The only thing that’s not unique about Portland is its name. Which is why it’s so weird that to fit in in Portland one seemingly has to embrace a singular “Portlandic” style.
Recently, there have been a number of T.V. shows (we’re talking about you Portlandia) and blogs (here and here) that have tried to capture the essence of Portland’s street style. Travel Portland even jumped on the band wagon (or in this case probably a vintage Radio Flyer wagon) with their “Look Local” article that suggests tips on how to dress like a Portlander. However, we feel it offered too many expensive options that don’t seem appropriate for a hosteler. So what essentials should a traveler have to fit in with the locals without breaking the bank?
Here’s our two cents:
For the Ladies
1. Give your hair that just rolled out of bed look at the Aveda Institute where hair cuts start at only $10. The best part is you don’t have to roll that far out of bed to get there.
2. A Portland gal needs to look her best without looking like she’s tried too hard. Thankfully, there’s Buffalo Exchange where you can find that hipster outfit or shoe you’ve been searching for.
3. No outfit is complete without the perfect accessory. Try Frances May. They have some seriously awesome winter stockings to keep your stems warm this season.
And the Gentlemen
1. Find the right beanie or hat to top off your look at Brooklyn Industries.
2. Check please. Plaid shirts are a Portland staple. Find the right plaid for you at Crossroads Trading Company.
3. Grab a microbrew! There is no better Portland accessory than a cold microbrew in hand, and with over 50 breweries in the city, this accessory is the easiest to find and the most fun to share. Check out our brewpub map here.