September Customer of the Month: Jolie!

Meet our September Customer of the Month - Jolie!

Jacket: BB Dakota / Dress: BB Dakota / Leggings: M. Rena / Boots: Ivylee / Necklace: Elk

We’re so excited to announce our September Customer of the Month: Jolie! This world traveler, artist, teacher, and perpetual learner also has amazing personal style. Our house stylists had a fabulous time with Jolie as she tried on Adorn’s newest pieces!

ADORN: What is your favorite Adorn piece?

JOLIE: Oooh, so hard to choose! My Pons get the most use, since I have them in three colors (navy, turquoise and brown), and my Prairie Underground Vernacular Blazer works with nearly everything. But I really love my leather Lily and Lola bag. It was a splurge, but it’s beautifully made and I get compliments on it every time I use it.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it look like?

Hmm, tricky, since it would need to be pretty versatile, since my days alternate between the Pilates studio and the art studio. Okay. Solved! Leggings, a tank top, and my long red Prairie Underground hoodie, with my black boots. Am I allowed to change accessories? A bright scarf or a switch to my brown Pons for summer, and an apron to keep the paint off, since this would be my only outfit!

Meet our September Customer of the Month - Jolie!

LEFT Poncho: Bailey 44 / Dress: BB Dakota / Leggings: M. Rena / Boots: Ivylee / Necklace: Jenny Bird

RIGHT Poncho: Volcom / Dress: Hard Tail / Pants: Prairie Underground / Boots: H by Hudson / Necklace: Mariella Pilato

Heels or flats?

Flats. Almost always. I like to feel solidly grounded and steady on my feet.

What is the last piece you bought at Adorn?

My fall jeans. Adorn does denim so beautifully, and I know I’ll get a pair that looks amazing, and feels great. I love Hudson jeans, but Brittany at Fremont convinced me to try a pair of Paige jeans that look great. I had to get them hemmed, since I’m short, and I can’t wait to get them back!

Meet Adorn's Customer of the Month Jolie!

Sweater: Margaret O’Leary / Button Down: Volcom / Tee: Wilt / Pants: Prairie Underground / Boots: H by Hudson / Necklace: Elk

What did your wedding dress look like?

Oh dear, that’s a story worth telling. So… I wanted a super simple dress. I found a cream floor length dress at a local department store, and bought it on the spot. It was easy and pretty.

Then my mom got involved.

She convinced me to return the dress and get a family friend who was a seamstress to custom make a dress for me. We chose a pattern with a plain neckline (so I could wear my grandmother’s pearls), loose flowy sleeves, and a sweep train. We bought the silk and delivered it to Nina, who began sewing.

When I went for the first fitting, I was a little worried, but Nina reassured me that it was going to be beautiful. I didn’t know much about sewing, so I just trusted her.

The Monday before the wedding, I went for the final fitting. Nina had just stepped out, but her co-worker pointed me to the dressing room, and I walked in. I immediately walked back out hoping I was in the wrong room.

There was my $300 worth of silk, that was supposed to be loose and flowy with a simple neckline. But instead it was a dress that clung to me in all the wrong places. Nina had very generously taken the extra fabric (which was supposed to be for the loose and flowy version) and used it to embellish the neck with ruffles.

I cried.

Then I hung the dress in the back of my closet and tried to forget that I was out of options.

My friend Michelle came over on Wednesday to help with wedding prep and as soon as she walked in, she said:

“Ooh! I want to see the dress! Go try it on for me!”

“Jolie…what is that look? I want to see it!”

“Girl–go put that dress on now.”

When I walked out in the dress, she said, “Jolie you can’t get married in that dress–it makes you look like a heifer!”

She took the next day off of work, and we called every bridal shop in the county in hopes of finding a dress that might work with 36 hours left before the wedding. She found one 45 minutes away and it was beautiful. It needed alterations, but we pinned it in with safety pins and managed to make it work. Even with safety pins showing, it was still better than the “Heifer Dress.”

And that is how I had three dresses for one wedding.

What is your favorite color to wear? Least favorite?

I love gray. Especially with a pop of yellow or orange. I’m not a fan of pastels. I always feel like I’m heading to a baby shower when I’m in pastels.

First clothing purchase you remember making?

I had this silver swimsuit when I was about six. It was the eighties. I loved that thing so much. I thought I was hot stuff wearing that suit.

Meet Adorn's September Customer of the Month - Jolie!

Sweater: Maison Scotch / Top: Maison Scotch / Jeans: Fidelity / Shoes: Calou / Necklace: Elk

Thanks Jolie for being our September Customer of the Month! It’s always fun to see our latest pieces in action and to get to know our loyal customers better.

You can also check out some of Jolie’s work on her website!

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New Hemp Ghost Poncho in Six Colors – Prairie Underground X Adorn Exclusive!

