Styled: Century Ballroom's Hallie Kuperman Brings a Feminine Edge to Vintage Men’s Suits

When dance teacher Kuperman first fell in love with social dancing more than two decades ago, she qu
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WHY WE LOVE HER LOOK: When dance teacher Kuperman first fell in love with social dancing more than two decades ago, she quickly grew even more enamored of the period vintage clothing worn on the dance floor. But instead of the full skirts and kitten heels, Kuperman was attracted to the classic, tailored menswear, and soon began sporting dressy tuxedos, vintage gold cuff links and dapper ties. “When you teach, people are staring at you all the time,” Kuperman says, “and vintage suits are easy to move in, look pulled together and add an instant touch of class.” An avid fan of local designer Michael Cepress’ colorful button-ups and chic bowties (which she often wears untied), Kuperman combs Capitol Hill in search of perfectly fitting, slightly androgynous garments, leaning toward single-breasted coats and smaller men’s sizes circa the 1940s or ’50s for a flattering, quirky style that clicks both on and off the floor.



THE ENSEMBLE:
Consuelo Zoelly fitted white cotton button-up paired with Zoelly brown herringbone military-cut jacket with cream silk lining, shoulder epaulettes and square pockets, a Paris find; Michael Cepress burnt orange and cream silk bowtie, michaelcepress.com; chocolate brown vintage tuxedo pants with silk stripe, from Take 2 consignment; brown leather tuxedo shoes, from Red Light Vintage Clothing; vintage jeweled gold cuff links, a gift.

 

Hallie's Shopping Stops:
Atlas Clothing
Capitol Hill
1419 10th Ave.
206.323.0960
atlasclothing.net

Michael Cepress
michaelcepress.com

Red Light Vintage Clothing
Two locations, including
University District
4560 University Way NE
206.545.4044
redlightvintage.com

Take 2
Capitol Hill
430 15th Ave. E
206.324.2569

Value Village
Kuperman’s favorite: Capitol Hill
1525 11th Ave.
206.322.7789
valuevillage.com

Nordstrom's Retail Therapy: Shopping for Change

Nordstrom's Retail Therapy: Shopping for Change

Nordstrom is more than just a department store; for many, it’s also a flagship of progressive Seattle values. (Oh, and there’s a sale this weekend)
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Seattle's flagship Nordstrom department store

For many Seattleites and their families, a visit to Nordstrom is not the average shopping trip. It’s often an all-day affair, rife with game plans, important decisions and breaks for meals (and cocktails), much like a visit to Grandma’s. Indeed, a trip to “Nordy’s” is a cherished family tradition in line with the family focus of the company, still run with the help of a fourth generation of Nordstroms.  

Despite its success and national expansion, the Seattle-based luxury retailer still operates very much like a small business, and is beloved for its customer-focused business model. Shoppers can count on excellent service from well-commissioned sales reps (including on-site personal stylists), the most forgiving of return policies (the one rule of Nordstrom’s return policy is there is no return policy), a plethora of sizes and styles and sales galore. Not to mention in-store amenities like its signature café and cocktail bar. Best of all, the store always waits until after Thanksgiving to put up holiday decorations. (Anyone for a Nordstrom-based remake of Where the Heart Is? Anyone? No?)

Earlier this month, when the company dropped Ivanka Trump’s line of shoes and handbags from its inventory (a decision the retailer cited was due to poor sales), many viewed it as a testament to Nordstrom’s promise to put family first, and a nod to its founder, John W. Nordstrom, who himself immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in 1887, when he was just 16.

Progressive Seattleites rallied further when this company memo followed Trump’s executive order to temporarily bar citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., a portion of which reads: “We currently employ more than 76,000 people who comprise different races, ethnicities and genders. We literally have thousands of employees who are first and second generation immigrants. Every one of your unique qualities brings a richness that allows us to better reflect and serve the multi-cultured communities we’re a part of.”

Despite a Twitter backlash from Ivanka’s commander-in-chief dad, Nordstrom’s shares continue to climb, and shoppers across the nation have publically ramped up their support of the department store.

Did we mention there’s a sale this weekend? Nordstrom’s first sale of the year, the Nordstrom Winter Sale, starts today in stores and online and runs through February 26th. Take up to 40% off your favorite styles for men, women and kids.

Grab your family and friends and keep the tradition going—and, as Nordstrom’s slogan reminds us, don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself.