Woodee’s and Woodmansee’s are sister stores located side by side in downtown Westerly. Woodmansee’s, established in 1904, has been women-run for three generations. Currently managed by Maria Lenihan (and previously her mother Joyce), it carries clothing for women of all ages, plus jewelry, accessories, gifts, and a small baby section. In 2012, Maria’s daughter Anna Lenihan opened Woodee’s, which carries a similar range of products, but skews slightly younger for guys, girls, teens, and young professionals. “Together we make a fun little shopping experience for the whole family,” Lenihan says. “We are lucky to have so many awesome regulars who support us year round.
“Fashion should be for everyone,” she continues. “It’s important to always feel good in what you're wearing.” When styling this ensemble and selecting pieces for the shop in general, she seeks items that appeal to a wide age range, fit effortlessly into a wardrobe, and make the wearer feel confident. Lenihan looks forward to spring and summer in downtown Westerly, which she says is bound to be full of people walking around, shopping, eating, and “finally starting to get out of their rut and back to living their lives, which is so important and nice to see.”
Lenihan predicts fun, happy colors, and more printed pants. “You're also going to see lots of pastels, some ruffles, and some great denim, plus some inspiration from the ‘70s and even some ‘90s-inspired pieces,” she says.
For bottoms, a pair of lightweight, straight-leg pants with a bold print that are fun and easy to wear can be dressed up or down.Paired with a clean and simple knit square neck top and a ‘90s fit white denim jacket, the look goes from day to night. To accessorize, Lenihan chooses a layered gold chain necklace, teardrop hoop earrings, a moon phase cut-off bracelet, and a fun recycled purse, which is a great conversation piece, constructed from 100 percent post-consumer newspaper by a women-owned shop in MA. “The purse is an awesome addition to one's handbag collection. It's great for dressier or special events but also is so fun for everyday wear with your jeans and tee,” she says.
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