As the beating heart of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is the place of origination for everything from the plentiful food crazes to the latest fashion trends. Whereas most urban areas tend to look towards the latest designer and runway collections, Seattle does things its own way when it comes to fashion and just about everything else. It’s a place where you’re much more likely to find locals proudly wearing specialty outerwear companies, and where waterproof properties are necessary for the 200 days of overcast each year, so any stay will likely involve at least a little drizzle. During the winter months, it can almost look as if Seattleites strolling through the downtown core are prepared to hop on a hiking trail at any given time. Beyond exploring the natural beauty, the Emerald City is also known for its unique nightlife, global culinary experiences and trendy cocktail bars, all injected with the vigorous enthusiasm of the city.


America’s Rainiest City

From the coast to the Cascades, there’s plenty of nature and outdoor activities to enjoy in and around Seattle. Perhaps somewhat unfairly dubbed “America’s Rainiest City,” Seattle does live up to the name, especially during the colder months where the day-to-day is characterized by gray skies and consistent rain. Instead of an umbrella, this Arc’teryx Monitor Down-Filled Twill Shell Coat provides adequate protection from the elements with the brand’s signature waterproof fabric and down-fill. Remember, Seattle’s rain is normally a light drizzle rather than a full-blown torrential downpour, making sleek jackets much more convenient, practical and stylish. Cut from breathable three-layer H2N ripstop, this Patagonia Cloud Ridge Waterproof Ripstop Hooded Jacket is another lightweight choice that provides optimal protection from the elements. Whereas this Columbia Women’s Take to the Streets II Trench will also keep any outfit dry in a versatile and timeless silhouette classic trench shape. The attached hood provides that extra bit of coverage against the drizzle. In a city whose trademark is wet and rainy weather, this is certainly a purpose that’s worth investing in quality.

Moda Operandi

Local Flavor 

There’s no shortage of experimental culinary experiences and sophisticated cocktail bars in Seattle. The Pacific Northwest in general doesn’t necessarily adhere to strict dress codes and formal etiquette, so you can afford to have a little fun when it comes to checking out the local nightlife scene. Between the scoop neckline, deep scoop back and ankle length hem, this Markarian Candystripe Sequin Corset Dress is a wonderful option to hit the town at night. In the spirit of keeping things simple, this Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Brass Clutch is a hand-woven clutch that can hold your essentials but is easy enough to carry around. Seattle prides itself on its offbeat culture and welcoming nature, so don’t be afraid to inject some personality into your outfit while you enjoy a cozy night on the town, which will likely be set to the light drizzle of rain.


West Coast Sophistication

When Starbucks opened its very first location in Pike Place Market in 1971, Seattle was thrust into the position of the world’s coffee capital. From the constant hissing of espresso machines to the independent cafés that advertise their own in-house roasting processes and fair-trade beans, Seattle has a serious coffee culture. Following the similar quality-over-quantity approach, the Emerald City boasts a wonderful amount of micro-breweries that are sure to give your tastebuds a spin. As you make your way through Seattle for non-stop action, a turtleneck is the perfect winter essential that’s sure to get tons of wear during your stay. Wear a rollneck under your coat for that extra layer of warmth and comfort as you stroll around during the day, while at the same time, a versatile sweater looks great on its own. Crafted from fine merino wool and finished with ribbed trims, this John Smedley Cherwell Rollneck Sweater makes for the perfect base of any winter outfit. Toss on an unstructured blazer such as this Marni Checked Navy Blazer for a refined masculine style that will allow you to enjoy Seattle’s grade A nightlife with ease.


Don’t Forget the Accessories!

From enjoying the scenic Discovery Park and morning walks along the picturesque waterfront to strolling around the Pike Place Market, Seattle is a destination where you’ll be out and about all day long. During the winter months in particular, there can often be ice, snow and rain on the ground, so opt for a pair of all-purpose footwear such as this Montelliana Sequoia Après-Ski Boot, which features the label’s signature sturdy rubber sole to help you brave the elements with ease. Staying dry and warm is never a bad idea, so consider this Burberry Vintage Check Wool-Blend Scarf made from cashmere to do just that.