This may come as a surprise to some of my coworkers, but the official style resolution of Seattle Met is: Down with casual Friday; up with fancy Friday.
That's right. We're taking the week's end back from the weird late 90s dot-com anti-culture, and we're giving it back to culture—back to the mindful, literary, arts-focused, world-aware culture that is Seattle in on this post-modern planet.
In fact, down with this casual vs. upscale thing altogether.
Let leather slacks fly at black tie events; wear velvet on Monday mornings. Whatever the day, whatever the occasion, be dressed for it. Just really be dressed for it. That's my resolution. And I'm going to hold Alexander Wang, the young New York-based designer and recently installed Balenciaga creative head, in mind as a symbol of it. As a symbol of European high style courting American streetwear. It's a good metaphor for the destruction of a two-party dress code, and I think it'll make for a really good 2013 vibe in general. Don't you?
Wait. Don't answer that. First, let's hear from the rest of the city:
Hana Ryan Wilson, cofounder at Craft & Culture > I’ve been locked into a uniform of sorts for the past couple years: Dark skinny jeans, dark button-up shirt, dark overcoat, dark ankle boots. Pros: Good for walking the dog, going to work, working from home, blending in with my environment, and spilling coffee. Cons: Picks up white dog hairs, looks like a uniform, and makes me indistinguishable from my environment. My style resolution is to wear more pale tones and neutrals. White will be my stand against becoming a creature of complete habit.
Keisha Harris, studio manager at Digital Kitchen and designer at Wunder > I need to incorporate more schizophrenic prints, clever color blocking, and silly shapes. The best dressers are total lunatics—six-inch heels in the San Juans, 25 patterns and textures in one look. I love when a smart sense of humor takes the form of an outfit.
Mackenzie Garfield, co-founder, Kaleidoscope Vintage > My New Year's fashion resolution consists of seamlessly combining a good girl 1950s aesthetic with my bad girl 80s/early 90s new wave obsession to take on nouveau rockabilly chic.
Joan Kelly, Art Institute Seattle instructor and fashion show producer, Fashion First > I will make it my business to get rid of everything that I have not touched in the passed two years (unless it is totally fabulous and I need to hang it in the special vintage pile). Who wants to see bootleg jeans hanging around? Not me.
Rebecca Cairelli, owner and designer, Rebecca Cairelli > This year I’m ending the banality of ballet flats and skinny jeans with oversized tops, which was my uniform when three kids in four years was happening to me. 2013 is about the necessity of art in my fashion; exploring new silhouettes and colors. Essentially less mom, more fun.
Joelle Russo, beauty director at Nordstrom > I’ll be more proactive in setting a reminder to replace my Clarisonic brush head, replenish my mascara, and sadly, my Sonicare toothbrush every three months. With my hectic schedule it seems this always falls to the bottom of the list.
Sky King, sales at Prism and American Apparel > I made a declaration that all-black was out a while ago and 2013 is the year I’m gonna prove it. Little pops of color have been showing up in my wardrobe lately and I've been having fun mixing patterns together. I just wanna look like somebody’s sketchpad next year. I don’t want to just fade to black.Andrew Matson, music writer, Seattle Times> I will continue to look for clothes that get better the further they degrade. It is a joint mission of frugality and my essential Seattle down-to-earthness. For example, I will buy a new pair of Clarks Wallabees, even though the price has raised from $120 to $150. They will be brown. They will be dope. They will be my fourth consecutive pair. And I will wear them until the gum soles are all the way gone and I am literally down to earth, touching the pavement with my socks. Rinse, repeat.
Carole McClellan, designer, Carole McClellan > I have been doing the “cobbler’s children have no shoes” thing for too long. When I was a young rocker I pushed the edge, delighting in making tongues wag. I’m going back there and claiming my artist’s license.
Tallulah Anderson, public relations at Tallulah Talks Food > I’m feeling very goth survivalist right now: super dark lips with a navy skullcap, fingerless gloves, and my neon yellow Dr. Martens. My style resolution is to wear more lipstick. Maybe it’s all this 2012 apocalypse stuff, like if everything goes to hell at least I’ll be wearing wearing a good lip color.
