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Washingtonian Style Setters 2014

Secrets to great style from ten Washingtonians who dare to break the rules.

Leigh Daily (left) and H. Frank Neely (right). All Photographs by Dean Alexander.

Leigh Daily

Hairstylist and makeup artist, 33

Daily staples: “Dresses that flow, pants with leather trim, and tank tops.”

Her thing: “I would call my style bohemian glam-rocker.”

The key: “Finding balance. If it’s soft and pretty, I pair it with leather boots and bold jewelry.”

Style influence: “I’m a fan of Coco Rocha and Rooney Mara.”

Washington fashion is: “Navy blue.”

Three go-to items: “Moccasin boots, Free People slips, and leather pants.”

On Daily: Midnight-blue dress by Free People, $400 at Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase); Eilisain Vespa III citrine ring, $300 at Redeem (1810 14th St., NW; 202-332-7447); Phyllis & Rosie “Julia” quartz necklace, $125, and “Linett” coin necklace, $176, at She’s Unique (205 King St., Alexandria; 703-836-8863); gold cuff bracelet with agate, $120 at Lou Lou (Bethesda); floral crown with roses by B Floral and Event Design (202-487-0871).

H. Frank Neely

Acupuncturist, 40

His thing: “Slacks or linen pants and a button-down shirt. My weekend uniform is usually jeans and a T-shirt. I like to shop in other countries when I travel, most recently in London and Amsterdam.”

Insider tip: “Never pay full price.”

Surprise! “It has taken me 20 years to grow my hair this long.”

Washington fashion is: “Centered around work and happy hour.”

Three go-to items: “Jeans, Chucks, and a Divided jacket I bought in 2006.”

On Neely: Ted Baker “Decjac” wool blazer, $548, and “Dectro” trousers, $248, at Bloomingdale’s; Etro pocket square, $110 at Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store (Chevy Chase).

S.E. Cupp

Writer and CNN political commentator, 35

Her thing: “I dress how I dress. So whether I want to wear ‘boring’ pearls or ‘edgy’ leather boots, I’ve stopped trying to dress for other people.”

Academic cred: “I have a BA in art history from Cornell and a master’s in faith studies from New York University.”

Surprise! “I have a tattoo on my lower leg of Wassily Kandinsky’s signature. I was six when I first saw one of his paintings at the National Gallery of Art, and it stuck with me.”

Power piece: “The source of all my power lies in my eyewear.”

New addition: “I have a baby boy on the way.”

Washington fashion is: “Preppy.”

On Cupp: “Pammy” sequin dress by Alice and Olivia, $440 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase); Loren Hope earrings, $118, and necklace, $298, at Bishop Boutique (815-B King St., Alexandria; 571-312-0042); Stella McCartney “Shaggy Deer” fold-over clutch in pink, $895 at Saks Fifth Avenue; Cupp’s own Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Reginald Love

Vice president and partner at Transatlantic Holdings and a former special assistant to President Barack Obama, 32

His thing: “Simple and easy. It needs to be packable and not require ironing.”

In his closet: “Overly organized, by type of shirt, color, and frequency of wear.”

Off-duty look: “Nike sweatpants, Lululemon V-neckT-shirt or long-sleeved shirt, Vince hoodie, and Crocs flip-flops.”

Reality shopping: “I use Trunk Club because I don’t like going to stores.”

Insider tip: “When it comes to style, it’s all confidence, no second-guessing.”

Icon: “My father, who is the coolest man on the planet—fact.”

Uniform: “For day, a blue suit, royal-blue shirt, handkerchief, brown shoes, brown belt. It’s comfort mixed with professionalism. I’m trying to get the handkerchief to kill the tie.”

On Love: His own custom jacket and slacks and Johnston & Murphy white paisley-print shirt; Hook & Albert orange flower lapel pin, $30, at Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store; purple camouflage pocket square, $55 at Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store;Shinola Runwell Chronograph watch, $800; similar styles at Tiny Jewel Box (1147 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-393-27747).

Melissa Burgos

Management analyst for the Department of Health and Human Services, 34

Style influence: “Diana Ross.”

You can find her at: “Barcelona. Great wine list, chic atmosphere.”

Surprise! “I served ten years’ active duty in the United States Navy.”

Washington fashion is: “Conservative.”

Insider tip: “Thrift stores in Arlington, like Goodwill and Columbia Pike Thrift Shop, have amazing coats and dresses.”

Most Used Apps: “Instagram and the Daily Horoscope.”

On Burgos: Her own AllSaints dress; Margaret Elizabeth druzy-quartz and white-moonstone bangles, $88 each at Bishop Boutique; Estyn Hulbert freshwater-pearl-and-gold necklace, $1,100 at Mia Gemma (933 F St., NW; 202-393-4367).

Freddy Reyes Jr.

