At the end of last year, I decided that I wanted to contribute more to slow fashion, eco fashion and have Sonnet James produce an all-around smaller footprint. My first step was deciding to not make any new fabric until I had cut up all my leftover fabric that usually gets donated or thrown away. This collection was made out of fabric from previous collections or test rolls that I never produced over the past five years. I feel very proud of these dresses and how our team worked together with our customers to chose the best styles so that we can also have the smallest amount of waste post-production.
Hi! I'm Whitney. I studied in Europe, lived in Hawaii and have explored every ridge of the Rockies. I grew up riding motorcycles, am learning to surf, and can make a chicken and dumplings that will simply knock your socks off. I love to play the music I write and am on an epic journey to find the world’s best chocolate chip cookie.
I'm also the mother to two adventurous, loveable and crazy little boys. My love for fashion and dedication to my boys led me to create Sonnet James. I believe passionately in being a playful and involved mother and designing clothing that support mothers.
Getting the kids dressed, shoes found (and on their feet!), hair combed, teeth brushed, breakfast made, and lunches packed is no easy task. Who has time to figure out what to wear while heading out the door in the morning?! Not me, ever.
That's why I designed the play dress. If you're tired of yoga pants, then this is your one-stop-shop a.k.a. your #momuniform. I’ve put a spin on all my favorite designs and made them out of super soft, stretchy fabrics. They feel like pajamas, but will make you look and feel put together. From experience, Sonnet James dresses will allow you to get on your hands and knees to grab that missing lego piece under the refrigerator. At the end of the day when those banana hands have been wiped clean on your dress, throw it in the wash and you're good to go––no pricy dry-cleaning bills, no hand wash only!
1. Get really dirty. 2. Rinse. 3. Repeat.
Okay, but seriously. Spot treat as needed (a.k.a. chocolate stains). Turn inside out and wash cold. I like to button the top button on the wovens. Tumble dry or lay flat or hang dry to make it last 10x longer. For wovens, I put them in the dryer and promptly take them out. They look perfectly pressed!
Fun things to do with the kids:
1. Have a picnic
2. Go for a walk
3. Watch the sun set
4. Play dress up
5. Talk in pig latin
6. Make cookies
7. Cook dinner together
8. Build a fort
10. Go for a drive with some good music
Hi, I just wanted to tell you that I am so thankful I found your company. Your dresses are absolutely the most perfect dresses! They are the perfect length and I can run and play with my two-year-old and feel "put together". I also wear them to work! Thank you!
My husband calls my Sonnet James dresses my “uniform” because I wear them for literally every occasion–relaxing around the house with my toddler daughters, seeing patients as a doctor in the pediatric ICU, traveling (even long haul flights!), cooking dinner or baking with my girls, high holiday services, fancy restaurant dates with my husband, work meetings, afternoons on the beach, ethnographic research as an anthropologist…everything! I feel completely myself in them–comfortable and relaxed, yet put-together and confident.
I wore my Stella to the city today for a day at the museum, to Costco for some groceries, then straight home for a dinner party. I was comfortable and cute all day, I never had to change between the different events and it was amazing!
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