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

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Score Edgy Cotton Basics at Downtown's Do The Extraordinary

Downtown apparel and accessories shop DTE offers a little something extra
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An in-store vault opens to reveal secret speakeasy, Blind Tiger

The newest retail outpost from fashion collaborators Justin Kercher and former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander is offering downtown shoppers the opportunity to “Do The Extraordinary.” Taking over the 6,000-square-foot space on Sixth Avenue and Olive Way that previously housed European Antiques, Do The Extraordinary (DTE) opened last fall and is a lifestyle boutique for men and women offering locally designed, handmade, ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for the fashion-forward Seattleite. The brand’s edgy cotton basics come in black, white and various shades of gray, and include muscle T-shirts and sporty sweats for men, and tunics and dresses for women.

“DTE is really about the customers and creating an experience,” Kercher says. The space combines influences of the Seattle outdoors with urban design. Blow-torched sequoia tree tables and painted antlers flank vintage couches and hand-poured cement floors. Hidden behind the cash register area, speakeasy Blind Tiger, designed by Kercher and his family, is set up for private events and intimate concerts featuring local bands and DJs. DTE’s fall lineup includes several album release parties as well as a fall/winter fashion show.

The store’s upcoming events will “take [the retail experience] to another level,” says Kercher. Downtown, 1810 Sixth Ave.; dotheextraordinary.com