Seattle Met editor Zoe Sayler hates having her picture taken, but she loves taking her picture. Mirroring selfies — an age-old diary that’s falling into disuse as high-resolution phone cameras proliferate — offers “the chance to hone in or get a real understanding of how you want the world to see you.” says Sayler. “And that’s it, I think, this style is.”
Sayler might be the only reporter in Seattle with the title of “style editor,” a job that evokes the catwalks of New York. (Sayler interned at the Seattle Times, where we became friends.)
“Seattle style,” meanwhile, evokes Blundstone boots, Patagonia jackets, and Carhartt beanies—not really high fashion. Every time Sayler tells someone what her job is, she feels compelled to refute it.
“I want to represent both the magazine and the city well, because it’s not as old-fashioned as people like to say,” says Sayler. Local designers love Anna Dong and Dan McLean develop their own aesthetic without competing with “a million different people trying to make it in the same niche as them”.
In this mirror selfie, Sayler wears a “Paloma” skort and sports bra from the Seattle-based eco-friendly sportswear company girlfriend collective and a sheer top from Fremont Vintage Mall. Sayler hasn’t been posting selfies as much lately due to winter, gray spring and June, but she feels things are about to change.
“The very thought of summer made me want to take more selfies,” says Sayler.