Herschell Taghap, director of social internets at Tom Douglas Restaurants > I used to wear headbands, Birkenstock clogs, and Dickies shorts as a line cook at Cuoco. Now I rock an iPhone, rolled up slim cut chinos, and bowties. My resolution is to find new sources for gear—like the April Look shop on etsy which stocks funky handmade men’s accessories from Lithuania.
Sanda Belaire, Via C manager at Nordstrom Flagship Seattle > Only unique, statement pieces that make my heart skip a beat are making it in my 2013 closet—an M.S.G.M. panther dress, Dries Van Noten grunge chiffon top, Helmut Lang tattoo prints, and Alexander Wang sandal boots. I’ll also be adding more white and graphic prints to mix with black.
Sierra Stinson, independent curator for Vignettes, ONN/OF, City Arts Fest, and more > I wish to allow my environment to positively influence my aesthetic. To shop locally and seek out handmade goods. To curate my wardrobe as I do my gallery—with unpredictability. To aim for each acquired piece to inspire collaboration within my closet. To enable a simple grace full of intent and specificity.
Kelly O, creative director, the Stranger > Dear World, in 2013: I promise to only buy any NEW jewelry from Ghost Gallery and Cairo in Capitol Hill, and also, sometimes Velouria in Ballard (sorry etsy and fab.com, and also all you H&M stores worldwide!) I will continue to buy vintage pieces from estate sales, No Parking On Pine, and the annual United Tribes Seattle Pow Wow at Discovery Park. In addition, I promise to continue my support of monthly events like Artache Market at Vermillion Art Gallery, and the Hangover Flea Market at the Comet Tavern. Lastly, I promise to stop buying so many printed t-shirts. Oh, I am getting too old for printed tees! (When TJ of Actual Pain has a sale, though, all bets are off. Have you seen the new Sharon Tate "Eye of the Angel" shirts? They're to die for...)
Brent Martin, Go-to Stylist, Nordstrom Flagship > I really want to incorporate more vintage and statement pieces into my daily wardrobe. I see unique jackets and sweaters and I don’t often buy them and instead buy basics that I know I can wear more often, particularly to work. Add more drama and flair!
TacocaT, Seattle pop band > We resolve to throw out all our jeggings and all our tights and start over fresh with every color of the rainbow. We resolve to buy super awesome suits and wear them too much, and we’re buying and wearing 100 percent more platform shoes. And I'm dying my hair yellow, and expanding my pant options from the one pair I wear every day to TWO pairs, in the event that laundry has to happen. Also: more pot leaf motifs and yin yang everything. Tasteful dayglo.
Benjamin Winters, founder, WINTR > Next year is about polish. Thoughtful combinations of staples and unexpected touches. Monograms on button-ups, seasonal blazers on a daily basis, well constructed undershirts, more trousers less denim. I still like being able to get dressed in a matter of minutes, but I have come to appreciate the end result of looking put together. Shopping is almost entirely online to allow for efficiencies. I will continue to stick with brands that fit and wear well like Maiden Noir, Hope Stockholm, Dries Van Noten and Oliver Spencer. Unexpected touches include tailoring my pants too short and Thrasher t-shirts, old habits die hard.
Cori Ready, event-maker and scene-creator > My vibe now is global village rainbow. Heavy metals. Brass, more brass and always seed beads on a backdrop of elaborate textiles. Pendleton ponchos and Kork Ease platforms, NARS lipstick and blowouts. Just like mom, but with a better hairdresser and more hand painted caftans. Biggest inspirations, Fela Kuti's Queens, Kathleen Cleaver, and Seattle design.
Elizabeth Roberts, president and creative director, Elizabeth Roberts > My 2013 resolution in my closet is to clear out the easy pieces. I find that my life is so much more interesting when I can situate myself at the cross-section of tensions among creative, classical, and edgy pieces to wear. I am currently hunting for the perfect gloves.
Barbara Kucharz, Barneys New York Seattle > After a recent purchase of a pair of J-brand black leather leggings (from Barneys of course) I find myself reaching for them in my closet all the time. They go perfectly with a tailored blazer from Helmut Lang or Rag & Bone or a lovely printed blouse from Isabel Marant and on a low-key evening, my favorite Aerosmith tee. Thus my resolution in the coming year is to invest in pieces that are versatile and become a staple item in my wardrobe. Sometimes one great basic goes the distance and it becomes your buy-now-and-wear-forever item.
