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What Should I Wear? {Dupont Circle Edition}

I am currently working on a series called ‘What Should I Wear?’ for each area in DC for GalTime.com (I contribute as their resident DC fashionista). Below is my first post of the series.:

What Should I Wear? {Dupont Circle Edition}

As you get dressed in the morning for your day do you stop and think about where your drink/dinner plans are for after work? Here in DC this quite often depicts your outfit options. Am I going to a wine bar or a sports bar? Am I going to be with the girls or with co-workers? Will I be in Adams Morgan or Capitol Hill?

That last question is key. Unlike most areas in the United States, Washington is full of pockets of culture each with it’s own look, atmosphere, and unspoken dress code. For example, in Adams Morgan you don your best of hipster chic, around Capitol Hill you wear your newest business casual look, and in Georgetown you fight the urge not to dress like you just stepped out of JCrew catalog. What about Dupont Circle you ask?

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A Hostess with U Street Chic

After a fabulous weekend full of vintage shopping (so many amazing finds I will blog about later this week), mani/pedis, and biding adieu to football season, I feel refreshed and ready to start the week. But before I begin my week I had to write about my hostess that escorted my girls and I to our table at Marvin‘s for brunch yesterday morning. Quick plug – their cheesy grits are to die for and the mimosas are fantastic!

This girl was effortlessly U Street chic with her long dark hair, blunt bangs, petite stature, and beautiful collection of vintage clothing she was rocking from head to toe. As she walked my gals and I to our table I could not help but notice that everything she was wearing was a different texture yet the whole outfit just worked. I will try to recreate it below…

U Street Chic Hostess
Want to see a couple other outfits I created and see some specifics of the look above? Go to my Polyvore page here.

The vest above does not do her unique, much shorter, feminine vest (note- she wore the vest unbuttoned) justice but the whole ensemble looked like she just walked from her favorite vintage store to work. The maxi skirt, which is a silhouette that you will find everywhere in the newly distributed spring look-books, was whimsical, then the contrast of the heavy braided belt and lastly with a pop of color (her flats) below was absolute perfection. The denim button down, also another spring must have, reminded me I need to find one to add to my closet ASAP.

This girl may never know it but she has become my inspiration for gracefully transitioning my winter wear to spring chic this season when I am out and about these February/March weekends. Thank you chic Marvin’s hostess!

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Score a Fashion Touchdown at Your Super Bowl Party

Whether you are a football fan or not, everyone knows that the Super Bowl is tomorrow night. Some of us consider it a great time to go out, dress cute, and have a beer with the boys — others consider it the time to watch your beloved team give the opposing team a butt kicking it so richly deserves. For those who are not sure of the specifics — it’s tomorrow night, February 6th, at 6:30pm on FOX. The two teams playing are the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. I personally have no allegiance to either team, but I do love the stadium they are playing at, the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium. Go ‘Boys! Alas, my ‘Boys are not playing, so I thought I’d give you all a tip on how to show your team spirit without having to wear your boyfriend/friend/next door neighbor’s old jersey he found in the depths of his smelly closet.

Let’s start with the Steelers. Their team colors are black, gold and white (sorry for all of the die-hards — I know you think everyone should know this). Feel free to show your Steelers pride in comfort, warmth and class with a comfy black sweater dress then add accessories from there. The color-appropriate purse is also the perfect size to tuck away your Terrible Towel until you are ready to get rowdy.

Go Steelers

The next team competing for the title of ‘The Best Football Team in the Nation’ are the Green Bay Packers. Their team colors are hunter green and ‘taxi cab gold’ (their term, obviously not mine). Below I put together an outfit that will allow you to wear your teams logo (they have women’s NFL clothing — spend the money if you are a diehard — it’s worth it) and keep it fashionably correct. I added high waisted jeans, amazing flats, and a great leather jacket. This is another example of being comfortable but still separating yourself from the boys. Lastly, my lady Packers’ fans, please leave the Cheese Head Hat to the boys.

Go Packers

Want to see a couple other outfits I created and see some specifics of the look above? Go to my Polyvore page here.

