Like to Know It is the best Band-Aid on the you-can’t-shop-Instagram problem right now, and it’s free to join and easy to understand. Bloggers use the platform to create affiliate links for the products they post about, and when a Like to Know It user likes a photo that includes a Like to Know It URL in the caption, the company e-mails shopping details for the tagged items in the photo. Voilà! You’re one step closer to owning those lace-up Aquazzura pumps your fave fashion blogger posted from brunch last weekend.
Senior writer Sarah Zlotnick can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
This article appears in the October 2015 issue of Washingtonian.
As temperatures start to dip, we can joyfully embrace the return of the blanket scarf. For the uninitiated, a blanket scarf is an oversized scarf, often in a tartan pattern, that can worn as a cozy cape or wrapped around the neck like a giant fluffy collar. They’re warm and wonderful, and the closest fashion has gotten to embracing Tina Fey’s slanket look.
The ten best dressed in Washington were honored last night at Washingtonian's Style Setters Party at Anderson House. The ornate venue made the perfect backdrop for the even more elaborate outfits, which guests didn't hesitate to share on social media. Take a peek at some of the stylish guests in the best Instagram posts of the night below.
DC style doesn’t look so shabby from the wardrobe of Scandal protagonist, Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. But that’s because costume designer Lyn Paolo--who has a long history of dressing faux Washingtonians from her work on The West Wing--has her back.
Going from summer to fall tends to be tricky. The weather goes back and forth between sweltering hot days and chilly mornings, and your office still feels like a walk-in freezer. Add in the fact that fashion rules are increasingly being broken, and you're left standing in front of your closet perplexed as how to put together an outfit that "works."
Julien Garman from It's Julien breaks it down for us. She goes over how to mix summer and fall color palettes, how to rock new fall trends, and how to make your pretty summer staples last through the season.
Local designer Kelsy Dominick of DiDomenico Design has wanted to be a fashion designer since she was nine years old, dressing her Barbie dolls. On September 12 at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square, that dream became a reality during her first-ever New York Fashion Week runway show.
There are plenty of reasons why Washingtonians have their eyes on the ABC drama Scandal as its fifth season premieres on September 24: Lead character Olivia Pope is based on Washington crisis manager Judy Smith, and the juicy plot gives viewers a peek at the scabby underbelly of a fictitious White House. Just as satisfying as any jaw-dropping twist is Pope’s impeccable “where did she get that?” wardrobe. Lyn Paolo, Scandal’s costume designer, is the brains behind Pope’s look. She’s also responsible for shattering stereotypes about DC’s work uniforms: Gone are boxy, shoulder-padded red suits; in are gorgeous Alexander McQueen jackets and warm hues.
Washingtonian's Style Setters list is always a blast to put together--from the selection of DC's ten best-dressed citizens to all of the amazing clothing and jewelry they wear. This year, we wanted to celebrate them in style with a blowout bash, which we pulled off with the help of Taylor & Hov Events, who brought all their creative energy into making the party vibe pop. Delicious bites were provided by Spilled Milk Catering, cocktails were crafted by Liquid & Garnish, fun furnishings were supplied by Stash Event Rentals, and it all went down at hip, urban event space, The Loft at 600 F. Check back soon for outtakes and behind-the-scenes from the shoot!
Blogger at Poor Little It Girl and cofounder of Southern Blog Society, 30
Bragging Point: “People magazine named Poor Little It Girl one of its ‘most stylish blogs’ in 2014.”
I Own Way Too Many . . . “Shoes I never wear.”
Most Important Item in My Closet: “The hot-pink Raoul gown I purchased when I started making money off my blog.”
Where I Shop: “Loft, for great petite finds.”
Instagram Obsession: “@Tribblereese for his lip-synching selfies.”
Most Stylish Spot in Town: “A brunch at Open City full of bloggers.”
What Cathy's Wearing: Cashmere sweater by Aqua, $158 at Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase); Oscar de la Renta “Oval Cabochon” necklace, $125 rental at Rent the Runway; Trina Turk lace skirt, $248 at Bloomingdale’s; Kate Spade New York “NightSky Jewels” ring, $15 rental at Rent the Runway.
In a town with as high a cocktail-party-per-capita ratio as Washington, having your day to night wardrobe transition on lock is important. No one wants to tote a complete change of clothes to the office, however, so it’s best to have a work wardrobe that translate seamlessly into cocktail attire.
To find out the best way to go from day to night, we got in touch with Rosana Vollmerhausen of DC Style Factory to get her top tips for a quick change.
Pocket squares certainly aren’t a new concept in the world of menswear, but their current popularity among stylish gentlemen has local brands like Hugh & Crye producing the accessories in all different shades, patterns, and fabrics.
The benefit of wearing a pocket square during a swampy Washington summer is that it means you can get away without a tie, thus freeing your neck for some much-needed air flow.