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Croquet and bow ties and parasols, oh my! By Keith Lane

Left: Fashion designer Vivian Hoffpauir, of Vivcore; Right: Musician Dandy Wellington. Photographs by Keith Lane

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Seersucker Social 2010 (Pictures)

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Another year, another gloriously fashionable Seersucker Social. DC's vintage-loving social club, the Dandies and Quaintrelles, brought a little touch of class to their Saturday leisure. After a bike ride through a beautiful early June Rock Creek Park, hundreds of impeccably dressed Washingtonians parked at the Hillwood Estate and relaxed with mint juleps, croquet, and what must only be termed as polite conversation.

Why do they do it? We're not really sure. But event after event (Dandies & Quaintrelles founder Eric Brewer also puts on fall's Tweed Ride), we remain consistently grateful for the über-fashionable eye candy.   

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Posted at 10:01 AM/ET, 06/07/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Pro-crafting group to host a large craft market, Spring Thing, on Saturday By Lisa Rowan
Rows of piggy banks get ready for a season of craft shows. All photos courtesy of Lisa Rowan.

When Jessica Blaszczak isn’t coordinating the Ballston Market in Virginia, helping to manage Silver Spring’s Fenton Street Market, or working in her own studio, she somehow finds time to band together with a small group who are working day and night to promote Washington’s burgeoning craft community.

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Posted at 04:22 PM/ET, 05/18/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Pretty People just might be the best vintage shop Old Town has ever seen. By Sarah Zlotnick

Pretty People's Annie Lee organizes a rack of vintage dresses. Photograph by Chris Svetlik.

For some women, no prouder moment exists than the post-breakup strut. Finally done shedding tears over that good-for-nothing ex, you shimmy into a stretchy little red number you inadvertently cried your way to fitting into, dab on some fresh lipstick, and proudly show off what you no longer care he’s missing. For former Annie Creamcheese partner Annie Lee, what’s even more satisfying is that in the middle of such a strut, she’s going head to head with her ex in the business world. With the late-March opening of her buzz-worthy Alexandria consignment house, Pretty People, the 34-year-old Rockville native says she’s ready to reclaim her stake in the Washington vintage scene.

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Posted at 06:46 PM/ET, 05/02/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
DC's dandiest residents turn out for a lawn party filled with great style. By Chris Leaman

Seersucker socialites at Hillwood Estate. Photograph by Chris Leaman.

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Get the Look: Seersucker Social

The Dandies and Quaintrelles are at it again. Riding the wave of last fall's wildly popular Tweed Ride, the group hosted a second bicycle jaunt this Saturday, dubbed the Seersucker Social. After a leisurely bike ride through Rock Creek Park, guests stopped at the Hillwood Estate for an afternoon of lawn games and mint juleps. The result? Quite possibly the highest concentration of impeccable 1920s style Washington has seen since, well, the 1920s.  Daisy Buchanan would be proud.

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Posted at 05:53 PM/ET, 05/02/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Wardrobe troubles getting you down? The Washingtonian wants you for an upcoming makeover feature. By Sarah Zlotnick
A little taste of Washingtonian makeover magic. Just think—this could be you!

Weight loss. New job. Plus-size chic. Washington, we know you’re a smart lot, so don’t feel bad if there’s a fashion equation you can’t quite solve—figure issues and big occasions can leave even the most style-savvy fashionistas quaking in their heels. Instead of stressing, why not let us work out the answer?

For an upcoming feature in our July issue, we’re on the hunt for Washingtonians who feel they can’t quite get it right in the sartorial department. Send us your wardrobe woes, and you could be selected to receive a free style consultation, plus a shopping budget to go with!

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Posted at 05:26 PM/ET, 03/08/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Dandies & Quaintrelles, we thank you for the never-ending opportunities to play dress up. By Kyle Gustafson
James Wenzel with Ray-Bans and a pipe. How perfect. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

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In the spirit of last spring’s Seersucker Social and 2009’s inaugural Tweed Ride, Washington’s creative crowd stepped out for another old-timey cycling jaunt Sunday. The second annual Tweed Ride, hosted by the DC social club Dandies & Quaintrelles, began in Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park and ended with an after-party at the Stroga yoga studio in Adams Morgan. Participants came dressed for lots of photo ops, and we took full advantage.  Browse our slideshow for more than 40 adorable takes on caps, bowties, and that lovely nubby fabric we all associate with Ivy Leaguers and English countryside.  

