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The goalie and defenseman dish on their favorite places to shop and dine out. By Valeria Boucas
Photographs by Andrew Propp.

When I think of Canadian fashion, the first thing that comes to mind is a Canadian tuxedo (think: the now-infamous look that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake wore oh so well at the 2001 American Music Awards). But when I met up with Canadian-born hockey players Braden Holtby and Mike Green of the Washington Capitals at their practicing rink in Ballston, Virginia, the day before their home opener game, I saw a very different style of denim. Neither one consulted with the other before the interview, and both turned up in denim shirts half tucked in, their sleeves rolled up to reveal tattooed forearms.

In separate interviews, each player professed to be "more of a boot guy" than a sneakerhead, and insisted their styles are very much their own with little to no outside influence from, say, their wives. Read on to find out what stores they rely on to find their favorite brands and how they like to spend their limited free time in Washington.

Where do you like to shop in Washington?

Braden Holtby: Scotch & Soda is my main go-to for casual clothes. I like to get my suits at John Varvatos, Billy Reid, and SuitSupply.

Mike Green: I do a lot of my shopping online at Mr Porter and Gilt. Gilt has great deals. I've also gotten really into Billy Reid in Georgetown, but other than that I rely on Neiman Marcus—they have a good variety of clothes.

What about favorite brands?

BH: Hugo Boss fits us hockey players really well. For standard suits, I usually go there. I like black and blue suits. On the more casual side, Best Made has cool woodsy-style clothes that I like, and the Canadian brand Roots has changed a lot. They make great leather clothes and bags now.

MG: I love John Varvatos. My favorite designer ever, though, is Brunello Cucinelli. His fabrics and clothes are incredible.

Are you into any of the shopping services that exist now, like Trunk Club?

BH: My wife and I like to shop, so not really. We enjoy picking out everything ourselves.

On that note, do your wives influence your style at all?

BH: We have similar styles, actually. We have since we met each other. Fashion was one of the things that sort of brought us together, believe it or not.

MG: My style has definitely picked up since getting married but for the most part, it hasn't changed much. My wife's an artist, though, so she sees certain things she thinks look good on me.

So if you were to sum up your personal style in just a few words, what would you say?

BH: My style reflects my personality so I kind of just throw on whatever I'm feeling that day. I really don't have one basic style or specific look; it changes all the time. But if I were to use one word, I'd say retro. Some people joke that I look more like an artist than a hockey player.

MG: You represent yourself through your clothing. Hockey players struggle with fashion the most because we're in a rink wearing suits since we're young kids.

Your beard has also become such a signature part of your look, Braden.

BH: Yeah I've always had a beard. I can't stand being clean shaven. Right now it's the shortest it's been in awhile. I actually grew it out this summer, and it was huge. No one would recgonize me back home, so it worked perfectly.

When you're not on the ice, what restaurants do you frequent?

BH: My family and I live in Old Town, so we love Virtue Feed & Grain because it's close to our house. Founding Farmers is one of our favorites also; we go there for brunch sometimes. We used to live in Shirlington, where we'd go to Busboys and Poets a lot, so we try and stop by there when we can. When our parents are in town, Vermilion in Old Town is a good spot for a nice supper.

MG: I live in McLean, but I thoroughly enjoy the restaurants in DC. When we can, we eat out as much as possible—we like Le Diplomate and the restaurants along 14th Street. When I first came to the US I lived in Annapolis, so that turned me on to seafood, and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab is great for that. When we have time for a drink I really like Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons; it's low-key and quiet. My local watering hole is Thirsty Bernie's, a sports bar by my house.

Is there anything people don't know about you that they may be surprised to learn?

BH: I like bookstores, so I'm always trying to find as many of those as I can.

MG: In the offseason I build and customize motorcycles. I started doing this about three years ago. I learned how to weld, and once I learned that, I would cut apart the bikes, redesign them, and build them again. I do it as a hobby with five of my buddies.

Shirt and pants, Scotch & Soda; shoes, Timberland; belt, Roots.
Top and bottom wrap bracelets, MIANSAI by Michael Saiger; center, Scotch & Soda.
Watch, Shinola.
On Green: Shirt, Brunello Cucinelli; jeans and boots, John Varvatos.
Watch, Panerai.
On Holtby: suit, John Varvatos; shirt, Hugo Boss; shoes, tie, and pocket square, Billy Reid. On Green: suit, Prada; shirt, Brunello Cucinelli; shoes, Church's; tie, Wembley.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

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Washington style icons and guests enjoyed the exclusive runway show presentation and party.
Photographs by Andrew Propp.

