Think Seattle’s not a fashion city? Tell that to all the Seattle-based brands making it big. Faris designer jewelry: Founded in Seattle in 2012, now carried in boutiques around the world. Dolce Vita: located just about anywhere cute shoes are sold, second HQ located in downtown’s Smith Tower. Prairie Underground: leading the way in breezy, sustainable fashion since 2004.
Not to mention all the sartorial Seattleites stomping down these rainy streets in heels and berets and Miu Miu sunnies no matter the weather. Sound like someone you know? Read on.
We turn to LA-based shoe brand Intentionally Blank for all our trendy-but-timeless shoe needs—a role fit for this classic patent leather block-heel bootie in winter’s most underrated neutral. Ballard shoe store Re-Soul stocks plenty more from the brand, including the supremely comfortable (and vegan) monochromatic Marlowe platform boot.
At this point in 2021, faux leather pants are basically the new jeans. Naturally, the terminally on-trend turn to more dramatic silhouettes.
If earrings are the star of the show, ear cuffs are the Oscar-winning supporting actors—and local jewelry star Faris du Graf designs one hell of a cast list, with wear-everywhere classics like this Aero cuff, eye-catching stunners like the Roca Perla, and dozens of unique, sculptural earrings ready for the red carpet (or work, or date night).
Black turtlenecks have always been the domain of fashion icons. Prairie Underground dials up the casual with a boxy silhouette that works with slacks or sweats.
This cow print trend has quite the hold on us. Comfy shoes do, too: These gender-neutral mules come with a bit more lift and cushion than the typical slide, while the brown-and-cream colorway feels a bit more classic than black and white.
Micro Tote, Ampersand as Apostrophe
We love seeing local brands get out and thrive in the big city. We also love telling chicer-than-thou New Yorkers that Ampersand as Apostrophe started right here.
Sometimes Seattleites just want to wear fuzzy jackets. Silhouettes made for hiking deny them this pleasure. This open-front beauty does not.
The border’s open again, so we’re considering Vancouver, BC thoroughly local. The stretch is worth it for this modern rendition on the most classic of necklaces, crafted from perfectly imperfect freshwater pearls.
We like big puffers and we cannot lie. Seattle sustainable athleisure brand Girlfriend Collective stocks their duvet-inspired, ankle-sweeping coat in four colors from sizes XXS to 6XL—but word to the wise, colors and sizes sell out frequently. Scroll down and get thee a newsletter subscription.
Somewhere in the tiny Venn-diagram overlap between fashionable, affordable, and waterproof lies this beautiful compromise. Stylish Seattleites still live in Seattle, after all.
Chunks slid into our lives in 2019; they’ve held fast ever since thanks to a rotating selection of claw clips, headbands, and precious squiggle clips—all designed in Seattle and proudly made in China.
Ugly sweaters are so 2010s. These days, standout sweaters make a more serious fashion statement, no goofy thrift-store patterns required.
Founded in the basement of the department store’s downtown flagship in 1973, Nordstrom Rack is our longtime local go-to for great deals on high fashion. The online sunglasses selection is especially rich, but you don’t have to be: These artsy, pastel Miu Mius are 69 percent off their original price of $388. Nice.
We’ve got our (snake) eyes on all sorts of chaotic pants, but Reformation’s dice-embroidered jeans win for playfulness (without being so obnoxious they defy pairing).
Turn to this Madrona jewelry studio if you’ve got a sentimental older piece that needs restored into an even better version of its former self. Or if you need a gift with teeth.
This year’s furs are faux and bigger than ever; a potentially costumey silhouette looks simultaneously luxe and laid-back in this pretty, coppery brown.
Like any proud sibling, we feel no shame occasionally outsourcing our fashion needs to our septum-pierced sister city (love ya, Portland). Especially when said city plays host to Primecut’s carefully sourced cowhide and shearling accessories.
If you know shoes, you know Dolce Vita. Though the fashion-forward company hasn’t had a brick-and-mortar presence in Seattle since shuttering its Ballard shop in 2011, it’s quietly kept those local connections with an HQ2 in the historic Smith Tower. Meaning these knockout heels, also available in neutrals, metallics, and multicolor, are as Seattle as Puget Sound views.
Black berets are eternally en vogue. This leather version is handmade by local designer Shari Noble in downtown Seattle to look of-the-moment and be treasured forever.