Go Girl caught up with Alena while shopping with her grandparents and husband. Originally from Moscow, Alena moved to Oregon to be with her sweetheart. She says she loves fashion, and describes her style as classic. We agree! Her #1 passion? Ballroom dancing.
“I was a professional ballroom dancer in Russia until the age of 17,” she told Go Girl, “It’s my favorite thing to do.”
Coat: Victoria’s Secret
We ran into Beth with her friend at her favorite bookstore in Portland while looking for course books. Originally from Portland, Beth is studying in Southern California and loving it! It’s clear that this bubbly undeclared major has a bright future ahead. We picked Beth out from the crowd because of her cool sweater.
“This is actually my mom’s sweater. I took it out of her closet this morning,” she told Go Girl, “So, I ‘ll let her know you like it!”
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Sweater: Borrowed from Mom
Denim Jacket: Old Navy
Her friends will describe this self-professed pun addict as hilarious; she exudes a natural energy that she says amplified once she started working out. She laughingly told Go Girl that she’s bought new shoes so she’ll be motivated to get back to her exercise routine here in the New Year!
Last year she decided to take the world by storm; this year, she tells Go Girl, “my mantra is Why Not?”
Faux leather jacket: Forever 21
Lace top & studded oxford shoes: Torrid
Madison’s style is eclectic, and she’s not afraid to wear something daring. Madison is a film student from Southern California, currently on a weeklong trip with her sister Hayden in the city of Portland.
“In San Clemente we’ve had sun, sun, sun,” she told Go Girl. “It’s nice to come to a city that actually feels like winter.”
Boots: Dr. Martens
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Sweater Vest: Thrifted
Earrings: Family Heirloom
Go Girl caught up with Hayden while at a coffee shop in Portland with her sister… the two are visiting from California! Hayden recently graduated with a degree in broadcast digital media, and is looking forward to finding a great job in the industry. She says her style is eclectic, and she loves to find cool vintage pieces.
“I like 90’s style,” she told Go Girl, “I guess I’d describe my style as soft grunge.”
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Sweater: Northwest Territory
Bag: Doony & Bourke
A college student working nearly full time, Ashley is a girl on the go! With her warm smile and easy laugh, we know her hope to go into nursing will be a great success. When asked about her style, she tells us she’s attracted to darker colors – especially during the dark Seattle winter! Her outfit is usually complete with a Neff beanie and a scarf.
“Beanies are my thing. If I can work a beanie into an outfit, I’m complete,” she explains.
Cardigan & Tank: Target
Skirt: Forever 21
Ankle boots: Yuu at JC Penney
Meaghan handles Communications and IT for a very busy military support agency, and with her crazy schedule, she insists that comfort is first when choosing her daily outfits. Beyond work, Meaghan is an experienced traveller – she recently made it her goal to visit five new places every year. Since she travels so often, she always picks up one new piece of jewelry wherever she goes.
“My criteria is that I buy whatever speaks to me,” Meagan told Go Girl. “I have a favorite sterling silver bracelet that I bought in St. Ives for 60£, and a $5 plastic ring with a steel band that I bought in Alaska.”
Wool V-neck sweater: Eddie Bauer
Dress: JC Penney
Boots: Fred Meyer
Kaitlyn is moving back to Seattle this weekend from the college town she’s been living in. She loves that everything in her life is totally up in the air right now: she finds it beyond exciting! When asked about her signature style, Kaitlyn told Go Girl she is very much inspired by two things: a fashion diary called Color Me Nana, and her sister Rachael.
“I want to wear outlandish things, but I live in a college town,” Kaitlyn smiled. “I don’t want to be the girl everyone is staring at.”
Blazer: Lush at Nordstrom
Top: frenchi, Nordstrom
Camel wool coat: Forever21
Jewelry: borrowed from Mom – always!
College student Sarah is a criminal justice major, and hopes to someday become an investigator. She loves the idea of helping people that can’t help themselves, and we loved that about her. Style-wise, we absolutely fell in love with the striking combo of her gorgeous red locks and hazel eyes. Sarah told Go Girl that her favorite places to shop are Urban Outfitters and H&M.
“I just wear what I want and I don’t really care if people don’t like it,” Sarah laughs.
Cardigan & Jeans: H&M
Booties: Mix No. 6 at DSW
Belt: Love Culture
Michelle describes her style as bohemian chic, and says that her favorite brands are Free People and Levi’s. Working in the advertising industry, Michelle wears business casual clothing during the work week. On her free time she likes to wear long flowing dresses and fedora hats.
“I grew up going to garage sales with my mom,” she told Go Girl, “I find them interesting because you have the opportunity to learn more about the object you’re buying from the person who’s selling it. You get to know it’s past life, which is especially interesting when it comes to clothes.”
Jeans: Jones Jeans
Top: Free People
Leather Jacket: Vintage Adventure Bound by Wilson’s Leather
Go Girl caught Hannah on her way to grab a coffee while on break from her retail job. Hannah is the manager at a store called Katmandu, and travelled all the way to Portland from Wisconsin to help get the company’s second store going. Hannah loves working for a small company that invests in hand-made, fair trade garments.
“When East Indian people come into the store, they say I look like a yogi or shaman,” she told Go Girl, “So I guess that means my style falls into the bohemian category.”
