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Celeb colorist Ian McCabe shares his pro tips. By Michelle Thomas
Ian McCabe Studio in Washington's West End. Photographs courtesy of Ian McCabe Studio.

Not many DC-based hair stylists can call themselves celebrity colorists, but Ian McCabe is one of those rare few. He’s the personal colorist for fitness guru Tracy Anderson, and his salon—Ian McCabe Studio in the District’s West End—opened in July. So it’s safe to say that this guy knows his way around a head of hair. We checked in with McCabe to get his take on how exactly a gal should adapt her hair hue routine for the rapidly approaching fall season. Read on for his expert tips.

1) Time it right. McCabe recommends booking a visit to your colorist at the end of summer to get your hair on track for the new season. “After a blissful summer of sun, salt, and sand, your hair is in need of a color rebalance,” he says. A head of fresh highlights and/or lowlights, plus a gloss treatment and a deep-conditioning mask, will help return your hair to its ideal color and shine. 

2) Soften up. Fall is the time for a slightly warmer hue. Gradually transition your hair color from bright to soft with lowlights. They’ll add depth and dimension while allowing your your highlights to pop.

3) Consider balayage. McCabe is a pro at this trendy French coloring technique, which uses freeform “hair painting” to create a natural look with lots of dimension. “Since artists are not confined to the square area that a foil would cover, they are able to free-paint hair so each section may be color-customized,” says McCabe. “With balayage, an artist also has the ability to lighten the tips of hair as well as the frame of your face, resulting in a natural sunkissed look similar to how a child’s hair looks at the beach.” Bonus: Because there’s a more natural growth line, the life of your highlights gets a boost from the traditional six to eight weeks to ten weeks or longer. 

4) Add some moisture. This step you can DIY. Winter is hard on hair, as there’s less air moisture and lots of drying indoor heat, so McCabe suggests planning an at-home conditioning treatment. His rec? A weekly deep-conditioning treatment, such as Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color, Gold Lust Transformative Masque, or Davines Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner.

5) Make it match. Make sure you communicate with your colorist the overall style and look you are trying to achieve to ensure your color and cut are complementary.

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Posted at 12:25 PM/ET, 09/18/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Your guide to this month's happenings. By Valeria Boucas
A rendering of the new C. Wonder store front at Tysons Corner. Photograph by C. Wonder.

Art of Style

The gentlemen behind DC’s most stylish startups, such as Stubble & ’Stache and Bull + Moose, have teamed up for a night of cocktails, style, and grooming (think barbers giving straight-razor shaves). Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite. September 176 to 10 PM. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St., NW.

Maison Martin Margiela's "Tabi Shoe-Maker" Exhibit at Relish

Famed fashion house Maison Martin Margiela will debut its retrospective “Tabi Shoe-Maker” at Relish boutique in Georgetown—the exhibit's first stop in America. The opening of the installation celebrates more than 25 years of Margiela’s iconic “Tabi” shoe. Held in the boutique’s lower level, the exhibit will be open to the public for two weeks. September 19, 10 AM to 6 PM every day except Sunday. Relish, 3312 Cady’s Alley, NW.

Outfitted x Chevrolet Shopping Experience

The LA-based traveling pop-up boutique teamed up with Chevrolet to bring together some of the city's most stylish brands in one place. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping while sipping complimentary cocktails, plus take advantage of styling sessions, a braid bar, and more. September 20, 1:30 to 6:30 PM. The Loft, 600 F St., NW. 

Forever 21 Grand Opening at Tysons Corner

The first 100 people to fete the newly remodeled store will receive a gift card with a value ranging from $10 to $210. A raffle will also offer one lucky winner the chance to take home a $1,000 prize. A deejay will keep shoppers entertained until 3 PM. September 20, 10 AM to 9:30 PM. Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., VA. 

Eileen Fisher's 30th-Anniversary Celebration

The modern-minimalist style lives on for this fashion house, celebrating three decades in business. Shoppers receive $30 off all purchases in stores and online Saturday, and 10 percent of the sale will go to a local charity partner that supports the empowerment of women and girls. In addition to music, fall fashion, and refreshments, you can also enter to win a $1,000 Eileen Fisher shopping spree. September 20, all day at Eileen Fisher retail and company stores.