What will set you apart from the boys are the accessories you add and the fit of your clothing. I am by no means saying throw on a pair of heels and your vintage sequined blazer you have been dying to wear out, rather I am trying to convey you can be fashionably correct even in the middle of a sports bar on the wildest night of the year, the Super Bowl.

So… throw on your team colors, grab a beer and go cheer on your favorite team.

Have fun out there, kiddies!

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Best and Worst Dressed of the 2011 State of the Union

Now that the ‘Super Bowl of Politics’ has ended here in DC, I thought it was best to capture the best and worst dressed of the night. The State of the Union truly became prom night, with each congressman or woman picking someone of the oposite party to sit with, and just like prom night the question was who will they sit with and what are they going to wear (well, to me anyway)? So I give you the best dressed men and women of the 2011 State of the Union:

Best Dressed Men: Real Men Wear Purple… Ties
The STOU was filled with men in bright colored ties. From  neon green to pink and lastly, to purple. A true sign of bipartisanship, purple was the go-to color choice for the men of the Hill on this important night, no matter their political affiliation.

Best Dressed Women: Red, White, and Bangles
When choosing a prom dress you always keep three things in mind:
1. Make sure no one is wearing the same dress as you are.
2. That your dress matches your dates tie.
3. Be sure to look your absolute best.

Last night, none of those were really accomplished, but I must tip my hat to those women whose chose to step away from the boring, old black suit and gave color a shot! First, we have the color of choice for the women, red. When ever there was an overhead shot of the floor I could not help but notice the mass numbers of red suits on women…

…but who did it best, you ask? None other then the former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (not the best picture of her below). She combined the bright red suit with a cream colored top. Obviously she has found time to read about the trend of pairing brights and neutrals together now that she is no longer holding the gavel. I personally would have loved to see a chunky gold necklace on her instead of the matching red necklace, but hey, she’s a busy woman.

Of course, your overall best dressed of the night is our First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Taking a giant step away from the controversy with her previous choice of clothing at the State Dinner, Mrs. Obama chose an American designer to honor with her choice of what to wear to her hubby’s big night. FLOTUS chose a simple fitted sheath Rachel Roy dress, paired with silver pumps and silver and clear bangles (her black and white ribbon was to honor Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords). Bangles seemed to be all over the wrist of the Congresswomen, as well, and I enjoyed their nod to femininity. Although, this was not my favorite choice of the First Lady’s, I do appreciate the simplicity and cut of this dress.

Worst Dressed: Hot Pink… Minus the Hat
As a fellow Floridian, it kills me to type this, but the worst dressed was Rep. Frederica Wilson. Typically known for her bizarre choice in hats, the Representative went sans-hat, but instead chose a hot pink blazer paired with black slacks. I can sadly not find a picture (yet) of this blazer, but trust me, it was HOT PINK. Since I can not give you a picture of the hot pink blazer, I thought I would show you a picture of one of her jeweled cowboy hats. Enjoy!

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Tips for Being Fashionably Correct on The Hill

I have recently been asked to contribute to GalTime.com as their resident DC fashionista. Below is my second post:

Tips for Being Fashionably Correct on The Hill

Whether you are a Hill staffer or just visiting your Congressperson, what you choose to wear as you walk through those marble halls is an important decision. We all have heard the phrase “politically correct” here in our nation’s capital, but as you enter the United States Capitol the phrase most often forgotten is “fashionably correct”.

The unspoken dress code of The Hill is smart and conservative business casual. Each office has its own unspoken dress code as well – the most formal when the Congressperson is in the office, and least formal when Congress is out of session. Although each office has its own unsaid rules, the best bet is to think clean, crisp business casual.

That said, it’s not necessary to don a full suit every day, particularly for women. Try the fashion trends of the season without giving up your professional look… just stick to one at a time rather than all at once. Oh, and over-the-knee boots probably shouldn’t ever make your list of everyday Hill wear.

