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

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.

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,; 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.

Michael Cepress

Red Light Vintage Clothing
Two locations, including
University District
4560 University Way NE

Take 2
Capitol Hill
430 15th Ave. E

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

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

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1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12,

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32,

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10,

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18,

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466;