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The DC-based blogger focuses on eco-friendly and sustainable clothing. By Diana Elbasha
Above, Mlinarchik wears a consigned coat and sweater and a 100 percent vegan messenger bag by Angela + Roi. Photographs via My Fair Vanity.

Short of ditching fur and leather, it may seem like there’s not much you can do fashion-wise when it comes to helping the environment. In honor of Earth Day, we’re here to tell you that’s not true—as proven by stylish local blogger Rachel Mlinarchik.

With her DC-based fashion blog, My Fair Vanity, Mlinarchik puts a refreshing spin on a medium that can often feel tedious. Her relatively minimalist, classic style, with occasional pops of pattern and edge from brands such as Clover Canyon and Alexander Wang, perfectly fits the DC vibe—and nearly every accessory, shoe, and piece of clothing featured is fair-trade, organic, handmade, USA-made, upcycled, secondhand, or vegan. Mlinarchik speaks frankly about her passion for sustainability and human rights on MFV. “All unfair or unjust parts of my posted outfits remain anonymous, so we won’t be tempted by their siren call,” she writes on the blog, in an admirable display of commitment to the cause. “I’ve been doing this for a year now, and it is much easier than I thought it would be. I very rarely purchase something that is outside of the ethics of this blog, nowadays.”

Scroll down for some of our favorite looks Mlinarchik has put together.

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Posted at 12:56 PM/ET, 04/22/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Perfect transitional pieces for this back-and-forth weather. By Diana Elbasha
Play with new patterns, shapes, and colors when choosing a coat this spring.

The belted, double-breasted trench is one of those pieces whose classic lines ensure it shows up on shelves year after year. Already have the basic version? Countless brands are experimenting with chic new riffs on the style—edgier silhouettes, unconventional colors, even daring new textures. Click through the slideshow for 17 patterned, ruffled, colored, and otherwise tweaked trenches perfect for the winter-to-spring transition.

Posted at 02:31 PM/ET, 04/02/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Five local style bloggers show us how to pull off the tricky but beautiful piece. By Diana Elbasha

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.

TammyA Loyal Love

 

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Posted at 12:00 PM/ET, 03/04/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Trendy jewel appliqués are an easy way to upgrade your outfit. By Diana Elbasha

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.

Posted at 03:25 PM/ET, 02/26/2014 | Permalink | Comments ()
Each week, we’ll focus on one trend inspired by the stylish power dresser. By Diana Elbasha
This week, we're focusing on one of Olivia Pope's signature styles: a sleek, collarless blazer paired with a long-strand gems. Photograph by Ron Tom for ABC.

ABC’s Scandal has returned, which means we’re back to getting our weekly work-fashion fix from miss Olivia Pope. The fictional fixer (played by real-life style icon Kerry Washington), who emulates crisis management attorney Judy Smith, caught our attention in seasons past with her sleek, high-fashion wardrobe that serves as proof that DC’s working women don’t have to dress dull to exude power and professionalism alongside striking femininity. We swoon every Thursday over Olivia’s Italian-label-laden ensembles (composed of Armani, Valentino, and Prada, to name a few)—but know her designer duds aren’t exactly realistic additions to our closets. That’s where Shop Around comes in. Each week, we’ll focus on one trend we feel Olivia has mastered, and give you three chic yet ultra-affordable ways to get the look. Here’s the first, inspired by Olivia’s outfit in last night’s episode: the quintessential collarless blazer paired with a long strand necklace.

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Posted at 02:46 PM/ET, 10/18/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Casie Mace of WhippedStyle shows us three stylish ways to wear the cozy fall staple. By Diana Elbasha
Casie Mace styles this simple, oversize knit for work, play, and relaxation. Photograph by Melanie Yu.

With our seemingly ever-shrinking budgets in this city, we’re always looking for ways to save when it comes to our wardrobe. Stylists say the best way to do so is to invest in high-quality, versatile pieces you can incorporate into multiple outfits and keep for years—but the advice isn’t always easy to follow. Luckily, we have such neighbors as Casie Mace of WhippedStyle in our ’hood to convince us otherwise. Below, the blogger shows us how to wear one of our favorite fall-to-winter staples—a solid, oversize sweater (in this case, it’s Topshop’s knitted tulip-stitch jumper)—for work, play, and relaxation. Nordstrom, here we come. . .

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Posted at 02:55 PM/ET, 09/26/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Get inspired. By Michelle Thomas

If you’re like us, you are o-v-e-r your summer wardrobe by the time August rolls around. And that means it’s high time to hunt down some much-needed fashion inspo. That’s when you head straight to the pros: Read on for eight fab summer looks primed for style swiping, straight from a few of our favorite Washington style bloggers.