On Thursday, October 16, Saks Fifth Avenue hosted an in-store presentation of the DKNY Fall 2014 collection. The event was held at Tysons Galleria with an exclusive DKNY runway presentation hosted by Washingtonian's associate fashion editor Valeria Boucas and DKNY's Peggy Kitsch. The event offered special gifts, refreshments, and sweet treats to guests as they shopped.

Posted at 01:00 PM/ET, 10/20/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
We turn to Scandal, House of Cards, and The Americans for inspiration. By Kate Bennett
Photograph of Kerry Washington by Craig Sjodin/Getty Images; Russell by Zelig Shaul/NewsCom; Wright courtesy of Nathaniel E. Bell/Netflix.

Thanks to Olivia Pope, Elizabeth Jennings, and Claire Underwood, Washington's style revolution has been televised. Here's our interpretation of their power looks.


Tackling the dirty secrets of Washington's power elite apparently requires an arsenal of pantsuits. For Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington's character on the ABC series Scandal, subtle hues work best, from camel and gray to light pastels. The Silhouttes are strong, but Pope's silk blouses, towering pumps, and designer handbags say she's still a lady, albeit one who can take care of business.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Plum Perfect: Ellie Tahari silk blouse ($268) and Boss by Hugo Boss blazer ($595) and suit pants ($245), all at Bloomingdale's.

2. Pretty Pout: Tory Burch lipstick in "Call Me," $32 at Sephora

3. Braced for Success: Trina Turk enamel bracelets, $98 each at Sassanova (Bethesda)

4. Fine Wine: "Carola" pump by Via Spiga, $225 at Bloomingdale's (Chevy Chase).

5. Get a Bead On: Gold necklace by Asha, $395 at Sassanova.

The Americans

The 1980s were a dicey sartorial decade, but our retro romance with Keri Russell's KGB agent, Elizabeth Jennings, on FX's The Americans is owed in large part to her way with jewel-tone separates, bow-tied blouses, leather boots, and cropped jackets. Fans can relive the best parts of the era—gold hoop earrings, textured knee-length skirts, floppy felt heats. Just skip the shoulder pads.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Top It Off: Helene Berman felt hat in Brodeaux, $138 at Bloomingdale's (Chevy Chase).

2. American Beauties: Diane von Furstenberg optic-plaid blouse ($275) and 7 for All Mankind black skirt ($198), both at Bloomingdale's.

3. Kick Start: "Rigby" leather bootie by Joie, $375 at Bloomingdale's.

4. Hoop Dreams: Ralph Lauren gold hoop earrings, $44 at Bloomingdale's.

5. Arm Candy: Tortoise bangle bracelets, $36 each at Sassanova.

House of Cards

Like everything else Claire Underwood does as a scheming spouse on Netflix's House of Cards, her wardrobe is an exercise in calculation. Precisely tailored dresses? Check. Severe yet smart black-white-and-grey palette? Check. A hint of sex appeal, but nothing vulgar? Absolutely. Add in Robin Wright's pixie haircut and Claire is a stylish femme fatale we devilishly admire.

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

1. Best Dressed: Altuzarra sheath dress with cobalt insert, $1,725 at Relish (Georgetown).

2. Tiny Baubles: Grade Positano clip-on pearl-and-labradorite earrings, $165 at Sassanova.

3. Spec-tacular: Warby Parker "Winston" eyeglass frames in black, $95 at

4. No Time to Waste: Daniel Wellington watch with black leather band, $199 at Bloomingdale's.

5. Go Toe-to-Toe: Salvatore Ferragamo "Nina" metal-capped spectator heel, $695 at Bloomingdale's.

More style inspiration:

Photographs by Jeff Elkins.

1. Time Will Tell: Movado "concerto" watch with diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial, $2,495 at Fink's Jewelers (Dulles Town Center).

2. Haute Tote: "Saffiano" handbag, $2,950 at Prada boutique (Tysons Calleria).

3. Shady Lady: Burberry sunglasses, $260 at Sunglass Hut.

4. Get the Boot: Gucci horse-bit ankle boot, $1,195 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase).

5. Missing Links: Ralph Lauren necklace, $198 at Bloomingdale's.

This article appears in the October 2014 issue of Washingtonian.

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Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 10/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The First Lady opened the White House for a private reception Wednesday, honoring fashion's elite. By Kate Bennett
Michelle Obama's gowns on display at the White House. Photograph by Kate Bennett.

Anyone who rolled up to a particular corner of 15th Street, adjacent to the White House, yesterday evening at around 4:45 would have noticed a gathering of about 45 people. Upon closer inspection, the group would have revealed itself to include just about every major name in the fashion world. Seventh Avenue was clustered in an insanely chic huddle waiting to enter a Michelle Obama-hosted East Wing reception, part of her daylong, first-ever Celebration of Design.

