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.
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.
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.
Try as we might, no one does black tie in this town better than Michelle Obama.
The First Lady stunned at last night’s White House’s dinner honoring French President François Hollande in a custom-made, powder-blue-and-black gown by Carolina Herrera—a powerhouse label for elegant eveningwear and a favorite of such high-profile clients as Sofia Vergara and Anna Wintour. Mrs. Obama has worn the Venezuelan designer on several occasions, including during a trip to Berlin last year.
She makes headlines across the world by sporting a new hairstyle, sends crowds to the mall to get their hands on her accessories, and shatters the stigma of a fashionless Washington with her gala attire. It goes without saying at this point that Michelle Obama is a major style icon. From White House business meetings to black-tie affairs to pop-culture appearances, the First Lady always finds a way to wow us with her bold taste in designers and all-around fashion-forward wardrobe. In honor of her birthday, here’s a look back at some the most eye-catching fashion moments of her 50th year.
All photographs via the official White House Flickr, unless otherwise noted.
As a second-year associate at Patton Boggs, Dalia Abu-Eid is just starting her career. Which means she has a lot of suits ahead of her, in both the legal and the fashion sense. “While I’m not required to wear a suit every day, I still tend to wear one a few times a week,” says Abu-Eid, 29, who grew up in Northern Virginia and now lives in DC.
“Patton Boggs tends to be on the less conservative side of the big law firms,” she says, but reflecting personal style in her work attire is still tricky. For inspiration, she turns to her favorite stores and designers. Abu-Eid relies on Zara and Anthropologie for off-duty looks, but she heads for Calvin Klein, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom for work ensembles, which she shops for two to three times a year.
“I like to think of myself as urban-chic when it comes to clothes,” Abu-Eid says. “I’m lucky to have two very fashionable sisters.” One is a fashion designer in New York City, the other a vintage-clothing aficionado in San Francisco. “They have definitely influenced my style for the better.”
We helped Abu-Eid try a few of the season’s trendsetting cuts and shapes to spice up her ever-growing suit supply. We’ve also included choices with a casual feel, a day-to-night bent, and a dressy look perfect for cocktails.
1. Peach Perfect
“Jack” blazer, $248, and “James” cropped pants, $138, at BCBG stores. “Violet” silk top, $250 at Thomas Pink (1127 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-223-5390). “Eryn” cap-toe kitten heels, $128 at Ann Taylor.
2. Pretty in Pink
Valentina Shaw “Giovanna” jacket, $1,350, and “Vittoria” skirt, $525; similar styles at neimanmarcus.com. “Keslyn” silk blouse, $198 at BCBG; “Kirby” booties by Tibi, $525 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase).
3. Luxe Tux
Stretch-velvet tuxedo-style blazer, $498, and satin pants, $345, at tibi.com. “Juliette” ankle-strap heels, $128 at Ann Taylor.
4. Classic Pinstripe
Rachel Zoe “Christina” jacket, $425, and “Rachel” pants, $250, at Hysteria (125 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-548-1615). Rachel Zoe “Leighton” blouse, $225; similar style at Cusp (Georgetown).
5. Time to Shine
“Becca” jacket and skirt, $795 each, and “Vesper” silk shirt with crystal embellishment, $395, at toryburch.com. “Kirby” booties by Tibi, $525 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase).
This article appears in the January 2014 issue of Washingtonian.
For better or worse, Michelle Obama surprised us at the inaugural ball last year by appearing in the now-iconic red gown by Jason Wu—the same designer who made the embellished cream-colored dress she wore to the same event four years earlier. What a First Lady wears to the ultra-exposed inauguration ceremonies is a major decision, which typically involves months of planning and tapping various designers for gown sketches—and that the young Jason Wu (who has since catapulted to fame) was selected twice speaks volumes.
FGI’s Fashionable New Year Party & Spring Trend Presentation
On Tuesday, Muléh hosts Fashion Group International’s spring trend presentation and soiree, featuring a trend presentation hosted by the store’s well-dressed owner, Christopher Reiter. Get a ticket ($35) online, and head to the boutique for cocktails, music, and fashion at this biannual event. 6:30 to 9:30 PM. 1821 14th St., NW.
Jason Wu Spring 2014 Trunk Show
The young designer’s profile rose exponentially in recent years after Michelle Obama boldly wore his designs to both of her husband’s presidential inauguration ceremonies. Get a first look at Wu’s spring collection on the second floor of Saks all day Friday. Saks Fifth Avenue, Second Floor, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase.
It appears in the spring collections of the girliest of fashion labels—Yoana Baraschi and Juicy Couture, to name a couple—and is predicted to pop up on countless racks over the next year. Pantone’s 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is a welcome feminine addition to the lineup of bright, sharper tones of years past. And the color is über-versatile: universally flattering, it makes for a great shade for beauty products, and the spring-perfect hue is soft enough to pull off during the colder months as well. Click through the slideshow for some of our favorite Radiant Orchid wardrobe items and accessories you can buy right now.