Downtown Seattle provides many of the best shopping locations in the Pacific Northwest for the professional man and woman. The city is home to several clothing boutiques that carry individual clothing lines produced by independent designers from all over the world. Check out some of Seattle’s unique stores that offer office wear apparel for both men and women.
5410 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
According to GQ magazine, Blackbird Ballard is one of the country’s best boutiques for menswear. It features a vast selection of day wear, business apparel and evening wear from brands such as Jeffery Campbell, Rick Owens, Alexander Plokhov, Filson, Eastland and RVCA. The owner describes the unique style of clothing offered as appropriate not only for James Bond, but also for his evil twin. In addition to business attire and casual clothing, Blackbird Ballard sells a variety of men’s shoes, accessories and grooming items.
1523 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Totokaelo, in the Fremont district of Seattle, sells sophisticated, designer apparel and shoes for women. The clothing, produced by independent artists and designers, is made from hemp, organic cotton, linen, silk and bamboo. Women’s apparel at Totokaelo is for the everyday woman on the go, whether it is business-related, or simply for a relaxing day of fun. Other fashion items available include outerwear such as jackets, coats and hats, as well as fashion accessories like scarves, belts, handbags and jewelry.
1919 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Ian is a modern-style clothing store that carries business and casual clothing fashions for both men and women. Brands found in this store include Engineered Garments, Stussy, Rogues Gallery, Madison Park and Cheap Monday. While much of Ian’s clothing may be considered trendy, it is stylish and professional enough to wear to the office, for a business luncheon or to an executive dinner. Store associates will assist customers in finding an individual look that is both flattering and creative, but for an affordable price.
700 110th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
David Lawrence is favored clothing store of Seattleites located in The Bravern shopping complex in Bellevue. This men and women’s store has been around for more than two decades, offering high-end apparel from world-renowned designers such as Versace, Just Cavalli, DSquared2 and Diesel Black Gold. It also features unique apparel from local designers like Lila Getty and Anne Sylvain. David Lawrence sales staff can assist customers with choosing the best office attire, casual or funky every day clothing and formal wear for an elegant evening out.
1513 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Mario’s is one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest independent clothing stores, dating back to 1960. While it began as a menswear store, over the years it began adding clothing and accessories for both men and women. Present-day Mario’s features some of the most stylish apparel in the Seattle area, carrying designer labels such as Nina Ricci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Hermes and Christian Louboutin. Customers range from style fashionistas seeking the best in business attire to local celebrities wanting the best designer evening wear.
1215 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
The Finerie is a newer Seattle clothing store for men and women, opened in 2006. It is located near the Seattle Art Museum and often has in-store events and trunk shows to showcase upcoming fashion designs the store will carry. All clothing items sold in the store are hand-selected by the owners and include designer brands such as Elijah, Yoana Baraschi, Von Vonni, Abi Ferrin and Abigail Glaum-Lathbury. Clothing items sold at The Finerie range from sophisticated, everyday business attire to exquisite, formal evening wear.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found onExaminer.com.