Archive for November, 2012

    During the course of any given day, so many fashion questions arise that we thought it might be fun to devote a “corner” of our newsletter to such questions from you with answers from us… your resident self proclaimed fashionistas here at Sound Styles.

To get us started, we chose a recent question to share with you.
Q:    Help!  With holiday functions to attend this season, I’d love to know how to get several different updated looks with my black cashmere sweater.  What would you suggest?

A:    There are tons of different options depending on where you are going and the look you wish to convey.  A black cashmere sweater is a great long term item to have in your wardrobe.  The sky is just about the limit when creating looks with it.  Be creative!

For example, adding a faux fur vest might be just the ticket for that Christmas brunch with Santa.  Faux fur touches are really being shown this season.  It’s all about the texture.  We’re seeing fur on boots, gloves, handbags, headbands, hats and scarves.  So adding a little faux with any one of these items is an instant update.  And so cozy!

For your entrance to the Nutcracker ballet a printed silk cover up over all black would turn heads.  Silk is always luxurious and in a brite and bold print this addition adds an arty new edge.  It works just as great with your sweater and a black velvet pant as it does with a knee length black pencil skirt, two items you may also already own.

And simply adding glitzy accessories and wearing your sweater with blue jeans and boots would grace anyone’s home party.  Scarves are almost impossible to keep in inventory this season, especially multi-colored, metallic oversized ones.  They are often being worn nowadays instead of a necklace.  However, we do have some great sparkly statement necklaces in right now that are reasonably priced.  Many are right around $30.  Shiny accessories can be one of the most economical ways to get an instant update and can really be fun paired with your blue jeans.  Kind of feels a bit extravagent pairing sparkle with denim?  My grandmother would never have entertained the idea in her time!!

 Next question please!!

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O F F   T H E   C U F F
Spinach and Clothing?
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So what do spinach and womens clothing have to do with each other?
No, textile scientists haven’t yet figured out how to make fabric from spinach.  And no, color trend forecasters aren’t calling the new green “spinach”.  Actually, I made my own connection between the two several weeks ago when we were deeply involved in showing fall clothes.

Fall fashions this year are indeed beautiful but so unlike what we’ve worn in past seasons.  This seasons fashions have been, and continue to be, all about what I refer to as “stuff”.  By that I mean details.  It’s about ruffles, ruching, uneven hemlines, texture, big accessories, decorative zippers, large prints, etc.

Customers were commenting left and right, “no, that’s not me” when I’d show them something new.  Some were quite reluctant even to try them on.  Seeing a trend developing, I finally said to one woman, “do you have kids?” and she answered, “yes”.  Then I made my move and asked, “did you encourage them to taste spinach before they said they didn’t like it?”.

Most parents did that, right?  What could she say?  So far not one person has answered no and I’ve asked quite a few.  So I grab the item in question and into the dressing room they go.  “Just taste” I say.  “You might like it”.  And they often do!

Did you teach your kids to taste spinach?
Off the Cuff is a periodic casual review of fashion styles, attitudes and trends by Jenny, owner of Sound Styles in Edmonds, WA

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