance performance. They also dry quickly and are made with a fabric that won't deteriorate in salt, chlorine or fresh water. This style is also available in a 20-30mmHg compression sock.

    Marathons: CEP Progressive Run Socks are some of the most popular running socks out there. Many athletes like Meb Keflezighi are seen competing in them. These socks come in a variety of colors and provide 20-30mmHg of graduated compression so you can run farther, faster with a reduced risk of injury. Also available in calf sleeves.

    Recovery:

    1. Sigvaris Recovery Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to remove lactic acid and reduce delayed muscle soreness to speed up recovery. This sock is made with patented DriRelease fabric to eliminate odor and moisture, so you can wear it working out too!
    2. 2XU 24/7 Recovery Socks are designed with additional cushioning to the heel and balls of feet. These socks are safe to sleep in, so you can wake up rested and energized.
    3. CEP Recovery Socks provide graduated compression to reduce lactic acid and decrease muscle soreness. This style is also available with an open toe to wear with sandals.
    4. Therasport Recovery Compression Socks provide 15-20mmHg compression and are available in a variety of fun, eye-catching colors. This style is also available as a leg sleeve.

    Shin Splints: If you have shin splints, these Zensah leg sleeves are designed with wide ribbing for shin and calf support. Made from a breathable, moisture-wicking fabric with silver ions to reduce moisture, bacteria and odor. Great for runners, cyclists and triathletes.

    Plantar Fasciitis: Runners often suffer from plantar fasciitis. Get relief with the Sockwell Plantar Ease Ankle Sock. Made from anti-bacterial and thermo-regulating wool and features a seamless toe closure to prevent irritation. This ankle sock provides 20-30mmHg compression surrounding the arch to minimize pain and reduce inflammation.

    See for yourself! Zensah created a great chart to help you decide if you should wear calf sleeves or compression socks. What is your preference?

    Compression Socks or Sleeves?

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  • Stylebook: Gym Glam - Look 5

    Ladies, now is the time to get back in the gym and kick butt! With summer just around the corner, it's never too early to start toning. First things first - clean up your diet. You can run for miles and miles, but if you sit in front of the T.V. mindlessly eating afterward, you're not going to see much of a difference. Eating foods like avocados, nuts, berries and low-carb string cheese are great snacks that take the edge off without packing on the pounds. When you are consuming the right foods, your body has more energy and you are more likely to make it to the gym.

    Polyvore-Gym Glam

    When you're starting out, think about what your goals are. Weight loss, toning, strengthening your muscles or training for competitions, etc. It is extremely important to be realistic about what you can achieve in the given time period, so you don't get discouraged. Designate how many times a week you want to go to the gym and try and stick to it. Don't beat yourself up if you can't make it one day, just make up for it another day or do some exercises from home. No matter what pace you take getting back in shape, you are always further ahead than the people on the couch.

    Need some motivation to get started? Get yourself some cute gym clothes! What better way to look and feel your best than with a great gym wardrobe? The most essential item to have is a pair of compression socks or sleeves. Grab a pair of Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeves to enhance performance and to prevent injuries like shin splints and leg cramps. Most important? Wearing compression sleeves or socks after a workout speeds up your recovery time so you can get back out there in no time. Featuring 20-30mmHg of graduated compression from the ankle to the knee, these sleeves increase circulation and improve blood flow. They are perfect for working out, training for marathons or triathlons, and also for running long distances. Compression sleeves and socks are vital to keeping your legs healthy and energized, especially when you are first starting out.

    It is important to work in cardio and weight lifting each week. There should be a balance between the two based on how often and how long you work out and for. If you only go a couple of times a week, you should consider doing a total body workout each time. This is where you hit all of your muscle groups in one session, and if you have time, add in about 20 minutes of cardio after. If you plan on going 3-5 times a week or more, you should try dedicating each day to targeting specific muscle groups. For example, spend one day focusing just on your legs, and another only doing back and tricep exercises to work the muscles more thoroughly. If you want to tone your body, the best way to do so is through resistance training. Grab a pair of resistance bands and try some of these exercises.

    Check out these customized workouts by Women's Health Magazine that are based on your specific body type. Make sure you listen to your body. Try keeping a food and exercise log to see your progress. This helps to catch patterns that may be preventing you from reaching your goals faster. No matter what kind of exercise you do, the most important part is that you're out there trying. Don't give up!! Remember, the real workout begins when you're so tired that you want to quit. Mention us on Twitter at @brightlifego and show us your progress!

    The Look:

    Chanel Weights

    Facial Gym Cleanser

    Pink Resistance Bands

    Under Armour Logo Hoodie

    Jordan Dominate Gym Sack Bag

    New Balance Women's Gym Shoes

    adidas by Stella McCartney Yoga Mat

    Sigvaris Compression Calf Sleeve 20-30mmHg

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  • Stylebook: Little Black Dress - Look 2

    The Classic Little Black Dress

    You know that go-to little black dress you love? Luckily it never goes out of style. Update it with new accessories and a splash of color. Grab your favorite pair of compression tights so you can dance until the sun comes up. These Sigvaris opaque thigh highs are soft, sexy and stylish. Shown in espresso, but comes in a variety of colors. The light compression helps to reduce muscle fatigue so your legs feel energized all day or night. Lastly, Never be afraid to add some flare. After all, diamonds never go out of style ;) If you're tired of letting your heels get the best of you, shop compression tights.

