Torey says she goes for a more simple style, very minimum, with nothing too flashy. She likes nice things but doesn’t like to draw attention with her clothing. She sticks to a classic style and neutral colors.
“I’m 5’11 and bright blonde, so people are already looking at me. I stay under the radar a little bit.”
Cardigan Forever 21
Black tank: Nordstrom BP
Watch: Galaxy Samsung
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Handbag: Michael Kors
Megan was downtown shopping for bridesmaids dresses with her friend (robin’s egg blue/teal-blue chiffon, for those of you who will want to know). She says she goes through a lot of clothes, although she doesn’t have that many at one time; she likes to cycle through them, while hanging on to a few favorite pieces. She’s fond of silk vintage numbers and she looks to celebrities for style inspiration.
“I look at Beyonce, but I don’t really copy her. If I could pull off Rihanna’s look, I would for sure, especially the red lips. I would say that my staples are probably more like Jennifer Aniston’s – you know how she wears jeans and boots and a jacket with a scarf? My look’s a little edgier than hers. My staples are a t-shirt, jeans, a jacket and a scarf, a high bun and red lips.”
Jacket: Forever 21
Natology is seriously stylish in all black, but we loved the splash of color in her hair!
“My whole life inspires me; creativity and pushing the boundaries. I love Japanese silhouettes, color blocking, and mixed prints!”
Glasses: L.A. Eyeworks
Hat and Shoes: Vintage Prada
Sari was a little camera shy when Go Girl spotted her during a lunch break, but despite her timidness with the camera, her bright fuchsia, hi-low skirt screamed “Look at me!”
“I just kind of see what goes well together,” says Sari, an employee at a clothing store whose style “is different every day. I just wake up and throw on what I feel like wearing.”
Shoes: Fashion Q
Store mannequins are usually fashionable dressed, and Maria uses that to her advantage when it comes to designing her own wardrobe. Though a bit unorthodox to wear thick cotton leggings when temps in Southern California are in the high 70s, Maria says the tribal print pants are her favorite. She created a summery look by adding white flip-flops, an acid-washed vest, and nude shirt.
“I just thought it all matched,” she told Go Girl. “I love how clothes combine to become fashion.”
Leggings, vest, tube top: Dear Alice
We love smart, beautiful women! Don’t let anyone tell Larissa that you can’t be both; she’s a materials science engineer at the world’s largest aerospace company, yet she shows up for an afternoon meeting looking amazing in a stylish mix of patterns and color. She says that she started dressing up in college, when she and her roommate would wear dresses on sunny days, finding that right balance of fashion and comfort for walking around campus.
“For me, it’s a happiness thing. If I dress up, then it gets me through the rest of the day day. It improves your mood.”
Skirt: Buffalo Exchange
Coat: American Eagle
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Sarah’s sunny-day outfit incorporated tons of fashion trends, including boots paired with shorts, bright colored jeans, and a fun scarf — all while looking put together. Her ensemble also included multiple bracelets in different textures like wood, cloth, and metal.
“I always do tons of bracelets,” says Sarah, who’s a fan of blacks and neutrals. “The bracelets are so much fun and not overwhelming when worn together like that. My style is casual and cute. I like to keep things easy. I usually wear basics with a few simple accessories or a pop of color.”
Scarf and shorts: Wet Seal
T-shirt: Earthbound Trading Co.
Bracelets: Body Central
Go Girl caught this soon-to-be married mother trading in her usual sweats and jeans look for a sweet girl-next-door ensemble that included a baby pink dress with matching lipstick and sunglasses. Kareena was out with her fiance and three-year-old boy when her adorably flirty fashion caught our eye. She said she just wanted to wear something different than her casual, everyday outfits.
Kareena, who works as a hair stylist, says, ”I see girls in things, and I’ll pick different ideas from them and off TV and put my own little twist on things.”
Glasses and earrings: Charlotte Russe
Jacket and shoes: Ross
As a full-time student, Sara has a lot on her plate, but she still makes time for fashion. While grabbing a bite to eat at Subway she wore a black maxi skirt and a jean jacket over a multicolored blouse. She also embraced a trend that’s moved from hipster to mainstream — a mustache accessory.
