From New York to London, the fashion community has flooded Instagram feeds with the hottest fall styles and most luxurious travel experiences! Now, as the runway lights dim, how can you implement these looks into daily life? What’s Up NW has gathered tips from influencers in Seattle – one of America’s trendiest cities – on which transitional wardrobe pieces are worth the splurge, what they always pack in their carry on, where to draw style inspiration and more.
Sabrina’s site, Gypsy Tan, follows her eclectic and wandering lifestyle and gypsy soul. With over 170,000 Instagram followers, she is one of the PNW’s go-to fashion and lifestyle icons!
Nelson Yong of nelsonyong.com, has over 13-years of experience of director-level marketing and community leadership, driving measurable results at companies like Microsoft, Intel, Dell and Thompson Hotel, and creative campaign work with brands like Amazon, Delta Air Lines, Lexus, Aston martin, Cars.com, UNIQLO, Johnnie Walker, Chang Beer and Resy.
Julie Amodt, the W Insider for W Bellevue, has had her hand in a bit of everything—from slinging barrels in Woodinville wine country to running a lifestyle blog—being the W Insider comes naturally. She loves finding what’s new/next and sharing it with W Bellevue guests. When she’s not at work you can find her trying out new local restaurants or squealing over puppies.
We sat down with the three Seattle-influencers for some fall fashion and travel advice!
What are your favorite pieces/tips for transitioning your wardrobe?
Julia: Fall is the perfect excuse to throw on all of the lightweight jackets you’ve been dying to wear but it’s been too hot. A trench coat is my go-to. I also love layering a turtleneck under a dress and adding boots to an outfit.
Sabrina: My favorite way to transition from summer to fall is by utilizing over-the-knee boots and chunky knit sweaters! Pair them with your shorts, dresses, and skirts and you’ll look chic. Plus, they will keep your legs warm—all while showing off a bit of skin.
Nelson: As the seasons transition to colder weather, I’m introducing leather jackets and blazers into the mix. If going for a casual look, the bomber jacket remains timeless and on trend.
What pieces are worth the splurge?
Julia: Leather jackets and boots. They are both great transitional pieces, especially in the Pacific Northwest. I wear my leather jacket all year long, but it’s the perfect nighttime jacket to throw over a dress or layer on a chillier day in the fall.
Sabrina: Designer Bags. Of all of my handbag splurges, the ones I most often reach for are my Chloe Faye backpack, Valentino Rrockstud Spike Chain Bag, and Gucci GG Marmont Matelasse.
Nelson: A lot of my style in inspired by the timelessness of naval and military garb, so I highly suggest spending money on staple pieces such as a black or navy peacoat, but you also can’t go wrong with statement pieces such as a well-fitting camel coat, solid double monk shoes, or a leather briefcase. Of course, it goes without saying that every man needs a made to measure suit, if you haven’t got yourself a tailored suit, you should probably be looking at bespoke suits San Francisco.
What do you always pack in your carry-on?
Julia: One book, one magazine, way too many shirts to go with the two pairs of pants I’ve packed and a pillow that takes up 90% of the space.
Sabrina: Kopari lip balm, EO organic hand sanitizer spray, mints, a chunky knit cardigan, Bluetooth headphones and a portable charger!
Nelson: When traveling abroad or domestically, I’m making sure I’m entertained and comfortable throughout the process: I always bring Bluetooth headphones for music during transit, contact lens solution and case, an extra battery pack for my phone, and a light sweater in case it gets cold on the plane.
Any simple and easy tips for making business travel feel more luxurious?
Julia: Your skin gets so dehydrated from traveling and all the coffee you’re probably drinking during meetings so I’d pick up a mask or two to give your skin some detox time. TONYMOLY, the Korean skincare brand just opened in The Bellevue Collection and it’s definitely worth checking out. Packing a sleepwear set also helps hotel stays feel more luxurious.
Nelson: I would always recommend men to step up their travel attire by wearing something comfortable but elegant– and you can never go wrong with the all-black look. Comfortable black jeans (ideally with a slight stretch), black low top sneakers, black cotton t-shirt worn underneath a cashmere black sweater, Tom Ford Wayfarer shades, and a great leather carry-on bag: business class upgrade, here we go.
How can business travelers best transition their wardrobe to weekend stays?
