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Curiouser and Curiouser: Odd Socks for Odd Sims (Defaults) (Updated - Non-Default/No Random versions + Long socks for men)

by Nysha Posted 23rd May 2010 at 4:39 AM - Updated 11th Jun 2010 at 3:56 PM by whiterider
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.
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Are your sims feeling uninspired? Worryingly normal? Boring?
Are their wardrobes a little... passé?
Do they just keep losing socks in the wash?

You need an injection of variety, and what could be better for that than artistically arranged underwear? That's right – odd socks! Most of my friends and I are apparently incapable of finding two socks the same in the morning, and we wouldn't if we could, pfff. So why should our simmies be any different?

This is a simple mod, really – a default replacement of the RGB masks for all EA socks, to enable left and right socks as separate recolourable channels. Socks with cuffs, like the ladies' knee high socks, now have four channels (left sock, left cuff, right sock, right cuff), and normal socks have two. I've also done a replacement for those silly toddler shoes – EA may think they're shoes, but they're clearly socks, and are therefore included.

These are default replacements, so in the unlikely event that you have another default replacement sock file, there will be cake. I mean problems. Such problems should be fixed by deleting one of the conflicting replacements.

Replacements are included for the following items:
  • “Sleeper” pseudo-shoes for toddlers, boys and girls.
  • Ankle-length socks for children, boys and girls.
  • Knee-length socks for girls.
  • Ankle-length socks for teen to elder, ladies and gents.
  • Knee-length socks for teen to elder, ladies.
  • Thigh-length socks for teen to elder, ladies.

I haven't done replacements for the cutoff tights, or the full-length leggingy type things, because let's face it; if you've managed to put on tights with two different coloured legs in the morning, you shouldn't be spending your time downloading sim content.

As these are default replacements, I haven't deleted any of the default (matching) EA designs. I have added two mismatched designs for each sock – you'll have to scroll horizontally in CAS to see them – so that a small number of sims will be randomly assigned odd socks. You can see those extra designs in the attached pic.

It was my intention not to use custom thumbnails for these, since they're defaults. However, when I tried to let the game generate normal thumbnails, it was having none of it – it stuck the wrong thumbnails on the wrong designs, with no apparent reason nor rhyme. Thus, custom thumbnails are included! Mine are better than EA's anyway – you can actually see the whole thing, rather than just having to guess how long a pair of socks really is.
I was a little leery regarding whether or not my custom thumbnails would behave properly, given that these are defaults, but they do seem to. If you run into any trouble, just go to My Documents -> Electronic Arts -> The Sims 3 -> Thumbnails, and delete the file CASThumbnails.package.

Now go forth, ye washing machine gremlins, and multiply! Bwahahahahahaha!

11/06 - Added knee high and thigh high odd socks for men, by request. Knee highs use Aikea Guinea's textures, with just a mask edit by me - thankyou Aikea! The rar file contains both random-enabled and no random versions; there's also a new pic showing channels and default designs of both.

30/05 - Added non-default, non-random versions of all socks. These won't get randomly assigned to townies, and since they're non-default they can be included with sims. Male versions of the long socks are in the works, but will take a while, as they require texture work which I won 't be able to do this week.

Policy: Retexture, remesh, rehash, reconstitute, convert, include, whatever... just keep it on free sites, and give me credit, with a link to this page or to my profile. It's only a bunch of RGB masks, anyway.

If you'd like to make default replacements of your own, I've written a mini-tutorial on the subject, which can be found here.

Additional Credits:
Thankyou to Delphy and jonha, for CTU; Inge and Peter Jones, for S3PE; daluved1, for giving me the idea; and Derren Brown, for being the sexiest thing in a beard to watch while collaging pics since someone gave Rasputin a perception filter.

My lady models are wearing LadyFrontbum's Busty St. Claire skin, all my other models are wearing HP's TS3 skin replacements. The girl's dress is by oepu, and the hairstyles in the design collage are both by XM Sims.

