Posts Tagged ‘sweaters’

Quote of the Week:

Here we have one of the many profound Sugar Boo quotes that Shelly has beautifully “flowered” the floor of our window with. Intrigued? Stop by and take a look!

AS FOR THE SWEATER. . .

Be still my heart! Where do I begin? Well. . . first off, it’s a sweater!! Who doesn’t love a sweater? After working nearly 16 years at Sound Styles, I can say without question that there are more beautiful sweaters in the store right now than at any other time I can remember. Certainly you have noticed that sweaters are soft on the skin and seem to hug us with comfort. But, have you ever noticed that they are also soft on the eyes of both the wearer and the beholder making us appear friendlier and more approachable. Not only do they keep you warm both inside and out but they, more than any other garment in our wardrobe, remind us of long ago special times. I still clearly see the sweater I was wearing on the Oregon Coast beach walk with my best friend holding one hand of my first born child and me the other.

Secondly, this particular sweater is brown or sienna (burnt that is) as the title of this post suggests. I’m thrilled to the brim that brown is out of the fashion exile that it has been in for what seemed forever. To me brown is the “comfort food” of color. While I don’t want to call it a baked potato, its resurrection deserves more than a dollop of sour cream. It’s a neutral that can give its competitors like black, navy and grey a run for their color “money.” I’ve read that there is a current appetite for minimalism, sustainability and natural beauty and brown is the epitome of all those.

WHICH BRINGS ME TO SUSTAINABILITY. . .

Rather a big word being bandied about a lot these days. And I think the quote above from Seattle’s namesake, Chief Sealth, embodies the essence of its meaning. To sustain means to nourish, not just the body of us but also the environment of us and in the end our planet earth. This means that not only do the designers and creators of fashion but also the consumers of fashion need to be aware of what contributes to our environment and what detracts from its “wellness.” We at Sound Styles are becoming more astute to the vendors that we carry and how they approach this philosophy and practice the art of being sustainable.

Karen Kane proudly embraced the concept and is using fabrics that practice what they preach and are having them made into beautiful garments right here in America. Masai from Copenhagen is proud of their viscose fabric that is grown with particular concern for the environment and leaves the planet in a better place. Glyder is one of our newest brands of active apparel and they vow: “we are in the process of researching and developing new fabrics made from recycled and organic materials, and plan to greatly expand our range of products made with these Earth-conscious practices.” 

In the end, Chief Sealth, a hundred of wisdoms ago had it “right on.”

“Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

Please ask us about what our vendors are doing to help nourish this planet earth. We are just beginning this journey but will do the best we can to become more and more aware and informed.

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Quote of the Week:

Well… Kermit may think so but our newest sweater from Liverpool loves being green. And we liked it so much that we featured an entire aisle of new clothes around the newest array of sweaters and sweaters and more sweaters in from Liverpool, Tribal and Avalin.

FASHIONED CREW NECK SWEATER

This lightweight cozy piece is fabulous with a dolman sleeve. A front and back center seam detail creates a clean and modern look. 

All Day Comfort Great Fit

  • Scoop Neck 
  • Hi-low hem detail
  • Dolman sleeve
  • Side slit detail

composition: 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic 

$98

And the first thing that came to mind when unwrapping this beauty was LAYERING! Over patterned or solid color collared blouses or cowl necks or turtlenecks with pencil skirts or straight leg jeans or print or plain leggings. Throw in a scarf or statement necklace at the simple neckline and you have a great outfit.

Come see what’s on the aisle today! All new and we had fun making new outfits!

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Sweater Day!

Christmas theme parchment 1

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Autumn's Lady
“Just wanted to see what’s new,” Cynthia announced cheerfully as she crossed through our open doorway and stepped inside the shop. “You know me.. I don’t want to miss a thing,” she winked knowingly at me, as if her love for fashion and, especially the new fall clothes, was any secret whatsoever. After all, we had long ago discovered it was a passion we shared. We loved to laugh and speculate that if we ever had the chance to shop together, in some exotic location perhaps, we could do some real damage to both of our pocket books. Only problem was… we both were drawn to the same styles and colors and had such fun finding new ways to put pieces together and discover new “looks” in the process. Should we ever really have the chance to shop together, we might end up in some kind of tug-of-war over the same jacket or blouse or sweater.

No wonder then that I hesitated just briefly in showing Cynthia what was “out of the box” that week.

“Be still my heart,” I thought to myself. “She’ll want that new sweater that’s just calling my name.”

You see…. the policy for employees in the boutique where I work part-time is to wait ten days before we can purchase an item with our discount. Customers should always have first dibs on new merchandise. The exception being, of course, that if we want the article badly enough, we pay full price. An exception that I’m well known for implementing. I’ve come to have a great sense of what might sell quickly and what might not… so I, in turn, have made more than one impulse decision to pay full price. I’d pretty much decided that sweater was all but mine when Cynthia walked through the door.

Such a dilemma. “Do I show it to her or don’t I?” my conscience wrestled with itself.

After all, in my mind’s eye, I was already wearing that sweater……
 

    First Week-end in October!

    That remote beach cottage on Whidbey (I read about in a magazine) awaits my arrival.

    Sunny skies light up the water on the ferry ride across the Sound.

    Fresh afternoon sea winds permeate the air with that saltiness I so love.

    Autumn’s color has exploded and invades my line of vision, interfering with the drive to Langley’s shore.

    Wearing this ‘stylish’ hand knit sweater, tweed slacks and driving moccasins, I climb the wooden stairs into the island getaway.

    Stretched out on the sofa with the voice of Diana Krall in the background, I begin to sink deeper into relaxation.

    After throwing some driftwood in the fireplace until the crackling burns softly like her music, he brings me a glass of Sauvignon Blanc and whispers, “What’s your wish tonight, dear heart? Would you prefer bacon and potato Autumn chowder or a bowl of the artichoke pasta you love so much?”

    SHEER BLISS!

 
Who’s kidding who?  Am I really going to give up that sweater to Cynthia?

New styles of Pure Handknit Sweaters just arrived. Wear one and may your fantasies come true!

Pure Handknit Sweaters… new styles just arrived.  Wear one and may you have a fantasy come true!

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Now Featuring Pure HANDKNIT Sweaters at Sound Styles!

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Our own Mary has been repeatedly expressing her desire for us to expand our knitwear collections.  So with our thanks to Mary we are now most pleased to announce and introduce you to the new collection from Pure HANDKNIT that we have brought into our store to offer you!

Pure HANDKNIT’s designs are created and crafted in 100% cotton for wearability and easy care, with each piece knit by hand, a work of both fine craftsmanship and functional art.  We feel you’ll be delighted with their distinctive range of colors and design from the basics to whimsical.
  

With Sébastien Sirois, president, and Shannon Passero, head designer, the Pure HANDKNIT label stands for inovative fashionable, high quality, eco-conscious clothing with international appeal.

Please ask what we currently have on-hand next time you come to visit our store!

please click to view an expanded Pure HANDKNIT color and design pallet

    The knit examples here represent the range of colors and design produced by Pure HANDKNIT, however the actual designs on-hand in our store at any given time will vary by shipment and availability.

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