The Prairie Underground X Adorn exclusive Hemp Ghost Poncho

If you’re a Prairie Underground fan, you’ll remember the Hemp Ghost Poncho. So guess what? You loved them so much, that Prairie agreed to re-release a new collection of them hand-dyed just for us! These colors are Adorn-exclusive for the Hemp Ghost Poncho – our intern Haley shows us how to rock our new fall favorite below.

The Hemp Ghost Poncho not only comes in Inkpot

Prairie Underground Hemp Ghost Poncho in Inkpot

Prairie Underground Hemp Ghost Poncho in Inkpot

but also Sable

Prairie Underground Hemp Ghost Poncho in Sable

Prairie Underground Hemp Ghost in Sable

and 12AM

Prairie Underground Hemp Ghost Poncho in 12AM

Prairie Underground Hemp Ghost Poncho in 12AM

Prairie Underground Hemp Ghost in 12 AM

as well as Moss, Midnight, and Graphite.

Prairie fans – this round is made especially for you! And with these gorgeous colors that are perfect for fall, you’ll want one for your every mood. Check out all six Adorn-exclusive colors in both of our stores and online! You deserve it.




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August Customer of the Month: Annie!

Customer wearing Sanctuary Sunset Safari Jacket and Mother Jeans


Meet our August customer of the month: Annie! This loyal customer and vibrant personality knows how to accessorize and embraces the casual-cool Portland look. Our house stylists had a lot of fun styling this shop favorite in some of Adorn’s newest pieces for fall.

Q: Have you always lived in Portland? If not, where do you call home and what brought you here?

A: I have not always lived in Portland, but I do consider Northeast Portland to be home.

Q: How do you like to spend your personal time?

A: Traveling, trying new restaurants, and home-bodying with my husband. I also enjoy ceramics, playing with my dog, happy hours with friends, and reading lots of short stories and novels.

Q: What are some professional and/or personal pursuits that you are passionate about?

A: I am privileged to be a registered nurse and work at a bustling federally-qualified health center a few blocks away from Adorn on Division. I am passionate about harm reduction and unconditional positive regard. I am also passionate about art and design – I’m currently loving making ceramic art objects.

Customer wearing Uttam Boutique Cardigan and California Tailor Dress


Customer wearing Hard Tail Slouchy Tee and Mother Jeans



Q: How did you first hear about Adorn?

A: A friend brought me in – the ever stylish Kirsten!

Q: What do you love most about Adorn?

A: Easily the people. Fun, personal, warm and highly service oriented. I love you guys!

Q: What is your favorite Adorn piece?

A: Usually my most recent acquisition. Right now, a tie between my red Calou clogs and Mariella Pilato turquoise pendant.

Q: A trend you are loving for this season?

A: Clogs? I never stop with them, but I hear it’s a trend for fall. Is it? For summer, I love all the cotton gauze and double gauze people are using.

Q: Where do you get your style inspiration? 

A: I get inspired by street style, contemporary art & design, and iconic artists and celebrities of the 1950s through the 1970s.

Q: What is your favorite article of clothing from your closet?

A: Least worn (and most treasured) is a long, hooded, deep navy mohair coat my husband gave me. It’s gorgeous. I was told by the salesman it would be fine to wear in the rain — which it’s not of course. Mohair!

Q: Favorite denim fit?

A: MOTHER high-waist. Done.

Q: Goofiest fashion trend you have participated in?

A: Around ’89 or ’90, one white loafer paired with one black loafer… Unless lace-trimmed biker shorts under boxers beat that!

Q: Heels or flats?

A: Flats with a lift.

Q: What did your wedding dress look like?

A: My wedding dress was cocktail length with a boned bodice and flouncy skirt.

Q: What are your three must-have items on any vacation?

A: Over the swimsuit – a short gauze muumuu. Lots of sunscreen. Lots of books.

Customer wearing Prairie Underground Hoodie, 7 For All Mankind Jeans


We love to learn more about our loyal customers! Thanks Annie for being our August Customer of the Month and sharing your style with us!

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Layer Up for Fall! New Tummy Tuck Leggings from M. Rena

M. Rena Layering

Just in time for fall, new M. Rena layering pieces have arrived! From new colors, to new styles, to new sizes, your favorite Tummy Tuck Leggings, Corset Camis, and more just got a major upgrade. Whether you’re a devoted fan or are hearing about M. Rena for the first time, you’re sure to the love these new pieces.

The classic Ankle-Length Tummy Tuck Leggings have been restocked and are ready to inspire your fall wardrobe! Unlike other leggings, the thickness and quality of the fabric provides substantial coverage and warmth when facing a fall breeze or sprinkle. The tummy panel serves to even out your midsection and provide a smooth base for tighter camis and tops. These leggings are so versatile, you can wear them under dresses, skirts, shorts, or even on their own.

