June Leather Shirt at Intermix

Posted on August 05, 2014, 4:37 pm
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June Leather Shirt from Intermix

June Leather Shirt from Intermix

Friends often ask me what they should wear to art events since they are usually attended by the coolest yet most unconventional people. In a way, the lack of convention makes it easier to dress for those of us who want a reason to get out of the workout clothes or standard business attire…to actually try some self-expression. If you’re looking for the standard dress code terms—casual…business…business casual—I can’t help you.

In case you haven’t noticed, Seattle is one of the most stylish cities these days, and I mean downtown proper. Our city is the fastest-growing major city in the country right now. For a long time, it seemed as though our biggest focus would be eating out, which is fun, but moreso when it’s accompanied by more cosmopolitan activities, and there is so much happening in arts and culture. You’ll be missing out if you stay home for lack of anything to wear. (And if it’s for lack of interest…again, I can’t help you.)

Arts writer T.s. Flock has been putting together a list of art happenings to go check out in our latest features called “Get Out.” So what will you wear to the Art Walks, or an intimate concert at the back bar at The Crocodile, or a gallery opening?

My best advice if you’re still unsure: Look for interesting standout pieces and work them into your wardrobe. I was shopping at Bellevue Square at Intermix this Sunday and I wanted something defining, feminine and cool. Thanks to the store’s assistant manager Dennise Pina, I scored big time on a beautifully crafted leather shirt by June. It is on serious sale right now and has gone from $800 to $200.

The styling options are endless. I can’t wait to wear this as a shirt or a jacket with skinny jeans, flared jeans, harem pants, skirts and shorts.

Sarah Caples has lived in Seattle since 2004 working as a fashion stylist for private clients. Sarah launched an art and society blog in 2008, along with a monthly salon at The Sorrento Hotel, which ran until June 2012. As executive editor of VanguardSeattle.com, Caples hopes to cultivate an informed dialog about regional culture and bring people of diverse backgrounds together in support of nonprofits, artists and community builders.