Cassandra LaValle, founder and creative director, Coco + Kelley > I've been going through quite a bit of a revamp with my wardrobe this year, and I've decided that what my resolution comes down to in 2013 is EFFORT. I'm cutting myself off from buying dresses (they are my easy answer to everything) and working on investing in more unique staples. I tend to fall back on basic tees and well-fit jeans for my everyday look, and it's time to get more creative on everything from accessories to layering pieces. Here in Seattle it's easy to want to just throw on comfies when the rain is pouring down, but those comfies don't have to be boring.
Rocky Yeh, spirits portfolio ambassador, Cooper & Sons/American Northwest Distributors > While I still firmly believe in style over fashion I am going to resolve to add more colours and the occasional ridiculous suit to the mix. While I love all of my more classic suits I think it’s time to combat the sea of grey and black in Seattle. I’m also going to wear tails as much as possible.
Kay Smith-Blum, CEO, Butch Blum > My style resolution for 2013 is to wear more blue than black. This fall's constant combo to the two colors forced me into the long lost realm of navy and I like it. Currently on my shopping list: another fabo shawl scarf with blue, great navy flat shoe and velvet gloves that have a blue print.
Keri Kellerman, managing director, Intiman Theater >I wasn't always strong. I found strength and I went black, absorbed the light. And now I smolder and burn. I forge iron. Which explains my vast, obsessive collection of giant rings and metal bracelets, worn as armor and as bait. These things are constant. They are me.
Dee Hewitt, assistant manager, Mario's > Every year that I move forward in this life I feel that I continue to develop my own authentic style. I have a pretty urban vibe in my styling and I look for pieces each season to compliment and enhance my style. I resolve to buy quality over quantity and to take good care in my edit. This year it includes: Isabel Marant studded mocassins, a few new killer leather pieces, I resolve to keep time on an Hermes Medor watch and must have an Irene Neuwirth onyx ring for my pointer finger. I also resolve this year to dress up at any and every opportunity, to have fun with my style and to set my own fashion bar and stick to it! I also resolve this year to wear lipstick and to find a scent that that I love and works for me… a challenge each year.
Emily Smith, creative and editorial director, Pacific Standard Magazine > Two goals, one concrete + one aspirational: 1. Experiment with proportions. 2. Be open to inspiration in all its forms.
Rachel Ravitch, freelance design > 2013 will be the year of matching pants suits for me. I am tired of countless hours spent deciding who I want to be each day, sifting through a wardrobe that has something for everyone. In 2013, I want to create a unique look that is just for me!
Sara Ewalt, pinata and paper installation maker, Pinyadayada/Hens and Chicks Collective > I resolve to not be afraid to be fancy! I find so many times in Seattle I feel the pressure to look like I just "threw this on, but isn't it so cute." I want to dust off those heels that haven't been out since I moved here and be confident in them. My challenge to myself is: If I wear them at least 14 days out of each month, I get a little reward…i.e. pedicure or a new pair to add to the collection. I think if I wear heels, the outfits and occassions will follow.
Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, co-founder, Tarboo, Inc/partner, Haakon, LLC/visual artist > More whipcord, WWII and Korean war-era flight suits, and collaborations with Nep Sidhu, a jewelry designer and maker of fine clothing items from Toronto; he is a collaborator and friend, has made some custom items for Shabazz Palaces and is a kindred spirit, and I am sure everyone will know him soon enough.
Caitlin Emeritz, maker/owner, Metrode > Since moving to the Northwest, I've come to appreciate comfort, flexibility and non-preciousness in daily clothing. This doesn't translate to a down jacket and sweats, though. I'm working on proactively recognizing pieces that reflect & consider both the elements, and my own need to communicate a thoughtful, comfortable, individual perspective on style.
Emeka Alams, designer, Gold Coast Trading Co > I retreat from Fashion by dressing like I don't care but style is important. So I resolve to create a thought-out but simple base of garments with the focus on a good shoe. I need to reflect that quality i strive for in my own work.