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Posted at 10:11 AM/ET, 11/15/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
Last Friday's big fashion blowout in Georgetown drew all sorts of stylish people. Don't worry—we were there to document them. By Sarah Zlotnick, Chris Leaman

Fashion's Night Out. An evening where stores keep doors open late, fill with special guests and promotions, and celebrate style for the consumer-oriented gloriousness it truly is. Started last year in New York City with the intent to go international, Anna Wintour's pet project came to Washington in a big way last Friday night. Shoppers, stylists,  and even a few Real Housewives headed down to Georgetown for special trunk shows and parties galore, and kept the style-savvy buzz going well into the night. We came, too, and brought the cameras along for the ride. All photographs by Chris Leaman

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Posted at 02:21 PM/ET, 09/13/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Albanian glamazon drools over thigh-high boots and gives a style shout-out to Howard University. By Sarah Zlotnick

Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Our September issue follows 19 of the District’s most fashionable ladies and gents through a cool night out at the W Hotel. While the clothes do most of the talking in print, the Style Setters themselves get the last word online.

Who: Aureta Thomollari, blogger and president of D&A Luxury Consulting

Describe your style in ten words or less.
“Eclectic, artistic, modern, inspired by old-world glamour.”

Favorite places to shop in DC?
“Though I’m constantly on the road, I always make an effort to visit Inga’s Once Is Not Enough (430 MacArthur Blvd.; 202-337-3072). It is by far the best vintage shop in Washington. Inga’s work with war veterans and the charitable nature of her business are truly an inspiration.”

Fall gear you can’t wait to wear?
“The fall 2010 fashion shows were full of exquisite, gilded jewelry, shocking, sculpted shoes, and sophisticated, elegant clothing. I’ll be wearing Eddie Borgo cuffs and rings, thigh-high Dsquared2 spine boots, and everything Celine. I appreciate designers that take the season’s classics and put their own twist on them.”

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Posted at 11:15 AM/ET, 08/27/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
The Washington bad boy talks dressing like a vampire and why he’s king of the DC style scene. By Sarah Zlotnick

Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Our September issue follows 19 of Washington’s most fashionable ladies and gents through a cool night out at the W Hotel. While the clothes do most of the talking in print, the Style Setters themselves get the last word online.

Who: Shom Chowdhury, management consultant at Navigant Consulting

Describe your style in ten words or less: “Here’s two: svelte and utilitarian.”

Favorite Places to shop in Washington: “Diesel (3303 M St., NW; 202-747-7855)—love the jeans as well as the staff and the new Georgetown space. You can’t beat the fit at Hugh & Crye shirtmakers, and me and my Ducati motorcycle are in the spring/fall catalog. Adidas (1251 Wisconsin Ave.; 202-625-8501) always has a fun vibe. And have you seen the new baby-blue Gazelles?”

Fall gear you’re most excited for: “The Burberry military trench coat—it’s long, black, and slim, so I feel like a vampire. Also, any of my tattoos by Tim Corun and his crew at Jinx Proof Tattoos in Georgetown. Aren’t the best fashion accessories the ones you can’t take off?”

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Posted at 11:13 AM/ET, 08/27/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
The powerhouse divorce lawyer brings edge to the courtroom. By Sarah Zlotnick

Photograph by Chris Leaman.

Our September issue follows 19 of Washington’s most fashionable ladies and gents through a cool night out at the W Hotel. While the clothes do most of the talking in print, the Style Setters themselves get the last word online.

Who: Cheryl New, divorce attorney, New & Lowinger

Describe your style in ten words or less: “Rebel with a cause.”

Favorite Places to shop in Washington:Muléh when I’m looking to be creative; Saks Jandel, Gucci, or Ferragamo when I have to dress for a particular event; Neiman Marcus for shoes; and Target for long, ribbed tanks to wear under scratchy sweaters.”

Fall gear you can’t wait to wear: “Capes are big this fall. Ponchos or cape-type wraps complete any outfit, and I’ve been wearing them for years. I’m also looking forward to longer-length in skirts and dresses. Unless you’re five-foot-two and 16 years old, the short-short lengths just aren’t flattering.”

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Posted at 11:13 AM/ET, 08/27/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()