C. Wonder's Denim Launch

C. Wonder will launch a denim collection this fall. C. Denim, which will be available online and at local retailers in Tysons Corner and Pentagon City, will debut with three signature styles—skinny, curvy, and skinny ankle with zip detail—and will range in price from $118 to $128. September 22, 10 AM to 9:30 PM. Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., VA.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 05:34 PM/ET, 09/15/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Founders Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer have a keen eye for interiors—and for fashion. By Valeria Boucas
Lee Mayer and Emily Motayed of Havenly. Photograph by Dustin Sonneborn.

Sisters Emily Motayed and Lee Mayer are a triple threat: strikingly beautiful, stylish, and über-smart. The Potomac natives, who are pursuing an MBA at Wharton School of Business and hold an MBA from Harvard Business School, respectively, launched their budget-friendly interior design firm, Havenly, last year. (Read Open House's story from May.) 

Motayed, who splits her time between New York and Philadelphia, and Mayer, who resides in Denver with her husband, still consider Washington home and pay a visit to all their favorite stores whenever they're back in town. We caught up with them to figure out exactly where they go. 

Where do you like to shop when you're back in town? 

Emily: I absolutely love Violet Boutique on 18 Street. Whenever I walk in there, I get sensory overload and don't even know where to start! They have the most amazing print dresses that are perfect for everything from a casual summer barbecue to going out on the town, and their accessories are to die for. I also live and die in fitted dresses, which they specialize in. Growing up in Potomac, I always shopped at Luna in Bethesda during my middle- and high-school days, so I will have a soft spot for that boutique forever and I make sure to stop by when I'm in the area. Luna still carries every one of my favorite brands, from Susana Monaco to Foley + Corinna, and I even still wear a DVF print dress that I bought from them with my allowance about ten years ago. When it comes to home stores, my aspirational place is Cote Jardin Antiques on O Street in Georgetown. They have the most amazing collection of antique lamps. 

Lee: I bought my wedding dress at Saks Jandel in Chevy Chase, so I have to choose that as my favorite store. I have such fond memories of putting on my wedding dress for the first time at that location—it still makes me smile when I think of it. The bridal collection is unparalleled, but they also have amazing contemporary pieces, from designers such as J. Mendel and Naeem Khan. For my "fun" clothes, though, I go to Britt Ryan in Georgetown. There's a plethora of perfect cocktail dresses that are bright, fun, and perfect for most events. I happen to love the fact that it's owned by another fearless female entrepreneur who has opened stores nationwide. And whenever I need something a bit dressier, I go to Julia Farr in Northwest DC. Alice + Olivia is one of my favorite brands, and the store is always stocked with a fabulous collection. The ladies who work at the store are also such a pleasure to shop with. And for home stores, Restoration Hardware is my favorite, hands down. I love the vignettes that they pull together in their stores, and I walk in and just want to buy everything, from the curtains to the pillows to the flooring! I can't get enough of it.

What about for shoes? 

Emily: Sassanova is still my go-to for shoes because they have an amazing collection of pumps and flats, which is what I tend to live in. I love the vibe of the store, too, and every time I go in for shoes, I end up walking out with a few pairs plus a purse and scarf, since they have such adorable complimentary accessories. I think I bought my shoes for prom ten years ago from there. One of my favorite footwear brands is Pour La Victoire, which is available at Nordstrom and other department stores, because they make super high heels (I prefer five inches or taller) that are surprisingly comfortable. The heels work for day and transition into night extremely well. I'm pretty short, so it's super important for me to find tall heels that I can run around in and not end up with blisters.

Lee: When my husband lets me (or isn't looking), I love buying a solid pair of Louboutins, which I normally pick up from Neiman Marcus in Tysons.

You both wear great accessories. Where do you go for them? 

Emily: I started wearing big pieces of jewelry after college because statement pieces are such an easy way to punch up a boring outfit or make clothes really stand out. I'm a big fan of BaubleBar for affordable statement necklaces—plus the cofounders went to school with Lee. Gilt is a great place to look for affordable pieces, too. And a great local spot for jewelry is Charm in Georgetown—their brightly colored pieces are great, and I think I've bought their entire cuff collection.

