Spring Trends

Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer, makeup artist and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.

Spring 2016 dress trends: the shirtdress. Nordstrom blogs spent the day trying on some of our favorite dress silhouettes with our real-woman model and real-life baker, Kate Sigel.

Having been up since 3AM (her normal wake-up time) and having spent hours at it before our photo shoot even began, Kate was still infectiously all smiles right through the end. It probably doesn’t hurt that her work-life revolves around making beautiful cakes and pastries all day. As the founder and owner of a specialty cake business, Sweet Tooth Cake Company, as well as executive pastry chef for the Huxley Wallace Collective restaurant group, Kate’s a busy woman! Fueled by more than just sugary confections, Kate is smart, passionate and inspired by anyone who shares the same ability to get so excited by whatever it is she or he loves doing.

We spent our day with Kate getting her into some of our favorite dresses for spring at her family friends’ gorgeous home on the waterfront. She was kind enough to bring us a vanilla cake to decorate with the most delicious grapefruit curd (!) between the layers all topped with vanilla-orange Italian meringue buttercream frosting (!!). We definitely all congratulated ourselves with a slice after wrapping up the shoot—which we made sure included at least one scene featuring the resident pup, a Maltese named Ginger, who probably ended up getting just as much attention that day from the crew as our seriously delightful model.



Spring 2016 dress trends: the shirtdress by Eliza J. Nordstrom blogs spent the day trying on some of our favorite dress silhouettes with our real-woman model and real-life baker, Kate Sigel.A day in the life: There really isn’t a “normal” day for me, but that’s a big part of what I like about what I do. I talk to clients for my cake business, come up with ideas for what they’re looking for and how to make it as custom and special as possible, then work on cakes. For the most part I can get into a rhythm with baking and making buttercreams and fillings, but my favorite part is the decorating.

It’s so much fun for me to see this idea or concept get translated from just an idea to a 3D, tangible thing. I don’t always sketch out ideas, as I like to be able to tweak the design a little bit as I’m working to make the best possible end result, so even I don’t know exactly what a cake will look like until it’s finished.

Clients often tell me, ‘I can’t wait to see the cake!’ And internally, I’m thinking, “I know, me too!”

Eliza J striped shirtdress | Baublebar snowball wrap ring | Heeled sandals with fringe



Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.


This photo pretty much sums up our day with the lovely Caitlin Braam—a lot of laughing and having a good time around a brewery. But it wasn’t just some random brewery. Those industrial tanks behind Caitlin are an everyday sight for her, since she has to walk past them to get to her office at Two Beers Brewing Co. & Seattle Cider Company. For the past five years, this woman who defies convention has been developing the business and marketing plan for a successful Seattle brewery and cidery. And as of this week, she’s officially been promoted to be the president of both companies. Congrats, Caitlin!

But there’s much more to Caitlin than being an impeccable brand ambassador and consummate host to our crew for this photo shoot. This ex–TV reporter is a Foosball lover, mountain climber, DIY-er, flirty fit-and-flare dress lover and one of the most down-to-earth presidents on the planet. Read on for more about Caitlin and her style, some beautiful spring outfit inspiration and a couple recipes she loves for hard cider cocktails. Cheers!


A day in the life: “Honestly, there is no ‘normal’ day, and that’s the way I like it. Depending on the day/the time of year, I may be traveling for the launch of a new state selling our products, pouring at a local beer or cider event or giving a tour at our tasting room, The Woods. There’s plenty of email and computer time thrown into the mix, but there’s never a day where I just sit at my desk.

“I thrive on diversity, and the chance to have people taste our products and learn more about our companies. It’s fun, and I think it’s rare to love your job as much as I do. As far as the ideal weekend, I’d spend half outdoors, hiking with my husband and dog, and the other half on a home renovation project. A pair of hiking boots one day, and a nail gun the other, and I’m set.”


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Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.

The enterprising and razor-sharp Monica Dimas is an always-on-the-go chef and business owner with a sense of humor and personality that make her supremely fun to hang with. And that’s basically what we did for the day in the industrial kitchen at Gate Valve Studio.

With a long list of work history at some of Seattle’s most-talked-about restaurants (like Café Campagne, Spinasse and Mkt.), Monica decided to focus her chef chops, culinary roots and desire for a new direction on opening two Mexican street food concepts—Neon Taco and Tortas Condesa. Now she’s the one being talked about—most recently as the 2015 winner of StarChef’s Seattle Rising Star Concept Chef Award.

While getting her into some of our favorite dress silhouettes for spring, we chatted with Monica about her style, favorite things in her closet and what food trends she’s into—and not so into. Like at all.



On her style: “I have an androgynous style. It isn’t harsh; it’s purposeful, because I have soft features (round face, curly hair, big eyes) that I balance out with less feminine clothing. I like tailored and well-fitted pieces along with oversized men’s shirts. An empire waist dress makes me look like Wendy from Peter Pan.”

Favorite things about spring: “I love a good, bold print on a simple dress—accessorizing is fun and can also be bold without it detracting from the pattern.  Spring is a good time for that, since you still need to stay warm while the sun is making its way out. Also, spring seems to get people out of their comfort zone, and you start seeing people’s wardrobes really wake up. That’s when I start shaping my style resolutions for the remainder of the year.



Eliza J front-lace shift dress | Maria la Rosa knee-high socks | Stuart Weitzman sandals



Let’s talk easy ways to bring your wardrobe up to speed for spring, and let’s start with the basics. We pulled 16 best of-the-moment trends from street style and our own Fashion Office reports and put together a mini collection of closet staples for the new season–most of which you can mix, match and layer. Read on for our full list and links.

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Young, Fabulous & Broke, the California-cool brand that creates effortless fashions inspired by the streets of Los Angeles, is embracing the psychedelic colors of the ’60s for spring with their boho maxis. From striking tie-dyed hues to unassuming tie-dyed stripes, this new hippie chic is a stylish win for the upcoming music festival season.

Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Fortune’ Tie Dye Maxi Dress
Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Hampton’ Ruched Tie Dye Maxi Dress
Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Bangal’ Convertible Maxi Dress

“Tie Dye is always essential, but especially this spring! The sophisticated playfulness of the washes means it’s time to relax and let the sunshine bring us out of the darkness of winter. Springtime, bring it on! We dye for it,” says Heidi Cornell McKenna, creator of YFB.

For more warm-weather dressing ideas, check out our curated collection of the best items to take on your winter break in our Vacation Guide.

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Trend Note: Blue and Tan

Okay. So it may not get a lot of points for being revolutionary, but we’re still spreading the word about how much we love this understated color duo right now. With the mixed prints and bold graphics that have been our style go-tos lately, a simple, pared-down blue-and-tan combo feels beautifully minimalistic—and so very wearable.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate this look into your wardrobe now (by layering on accessories) and for when the polar vortex gives way to warmer temps (via skirts and sandals—yes!).



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 picked some of our most coveted handbag trends and tossed them into this handy spring trend guide. Find your newest favorite accessory—whether you’re heading to the beach or to brunch.

kate spade Crossbody | Brahmin Shopper | MICHAEL Michael Kors Tote
MARC BY MARC JACOBS Tote & Small Crossbody | COACH Satchel | Kelsi Dagger Hobo


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