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The Fashionable Northwest Woman

The fashionable northwest woman has a variety of tools at her fingertips.  A variety of tools leads to a variety of looks to suit her mood as well as the situation of the day. Today we’re going to talk about how accessories can not only complete an outfit, but also determine the mood you wish to convey.

Trio of scarves by Susie Howell - an excellent choice for the fashionable northwest woman
Trio of scarves by Everett’s Susie Howell

On the left, bright summer colors on a black background create a fresh yet professional air.  In the middle, the white silk chiffon scarf with purple, blue and yellow butterflies creates a lighter mood and a feminine air.  On the right, the long pieced scarf creates a bit of a bohemian air.  Same outfit, different scarf, three different moods.

Scarves are excellent for travel, as you can alter an entire outfit by simply putting on a different scarf, and tying it a different way.

Pair of shawls by Susie Howell. The fashionable northwest woman uses a shawl to make a statement.
Pair of shawls by Susie Howell

Occasionally, the fashionable Northwest woman wants to go bolder yet. In that case, a shawl or poncho can dramatically alter an outfit. These two examples are opposite extremes. On the left, a very light-weight, very colorful fabric has just transformed that solid black outfit into a moment of sunshine to share with everyone you encounter. It packs down to nearly nothing, making it excellent for travel. Throw this on for a special event in the evening, and be the talk of the party.

On the right is a much more subdued, yet very stylish shawl in stripes of gray and red. This is also very lightweight, but with a tad more substance. It would add just a bit of warmth should that be necessary. This one is perfect for day-wear when you want to have a bit of distinctive presence.

Shawls are another excellent travel accessory. Put it on over a plain outfit to transform it completely. Meanwhile, it takes up very little room in your suitcase.

Long Victorian Jacket in seafoam is perfect for the fashionable northwest woman.
Long Victorian Jacket in seafoam

The fashionable northwest woman always has a wide variety of jackets, sweaters and wraps in her closet. With our unpredictable weather, we’ve learned the peril of not being prepared. Since it doesn’t often get super cold, mid- to light-weight wraps are a premium.  You need them in different colors, lengths and weights to work with all your various outfits.

Since a jacket is typically the outermost layer, you can use this to great advantage when selecting the perfect one for each outfit and situation.  The French Terry fabric of the jackets and coats from Testimony Los Angeles are just about the perfect northwest weight. The stylish designs have compliments lining up all day long. (Sorry, but this jacket is currently sold out. Stay tuned for the same jacket in fall/winter colors!)

We just received a box of these incredible long victorian jackets in the seafoam color. Perfect for your spring and summer wardrobe!  They’ll be available in all sizes – until someone buys one….  which just happened.  No more medium… And it happened again – no more large!  Just Small and XL left!

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