Julia: Keep the work slacks but add a luxe t-shirt or a funky jacket and heels for evening. Change up your footwear. Dress down the blazer with a pair of Adidas. You can still look sharp while adding casual elements. For a bit of romance add lace, velvet, or leather to your basic black workwear essentials.
Sabrina: Pack a neutral blazer that can mix and match easily! A blazer, button-down, and slacks/skirt are perfect for work and blazer, tee, and jeans are perfect for the weekend! Also, repurpose your business dress shirts with a pair of jeans and a leather jacket and accessories for a cool weekend vibe!
Nelson: I would always suggest business travelers bring several changes of clothes that fit the luxury/leisure look at Bellevue; change out the business suit for a nice coat, or layer on a cashmere sweater on top of their dress shirt. And of course, bring some comfortable chinos they can match with more casual footwear.
Best places to shop in Bellevue when sweater weather arrives?
Julia: Aritzia as it has so many great sweater options, and Vince, which has luxe essentials for men and women.
Sabrina: Nordstrom, Free People, Anthropologie, Zara and Aritzia.
Nelson: One of my favorite places to see a lot of menswear inspirations at once is Neiman Marcus, but for Fall menswear that may be more affordable, Suitsupply in Bellevue Square remains a strong brand for a man who wants to stand out for dressing well.
What fall activities should travelers and staycationers put on the itinerary for a weekend in Bellevue?
Julia: Check out hard cider tasting in Seattle for a true taste of fall and a nice change from the usual beer and wine. If you’re looking for something more traditional, the region boasts some of the best Oktoberfests outside of Munich. There are a few in the area but the one in Leavenworth is worth the trip. Totally out of the box? Try the Flashlight Treasure Hunt Corn Maze in Snohomish.
Sabrina: Go shopping at The Shops at The Bravern and Bellevue Square. Eat at Din Tai Fung and The Sugar Factory. Have a drink at W Bellevue’s Living Room, go bowling (and dancing) at The Lucky Strike. If you want a relaxing night, catch a movie at iPic and sit in Premium reclining seats (which include a pillow and blanket) with food/beverage service during the movie! If you want to venture out to see the PNW, go on an easy hike at Rattlesnake or feel the splash of the waterfall at Snoqualmie Falls!
Nelson: A weekend in Bellevue should always involve good food, good drinks, and good music. If the weather cooperates, my ideal weekend would involve brunch on Old Main Street, lunch on the patio of Joey Bellevue watching football, spa treatments at the Westin, a short boat ride around Meydenbauer Bay, dinner at Carmine’s Bellevue, drinks at Ascend Prime, and dancing and more at W Bellevue’s Living Room bar and lounge.
What should visitors to Bellevue pack for fall trips?
Julia: Pack a great jacket with a hood to fit in with the locals. No one uses an umbrella here despite the occasional drizzle. Cute, comfortable shoes are also a must, whether you’re doing some hardcore midday shopping in The Bellevue Collection or headed to Woodinville Wine Country to walk to different tasting rooms.
Sabrina: Definitely pack sweaters, jackets, and scarves (items you can layer and take on/off). Don’t bring an umbrella. Although we are known for our ‘rain’ it rarely pours (just minor drizzle) and umbrellas would be more of a hassle than anything!
Nelson: Visitors to Bellevue should think about bringing a mix of casual and formal outerwear, and a mix of comfortable and elegant clothes depending on where they eat and go out. Bellevue has both sides of the spectrum, even within a 5 blocks radius, and that’s what makes it so great.
Who do you draw inspiration from (local fashion influencers)?
Julia: @bloggernotbillionaire – Rebecca makes me want to be more creative with my style. She just goes for it and always looks so cool. @thekirstyfiles and @whatjennwore – I love these two! Kirsty and Jenn are besties, neighbors, moms, crazy sweet, and have insanely good style. They’d probably laugh and say no way but they make dressing up look effortless.
Nelson: I’m inspired (and often entertained) by the energy, excitement and the adventurous nature of my friends who’ve created a local menswear group called The Seattle Gents, but my style is more inspired by what I see on Instagram with influencers based in Europe, LA and New York City.
Lesley is the founder and editor of What’s Up NW. Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for AskMissA.com. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events. She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local.