Our Favorite Looks from Bellevue Fashion Week

We'll take a cue from the Eastside just this once.

By Zoe Sayler October 13, 2021

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The '80s called, and they love your outfit.

Seattle's most fashionable (seriously, we saw Gene Juarez) gathered this weekend for the Bellevue Collection's first in-person event since 2019: two nights of the shopping center's most eligible fall pieceslots of teeny hors d'oeuvres, and fundraising for local charities Bellevue Lifespring and Dress for Success Seattle. Marketing VP Jennifer Leavitt says this year's festivities amassed $75,000, all of which was donated.

In short, Bellevue Fashion Week is an event worth attending, and not just because it's one of the only times you'll see a room full of Washingtonians all dressed up. If you missed it this year (or just don't want to brave the bridges—hard to blame you), here are some of our favorite runway trends, plus some guest picks from local style experts in the audience.

Faux Suede Moto Jacket, White House Black Market


Moto jackets are super in this season. This soft faux-suede version tones down the biker chick a bit (though you can certainly rev that back up with an all-black runway-inspired look).

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Foliage Plaid Sugar Coat, Kate Spade New York


Who said your favorite winter coat had to go with everything? Sydney Mintle, founder of local PR firm Gossip and Glamour, says this bouclé Kate Spade number is "a fun departure from the traditional buffalo plaid we see in Seattle during flannel season." Paired with a lace magenta dress it's more Clueless than lumberjack.

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Baum und Pferdgarten Brooks Oversize Puffer Jacket, Nordstrom Local


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Neutrals have dominated the PNW fashion scene since *checks notes* the dawn of time. Not this year. Switch things up with a bright and cozy skiwear-inspired puffer that makes the jarring back-to-work commute just a little bit more like still laying in bed.

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Faux Leather Peak Lapel One Button Boyfriend Blazer, Express


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You'll be seeing (faux) leather blazers a lot in the coming months. Darcy Camden, founder of personal stylist service Styled Seattle, says this Express version is better than all the rest.

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Pleated Wide-Leg Pants, Zara


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Ever try to dive back into professional wear only to find yourself swimming in an ocean of brightly colored, monochromatic suits? We're cool with it.

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Shearling Bomber, Coach


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Bomber jacket, but make it the comfiest thing in your closet. We're dreaming of wearing this 100 percent lamb shearling jacket—look at that rose gold collar!—with everything we own, all winter long. Maybe forever.

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The Only Coat by Wilfred, Aritzia


This is called The Only Coat for a reason: Made from a high-quality blend of wool and cashmere meant to withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (god forbid), you pretty much never have to wear anything else, so long as you give in and pack an umbrella. We're obsessed with monochromatic cream styling, but it's also available in seven other fall-friendly tones.

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Blank NYC Faux Leather Skirt, Nordstrom Local


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This probably isn't what you meant when you said you're never wearing "hard pants" again, but hear us out: Nothing carries you from the office to the cocktail bar quite like a classic leather skirt. (Worried about staying warm? The Bellevue Collection paired it with that yellow Baum und Pferdgarten jacket and some knee-high black socks.)

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Double-Breasted Teddy Sherpa Topcoat, J.Crew


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If you love teddy coats, go big—or go elevated, with this with double-breasted, ultra-plush version from J.Crew. (Let the record show that salmon pink is a neutral.)

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Coronet Blue Sweater Vest, Oak and Fort


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Wondering how to wear all the statement-collar button-ups you bought this season? Now is the time to hop on the sweater vest train. Oak and Fort's got a bunch of them.

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Faux Leather Dress, Zara


This leather thing is NO JOKE. If you're as serious as we are, make an entire going-out look out of it with a pleather dress that's simultaneously kitschy, cool, and way warmer than whatever else you usually wear on Capitol Hill.

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Mens Double-Breasted Coat, Zara


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Everyone needs a longline coat, if for no other reason than it makes you feel like you're wearing a blanket. Leary of looking like an old-timey detective? Navy keeps it 2021.

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Lauren by Ralph Lauren Satin Skirt, Macy's


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Satin midi skirts add textural interest to an all-knits-all-the-time cold-weather uniform. Yes, you can wear them with tall boots.

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Men's Relaxed Vegan Leather Trucker Jacket, Abercrombie and Fitch


We wouldn't dream of leaving menswear out of this trend—especially now that we're aware that the classic leather jacket is available in this updated silhouette. Toss it over a T-shirt and jeans for an immediate transformation into he-might-have-a-motorcycle chic. 

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Wearever Luxe Faux-Suede Jacket, J.Jill


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Shoutout to 1960s-inspired fall fashions for bringing in some crucial earth tones this season. Story of My Dress style blogger Lisa Dawn plans to pair this versatile crop jacket with a paisley slip dress and "the perfect fall boots"—"I am so over sweat pants." Hear, hear. 

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