Brand marketer, 27

Daily staples: “I don’t think anyone, even me, can define my style. I change it up every day and mix everything. Today I looked like a grunge rocker, but yesterday I looked like an avant-garde ninja with my all-black clothes from Rick Owens and Yohji Yamamoto.”

In his closet: “An array of color, from cobalt to camo to red. I also have an obsession with vintage and rare leather jackets I’ve been acquiring through the years.”

You can find Him at: “Kangaroo Boxing Club in Columbia Heights enjoying a glass of whiskey, a plate of pastrami, and the good people who work there.”

Washington fashion is: “Pushing me to be bold. I like being part of the exception, not the rule.”

On Reyes: Uniqlo jacket; vintage denim jacket by Wrangler; chino pants by ASOS, Pokémon Company pocket square; Allen Edmonds shoes; eyeglasses by Super; Adidas headband. All items Reyes’s own.

Linda Daschle

President of LHD & Associates, 59

Her thing: “There is nothing better than a dress, pumps, and a great handbag.”

Surprise! “I have five grandchildren—they call me Mimi.”

Fantasy shopping: “Dior.”

Icons: “Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn.”

Three go-to items: “White jeans, black workout pants, my Thunder [Oklahoma City NBA team] T-shirt.”

Should probably get rid of: “My Ugg boots.”

On Daschle: Stretch wool dress by Emilio Pucci, $1,490 at Saks Fifth Avenue (Chevy Chase); ivory-and-gold-resin necklace by Simonetta, $310 at Keith Lipert Gallery (2922 M St., NW; 202-965-9736); black tumbled-leather and forest-green haircalf “Rider” bag by Loeffler Randall, $595 at Bishop Boutique.

Michael Deltette

Director of special events,Park Hyatt Washington, 43

Retro romance: “When I was a teenager, I owned The Official Preppy Handbook, and I’m delighted this style has come back.”

In his closet: “Shoes, shoes, shoes, and bespoke suits from the Tailored Man. Rows of dress shirts. And a steamer.”

Power piece: “A vintage Rolex given to me by my father.”

Never without: “Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir cologne.”

DC Pet Peeve: “Ill-fitting suits. They don’t have to be custom-tailored, but please, wear the right size.”

Washington fashion is: “Evolving.”

On Deltette: Custom merino-wool suit in navy-blue-and-pink plaid with pink silk pocket trim; blue-and-white dobby cotton shirt; pink silk-and-linen Corneliani bow tie; silk paisley pocket square. All Deltette’s own, by the Tailored Man.

Will Byrne

Cofounder and CEO of Groundswell, 30

Daily uniform: “Jeans, wide-spread-collar button-down shirt, and kicks.”

Three go-to items: “All shoes—Nike Air Max, Adidas Stan Smiths, and Steve Madden gray lace-ups for more formal stuff.”

Should probably get rid of: “Basketball jerseys from my days on the Vassar team.”

Style influence: “In my early twenties, I was lucky to live for a bit in East Berlin, which was full of students, creatives, artists, and general troublemakers. I loved the look of the people. I try to bring a little more color to my look—and I smile more—but there’s an influence there.”

Never without: “My iPhone, with Spotify rolling at almost all times, unless I’m in a meeting.”

Surprise! “I play the drums.”

Most used app: “Google Maps. I try to walk everywhere possible to off-set carbon emissions from my travels.”

On Byrne: “Willamette” spread-collar shirt in teal gingham, $85, and “Concord” tie, $25, both at Hugh & Crye (3212 O St., NW, Suite 5; 202-250-3807); rep stripe tie bar, $88 at Jack Spade (1250 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-1905); Chapter Rautha chinos, $115 at Redeem; Ted Baker reversible belt, $75 at Bloomingdale’s; Shinola Runwell chronograph watch, $800 at

Monling Lee

Architect, 31

Her thing: “Linen oxford shirts in solid colors with sleeves rolled up high, belted oversize linen skirts in analogous colors, minimalist dresses with architectural silhouettes, pumps, and bold lipstick.”

Washington fashion is: “Classic. Well groomed.”

Can’t get rid of: “My mother’s vast collection of pencil skirts, tailor-made in Taiwan in the ’80s.”

Style influence: “Miroslava Duma, CarolineIssa, Yasmin Sewell, and Jenna Lyons. However, their style is only a reflection of their visionary and entrepreneurial spirits, which are qualities I find even more inspiring.”

You can find her at: “Lotus Cafe in Silver Spring, for its incredible selection of cheap Vietnamese eats.”

On Lee: Her own BCBG dress, Jil Sander jacket, J. Crew shoes. Loeffler Randall mini-“Rider” magenta haircalf bag, $495 at Bishop Boutique; Le Specs Runaways Luxe sunglasses, $85 at Redeem.

Photographs by Dean Alexander. Location: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Hair and Makeup by Carl Ray for George Salon at The Four Seasons and Ryan Krasney for Blend Events. This article appears in the September 2014 issue of Washingtonian.