Lee: I tend to be a little more low-key than Emily when it comes to accessories, but I do love Lou Lou. They have such fun pieces and also the best set of going out clutches and purses one can find.

What do you think of DC style in general? Is there something you'd like to see more of? 

We love how well-dressed the city is, but it does feel a bit more conservative than what we are used to, since we both lived in New York City after moving away from home. We'd love to see a bit more daring styles, especially out at night—maybe some shorter hemlines and tighter dresses for those looking to paint the town red.

For more about Emily and Lee, visit Havenly's websiteFind Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 03:10 PM/ET, 09/12/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The costumer mines the sometimes questionable fashions of the ’80s to provide stylish alternatives for Keri Russell’s beleaguered heroine. By Kate Bennett
Photograph of Gering by Michael Williams.

When it comes to The Americans, the counter-intelligence drama set to premiere its third season on FX in January, costume designer Jenny Gering’s biggest issue is creating memorable looks for a main character whose job is to stay under the radar and blend in. Actress Keri Russell plays Elizabeth Jennings, a spy/wife/mom living in the DC ’burbs in the early 1980s, and while she spends a good deal of time in disguise, she manages to skip the worst of the decade’s fashion. Here, Gering explains the character’s sartorial choices. (Also check out our Q&A with former House of Cards costume designer Tom Broecker.)

How did you research Washington fashion in the ’80s?

It was a decade and an administration that reveled in “society,” and as such, social events were well-documented and gave a view to certain aspects of life in DC. 

What are a few essential items for Kerri Russell’s character? 

Elizabeth [Jennings, Russell’s character] loves a silk blouse, a gold chain, a high-heeled boot, and a pair of tight jeans.

Does her secret life impact her style?

Her goal is to blend in and look as “normal” as possible. She doesn’t need to be a wallflower, but she never wants to appear unusual.

Russell is something of a fashion icon in real life. Does she weigh in on the outfits? 

Keri always has a say in her costumes. Her role is very physically demanding, and she needs to be able to do stunts if necessary. She also knows what she wants to express through her characters; we work together to make that happen.

How should a young, modern Washingtonian incorporate some of the good parts of ’80s fashion into a professional wardrobe? 

Nancy Reagan red is always a winner. It’s a color that has an impact, and it screams confidence. 

Tom Broecker and Jenny Gering will talk more about Washington and fashion with Kate Bennett on September 17 at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. For more information and tickets to “Dressing for the Small Screen,” visit the Smithsonian Associates website and use the quick tix code: 1L0-050. Find Kate Bennett on Twitter at @katebennett_dc

Posted at 03:45 PM/ET, 09/10/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The wardrobe pro talks about how he created the look for ultimate DC power chick Claire Underwood. By Kate Bennett
Tom Broecker was behind Claire Underwood's ensembles in season one of House of Cards. Photograph by Patrick Harbron for Netflix.

Tom Broecker knows a thing or two about dressing powerful women. The costume designer was responsible for outfitting House of Cards' Claire Underwood in sleek power ensembles for the Netflix drama's first season, and is in town next week for a Smithsonian Associates panel discussion with The Americans costume designer Jenny Gering. We chatted with Broecker about how he envisioned the fashion for the show, how Robin Wright and her costumes helped mold the character of Claire Underwood, and whether Washington can sustain the fashion revolution inspired by complex (sometimes villainous) female leads. (Check out our Q&A with Gering here.) 

Photograph of Tom Broecker by Andrew Egan.

Although we are coming into our own when it comes to fashion, did Washington’s history as a not-so-stylish city have any effect on your choices when coming up with Claire Underwood’s look?

It’s very interesting with Claire. I never thought of her in terms of Washington, DC. I thought of her in terms of the world, almost outside of Washington. Because she was not really a part of either world—the Hill or the media—I wanted her to have a more ousider feel.

Do you see Claire's clothes as serving as her DC “armor”?

I believe so, yes, very much so. [She] was designed that way. I believe we all use clothes to help us navigate our lives; whether we’re conscious of that or not is another thing. But we all know clothes can project ideas and reflect our moods and emotions.

Why doesn’t Claire ever wear patterns? Her looks are primarily neutral solids.

Sometimes on camera a pattern can look cheap, and it can date itself pretty quickly. It also pulls focus away from the face, and Robin [Wright] has such an amazing face—it shows so much emotion, and we did not want to distract from that.

