Personal Stylist

Fashion Week Journal for Monday, February 23


Hunter Boots has always had a great heritage and a great story to tell, but they only had one boot to tell it with,” said Alasdhair Willis, who might also be known as the brand’s creative director and/or Stella McCartney husband. Regardless, it was clear at the Albert Embankment Warehouse on Monday night that Willis is keen on adding to the narrative.


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Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

rag & bone Cardigan | Topshop Sweater | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Jeans | Berry Jewel Necklace Infinity Scarf | Topshop Rhinestone Earrings | Christian Louboutin Heels (for this pair call 206.628.2111)

Party season, storm season: The two sure aren’t mutually exclusive. Depending on where you live, going out for a good time can be a heck of a battle, but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Kisha Vaughan down. Not with these looks in the mix.



Kristi Berkland, one of our Personal Stylists at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, put together three looks for spring and summer for under $150. Check out her budget-friendly recommendations (modeled by her lovely volunteer, Whitney).

Bobeau Sleeveless High/Low BlousesVince Camuto Midi Tube Skirts

Work. Every wardrobe needs a black pencil skirt—the more fitted and forties-inspired, the better. This skirt will work all through summer and will pair with fall’s nipped-in blazers and sweaters. The top is another key story for spring with its graphic black and white pattern and easy, feminine fit.

Mural Utility Vest | Edyson ‘The Sloan’ Skinny Jeans

Weekend. Whitney is wearing one of my favorite spring trends: the sleeveless jacket. This one features another big spring story with its rose print and fun moto-zip details. I’ve paired it with an unexpected dotted skinny for a fun, casual look.

Astr Cutout Shoulder Dress | Collection B Crossbody Satchel | Isaac Mizrahi New York Perforated Belt

Event. Whitney is ready for a summer garden party wearing a vanilla dress and sherbert pastel accessories from Savvy. The pleats and sleeve cutouts make this cream dress perfect for any warm-weather event. I’ve chosen a perforated belt and lilac crossbody to complete the outfit. A pastel crossbody is a fun and practical addition for spring and summer!

HeroLove these outfits? Our Beauty Stylists put together looks to complement all three. Check them out on our Beauty 24/7 blog.

Get even more tips and personalized recommendations. Book an appointment with a stylist online or by calling 1.877.310.8537.


Three of our personal stylists at the downtown Seattle store are teaming up to bring you six of their favorite trends for spring—including tips on how to wear them:

1. Color pops and neon accessories. Neons and bright colors on jewelry, shoes and handbags pack a big punch in small doses. Try pairing a neon clutch with a beige trench coat or a set of bright bracelets with a black-and-white striped shirt. (Pictured: Furla Transparent Rubber Satchel | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Puffy Bangle | kate spade Pump)

2. Caged sandals. Caged sandals make almost any outfit look current, confident and adventurous. This is definitely a type of shoe that gets noticed. (Pictured: Jimmy Choo Caged Sandal | Gucci ‘Ursula’ Sandal)

3. Clear, glossy lips. Clear lip gloss calls attention to your lips but still seems effortless and natural. Bonus: this goes with any look! (Pictured: Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss | Kate Somerville Lip Treatment + GlossM·A·C Clear Lipglass)

4. Camo. It really stands up to the test of time. It is tough and urban, yet casual. Try adding camo elements to more feminine apparel to celebrate the contrast. (Pictured: Free People Camo Blazer | Haute Hippie Camo Trousers)

5. Leather shorts. If you can pull off this look, why not? Leather shorts are a great reason to pull out those caged sandals, or you can wear them with a dressy T-shirt and several layered skinny necklaces. (Pictured: Milly Shorts | T by Alexander Wang Shorts | L’AGENCE Shorts)

6. Lace details. Lace is so feminine and delicate. To stop it from being overly sweet, pair it with a structured or tougher piece—like a lace top underneath a structured blazer, a lace skirt with a leather jacket, or lace where you’d least expect it, like on T-shirts or tennis shoes. (MINKPINK Tunic Shirt | Jessica Simpson Coin Purse | Tracey Reese Mixed Media Dress)

Meet our contributing downtown Seattle personal stylists:

Mikey Burton
I would describe my style as modern and on-trend, while keeping up with the latest in men’s fashion and up-and-coming brands. I am passionate about finding my customers key items to update and modernize their wardrobes. I enjoy putting together great, easy-to-wear looks. I like helping each customer bring out his or her individuality.


