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
Tanzy works for an airline, but she says she shops for fun! She moved to Seattle from Florida recently for a fresh start in the Pacific Northwest. She loves to wear black, but often accents with purple.
“I just have my own style. I put bits and pieces together, but I like to be the only one who looks like me!”
Coat, Sweater & Jeggings: Ross
Stephanie’s style is practical and laid back. She likes to shop at Urban Outfitters and H&M; she actually found her cute, oversized beanie in the men’s department of H&M. This California transplant loves to dance ballet and explore her new city.
“It’s freezing right now,” she told Go Girl. “But Portland is a beautiful city. I love the people and the culture.”
Coat: Urban Outfitters
We love that Abby’s fun and outgoing personality shines through in this photo of her. She was out and about shopping with a friend when we met up with her to chat about fashion. Abby’s style is boho chic mixed with preppy. Go Girl spotted Abby from a block away because of her super cute hat! When we complimented her on it, she was excited.
“When I bought it, I was a little iffy,” she told Go Girl. “But you’ve helped me confirm that is was a great purchase!”
Jeans & Hat: Urban Outfitters
We caught up with Anna on a short break from college, where she studies history and art history. She hopes to work someday as a curator at an art museum. Right now, she loves the look of skinny jeans or a narrow leg paired with a slouchy top. She always wears lots of layers to keep warm; it’s extremely cold where she goes to school!
Her mom convinced her to buy her favorite thing right now: “She saw these red and taupe brocade shoes, and she made me buy them. She told me, ‘you have to have them!’”
Black skinny jeans: American Eagle
Red & Taupe brocade flats: Nordstrom Rack
Cardigan and sweater-knit striped tee: Thrifted pieces
Ariana has been dancing since she was a small child, and is now deciding whether to make a career of it or to go in another direction. She likes to be somewhat unique – recently, she had bright pink hair – and she loves to stand out! We loved how she paired the combat boots with a soft peach, rhinestone-studded, silk blouse!
“I’m pretty outgoing, crazy, bubbly,” she tells Go Girl.
Rusty-copper fitted leather jacket: TJ Maxx
Peach rhinestone-studded silk blouse: Nordstrom
Combat Boots: Cathy Jean
Katie, a high school senior, is wearing killer Steve Madden boots and a flirty scarf. She says her style is casual, but still cute and fun! Katie is interested in majoring in broadcast journalism when she goes to college, but she hasn’t decided where she’ll be going yet: she’s waiting to hear back from all the schools she’s applied to. Katie loves to hike the mountains near Portland and participate in school plays.
“My most recent role was playing the character of Claire in my school’s remake of The Breakfast Club.” she told Go Girl.
Shirt: Old Navy
Courtney was given a Bobbi Brown makeup book at age 13, and she says she has been obsessed with cosmetics ever since. Because she has young children and she works from home, on a typical day she won’t take the time to do her makeup, but on the days when she goes to meet clients or friends:
“It’s a process. It’s like a painting, only you’re painting your face. I’m contouring, detailing certain areas. I love the Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish; it highlights your face and brings attention to your eyes. And the Waterproof Zoom Lash.”
Grey wool pea coat: Old Navy
Pants: See Thru Soul at Nordstrom
Leather bag: Nordstrom
Gold Rosebud Earrings: Etsy
Corie’s cool fringe purse caught our eye on the streets of Portland. This lovely young lady is a bargain hunter who seeks out great finds at thrift shops and stores like Target and H&M. Originally from Miami, Corie is actually in the process of moving back to the sunny beaches of Florida after a short stint in Portland. Her style is eclectic and depends on her mood.
“I like to mix what’s current with classic pieces,” she told Go Girl. “I make hair chains and jewelry and want to learn more about hair.”
Acid-wash Jeans: H&M
Boots & Jacket: Thrifted
We absolutely loved Lora’s animal print tights, paired with black buckled booties and a cute dress. Her bag is actually a camera bag – very stylish! She says she loves to pair tights and booties with dresses.
“I love dresses! I wear dresses all the time. I’m crazy and I think they’re way more comfortable than anything else. Simple!”
Camera bag: Jo Totes
Lace dress: Consignment
Hooded Leather Jacket: Garage