Seattle is known for many things: its coffee, its wet weather, and its residents’ relaxed sense of fashion. Seattle is the birthplace of grunge, so it makes sense that all that flannel has lingered in our closets long after the ’90s.
Plus, we’re an outdoorsy bunch. When we’re not hiking the trails in our many stunning parks, Seattleites can often be found walking or biking to work in the rain. Function over fashion is the style norm in Seattle.
That being said, can there be such a thing as dressing too casually in Seattle? The Seattle Times recently posed the question on Twitter:
Nationwide, people are dressing more casually as they return to offices. How much more relaxed can Seattleites get with our fashion? We want to hear from you. https://t.co/JAzlh0tsT3
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) May 4, 2022
Perhaps you originally dressed up for your office job but after switching to work from home at some point during the past two years, you now consider jeans to be fancy. You’re most likely not the only one contributing to the casual style in Seattle. The Seattle Times reported that many local sales clerks have noticed Seattle shoppers favoring functional clothing such as pants with elastic waists.
Incredible quote in this @c_clarridge story:
“I feel like Seattle has potential as a fashion city, but people have to first realize you don’t have to be ready to hike at all times. You can wear normal outfits that aren’t from REI and change before you go hiking.” https://t.co/pQrqtvia1i
— Taylor Blatchford (@blatchfordtr) May 4, 2022
The Seattle fashion scene does have potential. After all, Nordstrom was founded in Seattle! Plus there is no shortage of boutiques and thrift stores in Seattle where you can find something unique that will set you apart from the Patagonia-clad hordes.
If you’re looking to step up your Seattle style game this spring, check out indie boutiques such as Prism in Ballard, Pipe and Row in Fremont, Prairie Underground in Georgetown, and Maison La Macón downtown. And if you prefer to stick to athleisure but want to elevate it a little, Seattle-based Girlfriend Collective has a huge following for a reason.
As for those who aren’t planning to retire their flannel and puffer jackets anytime soon, that’s okay too. You do you, Seattle!