Accessory Type: Misc
Age: Toddler Child Teen Young Adult Adult Elder
Maxis Flags: Default
Gender: Male Female

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Odd Socks Extra - Adult Long Socks.rar | New odd socks for men - knee high and thigh high, random and no random versions

Size: 1.41 MB · Downloads: 13,174 · 11th Jun 2010
1.41 MB 13,174 11th Jun 2010
Odd Socks - Children - No Random.rar | Odd socks for kids - no random townie assignment, non-default

Size: 2.06 MB · Downloads: 8,531 · 30th May 2010
2.06 MB 8,531 30th May 2010
Odd Socks - Adults - No Random.rar | Odd socks for adults - no random townie assignment, non-default

Size: 1.40 MB · Downloads: 10,811 · 30th May 2010
1.40 MB 10,811 30th May 2010
Odd Socks Defaults - Children.rar | Odd socks for kids, boys and girls

Size: 2.07 MB · Downloads: 10,178 · 23rd May 2010
2.07 MB 10,178 23rd May 2010
Odd Socks Defaults - Adult.rar | Odd socks for adults, male and female

Size: 1.46 MB · Downloads: 14,437 · 23rd May 2010
1.46 MB 14,437 23rd May 2010
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1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

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1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
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Test Subject
#26 Old 1st Jul 2010 at 3:38 AM
hi Whiterider, in the future, would you be able to make loose socks like those worn by Japanese schoolgirls? thanks a ton
Test Subject
#27 Old 16th Jul 2010 at 7:37 PM
i downloaded these a while back but i wanted to say thanks again because this is one of my favourite downloads.
Lab Assistant
#28 Old 23rd Aug 2010 at 2:53 PM
Genius. Simply genius. Have DL'ed and must mismatch all my simmies NOW!
Mad Poster
#29 Old 2nd Sep 2010 at 7:46 PM
Hah! I can't wait to see random townies with odd socks. As well as my CAS sims. Great idea! Thanks!
Field Researcher
#30 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 12:57 PM
Excellent and thanks for sharing!
#31 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 12:40 AM
These are so awesome, Thanks. I used to use RoboKitty's

Mismatched Socks available here:

But yours have so much more variety, I just love them. They'll be great for kind of Neo-Punk girls like the clothes from The Urbz in the Neon East District.
Née whiterider
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Original Poster
#32 Old 30th Oct 2010 at 6:10 PM
Yeah, I love Robokitty's too - use both! Thankyou for the compliment.

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
Test Subject
#33 Old 2nd May 2011 at 6:32 AM
Oh, i love it.
Now i can to make my odd sims more odd x3
Test Subject
#34 Old 20th Sep 2011 at 11:30 PM
I love this! Could you make a version with one sock longer than the other? I always wear odd socks and they're normally different lengths :P
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 26th Nov 2011 at 6:42 AM
Don't take this the wrong way but... I would like to marry you now.

I haven't worn matching socks in about 7 years (cus I have too many different socks and am way to lazy to match them) And now I can make a seriously accurate Me sim <3 <3 <3
You have no idea how happy this makes me T-T
Also I agree with what pokemonnn said. No matter how hard I try, they almost never are the same length when I pull them all the way up, and even when they are, one will fall as I walk *facepalm*
Sorry >_> I'm weird....
#36 Old 16th Mar 2012 at 1:18 AM
Now my Sims can be as weird as I am! Thanks!
Test Subject
#37 Old 27th Dec 2012 at 8:23 PM
Thank you
Lab Assistant
#38 Old 20th Feb 2013 at 1:18 AM
I tried installing the adult long socks as I wanted them to use with the men's clothes from the "Palace of Versailles" set. But they somehow showed up as a full-body suit, covering my YA male sims up to his neck, including his arms. I'm guessing they're not supposed to work that way?

I would really love to have functional thigh-high socks for men, so I hope there's an easy fix for this!
Department of Post-Mortem Communications
#39 Old 18th Mar 2013 at 1:45 AM
I came here to ask the same. The NoRandom package is only 4KB, is this supposed to go into Overrides? If I put all 4 Long Sock packages for males into Packages I get the two types twice in CAS, one with your custom thumbnail and the other with the default thumbnail, if I only place the 4KB NoRandom package I get a full body suit.
Test Subject
#40 Old 9th Aug 2013 at 1:01 AM
These are great, Thanks!
I was really hoping you had included knee socks for children. Is that something you'd consider making in the future?
Test Subject
#41 Old 1st Apr 2014 at 9:11 AM
I like this , colourful & beautiful
Lab Assistant
#42 Old 12th Nov 2014 at 7:50 AM
So Cool!!! Thank U!!! :):):)
Test Subject
#43 Old 21st Mar 2017 at 5:05 AM
As a longtime proponent and wearer of odd socks, thank you! This will make the game so much more fun :D
Lab Assistant
#44 Old 22nd Jul 2020 at 8:06 AM
These Sims are calling me.
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