What I’m Wearing: DC “Fashion Fool” Barnette Holston Shares His Style Secrets

Blazer (Stitched, Black Label), Tuxedo Pants (Stitched), Shirt (Jared Lang), Bow Tie (Stitched), Tassel Loafers (Jimmy Choo). // Photo by Anthony Bolognese

You might already know Barnette Holston, though by a different name. He’s better known by his personal style brand, DC Fashion Fool. A local influencer, Holston blogs regularly, posts his best looks on Instagram, and appears on local stations to share style tips.

Asked for his age, the Silver Spring native says he’s “ageless” and that he looks to Tom Ford for style inspiration. Holston spends his days managing projects at National Cooperative Bank—at night, he hops between events around Washington before heading back to his home in 16th Street Heights.

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Photo by John Robinson

What I’m wearing in this photo

A Michael Kors sweater and Ralph Lauren wool pants, both purchased at Neiman Marcus. The boots are Cole Haan.

Sense of style

“Generally tailored. However, I like bold prints and color. If I go casual it’s an updated casual style.”

What do you wear to interviews or big meetings?

“For big meetings, I’m always in a suit. Although my office is business casual, I prefer a tailored look.”

Favorite item of clothing

Every time Holston buys a new plaid suit, it instantly becomes his favorite, he says.

Go-to local store

Billy Reid. “I have my eye on an exquisite overcoat,” he says. “Also, Paul Stuart—they have great suiting.”

Favorite fashion trend

 Tonal looks. “I love that you can use texture in the same color to create a great look.”

Style advice

Don’t be afraid to experiment with style. Just own it and wear it with confidence.”

Describe DC’s style in three words 

“Evolving every day.”

Photo by Romin Shahpouri

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Assistant Editor

Elliot joined Washingtonian in January 2018. An alum of Villanova University, he grew up in the Philadelphia area before earning a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post,, and, among others. He lives in Bloomingdale.