Maxi Style

Cheralee of Miss Lyle Style nails late-summer breeziness in her pastel printed maxi dress. The teensy cutout at the waist keeps it just edgy enough, and her simple-but-impactful jewelry and loose, easy hairstyle are the right finishing touches.

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Posted at 01:30 PM/ET, 07/31/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
It’s way too steamy to wear anything tight. Or sleeved. Or complicated. By Michelle Thomas

It’s a little tough to feel inspired by fashion when it’s so sweltering that all you can think about is throwing on whatever is least suffocating and trying not to melt. It doesn’t help that scorching heat means most of your wardrobe just isn’t going to cut it. Goodbye, cute chambray button-up. Adios, adorable printed skinny jeans. So what do you wear when it’s approximately a zillion degrees outside? Here are four hot-weather wardrobe MVPs that’ll help you maintain a level of chic when you feel anything but.

1) A sundress. Obvious, perhaps, but this is hands-down the easiest choice for one-step style on blisteringly hot days. Think loose and breezy, cut into a tank or sleeveless silhouette and constructed from a natural, breathable fabric such as silk, cotton, or linen. We like this J.Crew option, which combines a summery cotton-linen blend with a blown-up polka dot for a modern vibe. Or try Joie’s weightless silk tank number in soft, light hues.

2) An airy, loose top. Go for something a little boxy to gain a bit of movement, and again choose lightweight, natural fabrics and pale shades. This ivory top from Madewell makes a tee silhouette feel like a tank by incorporating a fluttery cap sleeve and a sheer lace shoulder inset for a look that’s cool yet perfectly polished. Try it teamed with playful patterned shorts, a flouncy circle skirt or . . .

3) Well-worn boyfriend jeans. So maybe you’ve already overplayed all your sundresses. Or perhaps you just want (or need) to wear pants. Clingy, Spandex-laden skinny jeans, though, are decidedly not an option. Next best choice when it’s mega hot? Our vote goes to the trusty boyfriend jean, which meets the loose-and-lightweight criteria while giving your look a dash of effortless, nonchalant style. Bonus: Pick a slouchy pair that features a little shredding and a few tears, like these ones from J Brand; the distressing adds to the undone feel.

4) Super-simple flat leather sandals. The only tolerable shoe for summer swelter involves no heel, a limited number of straps, and a soft leather that easily molds to your poor, tired tootsies. Rachel Zoe’s nude leather style works in a little touch of glam metallic gold but keeps the design streamlined.

Posted at 04:30 PM/ET, 07/18/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
We show you three different ensembles perfect for daytime fun. By Michelle Thomas

What’s not to love about the Fourth of July? It’s practically tailor-made for fun, starting with the barbecues al fresco and yummy picnics and ending with a literal bang. Bonus: It’s also a chance to don a playful daytime outfit that hits the perfect balance of stylish and easy-breezy. Don’t fall back on lazy looks (read: denim cutoffs and flip-flops). Instead, upgrade your hot-weather style with an airy, effortless dress or sharp, interesting separates, paired with flat leather sandals that are as cool as they are comfy.

SUMMERY SLEEK

So your style leans a little more minimalist-chic than frilly frock. No prob. Combine a simple, breezy silk shirtdress with streamlined accessories that work a touch of on-trend detailing, such as the Lucite accent of these black-and-white sandals and the snakeskin of the cuff. Add a pop of vivid color to give it a little daytime-ready lift. Ombré shirtdress, $295 at Rebecca Taylor; Brady flat leather and PVC sandals, $204 at Tibi; Snake-print bracelet, $95 at Vince Camuto; Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac cross-body bag, $195 at Shopbop; square studs, $34 at C. Wonder.

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Posted at 03:15 PM/ET, 07/03/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Local fashion bloggers show us how it’s done. By Michelle Thomas

The LWD: It’s like the LBD’s cooler, cheerier cousin. And for summer, the little white dress’s light, breezy vibe and blank-canvas hue mean it’s just as insanely versatile—and super chic, too. Need proof? Witness a trio of our fave local bloggers rocking their LWDs in three completely different ways.

Summer Cocktail

Photos by Michael Bennett Kress Photography, via Metropolitan Thread.

We love the surprise of crisp white for a nighttime look, and Kendal of Metropolitan Thread does it perfectly by glamming it up with a major statement necklace and gold clutch. Her pleated shift adds just the right touch of on-trend texture.

Steal her style: Erin Fetherston’s leather-and-chiffon dress ($152.75 at Last Call) mirrors the texture blending. Dress it up with a tribal-style bib necklace, like this one by Jules Smith ($120 at Couture Candy), and BCBG’s gold leather pouch ($55.25 at Last Call).

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Posted at 01:10 PM/ET, 06/13/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()