Paul Murphy
My style is best described as classic preppy with some modern edge. My approach to styling is very basic in concept: “dress for the occasion.” I customize my styling to each individual, making sure the fit is just right. Ultimately, I want my customers to feel good and leave with an amazing experience!



Brent Martin
I would describe my personal style as modern and tailored. I love helping the customer find his or her signature style. I also love helping find silhouettes that show off what is positively unique about a person while creating a comfortable and supportive experience in the fitting room. Once my clients have the proper basics in their wardrobes, we then get to have fun adding the right fashion pieces to the mix.

Jeff Powell


We asked four of our Personal Stylists to talk about their favorite trends for spring and what it’s like to be a stylist. No surprise, these ladies know their stuff! If you’ve never booked a complimentary appointment with one of our stylists, read on and get inspired. We consider them to be your secret weapon to a wicked wardrobe.

Kiffa, Roosevelt Field, New York

“My style inspiration comes from many places: museums, vintage magazines and a few favorite celebrities, of course.”

Kiffa is an intuitive stylist who revels in the unexpected. She especially loves when a customer comes back into the store and tells her how much they love what she picked out. “It makes me feel like I’m changing their lives!” One thing is for sure: change your accessories and change your mood.

Kiffa’s favorite way to play up an outfit with Accessories.

  1. Chic
  2. Femme
  3. Preppy
  4. Eclectic

Melissa, Horton Plaza, San Diego

“I have to really understand not just what’s happening in fashion, but how it relates to my customers and their lives, and how they want to present themselves to the world.”

Melissa’s styling philosophy: “The better you know someone, the easier it is to get it right.” For her, it goes beyond just creating new looks, but creating relationships, as well. Of course, she also loves working with all of the beautiful clothes.

Melissa’s list of key spring trends.

  1. Soft tailored suit
  2. The skater skirt
  3. Gilet jacket
  4. Fit-and-flare dress
  5. Black lace
  6. Mirrored floral prints
  7. Anything white
  8. Summer leather

Nicole, Scottsdale Fashion Square

“It has to be you. It has to feel good.”

“Making magic happen!” That’s what Nicole says is the best thing about her job. As a Nordstrom Personal Stylist, she also loves that she can shop the whole store, letting her creativity run free to create exciting and unexpected combinations for her customers. Speaking of unexpected, take the pictured lace dress, for example. “Why not think of the dress differently—layered over or under for a new look every day.”

Nicole’s recommendations for most versatile pieces.

  1. Lace dress
  2. Black and white prints
  3. Cropped pants
  4. Collared shirt
  5. Pencil skirt
  6. Print jacket

Deanna, The Grove, Los Angeles

“I love, love, love fashion…but it’s important to feel comfortable about what you’re wearing.”

The most gratifying moment for many stylists is when they get a customer to step outside of their comfort zone and try something new. This is especially true for shoes, which can really be a style game changer. A customer will say, ‘I would never have picked this out for myself,’ yet they leave the store happy, looking and feeling great.”

Deanna’s spring picks for shoes:

  1. Easy slip-ons
  2. Sporty shoes & soles
  3. Jellies
  4. New craft details
  5. Studs
  6. White accents
  7. Block heels
  8. Pointy-toes

Looking for even more handy tips or personalized recommendations? Book an appointment with a stylist online or by calling 1.877.310.8537.

