Washington is a small town, and in a small town, people get creative. While in some small towns you might find a hundred different ways to bake a pie, in Washington you’ll find a hundred different ways to bake the truth. While truth as it exists today is a constructed narrative, so is your daily style. As a New Yorker in a city caught between preppy and afro-funk, every spring I look for edgier ways to wear the styles and colors everyone else is wearing. So this spring, I’m sharing my New Yorker’s edit for Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Pink. Continue reading
New year resolutions, like traditions, are expected. But the value of traditions comes when they build toward something new and thrilling. This traditional notched jacket emblazoned in a near-east design is every bit classic as it is daring. Bringing true and traditional elements of life into every new year – such as family, faith and classic style – is the only guarantee to individualistic happiness and perseverance. And although setting resolutions can easily help define how happy you think you’ll be once the new year is old, those true elements will resolve you to rise above any trials in a society that sometimes ages more like spoiled milk than fine wine. In what stands to be a year defined by loads of grace and grit, this look is the first to be shared in that spirit. The poem below captures this style moment and the essence of the spikes in my shoes – just about perfectly. Continue reading
Washingtonians put great value on the utility of all things. For example, first date talking points include, “What do you do?” “Who do you work for?” “Do you think you could connect me with…?” Unsurprisingly, Washington takes the same approach with fashion. In a city where a bespoke blazer is the holy grail of any wardrobe, utility of fashion means a perfect power piece to get you from point A to point B. At my first fall DC Fashion Week, a flagship event which sets the tone for the coming year’s trends, I quickly noticed the event caters almost exclusively to ready-to-wear styles for a diversity of women. This was a sharp departure from the avant-garde (aka, who cares if it’s not wearable – it’s art!) nature of fashion week I had come to know and love as a native New Yorker. Continue reading
The rise of fashion bloggers has turned everyday outfits into street style and sidewalks into rookie runways. DC street style often translates city decorum, a never ending effort to be politically correct and color inside finely defined lines. Success, whether in style or profession, means an approach distinct from the rest. In a city known for classic black and navy ensembles, my DC street style is pronounced by custom and timeless touches on everyday style.
A fierce black ensemble is the adult equivalent of “we’re the cool kids and you can’t sit with us.” Maybe that’s why New Yorkers are obsessed with wearing black and why we can’t let it go, especially when we move away from NYC. But living in a city that adopts Southern preppy and colorful contemporary year-round, my idea of how to wear black in the summer, as a New Yorker in DC, has transformed over the years. Continue reading
Behind every great man there [are many] great [women]. Behind every great woman, is a man who is surprised. Asserting your path as a woman often means letting your presence do the talking, and letting your actions do the walking. Enter a fifth season of Claire Underwood style: a woman who has always dressed for the job she wants, on House of Cards. Continue reading
Today many of us are struggling to find our new context in the world. We are being pushed to reconsider our culture, religion, social beliefs and roots. But, we do not need to reconsider the good that we are. We just need to further embrace it. The first step for me, is doing it through fashion. Continue reading