Jamie Joseph, jewelry designer > Since breaking my toe last April in a pair of fabulous 4” heels, many of my shoes have been turned to décor in my closet. In my rehabilitation, I’ve had to adapt to more “toe-friendly” footwear. Thank goodness for all the great clogs these days! This year, I hope to seek out new and interesting footwear that my podiatrist will love, while keeping my wardrobe fresh, comfortable and composed. I resolve to actively find stylish shoes with innovative form and function, to make getting dressed exciting and fun in 2013.
Kyle Johnson, photographer > My style resolution for 2013 is to class things up a bit. I purchased my first nice suit this past October and am planning to wear it more often and in more ways. Including stepping up my dress shoe game—vintage or otherwise.
Kristen Hoskins, public programming, EMP Museum > My day-to-day includes the unique opportunity to be surrounded by artifacts from great fashion icons like Hendrix and Jagger. I resolve in 2013 to take more cues from these trendsetters by incorporating modern updates including: Chelsea boots, paisley prints, geometric patterns, leather, brooches, poppy red, bangs, Goodwill Bins, and ultimately taking more risks.
Michael Cepress, designer > 2013 is all about making my fashion pure, unfiltered and straight from the heart. There’s no sense in messing around with a disguise or a façade. I’m ready for my clothes to carry my vision, my history, my humor, my hopes, my fantasies and my dreams on my sleeve. Literally.
Camille Wynn, owner, the Dress Theory Bridal Shop > After a year of planning a wedding, a move, and a new business, I want to spend my time diving back into fashion literature; books, magazines, and blogs. This type of reading and research got put on hold for the past two years, and I'm looking forward to seeing how and where it takes me and my style in 2013.
Kari Pearson, art director, Nordstrom > In 2013 I want to get back to my tomboy roots and start a collection of high tops.
Jean Le, designer and co-founder, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio >
I live and work in our home/studio in Ballard. It's great except its not so great for my daily wardrobe! I find myself default to wearing clothes that are often too comfortable, practical, dark, and boring for my own good! So for 2013, I'd like to have more fun with my wardrobe by mixing n' matching more patterns, prints, and unexpected color combos! I especially find brands like Mina Perhonen, Mociun, and of course the classic Merimekko super inspiring for that reason.
Gwen Stubbs, desginer and seamstress, Lekkerlife Clothing > My resolution for 2013 is to wear bright colors, whimsical accessories, fabulous prints, and spectacular vintage! I will continue to wear red lipstick and black eyeliner every day. I will dress up every time I fly on an airplane. I will not take myself too seriously and have fun.
Nealy Blau, owner, A Mano > My resolution in one word: fit. When my clothes and shoes are cut beautifully and fit well I feel so much better. No more buying things that almost fit or need elaborate alterations.
Jamie Iacoli, designer, Iacoli & McAllister > For 2013 I'm going to continue being very careful about the pieces that I buy; I want to own classics. I want to incorporate vintage back into my wardrobe, and I want to wear only high-waisted pants. I can't wear heels and skirts in Seattle like I do when I'm in NY and LA, so I'm trying to figure out how to keep a feminine edge when I'm rocking the "Ballard Work Shop/Studio Look." And I'm going to take that pile of mostly trousers to the tailor and get them taken care of, finally. And I'm growing out my bangs. It's all forehead for 2013.
Erin Gainey, Seattle Design Foundation > For me, 2013 is the year of wearing white. Perhaps slightly different shades for each season. As a Seattleite, my outfits tend to reflect the grey days more than I care to admit and I aim to refocus my donned hues toward something a bit brighter, but still understated. There is no end to the elegance of a woman in white, no?
Naomi Parker, graphic designer, General Assembly > Keeping it professional, but remembering personal style is of the utmost importance. I want to embrace my age, cultural background and gender; the goal being and feeling more empowered and feminine by way of unique accessories, heels, lipstick and loosened hair, while still pulling off masculine cuts and buttoned collars.
Jenny Klimenkoff, Far 4 > 2012 marked my 10 year anniversary being in Seattle and I finally succumbed to the Seattle "fleece style" (because let's face it, it's comfortable for the type of weather we get). My resolution is to learn from fellow Seattleites but improve the style choices: Moncler jacket rather than The North Face version; if I wear clogs they must be cute patent leather ones; wool socks: Wolford socks for me!