Jeff Powell


Jen, one of our Personal Stylists at Nordstrom Fashion Place near Salt Lake City, shares her activewear picks for making sure sticking to those New Year resolutions is easy—or at least more stylish!

New beginnings are equally scary and exciting; the thrill of motivation and resolve can be mixed with the fear of disappointment and abandon. But I challenge you to ignore that fear and push yourself toward a healthier and happier you. And to do it in style, naturally.

This year, I’m challenging myself to drink more water, develop better sleeping habits and exercise more efficiently. Here are my favorite pieces that give me ample fuel to push through the crowded gym.

Pictured: Jacket | Tank | Knee Shorts | Shoes

Outfit 1: When I run in the winter, I stick with a knee-length legging, and the vents at the side on this one are a sporty take on a classic. This Under Armour tank is one of my favorites because it doesn’t ride up the side while I run, it doesn’t cling in the wrong places, and it has sufficient length–not too long and not too short.

Underneath the tank I’m wearing a Nike sports bra that never fails when I need support for a quick sprint. The twill Zella jacket is so chic for a workout piece, and it helps me beat the cold in the rush from my car to the gym.

Running shoe needs are unique to each runner; I always choose Brooks for my running shoe. This one is a neutral, but sometimes I switch to a shoe with motion control if my bad knees need a little extra support.

Pictured: Tank | Leggings

Outfit 2: As a former ballerina, Pilates is my favorite form of exercise, and I can’t wait to go to my studio in this outfit from Beyond Yoga. This tank has a built-in shelf bra that gives me all the support I need, and these ankle-length leggings feel like a pajama pant. These two items are my must-haves!

Pictured: Sweatshirt | Pants | Boots

Outfit 3: It’s been years since I formerly trained in ballet, and I want that ballet body back, so I have resolved to take advantage of adult ballet classes at Ballet West once a week. While my attire will be a leotard and tights, I need to keep warm and comfortable on my way in and out of the theater, and these pieces are perfect in form and function.

The neck on my Nike sweatshirt is unique and cozy, and the Zella capris provide the ideal warm-up gear that I can peel off after a few exercises at the ballet barre. Finally, nothing feels better or more luxuriant for my sore feet than slipping into my UGG boots. That they keep me warm is simply a bonus.

Pictured: Headbands | Tote | Earphones

And we can’t forget accessories that will make for the most enjoyable and hassle-free experience. During a workout, nothing irritates me more than having to brush back flyaway hairs that escape my ponytail. The Zella headband is the fashionable alternative that ensures my hair is never given a second thought while I’m hard at work.

I’ll often go directly to the gym from work, and a tote that can fit all of my gear is essential, like the one above from Zella. This one even has different compartments and pockets that keep me organized.

Music is the one thing that keeps me running a little longer or lifting a little more. Sometimes you just need Freddy Mercury belting in your ears in order to hit that last mile with gusto, and there’s no better way to hear him than with Beats by Dre headphones: the ultimate music experience to propel, pace and push your body.

Looking for even more advice on your best bets for activewear? Contact Jen or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.

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Clayton, a Personal Stylist at our Nordstrom San Francisco Centre store, shares snaps and his thoughts on this young sophisticate customer who caught his eye.

From the roof of the Westfield San Francisco Centre, city socialite Stephanie takes a moment to appreciate the sunset before heading to the San Francisco Opera House for a girls’ night out.

The rich brocade, the strong colors of black and gold, and the elegant silhouette are just a few reasons why I am in love with this Jason Wu dress. To make her outfit even more contemporary and city-chic, Stephanie traded in the traditional pump for a mid-calf platform YSL ‘Tribute’ boot. She completed the look with a pair of opera gloves. Did you know that it is said the opera glove first came into fashion in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, worn publicly by England’s Queen Elizabeth I herself?

A little old and a little new: Stephanie, my girl…you know exactly what to do!

Looking for advice on the perfect outfit for your own girls’ night out? Contact Clayton or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.


