The name Laura Cassidy may not be a household name, but to the people of Seattle, she’s synonymous with fashion. After working as Seattle Met magazine’s Style Editor, Laura moved on to Nordstrom where she’s now Senior Editor of Creative Projects for SPACE. So basically, you’re going to know her. As our local fashion guru, we asked Laura all about spring style. Read through her tips below and make sure to check her out on Instagram! (@laurasullivancassidy)
Spring is right around the corner. How do you overhaul your closet for the warmer weather?
Around this time of year I start realizing that certain sweaters never made it out of the house and that six black turtlenecks aren’t entirely necessary—things like that. I either donate or consign whatever I can part with, and then find some dark corner to shove the rest. (Full disclosure: There are definitely secret, dark and not entirely tidy corners in my closets.) Of course I’m also watching as all the great new stuff comes into Nordstrom’s designer collections and SPACE, and managing an impulse to buy it all now with as much restraint (and financial planning) as I can muster.
Are there any trends you’re looking forward to this season?
I’m super into all that cotton shirting that’s out there; it’s a look I have been drawn to for awhile now, so it’s cool to see so many smart, gorgeous options. Crisp white shirts, blue oxford stripes for dresses, untucked tails and rolled sleeves everywhere. Spring always makes me want dresses, too. It’s sort of Pavlovian. On the other end and somehow in the middle of the last two things is that sort of generously sized, not-male, not-female thing. Street wear has always just been so appealing. I grew up in the 90’s so it’s native to me. And I just really love to mess around with proportion and traditional forms—to sort of collage a look. So yeah, I can work all of this into the average Monday to Friday come mid-March or so.
Is there a certain trend you’re ready to see go away?
I don’t really view trends or style that way. I think there’s something for everyone all the time and I never think one look is right and one is wrong, or anything like that. I’m in a you-do-you-and-I’ll-do-me kinda world. I wouldn’t pass judgment on what you’re having for dinner or where you go on vacation, and I’m definitely not going to call out whether or not you should rock a crop top.
Do you play with makeup based on what you’re wearing, or do you have a tried & true go-to look?
Sadly, I’m not a makeup genius. I’m a one-trick pony. Okay, maybe like two and a half tricks. (They’re not good though.) That said, I think about balance in all things so I probably pull out the smoky gold smudging powder or my orange-y red matte lipstick when the rest of my look is subtle or plain or just a bit more quiet.
Let’s talk organization. How do you curate your closet and makeup drawer to be most efficient?
I’m constantly reorganizing because the truth is I don’t really like organizing and I’m not very good at it so each time I do it, it’s like…two steps forward, one step back. Actually, now that we’re talking about it though, I’m realizing I’m the best in the bathroom with my makeup, skincare, jewelry and special magical essential oils and all that. I really love my bathroom–the room that contains the bathtub! It’s so feminine and girly in there, and it has a bunch of built-in cabinets and shelves, so I’m lucky. I don’t have a schedule or anything but every couple of months I end up in there on a Sunday afternoon. I toss out whatever’s looking stale, rotate in the back stock, pause for house to play with bracelets, and then tidy the whole place up again. That’s probably not very helpful though