Top & Jewelry: Katmandu Trading Company
Go Girl caught up with New Jersey transplant Dianna on the Porthand State University campus, where she is attending grad school. Her style is classic, and she loves to wear brand names. Dianna’s true passion, however, is music. She teaches kids all about percussion with a studio called RMC Studios.
“I loved learning about music growing up,” she told Go Girl, “The main mission of the studio is to give kids the opportunity to enjoy music.”
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft
Scarf: Banana Republic
Celine caught our eye because of her unique leggings. What do you think of them? This recent college grad is working in retail and dreams of a career as an opera singer. Get it girl! Her go-to clothing piece is a blazer, because you can class up any outfit by wearing one.
“My style is usually pretty simple,” she told Go Girl, “so the leather leggings are a bit of a fashion risk for me!”
Leggings & Coat: Nordstrom
Erin is a super friendly young lady we met on the streets of Portland; we think she is doing a great job of keeping warm, while still looking very put-together and classic! Erin is a jewelry designer, works as a server at a local restaurant, and is a bi-lingual substitute teacher for high school students.
“I really like people,” she told Go Girl, “I like watching the kids I teach get excited about learning.”
Skirt: Forever 21
According to her friends, Jenna is the life of the party! She’s super social and gets along with everyone. Her style is eclectic, and she likes to mix simple basics with bright colors. In her free time she like to ride motorcycles, snowboard, and explore new bars and cafes with her friends.
“I think my style is kind of sporty, but with a girly twist,” she told Go Girl. “I like to wear bright colors and be experimental with my hair and nail polish colors.”
Boots: Me Too/DSW
Jeans: Love Culture
Scarf & Bag: Nordstrom
Kelsie’s style is classic and simple; her friends say she is always dressed to impress and looks great in everything she wears. We caught Kelsie while out shopping at a local mall with her girlfriends. She was a bit camera shy at first, but found her groove and delivered this cute and flirty shot!
“I think it’s important to portray yourself in the best way possible,” she told Go Girl. “That’s why I try to dress well all the time… even when going to the grocery store!”
Jacket: Sound and Matter
This California girl is a student and works at Forever 21 in the Sacramento area. Laura’s style is cute and current, and we’re in love with her polkadot tights and adorable head wrap. Go Girl caught Laura while visiting Portland with her family on her birthday.
“Portland is my favorite city to visit,” she told Go Girl. “My parents are amazing for surprising me with a trip here for my birthday.”
Tights: Forever 21
Jacket: J Crew
We found out that Caitlin is a natural in front of the camera because she works as a lifestyle model. Caitlin says her outfit depends on her mood, and that she likes to keep it classy and somewhat professional to counteract her curly hair and nose ring. We love that the plaid pattern is used in both her shirt and Marc Jacobs bag. Way to bring it together, girl!
“Your clothes can say a lot about you,” she told Go Girl, “Your appearance and outfit can play a huge role in how people treat you.”
Jeans: Paige Denim
Jacket: Columbia Sportswear
Bag: Marc Jacobs
After studying fashion merchandising in college, Sam is using her style skills working for Adidas as an assistant buyer. Congrats on finding a great job in your field, Sam! It’s easy to see that this beautiful blonde has a great, casual style.
“I guess I’d say that my style is pretty laid back,” she told Go Girl. “I don’t really wear bright colors.”
Sweater & Jacket: Aritzia
There are many things about Annie that we loved – her smile, her fun-loving personality, and her fun, funky fashion! We caught up with her at a local music festival, and were so happy to learn a bit more about her style and execution.
“I love fashion. I love pulling retro pieces into fun, youthful outfits.”
Go Girl has met a lot of vintage-loving ladies in Portland, but Madelaine takes the cake! Her vintage jacket matches the Go Girl pink can perfectly. Madelaine was flattered to a part of the Passion Meets Fashion blog, and admitted that she’s always hoped a street style photographer would stop her. This thrifty lady’s whole family enjoys thrift shopping. Madelaine’s mother found her coat, and a friend of the family made her dress out of thrifted fabric.
“We are a very thrifty family,” she told Go Girl, “A lot of people shop at thrift stores, but we are really good at it!”
Dress: Made by friend
Coat: Thrifted Vintage
Victoria is representing American Apparel, her employer, on the streets of Portland. Go Girl Caught up with Victoria as she was shopping for the perfect New Years Eve dress. This sociology student is originally from Seattle, and says that her style changes depending on her mood. Victoria loves to watch movies on Netfix, specifically horror films.
“I guess I like to be scared,” she told Go Girl.
Boots & Jacket: H&M
Bag: Forever 21
Tights & Dress: American Apparel
Stephanie is a classic beauty with a timeless style. She says she likes to wear vintage clothes and sport a “classy hippy” look, although she admits that her outfit today isn’t hippy at all. We caught Stephanie on her way to meet up with a friend to talk about her upcoming plans to travel to Australia to be with her boyfriend.
“We’ve been in a long distance for a while now,” she told Go Girl, “I’m ready to move things forward and see how it goes.” Bon Voyage!
Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Steve Madden
As a Pre-School teacher, Tania has to keep her clothing toned down, but she still has fun… especially off duty! She says that fashion-wise, she likes to blend girly looks with masculine, and loves sheer and lace with muted colors!
“I am inspired by sunshine, going to work, and my family!” Tania told Go Girl.
Jacket & Shirt: H&M
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Urban Outfitters