Eventually a couple hundred other notables arrived, the gates opened, and a who's who of fashion's elite—including Anna Wintour, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Joanna Coles, Thakoon Panichgul, Georgina Chapman, Reed Krakoff, Alexis Bittar, Jason Wu, Mary Alice Stephenson, and Thom Browne—strolled inside, greeted by a hallway display of mannequins sporting Mrs. Obama’s most important gowns. It was, without a doubt, the biggest cluster of truly fashionable folks ever to visit Washington in one fell swoop.

For the next two hours or so, a veritable barrage of heavy-hitters noshed at several stunningly adorned buffets (spotted: fashion people eating!) and enjoyed the intimate White House affair, which marked the close of a day of workshops and panels held to inspire the more than 150 fashion students invited to participate.

While we can’t divulge particular details of the private event, we can say the fashion industry on the whole has major respect for Mrs. Obama, whose ensembles have boosted emerging designers, touted the need for sartorial individuality, and championed the business of making clothes. She, in turn, has quite often paid homage to the creativity and artistry of the profession, and last night was no exception.

In short, the First Lady threw the most memorable party any fashionista worth her Manolos (one designer who, sadly, was not there) would give her right arm to attend. So, while icons such as Jenna Lyons of J. Crew took selfies with guests (snapping them herself and adding her own selection of filter) and supermodel Naomi Campbell posed for pics with Lazaro Hernandez (one half of fashion “it” boys Proenza Schouler) and Diane von Furstenberg, for one glorious night, DC’s style cred trumped New York, London, and Paris.

Find Kate Bennett on Twitter at @katebennett_dc.

Posted at 12:17 PM/ET, 10/09/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Kate Spade's chief creative officer and stylist discuss fall fashion and DC style. By Valeria Boucas
Kate Spade's fall line on display for purchase at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. Photographs by Lauren Joseph.

Kate Spade New York's chief creative officer, Deborah Lloyd, has quite the impressive résumé. The British-born force behind one of fashion's biggest labels hails from Banana Republic, where she led their design and brand development teams, and, before that, Burberry, where she's been credited with relaunching the women's London collection and received several awards along the way. Since joining the Kate Spade team in November 2007, Lloyd has expanded the brand into a full-fledged lifestyle label while simultaneously overseeing the Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade brands. In town to discuss DC fashion and to formally debut Kate Spade's fall collection at Nordstrom in Tysons Corner, Lloyd arrived with Kate Spade New York's brand stylist, Brad Goreski (of The Rachel Zoe Project fame) in tow. The duo touched down for less than 24 hours to meet with press and show off the new collection. We got right down to it and asked them our burning questions about the partnership and their thoughts on DC fashion.

When did you start styling for Kate Spade?

Brad Goreski: I think it was three years ago. I had the opportunity to work with Deborah on the ready-to-wear presentation that we showed to press at the New York showroom, and we just clicked. And the brand for me just makes sense because it’s so in tune with many things I believe in: whimsy, color, fashion. I love the Kate Spade girl, too, everything that she stands for—her philosophy on life and fashion.

So in your own words, Deborah, who would that girl be?

Deborah Lloyd: I always say the Kate Spade girl is quick, curious, playful, and strong. And it’s really not about an age, it’s about the state of mind she has. She doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves fashion but doesn’t let it dictate her. She wears it the way she wants to wear it, she likes to wear pieces that make her stand out, and she’s very comfortable being herself.

And she definitely does stand out. Kate Spade has always loved color and is never afraid to mix and match. Where does the inspiration come from?

DL: It comes from all over, and every year we have one big idea. This year, it’s the year of places to go and places to see. The collection is inspired by areas I’ve either traveled to or that one day I want to visit. The September collection was inspired by Shanghai, and I did spend quite a bit of time in the far east. (Hence, the month before was Tokyo.) But in the Shanghai-inspired collection you’ve got the beautiful Chinese reds, the fans, the take-away box. I'm inspired by everything I see when I travel—the local marketplace or just wandering around alone. There's a beautiful place called the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai that was full of gorgeous Art Deco hotels, so there's sort of an Art Deco influence to some of the jewelry and other pieces you'll see.

Is there an all-time favorite place you’ve been?

DL: Oh, I have so many it’s hard to choose. My husband took me on a surprise trip to Alaska once. I love the open spaces there, but it’s hard to choose because everywhere I go you try and look for something interesting. I just came back from Paris, which I have to say is my favorite city.

