Photo by Hilary McMullen; Styling by Callie Meyer

Elements of Style

Seattle may not be known as the capital of haute couture, but in our rugged, outdoorsy city, we have developed a distinctive Pacific Northwest flair that embraces both practicality and preparation. You just never know when you’ll end up on a spontaneous hike and find yourself in need of a cozy extra layer. From iconic outdoor brands like Filson and REI to emerging smaller shops, you’ll find plenty of options to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. Discover these essential pieces.

By Amanda Zurita


Two long-sleeve blue shirts hang next to folded brown pants and trucker hat on a clothes rack above a folded grey sweater, brown hiking boots, and a tote bag.

Photo by Hiliary McMullen; Styling by Callie Meyer

Inconspicuous Rain Gear

Sure, some Seattleites avoid umbrellas, but most of us do take sensible precautions in the face of drizzly weather. Keep fashionably dry with a locally made raincoat from Freeman (713 Broadway E), which also carries these dapper but durable tan Studio Pants.

Walk This Way

Whether strolling through the city or snowshoeing in the Cascades, proper footwear is key. Find your fit, and maybe a classic trucker hat in the process, at REI (222 Yale Ave N). Discover trail-running sneakers, climbing shoes, and these sturdy Danner urban boots.

Signature Shirting

We still have a soft spot for the grunge era in Seattle. Case in point: plaid button-downs remain a wardrobe staple. Source yours from Filson (1741 First Ave S), along with a Scottish wool crewneck sweater to keep toasty on chilly days.

Pick Your Pack

Choose a carryall that holds everything you need for exploring the city, but can just as easily double as a must-have for trekking through rugged mountains. Ballard-based Kavu (5419 Ballard Ave NW) makes fun, sturdy bags that can do it all.


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