Seattle Seen: Prints, Patterns, Pizzazz

Fall and winter fashion trends in Seattle feature bold, nostalgic colors

By Robinick Fernandez

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Photography by Austin McDonald

December 28, 2022

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2022 issue of Seattle Magazine.

The persistent warm heat this fall gives Seattle’s fashion essentials of Patagonia puffer coats and Hunter boots a longer summer vacation. As a result of global warming, people in Seattle can enjoy walks in October, and fashion is thriving with nearly summer-like layers of prints on prints and patterns on patterns. 

Photographer Austin McDonald speaks fashion with a few people, including Erica Nelson-Sheehan, co-founder of women’s accessories store Hitchcock; Katy Coleman, founder and creative director of boutique consignment shop Katybird; and the managing barista of Monorail Espresso, Kongsteada Sun.

“I grew up in Seattle. I was 14 in 1992 and this was a very cool place to be. The music and fashion of our city caught the world’s attention. Causal, vintage, quirky, rebellious, brooding… it’s in my DNA.” – Erica Nelson-Sheehan

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Monorail Espresso manager Matt Wilson.

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Katy Coleman, founder and creative director of Katybird Boutique.

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“Style isn’t always about what’s new. It’s about how I live, and I’m careful about what I purchase and wear. It is an act of sustainable activism for me.” – Katy Coleman

From left, Marques Thompson, a project engineer, and film producer Faith Fajardo.

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Kongsteada Sun, managing barista at Monorail Expresso.

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“Seattle fashion is both seductive and practical. We are seldom the focus of attention in the fashion industry, but we always inspire the center.” – Kongsteada Sun

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Luly Yang Designs Space Needle Employees’ New Uniforms

Luly Yang teams with Space Needle

Next time you visit the Space Needle, you’ll notice something quite different: Internationally recognized fashion designer Luly Yang has brought her distinct style to Seattle’s globally recognized icon. The Luly Yang Design Group – an arm of Luly Yang Couture that designs and manufactures custom-branded corporate uniforms – is creating “one-of-a-kind” uniforms for Space Needle…

Kelly Lyles shows off her style.

Seattle Seen: A Trendy City With a Unique Sense of Fashion

These creators wear exactly what’s on their minds

“Fashion forward” is not the first attribute that comes to mind when considering Seattle culture. Nerdy, Nirvana, polar fleece, flannel, fish market, Microsoft, Amazon, billionaires, liberals and lumberjacks are sure to top that list. There are stylish people here, but what they wear is a point of view that reflects changing times and changing minds…

Love Letter

Fashion Story: A Modern Take on Grunge

A tribute to grunge rooted in our DNA Inspired by Seattle bands of the 1990s

Photography by Alex Cayley and Styled by Michele Schiavone


Meet Fran Dunaway, co-founder of Gender-Neutral Clothing Brand TomboyX

In the past seven years, Seattle-based TomboyX has become a gender-neutral brand that has something for everyone

TomboyX co-founders Naomi Gonzalez, left, and CEO Fran Dunaway.