What about color? 

You need to know when and how to use it. Red, for example, has a lot of psychological and political meaning, so we wanted to make sure we only used color when it was right, either for the character or the scene.

What are Claire’s key power pieces?

A great pair of heels, a tailored blouse, a tailored skirt, and a great coat.

If you could give any Claire Underwoods in the making out there a piece of advice when it comes to using fashion to their advantage, what would it be?

Do not ever sell yourself short. You do not have to wear pants in order to go toe to toe with men; wear what makes you feel confident, intelligent, and sexy. And find a good tailor.

Tom Broecker and Jenny Gering will talk more about Washington and fashion with Kate Bennett on September 17 at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. For more information and tickets to “Dressing for the Small Screen,” visit the Smithsonian Associates website and use the quick tix code: 1L0-050. Find Kate Bennett on Twitter at @katebennett_dc

Posted at 03:25 PM/ET, 09/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The web-based rental service's first area showroom will open in November. By Michelle Thomas
Left: Georgetown's Rent the Runway showroom will open in the former L'Eclat de Verre space. Photograph courtesy of Eastbanc and Jamestown. Right: An interior view of New York's new freestanding store. Photograph via Rent the Runway's Facebook page.

Requesting an outfit from Rent the Runway has always called for a pinch of luck and a big dose of trust. The typical experience: Choose a dress from the site's list of designer duds; read every review, scour each customer-submitted photo; submit order. Commence double-crossed fingers that when that box appears at your door, you'll have lucked out on the perfect fit and a flattering hue. It's a great concept—though not always foolproof. Until now, that is: Starting in mid-November, Rent the Runway opens its first brick-and-mortar showroom in Washington, where shoppers can scope out their picks and get help from in-store stylists.

Yesterday afternoon, developer/investment partnership EastBanc and Jamestown announced that the online rental company has signed a ten-year lease to open in the Georgetown shopping nook Cady's Alley, where it joins a handful of other fashion retailers, including fellow web-based showroom Bonobos. At 4,354 square feet, the new Washington space is more than double the size of Rent the Runway's only other freestanding showroom, which opened in New York's Flatiron District last week. 

Rent the Runway's showroom joins a number of new-to-DC contemporary fashion brands that have recently popped up in western Georgetown—an area that used to primarily house upscale home-design stores such as Boffi, BoConcept, and Design Within Reach—within the past year, including such designer lines as Steven Alan, Calypso St. Barth, and the soon-to-open Alice + Olivia. Does this mean west M Street is taking over as Georgetown's hotspot for designer fashion labels? We'll be watching.

Rent the Runway3336 M St., NW. Opening mid-November. For more fashion news and tips, follow Shop Around on Twitter at @shoparoundblog

Posted at 12:00 PM/ET, 09/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Your guide to September's most stylish events. By Valeria Boucas
The limited-edition 15th-anniversary bestsellers collection, curated by Bluemercury's CEO, Marla Malcolm Beck, will be released Saturday. Photograph by Bluemercury.

Ella-Rue pop-up warehouse sale

The luxury consignment boutique hosts a pop-up sale at the Washington Post building Wednesday. Shoppers can browse 20 racks of designer merchandise, which will be marked down $5 to $75. Designer shoes and handbags will also be on sale for $20. September 10, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. 1150 15th St., NW.


Shop the Capital

Renaissance Dupont Circle and Fashion Group International have collaborated to present Shop the Capital, a monthlong celebration showcasing local design talent. Hotel guests and locals will be able to shop fall 2014 collections every Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM in September, and the event will be hosted by someone different each week. Guests will also enjoy music from house deejay Donald Syriani. September 10, hosted by Carl Ray. Shop beauty, accessories, and jewelry. September 17, hosted by Andre Wells. Shop menswear and womenswear. September 24, host TBD. Chat with rising stars of interior design and shop photography. 


Paige Novick trunk show

Visit Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase for a trunk show by jewelry designer Paige Novick. Her fine jewelry collection, Phyne by Paige Novick, will be available for purchase. September 11, 10 AM to 5 PM. 5555 Wisconsin Ave. 