Stylist Picks: Jamie in Topshop

Jamie, a Personal Stylist at our Nordstrom Southcenter store, shows you 3 ways to put together different looks with some of her favorite Topshop pieces.

All three looks I’ve put together are great to mix and match, which is why I love Topshop–you can wear all their pieces in so many different ways.

This is a very Seattle look. Since the weather isn’t always nice in Washington, I chose to layer by wearing a knotted plaid top with the black jeans topped with a chunky cardigan and a camo jacket—a great way to incorporate the camo trend.
Shop this look: Camo Jacket | ‘Glasgow’ Plaid Shirt | Lace Back Slouchy Cardigan | Moto ‘Baxter’ Skinny Jeans

For the second look, I went with something stylish but with a more conservative, girly-girl vibe. I chose a silk tulip dress and toned down that abstract print with a faux-fur coat.
Shop this look: Silk Tulip Dress | Faux-Fur Collar Coat

Last, I went a little more sensational for the girl who’s going out on the town and likes to be a little flashier. I dressed down a beaded tank with the studded denim jacket and high-waisted shorts.
Shop this look: Moto Spike Denim Jacket | Iridescent Crop Top | Faux-Leather Shorts

Looking for even more recommendations for a perfect fall wardrobe? Contact Jamie or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.


Meet Shannon, our Downtown Seattle Store Personal Stylist Manager. We tapped her to share what she and her customers are loving most for summer. Here’s a list of her top 10 favorites.

1. Trouvé Faded Denim Shirt. Denim is still in; wear it as a shirt or leave it open and throw it over a great summer dress.

2. NARS ‘Thakoon’ Nail Polish. I love these bright, fun colors! They are limited-edition, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.

3. Tracey Reese Cowl Neck Dress. Yellow is the ‘it’ color. This piece is effortless and breezy—perfect for any special occasion for summer. Need a dress to wear to a wedding? Check!

4. Sequin Small Crystal Station Enamel Bangle. Layer these on to create some chunky accents with all of your lighter pieces. You can wear one or five and create a unique look every time.

5. Ali Ro Short Sleeve Anorak. The perfect summer jacket, it’s lightweight and stylish. Transition into fall by layering a long-sleeve top underneath.

6. Ray-Ban ‘Classic Wayfarer’ 50mm Sunglasses. Who doesn’t adore these updated, casual colors? My favorite is the matte grey brown—they go with everything.

7. DVF ‘Drew Connect-Dia Jacquard’ Shoulder Bag. The perfect combination of function and trend. Get it now and be set for fall.

8. Superga ‘Cotu’ Sneakers. These are all the rage right now! Cool, classic and comfortable for everyday ventures. Choose a basic or go bold with a fun fashion color for summer and pair them with your printed bottoms!

9. Splendid Print Short. What a great way to transition into summer while staying on trend with printed bottoms. I love this pattern, because it’s subtle and easy to wear with so many things—great with a denim shirt and Superga sneakers to complete the look!

10. Johnathan Adler Gothic Rose’ iPhone Case. Our phones need updating too. I just bought this and LOVE it.

Hope everyone has a great and sunny summer!

Looking for even more recommendations for a perfect summer wardrobe? Contact Shannon or a Personal Stylist at a store near you to make a complimentary appointment.


Your New Personal Stylist Hub

What could be better than having someone do your shopping for you and offer expert fashion advice? Nothing. Unless it’s totally complimentary…and it is!

Get connected with your newest go-to friend in fashion with our new Stylist pages. They have all the info you need to learn about and make an appointment with one of our Personal, Beauty or Wedding Stylists.

Your Personal Stylist can set up a dressing room full of items handpicked just for you. A Beauty Stylist can offer tips on achieving glowing results, and a Wedding Stylist is there for you and your entire wedding party from engagement to honeymoon.

Learn more, and book an appointment, at our new Nordstrom Stylists hub.