With the Summer months upon us, have you been wondering what to wear in Bellevue, and where to find that special something outfit? Have you been wondering what looks are “in” and would make you feel like a million bucks?

Well, here are few tips on choosing the right pieces to spark up your wardrobe. I spoke with my in-the-know fashion expert, Julie, at the new addition to Bellevue Square, Mercer. It is best described as: “The ‘it’ boutique for contemporary connoisseurs and discerning fashionistas. An institution for the best selection of contemporary jeans and collections in Seattle and now in Bellevue.”

Julie says wider leg pants are very in, much like a sailor pant, and they carry all the designer jean brands you could desire: Seven, True Religion , Citizens for Humanity, Rock & Republic, and many more. She also says Nanette Lapore and Trina Turk are a couple of very desirable designers to be wearing.

Angela, owner of Posh on Main, tells me that she is selling lots of bright patent-colored sandals in yellow, orange, fuschia, and green by designers Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs. These colors add a nice pop to white linens and neutral colored ensembles. Add a bright colored oversized clutch or long linen scarf to tie in the shoes. Or, you can go with a dressy sandal from Badgley Mischka.

For the guys, Marques at Marqsmen in Bellevue Square has these suggestions:

  1. Bomber Jacket (with subtle “sport” inspiration)- Perfect for layering during warmer summer months.
  2. Casual Blazer- Pairs with denim or chinos, not suit pants. Can be worn “after hours.”
  3. Yachting Shorts – No cargos. Find inspiration in subtle plaid patterns, twill-tape detailing along the side seams, novelty lining along waistband, novelty buttons in unexpected places.
  4. Trouser Inspired Denim – Denim material with standard “5 pocket jean” styling – But a clean trouser leg shape (no abrasion), and a slightly structured denim material that lends a “classy” look to denim.

For great ideas from a variety of stores in and around Bellevue, treat yourself to the Bellevue Collection Spring Runway show April 17th -20th.

Thinking “green?” Recycle, and benefit those less fortunate at the same time, by shopping at the very haute Overlake Service League Thrift Store in Bellevue Square. Believe it or not, I have found some amazing deals on designer clothing at this shop. Everything from Guess to Donna Karan, to BCBG and Betsey Johnson.

Don’t be issued a fashion citation! Stimulate the economy and start shopping for some stylish pieces to make you feel your best. Whatever your taste and budget, there is something out there just for you in Downtown Bellevue.

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