    Polyvore-little black dress

    The Look:

    Allurez Ladies Bezel Set Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet

    Express Diamond Shaped Stone Cluster Post Earrings

    Vero Moda Peplum Tube Short Dress

    Michael Kors Callie Embossed Clutch

    Bling Jewelry Diamond Lavish Gems

    Sigvaris Soft Opaque Thigh Highs

    Chanel Black No. 5 Perfume

  • Compression Socks at Ironman

    2XU Compression LogoLava Magazine released a report on compression socks and sleeves worn by Ironman participants at the 2014 Hawaii Ironman World Championship. This championship race combines the  three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i—the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race, and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon. Over two thousand athletes from around the world participated in this year's competition on October 11, 2014. Lava reported that over 300 participants were wearing compression products. The brands and numbers were as follows:

    CompresSport 127
    CEP 71
    2XU 45
    Zoot 11
    Skins 9
    BV Sport 9
    SLS3 8
    Zensah 5
    Sigvaris 3
    Ion 3
    Recofit 2
    XBionix 2
    Orca 2
    McDavid 2
    Rocket 1
    Ekoi 1
    Asics 1
    Hoka 1
    Compex 1
    Sural 1
    Salomon 1
    110% 1
    Craft 1
    Other 13

    We're excited that compression products are becoming such an important part of racing with about 15% of competitors wearing the circulation enhancing knee highs. We're also impressed with the prevalence of some of our favorite performance compression brands: CEP, 2XU, Zensah and Sigvaris. Interested in trying out compression for you next race? Check out our collection of athletic compression.

  • Compression Socks - Your Holiday Gift Giving Guide

    Compression Stockings for HolidaysIt might not be Thanksgiving yet, but the holiday season is certainly upon us. Let's give your friends and family what they really want this year: SOCKS. You might think I'm joking, but I assure you I'm not. Here's my evidence for why compression socks are the hottest gift this holiday season:

    1. A recent NYTimes article pronounced compression socks the newest must-have fashion accessory.

    2. The fashion columns have been talking about men's trouser socks all year long. Here. Here. Here.

    3. Stars like Harrison Ford, Lupita N'yongo, and Mindy Kaling were caught wearing and/or talking about their favorite support socks this year (in public!).

    4. Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon in CEP Compression Socks.

    So, how do you pick the perfect compression sock for that special someone? Here are our suggestions:

    For the Frequent Flyer: Travel socks are a must for long-haul flights - they prevent swelling and relieve tired, aching legs.

    • For that special man in your life, try a Sockwell sock. They're really soft and come in trendy, but subtle patterns.
    • For ladies, we recommend Vim & Vigr Cotton socks in polka dots or argyle for flights. We love how soft these socks are AND the cute patterns.

    For the Athlete: Athletic compression socks reduce fatigue and have been linked to improved performance

    • Triathletes: CEP Sleeves will transition seamlessly from water to land.
    • If your athlete is always complaining about aches and pains, the Sigvaris Recovery Sock will ease their pain.
    • Cross-Fit Fanatics: Zensah has a color to match every Cross-Fit team shirt

    For the Workaholic: Standing for long periods of time on the job will wreak havoc on your legs, but compression socks can help prevent swelling, varicose veins and more.

    For the Expecting Mom: Help the mom-to-be by taking some pressure off of her legs with compression tights and leggings.

    • Preggers has a HUGE selection of colors and styles.

    Worried about sizing? Use the size charts on the product pages to help find the correct size. We're also happy to offer a really easy return policy with full refunds for all items returned within 30 days.

  • Best Socks for Teachers

    Sockwell Socks and Teachers

    My family is full of teachers whether blood or honorary and the one complaint I hear most often (aside from grading papers) is - "My feet and legs hurt!" After a long day of standing and teaching who can blame them? Many teachers spend a good majority of the day on their feet. In my mom's case she happens to be an English professor. Her field, of course, requires lengthy discussions of literature which for added effect sound better standing up, or if you are Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society standing on your desk reading Walt Whitman's O Captain! My Captain! Long story short, your feet and legs are tired after all is said and done. Standing for hours puts a huge amount of stress on your circulatory system - it has to fight gravity to get blood from your feet to your heart for fresh oxygen. This causes cramping, heavy legs and even varicose and spider veins.

    The good thing about these problems is they are easily fixed, especially with BrightLife Go's compression line. BrightLife Go offers professional and comfortable compression socks in different lengths and styles. Either way it is possible to be stylish and comfortable while teaching! My favorite styles from this collection are:

    Top and Derby Compression Socks
    These fun, geometric shaped socks come in 3 great color schemes and are designed for men and women. Perfect for a long day on your feet.

    Top and Derby compression socks in Coral of the Story

    GoGo Diamond Knit Knee High Socks
    Available in a variety of colors from deep blacks to rich blues with a fun diamond knit to create the perfect socks for any outfit!

    Sigvaris Soft Opaque Thigh Highs
    Available in a variety of colors and are super soft.

    Sockwell Men's Argyle Compression Socks
    Available in a variety of colors. A professional man's sock with the health benefits of graduated compression and arch support.

    MARVY Striped Compression Socks
    Last but not least, these striped compression socks come in three colors to add some style to any outfit. Comfortable, cute and a must-have for every fashionista.

    MARVY striped compression socks

    Want to see more styles on how you can wear our compression socks and hosiery? Visit our Pinterest page for more outfits.

    Confused about compression socks? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.

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