Krista Marie Kelly: Best Modern Urban Wear


The line: The Capitol Hill-based designer’s line is synonymous with tomboy chic, focused on relaxed separates that pair sand-washed silk charmeuse tops with silk/wool twill bottoms. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, the line’s renegade attitude harks to a historical moment in women’s wear. “Pants at one point were liberating,” Kelly says. “They were about being comfortable and feeling good.”

Creative spark: Combining minimalistic elegance with Bauhaus-era inspiration, Kelly creates easy-to-wear separates with edge. “I was heavily inspired by the clean lines, minimalism and color blocking of modernist art from the 1930s to the 1960s and wanted to create clothes that had the ease and simplicity of modernism, while still maintaining interest,” says the 28-year-old. “I’m also inspired by menswear silhouettes. I use a lot of collars and straight cuts while maintaining femininity through color blocking, delicate fabrications and pastels.”

Favorite fashion trend: “I really like the combination of tailored clothing and sportswear,” Kelly says. “I love that it’s comfortable yet work appropriate, it’s chic and casual. I just got a pair of tailored pants made of silk, but with an elastic waist.”

Line: Hoyden

School: Seattle Central Community College School of Apparel Design, Class of 2012

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Clothing shown (from left to right): Hoyden color-blocked sleeveless boyfriend shirtdress in silk charmeuse with stand-up collar, button-up front and rounded back hem. Kelly wears her own design, a long-sleeve relaxed V-neck blouse in sand-washed silk charmeuse with pastel color-blocked panels; pants are her own.

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;