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August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Casual classics: Update your everyday staples with pieces as chic as they are comfortable

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By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market

The Pacific Northwest is known for its casual, sporty style, but that’s no excuse for living in your old college sweats all weekend long.

You can have your comfort and your fashion sense, too. Here are some stylish and comfortable pieces that will breathe new life into your casual wardrobe workhorses.

Pants

Ever you wish you could get away with wearing yoga pants to work? Maybe you can. Betabrand’s Dress Pant Yoga Pants ($88 at betabrand.com) look like regular pants, but feel like pajamas. Made of a stretchy rayon blend in black, navy or gray, they have a straight-leg cut and faux pockets and zipper.

That other comfy-pant staple, leggings, gets an upgrade with Horny Toad’s Printed Lean Legging ($54 at hornytoad.com), featuring a geometric pattern on silky, organic-cotton-based fabric.

Tees

Banana Republic’s Luxe-Touch Piped Tee ($20–$36.50) dresses up the basic T-shirt with a satin-trimmed scoop neck and super-soft fabric. Prefer a V-neck? Splendid’s Very Light Jersey V-Neck To­­­p ($48) has a silky feel and a flattering drape.

Dresses

A simple T-shirt dress never goes out of style and can take you almost anywhere. American Apparel’s Fine Jersey Tee Dress ($27) is a made of seamless cotton jersey with raw edges. The Athleta Tee Dress ($69 at Athleta, U District) adds extra style with a fitted, shirred bottom. Pair it with an open button-down shirt and sneakers to complete the comfy-chic look.

Skirts

Multitask with Eddie Bauer’s Aster Convertible Skirt (on sale for $40), made of wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying material with UPF 50+ sun protection. But that’s not all: You can also pull up the waistband to wear it as a bandeau dress.

Eco-minded? Throw on Texture Clothing’s Comfy Mini Skirt ($52 at textureclothing.com), made in Bellingham from hemp and organic cotton. The flattering skirt has a wide waistband, a hidden pocket and ruching on one side.

Jeans

Swap your capris for a pair of slim-cut ankle skimmers. Choose a pair with a bit of stretch, such as Gap’s 1969 Always Skinny Skimmer Jeans in Stormy Grey ($70), for comfort all weekend long.

As fall nears, invest in a new pair of bootcuts, such as Hudson’s Signature Flap Pocket Bootcut Jeans in Elm ($192 at Nordstrom). The dark wash and slimmer leg opening makes this a versatile pair, equally at home with boots, sneakers or heels.

Layers

Layering pieces are essential in Seattle’s variable climate. Try Banana Republic’s Elbow-Sleeve Pullover ($69.50), with mid-length sleeves, as a transition piece into fall. Or replace your old hoodie with the new Prairie Underground Treehouse Coat ($253 at Show Pony, Fremont), in water-resistant fabric with bracelet sleeves, a high-low hem and — of course — a hood.

Accessories

Update your look in an instant with a new pair of glasses. The Eyes on Fremont Collection Motor Place frames ($175) feature a striated color that’s classic yet modern. Or turn heads with the red Lusty Lady frames ($175, both at Eyes on Fremont), a fresh take on the classic cat eye.

Don’t let puddles put you out. L.L.Bean’s Bean Boots ($109 at llbean.com) — aka “duck boots” — are back in style for a modern preppy look that’s oh so practical.

When you need a little extra style, a scarf is always your friend. Pick up a new all-season version from Seattle’s Tuesday Scarves (starting at $38 at Tuesday Scarves, International District, and Sassafras, Belltown). The infinity scarves can also be worn as shrugs or snoods, and two-sided versions add even more options to your wardrobe.

 

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