M. Rena Tummy Tuck Leggings and Sleeveless Rayon Dress

M. Rena Sleeveless Rayon Dress in Deep Sea // M. Rena Tummy Tuck Capri Leggings in Black // Melissa Shoes // Soko Necklace

And now, introducing the Plus-Size Capri Tummy Tuck Leggings! What before was a one-size-fits-all-situation, M. Rena has expanded their size selection and we’re excited to stock a slightly larger alternative. Whether the originals were a bit too tight or you’re looking for a looser fit, the Plus-Size Tummy Tuck Leggings might be just what you need. They’re every bit as functional and stylish as the original Tummy Tucks, with the same quality of fabric, stretch, and thickness.

The Corset Cami and V-Neck Tank are in stock and available in new colors. These slimming and supportive tops are the perfect base for all your fall tees and blouses, as well as a great layer under lower-cut dresses. From vibrant colors like Eggplant and Cobalt Blue, to your neutrals like White and Gun Powder, you might not be able to walk out with just one!

M. Rena V-Neck Tank in Cobalt and Tummy Tuck Leggings

M. Rena V-Neck Tank in Cobalt // M. Rena V-Neck Tummy Tuck Capri Leggings in Black

We’ve also got the V-Neck/Scoop Dress and Long Cami in new colors. The reversible V-Neck/Scoop Dress gives you the option of a V-neck OR a scoop neck, depending on your mood. (Or which goes better with that new jacket!) And a chic fall outfit doesn’t get much easier than a Long Cami with a pair of the Tummy Tuck Leggings and a pair of boots. It might even be your new uniform.

M. Rena Long Cami in Burgundy

M. Rena Long Cami in Burgundy // Swedish Hasbeens Boots // Sahlia Necklace

Shop M. Rena on our website or visit either of our stores to get your hands on all these exciting new pieces!

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Summer Dresses for Weddings, Concerts, Vacations & Beyond!

Summer dresses for weddings, concerts, parties and vacations

In the midst of one of the hottest summers on record, the hunt for light-weight, comfortable and fashionable dresses is still running strong. And with so many events, parties, and special occasions to celebrate in just these 3 swift months, there’s always a reason to treat yourself to a fresh summer dress. Heading to a best-friend’s wedding? Checking out some local live music?  Whatever your dress-needs may be, we have a wonderfully eclectic selection of maxis, midis, minis & more that will help you look your best at all of your summer destinations. And with new brands in store like The Odells and Amadi, two up-and-coming brands that design gorgeous fashion-forward dresses, you will be sure to impress your family & friends with your one-of-a-kind outfit.

Wedding Guest Dresses

One of our most commonly sought-after dress types is the ‘Summer Wedding Guest Dress’, which, of course, should never be white (unless requested  otherwise by the bride), comfortable enough to dance in and wear for many hours in potentially very warm weather, and look flattering without showing off too much skin.

summer dresses for weddings and parties


Beach Vacation Dresses

The perfect beach-vacation dress must be first and foremost, incredibly light and breathable, and the more pockets the better! A soft and easy to throw-on dress by day followed by a bright & printed dress by night is a win-win combo that keep you looking fresh and ready for every step of your vacation.

light-weight summer dresses for the beach


Girls’ Night Out Dresses

A night out on the town with your gal pals means one thing- look nothing short of your most fabulous self! This is the perfect opportunity to wear a dress that is a bit more fashionable and edgy than what you normally gravitate to, so try playing with fun statement necklaces, asymmetrical cuts, and a unique heel to get that extra boost of style.cute summer cocktail dresses


Outdoor Concert Dresses

The perfect outdoor concert dress has the tricky task of accomplishing two goals: comfort and style that makes a statement. Lucky for you, us Adorners are well versed in those two compartments. But lest we not forget the attention in the details- accessory details, that is. A fun and over-sized earring paired with a comfortable boot and a complimentary side-strap bag (just big enough to carry your wallet, keys, and chapstick) will be your best ticket to every outdoor show this summer.

cute summer dresses for outdoor concerts

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The Prairie Underground Tunic Sold Only at Adorn

Prairie Underground summer top

Remember the Prairie Underground tunic called the ‘Your Orbit’? It was warm, covering, elegant, and incredibly versatile for both casual and formal outfit possibilities. Well, we’d like to introduce you to the summer version of the Your Orbit- the ‘Satellite’ tunic! This casual, eco-chic top was made exclusively for us in six gorgeous colors that are perfect for any month out of the year. Made in a rich blend of hemp and organic cotton, this top is incredibly versatile and light enough to wear in the summertime. Style it as a tunic with a pair of denim girdles, or as a layered dress with a knee-length skirt. Features two front pockets and a drapey cowl neck that can be worn down as a decorative neckline, or worn up as a stylish hood! Fitted around the chest with a subtle flare at the bottom hem, this tunic is as comfortable and forgiving as it is cute! Enjoy wearing this top a new way everyday!

eco-friendly fashion, Prairie Underground tunic

summer tunic from Prairie Underground in Electric Red

Prairie Underground Satellite in Deep Blue

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