Tiny Jewel Box exhibits rare pink diamonds

Twenty to 30 pieces made with the world's rarest pink diamonds, valued at $25 million, will be on view at Tiny Jewel Box, with select items also available for purchase. In partnership with wholesale retailer L.J. West Diamonds, the event is the first time this collection of Argyle Diamonds will be on display in the US and will offer collectors a rare opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pink, red, and blue diamonds while they're available. September 10 to 11, during regular store hours. 1147 Connecticut Ave., NW.


Bluemercury celebrates 15 years of beauty

Help Bluemercury celebrate its 15th Anniversary at all DC locations Saturday. Enjoy treats, complimentary makeovers, mini facials, and treatments throughout the day. The first 15 customers from each store will receive a gift from M-61, the skincare line of Bluemercury, and the shop will also release its 15th-anniversary bestsellers collection on the same day, curated by the company's CEO, Marla Malcolm Beck. The set, which is valued at $400, features products from Trish McEvoy, Laura Mercier, NARS, Darphin, and more. September 13, 10 AM to 8 PM. All Bluemercury locations.


Dina Mackney debuts at Neiman Marcus

The jeweler will debut her fine jewelry collection at Neiman Marcus in Tysons Galleria this weekend. Dina will also be meeting with shoppers as part of the new collection debut. September 13, 10 AM to 9 PM. Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr. 


Drybar launches Dirty Martini

The popular blow-dry bar will add an additional hairstyle to its menu of cocktail-themed styles next week: the Dirty Martini, a textured blowout with a sexy, tousled effect. "There is definitely a time for a perfectly polished blowout, but I think we all have a little Dirty Martini in us, too," says Drybar's founder, Alli WebbSeptember 18, during regular store hours at the Georgetown and Bethesda locations.


Seventh-annual Old Town Boutique District scavenger hunt

Shoppers can find and win fabulous prizes at this scavenger hunt, which offers pre-registration for the first time this year. Participants will receive a "passport stamp" and collect goodies at each store they visit. Completed passports will be eligible for the grand-prize drawing, worth $3,500 in gift certificates and prizes. September 18 through 20, throughout the streets of Old Town. Rain or shine.


Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 04:40 PM/ET, 09/08/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
This VP mixes things up with bold colors, graphic prints, and unexpected details. By Michelle Thomas

Who: Leigh George, 45

Vice President, Digital Strategist, Social@Ogilvy

What I do: “I help public and private sector brands develop, implement and track strategic plans for brand awareness, customer acquisition, customer relationship management, online engagement and community management. Depending on the client and the business challenge this could include creating a website, launching a paid media campaign, deploying a crisis communication plan, developing a content marketing program, uncovering insights with social listening and data analytics, and building influencer, advocacy and loyalty programs.”

Describe your style at work: “With a PhD in branding, I’m acutely aware of the power of personal image. I believe your style should tell a story about who you are and how you view yourself. No detail should be left to chance. Even my asymmetrical pixie, color and cut at Eastern Confederate, is a key part of my image. I love combining tailored feminine silhouettes with bold colors, graphic prints and unexpected details. I go for looks that make people stop and take notice … and sometimes even spark rumors. I’ve been mistaken for a fashion blogger and, when I joined Ogilvy, my colleagues told me they heard I was on Washingtonian’s best-dressed list. I don’t think that list exists, but I’ll take the compliment!”

Client Meeting

“There’s nothing more important than feeling confident in front of a client. I’ve always been a huge fan of high-waisted skirts because of the way they accentuate your waist. Combining the bold stripes of the skirt with the sculptural construction of the kelly green crop top creates a timeless yet very modern look that projects an air of authority and vibrancy, qualities that are crucial when meeting with clients.”

Erika Schrieber top, A.L.C. skirt, Vince Camuto booties, Nervous System cuff, Kalaki Riot ring, Elaine B. earrings

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Posted at 11:20 AM/ET, 09/03/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Washingtonian's Fashion Editor provides style notes on what pieces she regularly wears to work and where she shops for them. By Valeria Boucas

Here at Shop Around, we aim to keep readers in-the-know about the latest fashion trends, great new brands, store openings, and general about-town happenings so you can be the first to score a great staple piece on sale. But there's one thing our readers don't get to see—what items our very own fashion editors wear to the office and where we shop for them.

