Color Blocking

Yulia Pepilas, fashion editor at Vogue Ukraine, certainly knows how to make an exit! We were drawn to the colorful statement donned by the statuesque tastemaker as she made her way out of the Chloé show.

To create this refined look, Yulia assembled an array of brands, including a Céline jacket, Stella McCartney trousers, layered tops by Isabel Marant and Céline as well as Thierry Lasry shades to complete the look.

Color-blocking has been a major trend for several seasons and can be easily done by utilizing eye-catching hues that complement your complexion. Spring your style forward and create a head-to-toe color story with these attention-getting pieces.

Miss Wu ‘Sofie’ Cashmere Cardigan (Nordstrom Exclusive) | MICHAEL Michael Kors Crewneck Mesh Sweater | Max Mara ‘Agus’ Jersey Pant

Prada Pointed Toe Pump | R&J ‘Macey’ Clutch | Tory Burch Sunglasses

Qianna Smith
Photo by Ford Leland


Observe what happens when snake print and leopard print go to Technicolor battle on this wild platform pump. There’s just no taming such ferocious beauty.


ALDO ‘Hamblet’ Pump

Our last post left us craving another pair that would play nice by the pool, though this Aldo ‘Hamblet’ pump is also just begging to be taken out for a night on the town.


Alyson in Willow & Clay

We ran across Alyson at her blog, Crushing on Clothes and loved seeing her mix of aquas and the casual styling of this Willow & Clay asymmetrical hem dress—perfect for a sunny stroll around the University of Washington campus here in Seattle.

She’s hitting all the right trends with her bright pops of color,  high/low hemline and a light-and-airy look for spring. So cute!

Shop similar styles:

High/Low Hemlines | Bright Jewelry | Pop of Color Handbags

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Willow & Clay Asymmetrical Hem Dress

Alexis Bittar Medium Tapered Bangle (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Jimmy Choo Riki Shopper


Prep Club

Repeat after us: Re-colored classics are awesome. It’s all about mixing (not matching) the bold for the beautiful. We hereby call Prep Club to order; here’s what we’re craving right now.

1 – Varied Stripes.
Uneven rules right now, and so does a bit of transparency. [Pictured: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Stripe Crewneck Sweater]

2 – Bright Oxfords. The menswear classics step out with pretty, witty color. [Pictured: Cole Haan ‘Alisa’ Oxford]

3 – High-Wattage Belts.
Cinch things up with a slice of color at your waist—belt your denim, cardigans…anything! [Pictured: Another Line ‘Updated’ Skinny Patent Belt]

4 – A Denim Rainbow.
We’re still talking about colored denim—our favorite skinnies. [Pictured: Blue Essence Skinny Twill Ankle Jeans (Nordstrom Exclusive)]

5 – Revved-Up School Bags. Sleek and practical, a colorful carryall earns straight ‘A’s for fun. [Pictured: Milly Leather Shoulder Bag]

Shop the Prep Club trend.


Luscious designer arrivals and spring’s key looks are inspiring passersby at our Downtown Seattle Flagship Store this month.

Here’s a little visual inspiration for working out your new-season wardrobe refresh, from floral and graphic prints to lacy French charm and color blocking—and how to wear it all.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Round Keyhole Sunglasses
Robert Rodriguez Crop Polka Dot Silk Pants
TEXTILE Elizabeth and James ‘Sid’ Denim Jacket
Jimmy Choo ‘Abel’ Patent Leather Pump
Trouvé Lace Tee


Whatever your plans, our Editor’s Picks are sure to please you and your Valentine. Whether you’re more sugar or spice, these looks will make everything nice—the romance is up to you.

This flirty, color-blocked Jessica Simpson dress goes prim with a frilly pink clutch, all accessorized by a hint of dazzle. A sophisticated nude pump, not to mention that croc-embossing detail, keeps this look sophisticated while still satisfying your date’s sweet tooth.

Pictured (clockwise):
RED Valentino Leather Bow Clutch
Jessica Simpson Sleeveless Chiffon Dress
Alexis Bittar ‘Otto’ Encrusted Ring
Alexis Bittar Crystal & Lucite Drop Earrings
Dior ‘Miss Dior’ Peep Toe Pump
Alexis Bittar ‘Smoky Dust’ Small Hinged Bracelet (Nordstrom Exclusive)

A neutral, sequined shift dress is the perfect palette for layering on your own personality. Try going on a gold rush to infuse the sequined sparkle with individuality—think unique accessories in similar tones and materials with just the right amount of edginess and texture. A black high-heeled sandal, street-wise enough to ground all that gold, pulls together a crush-worthy look that’s urban and sleek.

