After two weeks of twice the average rainfall at the end of October, early November’s balmy weather inspired some women at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland to have a little fun with fashion. In a city known for individual style, three of the women showcased diverse tastes that reflected their individual outlooks.
Israeli shlicha Natalie Nahome wore a colorful outfit to her office at the federation on that early November day. “I usually go for black. That day was a crazy day,” she says.
When Portland’s traditional gray skies hit in mid-October, Natalie decided not to buy black anymore. “I’m trying to get colorful,” she says.
Since moving from Israel to Oregon at the end of August, Natalie has purchased three hats. She likes the look when she straightens her hair. She topped off her brightly patterned leggings and peach top with a crocheted cloche. The black boots are the only part of this outfit she brought from Israel.
“I like secondhand stores. It’s cool there are so many here,” says Natalie, adding she still has a lot of shopping to do because “I don’t have enough winter clothes.”
As Yael Grundstein says, “Every girl’s got to have the little black dress. Black is appropriate for any occasion.”
Yael is the JFGP executive assistant/receptionist at federation and the first person most people see when they come in the door. She selects her clothes for the office with that in mind.
“My boyfriend says my style is hipster, but I don’t think I am that at all,” says Yael. “I think my style is Boho-chic with a splash of preppiness.”
She bought this dress at Banana Republic and the necklace at Macy’s. The boots are a staple of her wardrobe.
Nicole Walters, JFGP marketing/communications manager, loves to accessorize her outfit with a scarf to add movement and variety. She purchased this scarf from Indigo Traders in Multnomah Village. On this early November day, a light breeze made the scarf dance.
“I start with a basic canvas of two neutrals and add a splash of color with either a scarf or fun jewelry,” says Nicole.
She likes to focus on a triad of colors when she dresses.
“I like blue. I’m a sucker for a peacock print,” she adds.