Of course there’s Paris, New York and Milan.
But don’t discount humble Seattle, which has been quietly and efficiently working its way up the Fashion Capital ranks. In the past ten years, this foggy seaport town launched Seattle Fashion Week, overhauled its local fashion manufacturing and earned itself the #8 spot on the list of Top 20 US Metros for Fashion Designers.
And with this style boom, fashion influencers and bloggers have cropped up to prove there is more to Seattle than plaid shirts and fleece vests.
One such blogger helping to spotlight the Emerald City on the fashion scene is Sarah Butler of Sarah Styles Seattle. Butler also works in the greater Seattle fashion industry as a stylist and fashion marketing digital strategist.
Butler’s cool-meets-cute-girl style is a mash-up of classic basics and dramatic and colorful separates. She imbues her softly edgy look with playful 70s touches: wide brimmed hats, bell sleeve peasant blouses and thigh-skimming suede mini-skirts. It’s a playful homage to Seattle’s rock-star chic fashion past.
We caught up with Butler to learn more about her personal style and unique take on “refreshed classics.”
When did you start your blog?
I’ve always loved using fashion as a means to express myself, so in 2014 I started Sarah Styles Seattle to capture and share my personal style. Although currently residing in Seattle, I frequently travel the world for work and leisure so my blog documents my personal style, my trips, and every discovery along the way.
How would you describe your personal style?
While I feel it is ever-changing, I would have to say my wardrobe is made up of a mix of classically chic basics (like denim, LBDs and tailored blazers) and more over-the-top pieces that feature unique textures, colors or silhouettes. By mixing a "uniform" of basics and statement pieces with fringe, studs, etc., I find I can pull off a sophisticated yet of-the-moment look.
Who are your style icons?
Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, Olivia Palermo and Elena Perminova. Each is effortlessly chic in her own way. I often find myself taking inspiration from their Instagram accounts!
Do you have a real-life style icon?
I have my mom to thank for introducing me to the world of fashion. From an early age, she shared her love of clothing with me. Her style is very tailored with an emphasis on clean lines. Her point of view definitely influences my style. However I always like to introduce oversized sunglasses, a unique print or something a little playful into the mix. Sometimes she thinks I go a bit too far!
What shoe or piece of clothing in your closet will you never throw away?
My classic high heeled red boots. Every fall and holiday season I wear them over and over.
Coco Chanel is synonymous with quilted handbags and tweed jackets—what item best personifies you?
Well, more often than not, I am wearing heels. So let’s go with four-inch heels!
Fast and Furious Fashion QuizStyle advice to your 18 year-old self?
Just be yourself.
Last time you laughed until you cried?
Any family event.
Glass of champagne.
Favorite hostess gift?
Pink peonies or white roses.
Why did you choose this Vince Camuto Patch Pocket Faux Suede Jacket?
There is one color on my radar right now: oxblood. The distinct deep red with splashes of purples and blues is just oh-so-appealing to me this time of year. Whether it’s a leather skirt, lipstick or chunky scarf, the color always seems to add an air of luxury. The rich shade of this jacket, combined with velvety faux-suede is everything.