Regional Style Guide: Washington, D.C.
This week on Regional Style Guide, we hit up our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. We get insight into what kind of style and trends you will see around the District!
This week on Regional Style Guide, we decided to hit up our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. (In case you missed them, see our past posts on Milwaukee style, Dallas style, Myrtle Beach style, and Santa Fe style.) Although most people view this region as strictly politics, D.C. is so much more. The District is filled with history, museums, art, parks, food trucks, pop-up bookstores, tech startups, and much more.
D.C. mirrors the energy of big cities like NYC or L.A., but on a smaller scale. The crowds here are fast paced and made up of local movers, shakers, and hustlers who have little time to strike up a conversation with tourist.
Most locals aren’t natives; they weren’t born and raised in the District. They moved to D.C. intrigued by the capital’s career opportunities, education, and culture. Therefore, there isn’t a general dynamic of southern or northern influences but an interesting blend of both.
If you’re visiting D.C. in the Spring, you won’t be able to miss the iconic Cherry Blossoms which can be seen in small clusters around the National Mall, but to see the majority of blossoms you’ll need to walk the Tidal Basin Loop Trail to the shoreline of East Potomac Park.
So now that we know a little about the District’s geography and beauty, let’s take a look at the Washingtonians’ style!
Local D.C. travel and fashion blogger, Alicia Tenise, never shies away from color in her outfits. While Spring in the fashion world revolves around pastels (especially lavender in the year of 2018), Alicia likes to rock a bright pop of yellow.
She notes on her blog:
“Yellow isn’t often featured in stores since the color intimidates a lot of people. This is a shame since yellow is such a vibrant color that can help you stand out in a crowd.“
Just like in the picture above, Alicia’s personal style is characterized by her use of bright colors. If you scroll through her Instagram, you’ll notice how she pairs a loose v-neck coral sweater with a white lacey camisole and light washed blue jeans or an electric blue plaid peasant blouse with black denim.
Alicia features D.C. as her colorful backdrop that plays off the colors in her daily outfit. For example, Alicia uses the color from the pink kites hanging over the City Center to highlight the subtle amount of pink in the florals of her skirt.
Get Inspired by Alicia Tenise
Alicia’s outfit is business casual-friendly, meaning that it wouldn’t be out of place in the office. I did have trouble finding a black floral skirt that was office-appropriate and under $50, though. (The skirt featured above sits too high on the legs to work for the office.) If you’re willing to invest in a black floral skirt for your job or internship, you can get the exact same skirt Alicia is wearing from Ann Taylor or you can do what I normally do… wait a couple of months and hope that it’s on sale by then.
Taking a Day Off
When Washingtonians have a free day, the whole city becomes their playground! Luckily, D.C. is filled with free things to do since the locals are spending a fortune to live there. You will need more than one free day to check out the Smithsonian’s 17 museums that are completely free to the public.
Other free activities include: Visit the D.C. Zoo, admire The Washington Monument and National Mall, tour the U.S. Capitol or the White House, read in the Library of Congress, stroll the United States Botanical Gardens, walk Dupont Circle’s First Friday Art Trail, or hit up a seasonal festival.
With this many things to do, you need a casual outfit to paint the town red in. Local fashion duo and BFFs, Sarah and Michelle of Fifty Two Thursdays, play up their casual game in classic white skinny jeans that hit just above the ankle, utility jackets, comfy sweaters, and shoes made for walking.
Get Inspired by Sarah & Michelle
What I love about Sarah & Michelle’s outfits is that while all these items look great together, the individual pieces are so versatile and can be paired in a combination of hundreds of other looks.
Although all these clothing items and accessories are solid colors, they feel much more dynamic since they incorporate different textures and tones. The silky lavender sweater from American Eagle Outfitters and suede converse with gold accents give an element of glam to a very casual outfit.
One thing I’ve also noticed about D.C. Fashion Instagrammers is that you can always find at least 5 pictures of them posing with a cup of joe. This is because while coffee is a staple in the American diet, in D.C it has a culture all its own.
I’ve included a reusable coffee travel mug in this look as a reminder to waste less and reuse more. Plus, reusable mugs look better than their paper/styrofoam counterparts.
Flirty & Feminine
Like I said, Coffee Culture in D.C. is strong and Deborah from Coffee, Prose, & Pretty Clothes understands this well! Her blog features weekly Coffee Chat posts that give her readers interesting links to articles to read while enjoying their Hazelnut Latte or Iced Americano (like a shorter version of Colleges Fashion’s Hautelinks).
I especially love how Deborah’s blog evolved from her need of an updated wardrobe after graduating college and getting her first job in Washington working on a political campaign.
Deborah notes her blog inspiration as follows:
“I realized that my closet full of college t-shirts, ill-fitting jeans, and ratty backpacks was just not going to cut it in the real world and I embarked on my journey towards adult closet-hood and chronicled my adventures and outfit mishaps here on this blog.”
Not only is her mission extremely relatable, her outfits look polished and expensive despite being affordable. Her exact blouse and skirt are easy to find on the J.Crew Factory and Asos websites.
Get Inspired by Deborah
Deborah’s combination of a gingham button-down and scallop hemmed skirt is an unexpected combo that pairs well together. Take note that Deborah doesn’t wear many accessories, but opts for embellished pieces like her gold studded heels to add a flare to her look.
What You Can Learn from D.C. Fashion Bloggers
When you think of fashion bloggers/Instagrammers, you probably picture these ladies with an endless supply of clothing at their disposal. In actuality, they re-wear the same pieces in several outfits from year to year.
Alicia dons her favorite Zac Posen tan bag with most of her outfits throughout her Instagram and Deborah can be seen in her studded heels over and over again. Sometimes, they’ll even post a new picture of the exact same outfit they’ve worn during an earlier time.
This can seem surprising since fast-fashion marketing is the embodiment of Kate Sanders from Lizzie Mcguire pointing out the horror of being an “Outfit Repeater”. That’s why I love seeing influencers challenge the throwaway culture of the industry.
D.C. fashion influencers also tend to buy more classic and versatile pieces that will stand the test of time rather than sport seasonal trendy pieces.That’s why if you’re looking for capsule wardrobe inspiration, I would definitely suggest researching looks from D.C. fashion bloggers.
What Do You Think?
What do you think about the District’s style? Is it more or less similar to your own? What is your opinion about repeating outfits? We love to hear from our readers so comment below and don’t forget to name a region you want to see covered as a Regional Style Guide!
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