Sara says her style is “comfy and cute” and she draws her inspiration from magazines, Tumblr, and the people around her.
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Jacket and Shirt: Forever 21
Skirt: local boutique
Mustache ring: purchased online
Kandice is the owner of Spektra, a wonderful boutique cosmetics line. She lived in Alaska, where there wasn’t a lot of makeup available for a woman of color, so she started to play around with makeup and became a certified makeup artist. The Spektra line of cosmetics came about later:
“I’m a geek. I love learning about stuff. I just want to know how things are made, science-wise, so I read books and started learning! I taught myself.”
Bomber jacket: PacSun
Jeans: Wet Seal
High tops: Vans
Gray sweater: H&M
Casey’s sweet, floral-print dress paired with beige, lace-up shoes from Australian-based company Cotton On made a great, simple spring look. The full-time student told Go Girl that while most of her fashion choices come from her own style, she does look to the LA fashion industry, friends, and the internet for ideas.
“I like to think of it as kind of a classy, comfy chic,” Casey says of her style.
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Cotton On
Annesley is a stay-at-home mama with a six-month-old daughter. She credits her baby girl with exacting great, healthy changes in her life; because of her daughter’s allergies to dairy and soy, Annesley has learned to eat very clean and organic, which she says helps with everything: energy, activity level, better sleep. She says she has her daughter to thank for her new healthy lifestyle, and she now has a passion for it! Her style has changed, as well. She used to be the girl you’d always see in heels; now her style is a bit more laid-back, but she still loves to look great!
“I’m the kind of girl that will dress up, but the second I’m home, I’m in sweat pants,” she laughs.
White jean jacket: Nordstrom BP
Gray hoodie: Victoria’s Secret
Striped tee: boutique
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack
Shayna just started massage therapy school – she said the way to tell if a guy’s a keeper is if he offers to give her a back rub instead of asking for one himself! Smart girl! We noticed her cute curls, which she says she just cut from the middle of her back. We also love the lace-up purple suede booties she’s rocking, and the fact that she was carrying a giant bag!
“My purse is like a black hole. I’m way too over-prepared. I keep anything and everything you could ever possibly think of needing in there!”
Leggings: TJ Maxx
Purple suede lace-up booties: DSW
Bag: Betsey Johnson
Go Girl caught up with retail specialist Lara on her way to work at Forever 21. Her cool patterned pants caught our eye! This Arizona native recently moved to Portland and loves the culture. Her style is simple, basic, and clean. Lara says she likes to keep up with the trends, but doesn’t necessarily think her look is trendy. Working in retail gives her a chance to see the newest trends first.
“I love to wear oversized things,” she told Go Girl, “and if I wear color or pattern, I usually pair it with a modest and simple outfit so it’s just a pop of pattern.”
Pants: Nordstrom/Top Shop
Sweater: Forever 21
Shoes: Cole Haan
Camille’s hair is amazing! Girls with curls know how hard it is to work them. Before she shared some good advice on that, we found out she’s studying to be a marriage and family therapist and is currently working on choosing her Masters’ program!
“I’m learning how to manage (my hair). Finding the right cut is everything. Gene Juarez does an amazing job for me. I use the Catwalk Curls Rock gel. What I like about it is that it doesn’t make my hair crunchy. It’s just soft curls!”
Hair: Nexxus shampoo & conditioner
Statement necklace: Nordstrom
Striped gold metallic knit top: Ann Taylor Loft
Black jeggings: Ann Taylor Loft
Boots: Material Girl at Macy’s
Evalene proved that being stylish doesn’t have to be difficult. Go Girl spotted the pretty brunette while she was working. Her dark curls were well-defined thanks to some help from a curling iron, and her casual t-shirt, boots, and jeans combo was given a boost thanks to some accessories, including her Michael Kors watch. Evalene says she like to keep things simple, but loves her black lacquered nails because they’re cat-like.
“Usually I wear leggings and a big shirt and boots,” she says. “It’s easy. It’s my go-to outfit.”
