National Fashion Trends that Fit the Northwest

Every fall, Ken Downing, fashion director of Neiman Marcus, releases his list of top trends. While Downing has his finger on the pulse of New York’s fashion scene, we like to think we know Northwest style better than most. Here are a few of Downing’s trends that we think you’ll love.

Downing’s List: Gray Matters, Greens and Blues, Reds, The Clutch, The Year-Round Bootie, Statement Necklace, Global Chic, Bucket Bags, Over the Knee Boots, Shimmer Time

Our Revised List

The Bootie with Personality

I don’t think a bootie is all that trendy. A bootie in the Northwest is a godsend and often serves as a staple. But this year you don’t have to choose from an array of simple black and brown booties. Many 2014 designs have some flair to them. I love theses Gianvito Rossi Western-style booties.

The Clutch that Goes in your Laptop Bag

They say the clutch is the handbag of the season and we should all “take it from day to night.” But I hear women complain that a clutch really isn’t all that practical since you have to hold it everywhere you go. Here’s where I see the genius in it. When you take your big handbag or laptop bag to work, slip in your clutch. When you’re in a hurry just grab the clutch and run. It’s a breakaway bag when you’re on the go.

The Statement Necklaces with Texture

I think women have been more experimental with big chunky necklaces for the last couple of years. It’s one of the easiest ways to add a pop of color to a simple outfit. But, why stick to the traditional statement necklace? This Eddie Borgo statement necklace with its hanging tassels represents the jewelry industry’s new obsession: texture. Carolina Wallin, a Seattle designer, also makes some amazing “statement necklaces” that push the boundaries in terms of color, dimension and of course, texture.

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