Portland style is an organic array of different eclectic attitudes and neighborhood nuances.
Yes, it’s elusive, individualistic, quirky and kind of hard to pin down.
So, how does one get a handle on the pulse of springtime trends for the PDX fashionista?
First jump off the NS Line of the streetcar on southwest 10 Avenue and Stark Street, and walk right in the front door of Radish Underground.
What’s new for spring south of Burnside and west of Broadway?
Boutique owner Celeste Sipes says, “ Portland style market in general wants a classic silhouette, an element of comfort and one standout understated statement piece to complete the outfit.”
Let’s get started with Sipes’s top three trends for spring:
- 1. Springtime fashion in Portland begins with bold patterns and prints. I recommend geometric graphic prints like stripes, seashells, Japanese scalloped patterns and tiny sweet hearts.
- 2. Knits and woven fabrics with sophisticated shapes that fit and flatter the feminine figure
- 3. Abstract art reflected in fashion like painterly tie-dye prints paired with flowing cowl necklines on a knitted shift dress
Accessorize almost everything with a 70s floppy hat, sunglasses and Frye’s ankle boots (Get the look of Lauren Jewels below)
Assisting in this trendy fashion story exclusive is Radish Underground's own boutique stylist Kyja King, model Lauren Jewels and fashion photographer Jerry Simpson.
Check out the ever-so-Portlandia-esque looks here.
Ruby red dress: Model Lauren Jewels
Portland’s own Jade Nomad designed this ruby red dress called, “Lovejoy,” featuring a soft cowl neckline and 20s high low Steve Nick’s gypsy tissue like hemline. A fabulous dress for both day and night.
Pre-Love Bloom dress
Pre-Love Bloom dress designed by a recycled clothing company that creates women’s fashions from recycled men’s golf shirts from Toronto, Canada.
Pencil dress by Body Bag
Body Bag by Jude from Montreal, Canada is the raspberry colored surf dress. This pencil style shift dress wears well for both work and for evening events. Super cute pleated cap sleeve detail and flattering body style with a great fabrication.
Dress by Daisy Rock
Eco-friendly fashions by Daisy Rock created this time travel dress with a hand-dyed green panel and either/or Hemp, organic cotton or salvaged fabrics
Green jacket by Layered Square
Concrete green jacket by Layered Square is designed and made by local Portland fashion designer Summer Pinnick. Pinnick is a self-taught fashion designer and she drapes each design to find the perfect fashion flow not usually achieved from a pattern. Blue tee shirt is humorous fashion made in America by Raygun that says mew, mew and more mew. Fuchsia orchid knit skirt by Hubris apparel is a perfect A-line with front pocket. It screams wear me now.