Local It Girl: Hilary Folks

The Seattle native and super-fly wardrobe stylist shares her style secrets
Ali Brownrigg  |   November 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Personal Chops: With a full plate as a freelance stylist for Nordstrom, Seattle Bride, Seattle mag and a bevy of well-known local superstars, including Jinkx Monsoon, Hey Marseilles, The Maldives, Ray Dalton and man of the moment, Macklemore, Folks’ star is most definitely on the rise. Well-known in local fashion circles for her ever-present sense of humor, fantastic eye and tasteful risk taking, she says, “I’m actively offended by playing it safe. I have this saying, ‘Try to branch out; if that’s too scary—twig.’”

She’s Got the Look:
“Let me tell you about the time my family offered to buy me new jeans if I let them burn my drop-crotch denim,” she says about her personal style. “Let’s just say, it involves lots of…gold jewelry, denim and long white T-shirts. And vintage. Lots and lots and lots of vintage.” Folks credits Olympia’s Dumpster Values (dumpstervalues.com) for amazing, cheap vintage; Nordstrom for shoes (nordstrom.com); and Zara for affordable trendy pieces (zara.com). She also trolls menswear for its cool functionality.

Sage Advice:
The biggest fashion faux pas, according to the Capitol Hill resident, is being a slave to trends. “I feel we each have a style,” she says. “Trust it. Add a single piece from a trend; that should be plenty.” Also, go for the unique. “I try to find cool one-of-a-kind pieces; my new find is Six Ways Goods (sixwaysgoods.com)—a local online leather goods store that sells belts, bags and custom coolness.” Barneys (barneys.com) and Totokaelo Man (man.totokaelo.com) are favorite spots for designer items, and Hitchcock Madrona (hitchcockmadrona.com) is her go-to for “super-rad vintage and rock ’n’ roll jewelry that I love, love, love.”


Folks styled our hometown hip-hopper Macklemore for his recent Rolling Stone cover (and for the cover of this issue), and praises him for his own personal flair, which, she says, has really come into its own over time. Perhaps her encouragement to “twig out” had something to do with it?