Mandy doesn’t consider herself a fashionista. She likes to wear what appeals to her: simple, classy, contemporary pieces, rather than whatever trendy style is being marketed to her. Instead, she goes for what she’s comfortable wearing.
“I wouldn’t say I’m trendy, but I like style. Every girl likes to look pretty. It helps on my days off – I like to dress up!”
Quilted Leather Jacket: BeBe
Sweater: JC Penney
Handbag: Michael Kors
Looking put together in sportswear can be tricky. We think Rachel pulled it off perfectly! We loved her clean, simple, casual style. She’s a flight attendant, so she wears a uniform complete with stockings to work, and loves to be comfortable on her days off. That doesn’t stop her from having style!
“My mom says that you can have champagne taste and a beer budget! Nordstrom Rack is my jam!” she laughs.
Jacket & Hoodie: The North Face
Vegan Leather Bag: Ross
We were obsessed with the yellow Kate Spade bag on the left. The bright, sunny color on a stormy, wet Seattle afternoon really improved our mood! A few minutes later, we noticed Marjon with her yellow handbag and had to catch up with her!
“I wanted something different. I had to downsize my bag; I would put every electronic gadget in my purse if I could because I think that I need it, and I really don’t!” she laughs.
Yellow handbag: Vince Camuto
Abby was feeling a little too shy to be on camera but agreed to let Go Girl feature her super cute Michael Kors bag and New Balance kicks. This Chinese international student is studying business at the University of Oregon and says she likes to cook with her friends when she’s not studying. Her style is influenced by Chinese and Japanese fashion.
“I like to incorporate bright colors and patterns,” she told Go Girl.
Bag: Michael Kors
Shoes: New Balance
Rachel says she gets her amazing style from her many trips to New York. While there, she checks out the people on the streets and then brings back ideas. That’s where she found the scarf she’s wearing – in a little wholesale shop, for around $10.
What she likes best about New York? “I just like watching the people on the streets and seeing how they dress, how they put outfits together, how they mix and match things, and how they accessorize. They’re way more out there than I would ever be, but it gives me ideas!”
Tunic dress: Forever 21
We loved the way Mila accessorized her all black outfit! The white belt and the animal print scarf look amazing! She says she looks for pieces that fit her well and look classic, edgy, feminine.
Most days, she says “Leggings are my biggest thing. Leggings and a shirt and I’m good!”
Boots & Handbag: Aldo
Skinny Belt: Armani Exchange
Karla planned to have a photoshoot on the beach with her boyfriend to celebrate their one-year-anniversary, but first she needed to buy a shirt. Go Girl caught up with her in San Marcos, after she’d just finished some shopping! The full-time student’s gym attire would lead you to believe that she had just finished a class at the gym, but she said she dressed for comfort instead.
“I draw inspiration from Wanelo, a website,” says Karla, a hostess at a restaurant. She says her style is generally “cute but casual” and she loves to frequent Nordstrom Rack.
Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe
Tank top and sports bra: Nordstrom Rack
We couldn’t pass up Sarah and all of the gorgeous colors in the Kate Spade store! She’s obsessed with fashion and style and had some great points to share! Sarah explains that metallics are the new neutral. She says everyone needs a basic nude shoe, but also a metallic to just pump it up a bit! Wear them with black pants, a white button down, and classic jewelry!
“People always ask me what my style is, and I say it depends on what day you catch me. It’s really what you’re vibing with and what you want to channel. Self expression is really your style!”
Dress: Kate Spade Roxie Dress
Denim Jacket: AG Jeans Robyn Jacket at Urban Chic
Metallic Pumps: Kate Spade Karolina
Necklace: Hyla DeWitt at Urban Chic
Watch: Michael Kors Runway at Nordstrom
Bracelet: Kate Spade Bow Bangle
Storm is currently working two jobs, saving to finish her English degree. Her big dream is to become a writer – she’s loved to write since she was little! She loves leather and boots – she wears them every day, and goes for an “edgy-ish” style.
“I really like simple clothing, with modern, clean lines, but I like the edgy style too – I really think those things go together!”
We were drawn to Michelle’s unique vintage Hudson Bay coat while she was working at a coffee shop in NW Portland. Her style is professional and a bit preppy. She says she is a lover of good coffee and long walks in the city. Michelle is a graphic designer who owns her own business that caters mostly to businesses in the food and beverage industry.
“I like being able to work with clients to help them express their businesses visually,” she told Go Girl.
Coat: Vintage Hudson Bay
Cashmere Sweater: TSE
Kansas was walking her super cute bulldog Guinness while on break from her job with a real estate investment firm when Go Girl met up with her to talk about her outfit. Her Frye boots have been helping keep her feet nice and dry in the rainy Portland weather. Kansas had a hard time naming her style, but landed on ‘casual’ as a good adjective. Outside of work, Kansas is athletic and loves to participate in Spartan races (races involving obstacles). How fun!
“Running in a Spartan race gives you a goal,” she told Go Girl. “You can make it as difficult as you want.”
Dress & Jacket: Gap
Scarf: American Apparel
Teagan says that when she shops, she looks for pieces that will work well with a number of other pieces in her closet, to maximize the versatility of her wardrobe. She calls this sweater her “Captain Crunch sweater,” and her owl tattoo is her tribute to her best friend’s dad, who recently passed away.
