Perhaps our favorite annual sartorial transition happens between winter and spring. The drastic change in temperature means retiring the blacks and navys of our cold-weather closet for more dazzling accessories and brighter hues.
Pastels are a great way to ease into the change of seasons. With fashion month in its final days and the world’s eye on street style, we’ve taken a particular liking to blush—a fresh, chic shade of pale pink that flatters all skin tones and styles. We were particularly taken with Gal Meets Glam author Julia Engel’s stunning use of monochrome, using varying shades of the pink to create a very sophisticated look—one that is both winter- and spring-appropriate (and that prompted us grab the next book clutch we could get our hands on). Click through the slideshow for a look at 14 pieces we’re coveting in the girly shade.
Who: Victor Diaz Zapanta, 30
Designer for a financial regulatory agency
What I do: “Working in digital media, I spend my days thinking of elegant, accessible solutions to complicated problems. Because we’re a startup of sorts, I’ve worn many different hats, from designer and developer to video producer and photographer. It’s a unique space within government, and the opportunity to jump in and out of a wide variety of projects is perfect for my oftentimes ADD nature.”
My work style: “My style at work is the same as my style out of work: variations on a theme. Part of this choice is informed by a desire I have to settle upon a personal style that will be mine for the rest of my life. Another part is informed by an aversion to feeling subjected to the whims of trends and fast fashion. And the final part is informed by my own romanticism for the minimalist lifestyle, a lifestyle I will almost certainly never attain but continue to entertain daydreams of.”
“If you have to own one suit, make it navy and understated, and bring it straight to your tailor. A suit like this is all about versatility. This would be just as appropriate for a meeting on the Hill as it would be for an interview with a graphic designer. It’s a perfect foundation.”
Suitsupply suit, vintage flannel shirt, J.Crew tie, the Hill-Side selvedge pocket square, and vintage Johnson & Murphy double-monk shoes.
Spotted last year on daring street style stars such as Blaire Eadie and Leandra Medine, the full midi skirt has now evolved into a full-fledged trend. These voluminous pieces, with hemlines that stop mid-calf, may seem intimidating but truly can flatter all body types and styles—as long as they’re paired with the right top and accessories. Below, local style bloggers teach us five ways to style the feminine, flirty skirts.
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First Dibs Kickoff Party at Cady’s Alley
Hosted by Stone Soup Films, the second annual Lights! Camera! Action! pop-up shop in Cady’s Alley brings together an array of high-end pieces from the closets of “DC’s most stylish women.” The three-day event kicks off with an opening party Wednesday, at which drinks and snacks will be served. Proceeds from clothing sales go toward Stone Soup’s pro bono efforts for local nonprofits. Wednesday 7 to 9 (pop-up through Friday). 3330 Cady’s Alley, NW.
Indochino’s Traveling Tailor
The made-to-measure suitmaker pops up at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street venue for ten days beginning Thursday. Shop the brand’s new spring collection, which offers more color options, and get your suit delivered straight to your door in six weeks or less. Bonus: If you book an appointment online ahead of time, you get a free dress shirt. Wednesday through March 16, 8 to 8. 918 F St., NW.
Eileen Fisher Presentation at Saks
A stylist from the ladylike basics brand will be at Saks Tysons this week to help you customize a look from its spring collection. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings from Boxwood Winery, and a trend presentation of the label’s newest pieces while you shop. Thursday 6 to 8. 1723 International Dr., McLean.
Gilt City Warehouse Sale
The biannual shopping extravaganza returns to Long View Gallery for two days of majorly discounted shopping. Score apparel and accessories by such high-end designers as Zac Posen, Valentino, and more. Check out our original post for more info, and visit Gilt City DC’s website to purchase a $10 ticket. Friday 9:30 to 11:30 PM and Saturday 9 to 5. 1234 Ninth St., NW.
Bellacara’s 14th Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of the local beauty boutique’s 14th anniversary, shoppers can enjoy daylong discounts on popular cosmetics brands. Get 15 percent off all purchases Saturday, and for big spenders, the first 50 customers who spend $250 (post-discount) will score a gift bag packed with goodies by Alchimie Forever, Kevyn Aucoin, Smashbox, and more. Saturday 10 to 6. 1000 King St., NW.
Back in January, United Colors of Benetton announced it would close its store at 1666 Connecticut Avenue, just off Dupont Circle. Racked DC reports that the high-end boutique Emporium DNA will take its place, and is slated to open in early March.
Winter is sticking around for a few more weeks, but we can’t help but fast-forward to the bright, breezy clothes and accessories that define spring fashion. Since it’s not quite time yet to break out the sandals and bright sundresses, we’re all about finding creative ways to add new life to a wintry wardrobe. Coming in countless shapes and hues, jeweled appliqués are a detail that fit any style—found everywhere from professional tweed Brooks Brothers tops to neon-accented River Island arm candy. Whether you want a showstopping statement piece or just a slight bit of sparkle on a work blouse, we’ve got a look for you. Click through to see 15 pieces that incorporate the detail beautifully.
