Suzy Fairchild: Best Everyday Frocks


The line: Formerly a women’s wear and accessories designer at Nordstrom before opening her Frock Shop boutique in 2006, Fairchild lets both the pattern and originating era of the fabric breathe life into her exceedingly wearable skirts and girly yet refined day dresses (often offered for less than $125). “I love the silhouettes and styles of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s; my designs are a mishmash of those eras. I like to take really feminine details from these eras, but then reenvision them; it’s not replication as much as a re-imagining for the modern woman.”

Creative spark: “Frankly, I’m a vintage-fabric hog,” says the 39-year-old, who attended fashion school in London, England. “I scour for it online, and trade with other designers; I’m a real textile person, and am obsessed with prints and patterns.”

Her muse: “In my head, she’s a composite of Michelle Williams, Zooey Deschanel and Carey Mulligan—a quirky ingénue type who likes vintage things and wants to look cute and fabulous at the same time.”

Mission statement: “Get dressed up, sweetie!”

Biggest fashion faux pas: “There are just so many! I mean, I was a teenager in the ’80s. I used to wear this loud patchwork blazer and matching peasant skirt in this terrible print. It was a look, though it was all from The Limited, so it must have been in style at the time. But now I look back and all I can remember is oversized shoulder pads.”

Favorite fashion trend: “I love lace! That’s a big one. The other is prints of animals, like birds and horses. I’m very enthralled by cat prints this fall. During that whole ‘put a bird on it’ phase, I felt like I had an aviary for a while in the store—but now the cats are coming in to eat the birds.”

How personal style influences her designs: “Most of what I make I would wear; my favorite uniform is a skirt paired with a jacket. I like to keep both my style and my designs very feminine. Nothing is stuffy or overdesigned, just garments you’ll feel and look great in.”

Line: Suzy Fairchild

Find it: The Frock Shop in Phinney Ridge (6500 Phinney Ave. N; 206.297.1638; or

Clothing shown (From left to right): Polka-dot-printed, cotton button-down “Dotty Ruffle” dress with flutter sleeves, gathered ruffle skirt and inseam pockets; sleeveless tulip-printed vintage cotton “Bloomfield” dress with full skirt, inseam pockets and contrasting black cotton band trimming. Fairchild wears her own designs, a black cotton eyelet wrap dress with short sleeves and full skirt, and a large pink Italian silk flower fascinator with black feather trim; shoes are her own. Cap sleeve dot-print cotton/Lycra shirtwaist dot dress with patch pockets on bodice and skirt and contrasting piping throughout.


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;