Shirt: borrowed from mom
Boots: Steve Madden
Watch: Michael Kors (gift)
We’ve talked to Meaghan before, but when we spotted her again at the airport looking cute in this sheer shirt with a fun glasses pattern, we needed a picture! We also love her super-chic heeled boots. Love that gold zipper! Can we also talk about that gorgeous hair? She says it’s pretty curly, actually, but she blows it straight.
“I can’t use hair products. Something about my hair – if I use product on it, it falls out. I love the Kerastase thermal protectant, but that’s all I use.”
Sheer printed shirt: JC Penney
Earrings: Blue Nile
Thermal Hair Protectant: Nectar Thermique by Kerastase
Rachel, from Seattle, is visiting Portland for work and thought she’d spend a part of her afternoon at Portland’s famous bookstore, Powell’s. This fashionable young lady works for Nordstrom and says that her closet is almost entirely Nordstrom finds. She clearly knows how to appropriately mix color and pattern. We love Rachel’s jungle cats shirt – how unique!
Rachel told Go Girl, “I usually dress sporty and clean.”
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Jacket, Shoes, & Top: Nordstrom
We wanted to talk with Julia about her cool style and the big watch trend that we’re seeing everywhere right now. Her watch is actually a men’s watch, as she feels that her arms are less delicate and need a larger piece. She feels that you can make a men’s accessory feminine just by adding other pieces. She also explained that the watch has got to have a little bling, and layering tons of bracelets with it is key.
“Stick with silver on silver. If you wear a gold watch, wear an accessory pack like the ones at Buckle and put anything gold with it.”
As a clothing store manager, Katie is constantly surrounded by changing fashions. She purchased a matching necklace and earring set from her store, Windsor Fashion, but needed an outfit to compliment the bold, gold pieces.
“I made this outfit around this necklace because I never wear it,” she told Go Girl. “I wanted to do nautical, but I don’t like the bold nautical, so I did it a little understated. I did the stripes, did the little brown belt to throw some neutral in there, and then I did the red lip for some color.”
Katie describes her style as ”polished casual.” She says, “I like to be comfy, but it needs to be polished with accessories. I like to look professional but still be comfy.”
Earrings and necklace and skirt: Windsor Fashion
Shirt: Old Navy
Brook loves her job, and who wouldn’t? She’s surrounded by cupcakes and happy people all day long. She’s a Culinary graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle, but we are hot for that red lipstick! Amazing, right? She says she dresses for comfort and for what is washable – she’s consumed by coffee and frosting at work, so she definitely has to consider that when she chooses her clothing. Really, though, the shoes are what does it for her!
“Shoes are my weakness. I have so many pairs of boots. It drives my boyfriend crazy! I can get on board with the sandals in the summer, but I wear boots all year long.”
Tribal print cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Butterfly necklace: Etsy
Silk top and jeans: Nordstrom
Red lipstick: Makeup Forever #8 at Sephora
Trina and her husband had just arrived from Pasadena when Trina’s brightly-colored sweater and brown on black combo caught our eye. The pair said they are considering moving to San Diego and just came to check it out.
“I don’t really have a style,” says Trina who got her brown leather boots while living in Ecuador and offering educational therapy services. “It changes from day to day.” She told Go Girl that she tries to be “comfortable, casual and nice.”
Scarf: Gift from Spain
Alicia’s got this cool-pretty-retro-edgy-glam thing going, with her Betty Page bangs and trendy red lipstick. She’s planning a 20s circus barn wedding in June, and says that she always tries to look good when she leaves the house.
“Most mornings, if I don’t have my hair and makeup and everything going, I don’t feel as confident. As soon as I put the lipstick and eyeliner on this morning, I looked in the mirror and I was actually singing!”
Earrings: Hot Topic
In sunny San Diego, scarves function more as fashion accessories than cold-weather necessities, and when Go Girl spotted Thelma (no pun intended), she had incorporated a leopard print scarf to perfectly accent her neutral color palate of black, brown and beige.
“I like floral prints and solid colors,” Thelma told Go Girl. “I try to be comfortable and look cute.”
Scarf and leggings: Charlotte Russe