As temperatures start to drop, what are the staple items in your wardrobe this winter? 

As the season changes it is important to work with your wardrobe to make it last longer and easily transition from one season to another. Staple items should include a good pair of jeans, a fit that is comfortable and looks great!  

Next up, sweaters! Whether you like them short, long, boxy or fitted, having a couple of go-to sweaters is perfect. Boots are in for the season. Cowboy, dressy, or even something more dual purpose is a must. Finally, everyone needs a good coat. In our climate, a good raincoat is a requirement. Make it fun with great colors, styles, and lengths to choose from. 

Do you have any gift suggestions for the stylish friend who already seems to have everything? 

We get this question a lot in the shop. We have suggested things as fun as our Nordic Wraps, which are delightful for anyone and a splurge. If you know the person well, lotions and candles are always fun, but you need to know what scents they like. 

One of our favorite suggestions is the Baby Foot Exfoliation kit paired with a great pair of socks. This is the season for making our feet feel and look great. This gift is pure indulgence and liked by all. 

When it comes to holiday party looks, what’s your preferred way to jazz up a simple dress? 

Jewelry and shoes are the easy way to dress up something simple. Whether you go for bling with silver or gold or go chunky and colorful, it is always fun to make a dress pop with jewelry. The same applies for shoes. Think style and color! 

What are some of the best brands for comfortable yet stylish winter clothing? 

We have amazing lines at Tides and all work wonderfully for the winter season. If I had to choose, I would say Dylan, Avalin and Tribal have some nice choices. I also always love the knitwear by Masai of Copenhagen as well as Kinross Cashmere. 

Are you noticing any new trends when it comes to accessories this season? 

We are seeing a lot of cozy for this season. Shearling in tops, shoes and even bags! Other items trending are definitely boots like Blundstone. Shirt jackets (also called shackets) are a favorite, as well as bags. Whether you want an amazing leather bag by Hobo or a vegan tote by Joy Susan or Ilse Jacobsen, bags are trending and are a great accessory to play with. 

What can shoppers expect to find at Tides of Anacortes during the holidays? 

We are looking forward to the continued expansion of our men’s clothing. We have sweaters and tops by Liverpool, Tommy Bahama, Pendleton, and True Grit for our men along with shoes, slippers, and socks. 

For women and home, in addition to our core lines, we have wonderful selections of Barefoot Dreams and PJ Salvage which make great gifts. Our goal is to have Tides be a place where you can enjoy the shopping experience and check many items off your list while hopefully finding something for yourself.