Butch Blum, chairman emeritus, Butch Blum > I am resolving to help rid the world of inappropriate casual versus appropriate casual by example. Encouraging Northwesterners to own and wear a great casual coat that is NOT an athletic or fleece from Patagonia. Showing folks more options of casual shoes is a focus too; I have started by getting a second color in Santoni's suede tennis shoe. Casual appropriate dress, that is my mantra for 2013.
Jessalin Beutler, designer > Now that I'm 30, my stray hairs and sloppy sweaters are becoming less and less charming. I want to be more intentional about how I dress in 2013, and hopefully feel more put together in the end. I work with paint, dye, dried flowers, paper pulp, and textiles throughout the week so nice clothes or thoughtful outfits can often get ruined, disheveled and/or covered in random bits by the end of the day. I don't want this to stop me from putting time into getting dressed, and being conscious about the state of what I'm wearing.
Jamie Fish, scouting director, Heffner Management > I’m continuing my anthrosartorialist’s journey. Having spent a lifetime as family curator; oiling, mending and preserving, now my lens is focused on new heirlooms. A snakeskin McQueen clutch or hand-milled hat from New Orleans. All must be wearable at Mt Rainer or Maxfield’s. It’s the natural history of my wardrobe.
Dana Landon, founder/photographer, It's My Darlin' > Know those mornings when you spend forever staring down your closet only to choose an outfit that by mid-morning is uncomfortable or just is isn’t you? I want to combat this, through ruthless editing, to obtain a well curated, easy to style wardrobe and only purchase items I love.
Melissa Payson, owner, Dandifly > In 2013 my wardrobe will become my unifier. I am so sick of owning clothes that take up space in my closet waiting patiently for their once a year specific occasion. I want my style to be "seemless." My work clothes will be edgier and my evening clothes more versatile.
Tiffany Lowry, hair and makeup artist, Tiffany Colors > Somewhere between starting my business, marriage, children, and maintaining life I traded in my heels for (gulp) a more manageable shoe. But I am reemerging in the wedge heel; it's like the heel but with better support and easier to work in yet still leg lengthening. And they make them built into sneakers, boots, even—dare I say it, Uggs!
Brian Paquette, Brian Paquette Interiors > Resolution: Treating my closet as if it were only actually 1/4 of the size. I have too many "eh,ok" pieces that clutter the stuff I actually feel great in, will stylistically last and are well made. Out with the weak workers and prime space for the work horses.
Hannah Levin, DJ at KEXP and Senior Content Coordinator, Greater Good > After a decade of freelancing from my kitchen table in leggings and Iron Maiden t-shirts, I took a full-time job in a downtown office. I’m surprised how much I love the structure and the opportunity to dress more ladylike. I’m not tossing the Maiden tees entirely, but I’m in full-tilt investment piece mode now.
Jodi Davis, visual director at Barneys New York > If you own it, wear it. That means breaking out the high heels I’ve been saving for special occasions. You’ll see me hobbling around in Alaïa, Costume National, and those impossible Céline wedges. My feet will be very 2000s, while the rest of me will harken to good ole ’90s Marc Jacobs flannel and mohair.
Stacey Rozich, artist and illustrator > In 2013, I’m liberating my hair. I’ve spent years wrestling my very thick, very heavy hair into submission via blow-dryer, flatiron, or curling iron—sometimes all three! Air drying and surf spray is my new routine, with the occasional aid of a curling iron when I’m feeling saucy.
Nicole Miller, owner and creative director at Blackbird > More rings! I love the scene in the Karl Lagerfeld documentary where he’s heading out of the house for the day and stacks 10 rings on each hand. Incredible. My wardrobe is all black and fairly uniform; rings add creativity and uniqueness to get me through the day. They also make me giggle.
Robert Yoder, artist > I’ve grown increasingly tired of the Brawny Man, bear-boy style of no style and will counteract it whenever possible. More tailored shirts, more ties, a fascist haircut, and bright Adidas. I’m buying Chanel. For me.
Esther Shin, fashion editor at Amazon Fashion > One word: eclecticism—to seamlessly transition from one distinct look to the next and inspire others to venture outside their comfort zones. Yes, you can wear leather pants! I just turned 30, which means I’m allowed to feel less guilty about investment pieces.