Pictured (clockwise):
Jewelry Fashions Statement Necklace
Alexia Admor Sequin Shift Dress
Jewelry Fashions Wide Cuff
B Brian Atwood ‘Clio’ Sandal
Rafe New York ‘Maryanne’ Minaudiere
Daly Bird Diamond Cut Leather Earrings

Check out more pieces for a Valentine’s Day outfit, and shop our Valentine’s Day Lingerie Guide for something comfortable to slip into when Valentine’s Day turns to night.

Jeff Powell


Warmer Days to Come

Our post-holiday Seattle Flagship window displays are all about sunny getaways and transitional dressing into spring. We’ve run the gamut from on-trend, office-appropriate outfits to super-savvy cocktail dressing and beachwear.

This nautical number is a perfect example of what’s on deck for spring—a combo of bright colors and big graphic prints and patterns, all elevated by a pair of platform sandals (you can never go wrong with Dior).

As days get warmer (lucky you if they already are), swap out that statement-making kate spade mini trench for a lightweight and colorful blazer or cardigan.

kate spade new york bowed mini trench
Burberry Cat’s Eye Sunglasses
Robert Rodriguez Wide Leg Trousers
Dior Metal Cannage Heel Platform Sandal

All display images courtesy of Gavin Sisk.


Bold Color Charges On

If you still haven’t mixed bright colors into your wardrobe, now’s the time to read our color-blocking primer and get started!

There’s been no stopping this trend, and that’s perfectly fine with us. Super-saturated color combos are feeling so seriously optimistic.

Pair two to three together like a colorful leather jacket and pants. For even more vibrant layers, toss hot-hued accessories into the mix—shoes and a bold lip, for example.

This season designers are adding color blocking everywhere, in extra chunky striping, big graphic patterns, and contrasting details like sleeves, pockets and cuffs to pack in even more of a pigmented punch.

Show off your fearless side, and shop bold colors.

Velvet Heart Collarless Leather Jacket
Trina Turk ‘Yang’ Tapered Cropped Pants
Vince Camuto ‘Persh’ Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Calvin Klein Pleat Front Jersey Dress
VC Signature ‘Lene’ Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Eliza J Colorblock Silk Crêpe de Chine Dress
Nine West ‘Linger’ Wedge


Give your closet a promotion this fall. Incorporate one or all of our favorite office-ready trends into your 9-to-5 looks for effortless style that works as hard as you do.

1 – Heritage Jackets. With twists on classic wool and tweed fabrications—like piping, contrasting details and elbow patches—these riding-inspired jackets have unbridled versatility. [Pictured: Trina Turk ‘Ivy League’ Jacket]

2 – Bow Blouses. Suits, trousers, skirts, flared denim or lean leggings—these feminine tops tie anything up in a pretty little package. [Pictured: Bellatrix Tie Front Blouse]

3 – Midi-Length Hemlines. This newest length is all about balance. Complement it with chunky footwear and a fitted jacket up top—pleats add a touch of retro-elegance. [Pictured: Trouvé Pleated Ballet Skirt]

4 – Brightly Colored Skirts and Separates. Bring an unexpected pop of color into the fold with your office-appropriate neutrals. [Pictured: Halogen® Seamed Pencil Skirt]

5 – Color-Blocking DIY Separates or Done for You. Simple silhouettes and lines paired with two or more saturated, contrasting colors take that pop up a notch to something that’s bold and beautiful. [Pictured: Pour la Victoire ‘Marlow – Large’ Tote]

6 – Capes & Ponchos. For a jacket with super powers, reach for a cape or poncho. They’re functional, fresh-looking and couldn’t be easier. [Pictured: Helene Berman Leather Trim Cape]

7 – Animal Prints. They’re showing up on everything this fall. Incorporate a little or a lot in your tops, bottoms and accessories—or with the season’s hot stacked heel—to show everyone you’re not afraid to walk on the wild side. [Pictured: Sam Edelman ‘Lyla’ Pump]