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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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    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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  • Serena Williams' Road to Victory

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Serena Williams of United States of America poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after victory in the Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia  during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Serena Williams has been making headlines as she beats out her opponents, including her older sister, Venus, at Wimbledon this year. This is Serena’s 15th time beating Venus out of the 26 times they have faced off. The sisters have been making history for years, but now it is Serena’s time to shine as she works her way towards the finish line. It’s hard to think that a few years ago, Serena felt like she was on her “death bed” when she developed a blood clot after a cross-country flight to see a doctor about her recent foot surgery. She was treated for a hematoma and pulmonary embolism (PE), which happens when a blood clot is in the lung.

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms deep inside a vein. If part of the clot breaks off, it can travel into the lungs and block the flow of blood. This is a complication of DVT known as pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal if it is not caught quickly. Luckily for Serena, she discovered the clot after a trip to New York to see a doctor about her foot injuries. After having two surgeries on her foot and traveling back and forth between Los Angeles and New York, her risk of developing DVT and PE significantly increased. Surgery can slow down your blood circulation more than usual and being immobile during the recovery period may have contributed to her clot.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 300,000 – 600,000 people develop blood clots annually. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood institute, there are about 100,000 cases of PE that are reported each year. You are more at risk of developing DVT if you have recently had a major surgery, sit or stand for long periods of time without moving around, or from increased amounts of estrogen in the body. Other factors include your family history, pregnancy, age, obesity, smoking or chronic medical illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and its treatment.

    be8d38c714c33b1b9a93c05fb8133326Many athletes are at risk of developing DVT and PE, and in some cases, it can even be fatal. Jerome Kersey, a former forward for the Portland Trail Blazers also developed pulmonary embolism when a blood clot developed in his leg and traveled into his lung, later killing him. Miami Heat basketball player Chris Bosh also suffered from pulmonary embolism after a road trip with the team. The symptoms of PE include shortness of breath, sweating, anxiety, sharp chest pain, increased heart rate and coughing.

    Why do athletes develop DVT when they are healthy and exercise? Between injuries, surgeries, long flights and tough work outs, athletes can be hard on their body. If you are dehydrated or have a low heart rate (a resting heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute), you are also more likely to develop a blood clot. When you are dehydrated, the plasma in your blood decreases, which makes your blood thicker and stickier.

    britain-wimbledon-tennis-70-630x332Since her blood clot, Serena Williams has battled her way to becoming one of the most notorious female tennis players today. She has won 34 total grand slam titles, 67 singles titles, 5 Wimbledons, 4 Gold Medals and many more honors. Not even a life-threatening blood clot could stop her from achieving her dreams. If you have had a blood clot, DVT or PE, or you are at a higher risk of developing one, you can wear compression socks or sleeves to help prevent them. Compression socks increase circulation to reduce the chance of a blood clot forming. Wear them while you travel or while you work out to enhance performance, speed up the recovery time, reduce swelling and prevent injuries like shin splints.

    Resources

    About Serena Williams

    Serena’s Schedule

    DVT Facts, Prevention, Symptoms and Risk Factors

    Are You At Risk For Varicose Veins?

    My Pulmonary Embolism Story

    Preventing Complications After Surgery

    The Downside of Low Heart Rate: Athletes Who Get Blood Clots

    The Risk Of Blood Clots On Long Flights

    Health Lessons from Serena Williams's Pulmonary Embolism

  • 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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