Thanks to reader demand, we tapped Washingtonian's fashion editor, Kate Bennett (and Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian MOM and Washingtonian Bride & Groom) for a glimpse at some of her prized wardrobe possessions in our first monthly installment of What She Wore: Kate Bennett. From airy dresses to knee-length jean skirts, Kate, who is also mom to 9-year-old daughter Tess, can rock just about any look, inspiring us all to take fashion risks. We sat down with her to find out exactly how she pulls it off, starting with, what she wore to work the day of Washingtonian's sample sale.


Kate Bennett at Longview Gallery, the site of Washingtonian's sample sale, held earlier this month. Photographs by Andrew Propp.


"I bought this House of Harlow ring at the sample sale. I picked it up at the Wink boutique booth, which was one of our participating vendors. It's one of my favorite local stores and the owner, Paige Speyer, is celebrating TEN YEARS of Wink with all kinds of fab trunk shows this fall—insider tip!"


"My shoes are Zara, and I can't even tell you how many people stop me on the street to tell me they like them. And when I mention they cost $99, they go nuts! I'm also a pedicure person, and I think OPI's 'I've Got the Blues for Red' is the sexiest, deep crimson. It's my signature toe shade, which sounds so high maintenace, but it's true. In this picture, I'm also wearing boyfriend jeans from Benetton. I tend to stick to a general rule about jeans: I refuse to pay more than $100 for a pair. ($300 for denim? Stop the madness!) So I hunt around for great washes and fits from all kinds of places—I love Benetton, American Eagle makes great styles too, and Massimo Dutti has a dark wash that I like a lot. Zara too, and Gap . . . you name it, all great jeans. If it's in the $60-80 sweet-spot, I will buy them. Fun fact: I have more than 45 pairs of jeans." 
 


"This is my all-time favorite jacket. It's Alice + Olivia and is one of my wardrobe staples. I wear it with everything from shorts to strapless dresses. I also collect little necklaces, especially ones that have a T on them—my daughter's name is Tess. I tend to wear my 'Love' necklace every day. I got it from Dalton Pratt, which sadly, just closed last week. The other two I think I picked up at Lou Lou." 

Want to ask Kate Bennett a question? E-mail me at vboucas@washingtonian.com for a chance to have yours answered on the next What She Wore: Kate Bennett series. 

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 01:45 PM/ET, 09/02/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Local fashion purveyor Bull + Moose wants to inspire your neckwear with handcrafted silk, linen, and velvet bow ties. By Valeria Boucas
Photographs by Lauren Joseph.

Although its origins are for deeper exploration, National Bow Tie Day really exists and what better way to celebrate than with Virginia-based menswear startup, Bull+Moose. The year-old menswear label is a hybrid of high-quality craftsmanship at accessible prices and is inspired by the well-dressed polo crowd. 

"People always dress well at professional polo games," says CEO Diego Echeverri. "But quality neckwear simply should not cost over $75." So for less than $40, you can shop origami crane bow ties, camo, seersucker, chambray, and floral prints, or classic black satin and velvet bow ties. The only disclaimer? We can't promise you'll look like the brand's ambassador, professional polo player Brandon Phillips, but if you tweet at us (@ShopAroundBlog) with your best look-a-like try, you will be entered to win a free bow tie of your choice. And while the brand is predominately geared toward the tailored prepster, the various patterns allow for individual personalization, says Phillips, who was drawn to the brand for "their fun and edgy neckwear, which is a perfect fit to my laid back personal style."

And because everyone loves a good excuse to pop some bubbly and toast to an occasion, in observance of the holiday, Bull+Moose has partnered with another DC-based startup, UrbanStems, to deliver a bouquet and floral-themed bow tie to someone special anywhere in the District or Arlington within two hours or less. Special bonus? No delivery fee. And you don't have to be a gent to love a good bow tie. Follow the Bull+Moose blog for some #WomanCrushWednesday inspiration of ladies in bow ties. 

Bull+Moose Brand Ambassador Brandon Phillips with CEO Diego Echeverri.
From left: Floral, camo, and origami crane bow ties.
From left: Blue chambray, olive, and blue seersucker bow ties.
From left: Burnt orange, black satin, and velvet bow ties.

Posted at 12:14 PM/ET, 08/28/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()