Just when we thought we’d seen a glimpse of spring, gloomy weeks like this one remind us the weather isn’t going to cooperate for a little while longer. And while that means more mileage out of our favorite cozy knits and cute snow-proof accessories, it also means more damage to our skin.
Winter cold is one of the harshest elements on the skin, says Dr. Michelle Rivera, a dermatologist at Arlington Skin. As humidity drops, it becomes harder for skin to hold in moisture, breaking our body’s most powerful barrier against dryness and skin diseases. But just because spring doesn’t want to show its face yet, it doesn’t mean yours has to suffer. Read on for Dr. Rivera’s tips for keeping your skin soft, clear, and hydrated in the cold—and for a glowy touch, try topping off your routine with one of our favorite highlighters.
1) Cut back on strong products.
“During the wintertime it is important to cut back on Retin-A anti-aging products—use them less often or at a lower concentration. Sometimes I tell patients to dilute the medicine with a bland moisturizer such as Cetaphil. It’s important to cut back on skin exfoliation. Both of these treatments strip the dead skin cell layer, thereby compromising the skin barrier more. Look for products that contain ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and dimethicone, which are molecules that attract and hold water in the skin. This helps restore the barrier. In general you should avoid 24-hour lipsticks, as these dry out the lips.”
In search of a custom suit for less? Here’s how you can get one: Starting next Thursday, the affordable made-to-measure suiting brand Indochino returns for another ten-day pop-up shop at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street venue.
Experts from the Canadian-born brand will be on site from 8 to 8 each day to take guests’ measurements and style full looks using pieces from Indochino’s new spring line, which includes 11 new suits with lighter fabrics and tons of new color, monogram, lapel, and vent options. Casual pieces, such as the brand’s best-selling chambray (in seven shades!), will also be available at the pop-up. Suits start at the comparatively low price of $449 and arrive at your doorstep within six weeks of ordering.
Appointments are available in 15-minute intervals, and anyone who books online will score a free dress shirt with any suit purchase.
Indochino. 8 to 8, March 6-16. 918 F St., NW.
Zoe’s Oscars Celebration
Beginning Monday, the Alexandria boutique honors the Oscars with a week full of sales, contests, and more. Score 20 percent off pieces inspired by Oscar-nominated movies—American Hustle-esque wrap dresses, for example—and win a Mack & Jane cuff by telling Zoe what actor should star in a movie about your life. Visit the store's Facebook page for daily updates. Through March 2. 130 S. Union St., Alexandria.
Spring Preview + Pop-up Gallery at Frye
Get an exclusive first look at Frye’s spring boots and accessories while viewing works of art at the store’s latest pop-up-gallery, showcasing the talents of fashion photographer Jerry Buttles. Enjoy cocktails by Green Hat and live music by U.S. Royalty’s John Thornley while you shop. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30. 1066 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Of Mercer Launch Party
Refinery29’s Holly Thomas hosts a party at Urban Chic Wednesday in celebration of just-launched women’s apparel brand Of Mercer. The locally born label specializes in workwear, and will be available for purchase at the event while you enjoy cocktails, light bites, and more. RSVP required, and the first 100 guests take home a gift bag. Wednesday 7 to 10. 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW.
Bluemercury Fairfax Grand Opening Party
The high-end, DC-born beauty boutique celebrates the opening of its ninth area location at Fairfax Corner with a party this week, serving Champagne and cupcakes alongside makeovers and mini M-61 facials. There will also be giveaways throughout the evening and deluxe swag bags for the first 100 guests. RSVP to email@example.com. Thursday 6 to 8. 11945-C Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax.
SJP Shoe Collection Launch
The highly anticipated, Carrie Bradshaw-inspired shoe collection designed by Sarah Jessica Parker launches at the Pentagon City and Tysons Corner Nordstrom stores this week. If you’re planning to shop online—the line becomes available at 3 AM Friday—follow our pointers on mastering high-demand collab shopping. Otherwise, get to stores early and expect to see some of the whimsical designs on eBay within a few days. From 3 AM Friday. 1400 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean.
With half the town hunkered down binge-watching the second season of House of Cards (Shop Around included), there’s been endless chatter about the show’s mind-boggling plotlines and anticipation for season three. But now it’s time to address a vital component to said plot: the wardrobes. Specifically, the sleek, designer-laden closet of Claire Underwood.
While Claire’s morality gets mixed views, one thing is certain: She looks, at all times, indisputably powerful. Her polished yet feminine wardrobe paired with unfailing poise catches our attention episode after episode; the minor but transformative details of her clothing take the standard power suit to a very fashion-forward place. The asymmetrical neckline on her black dress in episode four, shown above, is a beautifully edgy upgrade to the LBD, while slight peplum hems add a ladylike flair to otherwise nondescript blazers and pencil skirts.