How does your role play into the brand, Brad?

BG: I style the ad campaigns.

DL: He styles everything! Including me! Every girl needs a little help.

BG: Ha! Well, I come in after the design process, when it’s all together. I’m a big part of the editing process—taking everything that’s been created for each season or delivery and pulling together, with Deborah’s help and a few other people, of trying to really create what the story is going to be. To fine tune it. Because they have the overall ideas and the theme, and I come in not really knowing much, and we just go through and say, "Yes, yes, no, no!"

DL: We’re doing this next week for the summer collection. We’re constantly working together whether it’s the fashion show presentation a month ago, so there’s a continuity there.

It’s obviously working, because the partnership has continued through several seasons.

DL: It is! You know, the first time Brad styled, that was it for me. It was like, "Oh, wow! He can finish my sentences for me." So he takes it to a place I don't see on my own. When you’re designing a collection you get so down in the weeds, so involved in it, that it’s really nice with Brad because he steps away and makes me look at it with different eyes. He makes it look exciting and turns it into reality, as well, because I can get stuck in my own little designer world imagining that people are going to wear it one way and then he comes in and says, "Wake up—she’s really going to wear these types of shoes," and "Look at it this way." It’s been a really wonderful collaboration.

So while you're in town and walking around observing fashion on the streets, do you think of specific items from the collection that would do well in DC, above some of the others?

DL: The coats. A good statement coat, because we know it’s going to get cold, and we have to brave the winter in style.

BG: I think this season there’s so many great hats in the collection, from fedoras to beanies to the little caps. They're a nice way to put a personal spin to your outerwear—and your inner-wear!

What are your thoughts on DC fashion?

BG: Am I going to get in trouble for saying this?

No! We want honest opinions here, good or bad.

BG: Well, it's not bad, but when I think of DC fashion I just think of the First Lady. Michelle Obama. Her, or Olivia Pope.

Do you watch the DC-set TV shows like Scandal and House of Cards?


DL: Yes, absolutely. But actually today, just walking through the malls I’ve been to, I’ve seen many women very dressed up for the day—moreso than I see in New York, even.

If you could dress the First Lady, what would you put her in?

DL: I think she’d look kind of wonderful in our fluffy dress with the bow in the back.

BG: Oh that’s a good one! Very chic. I like the idea of a circle skirt on her too, with a very simple top.

How would you describe your own personal style?

BG: I used to describe it as geek-chic with a little bit of showgirl. I try really hard, and Deborah has seen me do this, of pairing down my look, but I just can’t help it. I have on these blinged-out Louis Leeman sneakers right now that I was worried would set off security on my flight over here this morning. It was a big struggle to take off the sparkle when I was getting ready. So I left it on!

And for you, Deborah?

DL: I think it’s always been polished. Like Brad, I try to dress it down a bit, but it’s still done in quite a chic way. I can’t completely dress down, but I like simple shapes with some really good jewelry.

Deborah Lloyd, in head-to-toe Kate Spade, beside reality-TV darling and her brand's stylist, Brad Goreski.

Find Valeria Boucas on Twitter at @valeriaboucas.

Posted at 07:13 PM/ET, 10/06/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
The chain's Scandal-inspired line launched this week, just in time for Thursday's season premiere. By Kay Wicker
Image via the Limited's Facebook page.

In terms of Washington workwear inspiration, there are few better role models than fictional power dresser Olivia Pope of ABC's Scandal. Apparently the Limited agrees: The brand's show-inspired collection hit stores this week, just in time for tonight's fourth season premiere. Costume designer Lyn Paolo and actress Kerry Washington collaborated with the Limited to create the line, based on the designs for some of Olivia's iconic pieces—which means all those covetable tie-neck blouses, elegant trousers, wrap coats, double-breasted ivory jackets, and pastels can finally be yours. Best part: The (mostly) budget-friendly line starts at $49.50. Keep reading to see some of our favorites from the line, and pick up Washingtonian's October issue (on newsstands now!) for even more Olivia-inspired ensembles. 

From left: Double-Breasted Jacket, $168; and Livvy Slim Leg Ankle Pants, $98; Neck-Tie Blouse, $69.95 and Officer's Pencil Skirt, $79.95; Plaid Cape, $228; and Olivia Wide-Leg Trouser Pants, $98. 


From left: Epaulet Blouse, $69.95 and Liv Flare Leg Trouser Pants, $98; Black & White Sheath Dress, $128; Tulip Skirt Sheath Dress, $128 and Drape Collar Wrap Coat, $128.

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Posted at 04:14 PM/ET, 09/25/2014 | 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 ()
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 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 ()