Seattle Style? It Does Exist
Let’s face it: Seattle doesn’t exactly have a reputation for style. Birkenstocks, yes. Louboutins, no. So when I moved to the Emerald City last year, I knew the challenge wouldn’t be adjusting to the weather but adjusting to a more casual lifestyle. After a little bit of research (and a few strange looks as I walked down the street in a dress and heels), I found that there is a glamorous side to Seattle—you just have to know where to look.
First and foremost, though, you have to know howto look. Downtown Seattle’s Swink Style Bar was my answer. This isn’t your typical salon. No cuts. No color. This is strictly, shampoo, style and out the door. As one of the only blowout bars in the country, it turns out that Seattle is actually ahead of the style curve, not behind. Swink is located in downtown Seattle, just two blocks from the flagship Nordstrom department store. Within easy walking distance from the city’s best hotels, Swink is a hair find for visitors and locals alike. And at $30 for a 30 minute ‘do ($20 on Tuesdays), Swink saves you time and money while saving your hair—a must in a perpetually rainy climate.
Choose from a hair menu that includes styles such as The Fifth Avenue (straight and smooth), The G&T (girly and tousled), The Cosmo (a Euro-chic ponytail) or The French Connection (a modern twist on a classic chignon). Or simply choose The Swink, a.k.a. the perfect blowout.
For the complete look, Swink also offers makeup applications and eyelash extensions. Beyond beauty services, Swink carries Davines hair care products as well as jewelry and hair accessories made by local artists. Additional proof that there really is more to Seattle than plaid shirts and flannel.
Swink Style Bar
611 Stewart Street