On a couple of recent trips to Seattle, I’ve noticed the city has style. It’s own style, or perhaps I should say, styles. While I admit I didn’t take to some of it instantly, the more I see, the more I get (and appreciate) Seattle street style.
Despite the percentage of overcast and rainy days, loads of people in Seattle are physically active; so, it is no wonder that North Face and other athletic wear are ubiquitous among people working out or just hanging out.
I have to say that upon first seeing the pairing of a skirt with a quilted rain jacket, it can be a bit jarring for the unfamiliar – at least it was for me.
I had a similar impression while glimpsing skirts worn with rain slickers and fleece jackets.
I’ve developed a hypothesis: maybe people in Seattle might think of the rain jacket as a wearable umbrella; in terms of aesthetics, it doesn’t really “count” as part of the outfit.
Immediately thereafter, I was passed by some dudes looking pretty cool in sporty jackets with chinos, and stylishly casual shoes.
The more brightly-colored ones were more to my liking.
I must say that under a muted sky, the color show on the street certainly brightened my day.
Of course, bright colors need not be restricted to active wear.
These include dressier and trench style coats/jackets: a very classy look on some people who although they were not wearing the aforementioned athletic wear or sporty jackets, looked to still be pretty physically active.
Downtown Seattle street style definitely has its own flavor. There is a distinctive look on the streets which seems to portray, “Hey, I don’t have to follow fashion rules.”
The city, with a median age of 37, is teaming with smart, active, hip, upwardly mobile (think Microsoft and Amazon), technology savvy aesthetic experimenters. At least, that’s my point of view. Pretty cool!
How do you see Seattle street style?