She explained what she looks to for inspiration: “I like to look online at high end – nothing I could ever afford – and think, ‘What can I find that is totally different but kind of looks the same.’ Whatever I’m comfortable with!”
Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Doc Marten
Jewelry: Urban Outfitters
Halymah is preparing for nursing school and busy with all that entails. She’s taking classes to prepare for the exams and considering which programs to apply for! She’s not excited about wearing clunky nursing shoes, but she does look for quality when shopping for footwear! With our short Seattle summers, she says she’ll buy things like sandals at a trendier store, but that when she is shopping for boots or shoes, she pays for quality.
“I’m not a label girl, but I look for things that will last a long time.”
Infinity scarf, patterned blouse, tall leather boots: Nordstrom
Despite the rain, we think Shannon looks chic with her dark colors and cool, hand-made leather bag. A girl on the go, we caught up with Shannon (literally, had to run to keep up with her) as she was running errands for her internship. We didn’t get to chat for too long, but it’s easy to see that this professional lady has an eye for style and loves hand-made pieces.
“I do a lot of shopping on Etsy,” she told Go Girl.
Leather bag: Etsy
We caught Lisa on a rainy day in Portland. A recent snow storm had most locals bundled up wearing waterproof clothing and shoes; we fell in love with Lisa’s cute rubber boots! Lisa says she borrowed them from a friend in college and just never gave them back.. oops! Her cool coat is a great find from her recent trip to Japan to visit her mother. She says that she likes to incorporate Japanese fashion into the way she dresses.
“I like to wear eccentric Japanese patterns,” she told Go Girl. “I just got off work, though, so I’m dressed more conservatively right now.”
Coat: Boutique in Japan
Samantha works in retail and is going to college for physical therapy. Her favorite hobby is running the trails of Forest Park – a huge urban forest in the city of Portland. Samantha’s casual style looks great on her.
“I like to combine basics with funky, loose, trendy pieces,” she told Go Girl.
Sweater: Brandy Melville
Necklace & Boots: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Kenzie/Sloan Boutique
Abigail is the kitchen manager at a coffee shop in a trendy district in Portland. She gets to make delicious soups, gluten-free brownies, and other treats for the shop’s patrons. We love her laid-back outfit. Denim shirts are making a strong comeback; we see them everywhere! Her cute, hand-made button earrings are a fun way to jazz up the outfit. In her free time, Abigail loves to participate in outreach events through her church. Right now, she’s helping orchestrate an Easter event.
“We’re gearing up for an Easter event where we drop about 8,000 plastic eggs from a helicopter!”
Glasses: Warby Parker
Top: Forever 21
Shay nailed the look of the bold, contrasting statement necklace paired with a bright yellow tee and a fun, striped knit vest. She’s visiting Seattle from Utah, where she works as a professional in the banking industry. She typically wears slacks and a blouse to work, but always pairs it with some kind of creative, interesting jewelry or accessories. Her closet, she says, is bursting with color, mostly reds and pinks, but:
“It seems like I’m buying a lot of corals and turquoise right now.”
Floral necklace: Francesca’s
Vest with nautical detail: Rue 21
Yellow tee: Boutique in Utah
We loved the pairing of Amanda’s comfy flannel shirt with a classy little black shift dress. She just landed an acting contract in Los Angeles and will be leaving to start her new adventure in June!
“My all time favorite designer that I can never afford is Chanel. I am just in love with the French culture and I think Chanel is the epitome of French style – chic! I spoil myself with their makeup instead!”
Shift dress: Nordstrom
Flannel shirt: Urban Outfitters
Sheer tights: Target
Zip up suede booties: BP at Nordstrom
Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff
Bracelet: Tom Binns
Nessie works at a bank, so her work attire is more professional, but otherwise she likes to rock an edgy, feminine style – like the leather motorcycle jacket paired with a soft coral scarf! We loved her dramatic makeup, with the Japanese false lashes and red lips!
“I just look for whatever random thing I like. I like having a lot of things and putting them all together!”
Leather jacket: JC Penney
Knit sweater, coral scarf, and handbag: Target
Boots: Forever 21
Red lipstick: Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 06
Glow M is an R&B and hip hop singer/songwriter. Not only that, but she has awesome hair – it’s what drew us to her, along with her positive, open spirit!
“I’m inspired every morning to dress according to the width of my smile. Coordination makes a piece of art!” she tells Go Girl!
Flats: Self Esteem
Hair products: Royal Hair Serum
Vanessa moved here with her family from Africa just a few months ago. She is studying English and hopes to work as a model! We think she has a very good shot at it – she is gorgeous! Her style really stood out on a cold winter day; we loved the houndstooth top she found in Africa, paired with the studded-detail pants and cool studded flats. She loves to look at celebrities to find style inspiration, but she says other people often look to her.
“My little sister, she likes to be like me,” she says. “She likes to steal my clothes!”
Bag: Yves Saint Laurent
Top & studded jeans: bought in Africa
Earrings & necklace: Benetton
Studded flats: Ross
Aaliyah stands out in her luxurious, knit infinity scarf, so we had to find out more about her style! She loves a simple, understated look. We love the way she is wearing several layered pieces, but everything is very fitted. She depends on very neutral colors to achieve her look:
“I’m into the nude colors, and then blacks, browns, and white. If I add a color, it’s a dark red or purple. It just suits me better.”
Jacket: Love Culture
Belt: Charlotte Russe
Handbag: Jessica Simpson