Rachel Cothran, 25
ProjectBeltway.com blogger and special-events coordinator, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
How would you describe your style?
I like to wear things that are fitted and structured but interesting and funky.
Where do you like to shop?
On Lokation at 14th and U streets in DC. It’s not a traditional boutique—it’s open only Thursday through Saturday. I love vintage stores like Annie Creamcheese in Georgetown, Remix on Capitol Hill, and Diva in Old Town. I also go to MNG by Mango in Tysons Corner Center—it’s like Zara, but the clothes are more curve-conscious.
What do you splurge on?
Not much. I’m willing to splurge on a nice pair of jeans. It’s the price-per-wear factor. Joe’s Jeans is a label all women should look at.
What outfit always makes you feel terrific?
I love the high-waisted trend. It is very flattering for girls with curves. I have a Trina Turk skirt with a cummerbund waist that looks terrific. I also love my vintage pink coat. I found it in a store on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
What was your worst fashion disaster?
I have been known to make weekend runs to 14U Cafe wearing clothing that may resemble a velour tracksuit.
What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever received?
People focus too much on trends. Chanel said it best, “Fashion passes; style remains.” Also: If you can’t stop thinking about it, you should own it.
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