Ria Leigh, ceramic and textile designer and creative director at Kaleidoscope Vision > I fully appreciate the minimalist aesthetic, but sartorially speaking I’m tired of clean lines and neutral tones. This year I’m saying adieu to all attempts at austerity and unleashing my inner maximalist. I will embrace color, freely mix prints, pile on accessories, and reapply my lipstick. Because more is more.
Sarah Butler, fashion events and editorial coordinator at the Bellevue Collection >
My day-to-day requires me to know the latest of the latest, and trends tend to rule my life. Often these of-the-moment gems put me in a momentary hysteria; obsessing over the color or shoe. While my heart will always skip a beat for hot-list pieces, it’s time to polish a signature style that’s effortlessly “Sarah.”
River Burke, owner and creator at River Song > Every day I will wear something with ancestry, made by real hands; a souvenir, a relic, a tangible happy memory. Like one of our antique heart milagro charms, a string bracelet I found in Athens, or my grandma’s etched gold cuff.
Mark Mitchell, designer > Since Referendum 74 has passed, I’m thinking wedding clothes. My resolution is to prevent myself walking down the aisle in a jeweled kaftan, although I can’t stop thinking about Elizabeth Taylor in her 1968 misfire Boom! Maybe a nice black suit and something huge, floral, and slightly dangerous on my head?
Ann DeOtte Kaufman, founder and designer at Iva Jean > This year I’ll err on the side of overdressed; heels, tailored dresses, silky tops, a camel coat, and statement jewelry from Hitchcock Madrona. I’d also like to keep it polished when I’m dressed down; leather leggings, cashmere sweaters, and great sneakers—I’m tempted by the Nike wedges.
Jessica Park, designer at Ampersand as Apostrophe > About 10 years ago I made the ultimate, life-changing style resolution: I would get rid of anything I didn’t absolutely love. Like really love. When in doubt, do without. Simplicity is key. Wear what makes you feel good.
Jill Donnelly, co-owner of Baby and Co. > When I was at Paris Fashion Week buying for spring 2013, I tweeted, “Heads up tomboys, it’s time to get your girl on, cause spring 2013 is all about the dress.” My fashion resolution will be to practice what I preach and, as one who sports the tomboy style, wear more dresses.
Charlie Schuck, photographer and owner of Object Store > I want to find pairings of existing clothes I thought might never work together. And longer thigh- to knee-length coats and boots to survive winter. Back to simple white tennis shoes and a long trench coat come spring. I’m hoping they make a trench in coral or pale yellow this year.
Linda Derschang, owner of Oddfellows, Smith, et al. > Vintage clothing was a big part of my wardrobe in the ’80s. Not as much in recent years. For 2013, I’m feeling it’s time to add vintage again. I’m inspired by the ’40s right now; jackets, jewelry, and hats—especially turbans. Also more heels and dark lipstick.
Strath Shepard, creative director at Nordstrom, Land Management, and Pacific Standard magazine > I’m going to buy some key pieces that are classic and high quality enough to last the rest of my life—a good peacoat, some nice work boots, a few suits. I’ll probably look a little outdated at times, but that’s okay, I will be “that guy.” I’m also going to start wearing a fragrance, and using the word fragrance. Probably one of those Comme des Garçons ones that smells like a piece of wood.
Chiyo Ishikawa, deputy director for art and curator of European painting and sculpture at SAM > Morning makeup routine has been reduced to Bobbi Brown eyeliner and no mascara. C’est tout.
Izzie Klingels, illustrator at Les Yeux d’Extase > I’ll embrace triangles—now so far out that they are in again. I’ll revive UV makeup, wear tomato-red flares. Avoid the ’90s again. Reject arrows and digital galaxy prints. Endorse glow sticks, leopard print, patent leather, and anything that’s not quietly tasteful and nostalgically rustic. You say neon is over? I say never.
Lacey Swain, Sub Pop Records > 2013 will mean more getting dressed for me. I no longer wish to offend eyeballs with my standard issue outfit of tee-shirt and jeans. This year I resolve to put some time into putting on clothes before I leave the house. (I think is the same as last year, but I mean it this time.)
Sonya Wescott, musician, We Are Loud Whispers > I am resolving to take the time to edit down my wardrobe and give back some closet space to my husband who has never complained and perhaps finally chopping off my hair à la Shirley Maclaine in The Apartment.