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Sydney McNiff Ferguson, 50

Ten of Washington’s best-dressed women share their fashion advice, their favorite shops—and their fashion disasters. Read about one of them.

This article is from 2006's Best Dressed Women package. To see 2007's Best Dressed Women package, click here.

President of Lockhart Strategies International, a government-affairs and public-relations firm

Photograph by Matthew Worden

Where do you like to shop? Hermes. I got a saddle there when I was 12. It’s always been my dream store. I also love Sassanova in Georgetown, and when I’m in San Francisco, Wilkes Bashford. Also Henri Bendel in New York and Neiman Marcus here. I’m in Seattle a lot, and there’s this boutique there called Mario’s; they have everything from Oscar de la Renta.

Fashion advice? Don’t wear diamonds to work unless they’re around your finger.

A fashion disaster? I did have a pair of shoes break at an inaugural ball. Luckily I had an extra pair with me.

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