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Fashion in Politics Making the History Books

Norman Norell Fall 1968 Collection

Our first lady has made political fashion history! How you ask? Tomorrow’s TNT ‘Christmas in Washington’ broadcast (taped on December 12) Michelle is rocking a vintage 1950s black lace dress by one of America’s greatest designers, Norman Norell (picture at the bottom of the post). Norman Norell (1900-1972) is known for his fitted suits and structured dresses (see picture to the right), and is known around the world as one of the best American designers of our time. You are still thinking, ‘but how is this history?’ New York Vintage (where Michelle – or her stylist- found this gem of a dress) co-owner Jon Schneck has your answer:

“[This is] truly an historic event, as this may be the first time a First Lady has worn a vintage dress. We are truly honored that the First Lady has chosen a gown from New York Vintage as her first venture into vintage couture.”

Can you believe it? History making fashion… in politics! After discovering this amazing turn of events in a Huffington Post article written by one of their ‘style editors’, I knew I had to share it with you all.

Notice how this isn’t being mocked (at least yet) by the press and it’s a woman of power making a statement with her clothing choice. The First Lady’s patriotic choice (picking an American designer for Christmas) is not only politically correct, but fashionably correct. Her fabulous dress will now go down in history, and there is more vintage to come according to the boutique co-owner:

Other dresses from the archive have been scheduled for use by the First Lady later this year.

Kirstin Davis in vintage Norman Norell

Celebrities have worn vintage Norell before, like Kristin Davis (best known for playing Charlotte in Sex and the City – see picture left) at a London Premiere, Sarah Jessica Parker, and many more but vintage couture has never been done by a First Lady.

So I am thrilled to be able to say… that it IS possible for a woman to be in the political realm, love fashion, and combine the two! Michelle Obama has been breaking barriers for the fashionistas of the political world, and slowly other women are following suit. Dressing feminine does not make you any less of a politician or politico, don’t be afraid to try something new with your wardrobe and don’t think that you need to hide your love for fashion to make it up the ranks of politics. If our very own First Lady can take a risk with her wardrobe choices, someone who is constantly photographed and watched, you can too!

To motivate yourself to try something new, watch ‘Christmas in Washington’ (and history in the making) tomorrow on TNT at 8/7c.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Christmas in Washington Celebration


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Speaker Nancy Pelosi Makes the Halls of Congress Her Fashion Runway

While watching the “The Rachel Zoe Project” Season 3 Finale, I was scrolling through my usual political blogs/new sites. I know, an odd combination, the queen of styling’s show and political blog posts, but that is just how I cope with my love for all things fashion and politics.

I seemed to have an ‘ah-ha’ moment as I scrolled past a picture of the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and watching Rachel Zoe go “ba-na-nas” over a vintage piece of jewelry. Speaker Pelosi has a love for accessories as well. As a woman always on TV and in print, she seems to always make sure she keeps her femininity alive while bringing a “don’t mess with me” professionalism to her wardrobe…

Above are just a couple of her many accessories, but the one thing Nancy Pelosi does best is keeping with the color pallet of the season. Back in March, the Daily Beast even began to take notice, and dedicated a slide show of pictures to Nancy Pelosi’s impecable style and timing with the themes of the runway (click on picture below to see slideshow).

Speaker Pelosi is currently my favorite woman in politics. She looks like a lady, acts like a lady, and rules the Hill with an iron fist. Nancy Pelosi is the perfect example of a woman in politics who is successful and doesn’t need to hide she is a woman with a sense of fashion. Thank you Nancy Pelosi for setting the example for, what I am sure will be, women everywhere in politics beginning to look to the runways for assistance in what to wear next.

What did we learn today kidies?

You don’t have to dress like the models on the runway to keep with the trends of the season. Just because you work in politics, and can’t wear the new boots that everyone is running to buy, doesn’t mean you can’t take the part you like and leave the rest. For example, on the runways this season we are seeing lots of animal print, structured jackets, longer hem lines, and hues of the fall leaves. So take that and infuse it into our everyday suit. Add an animal print scarf, a belt over your blazer to give it a structured look, pull out the tights to give your pencil skirts a longer look, or throw on colors of fall with your accessories or tops.

If you know about any women in politics (hill staffer, elected official, Exec Dir of a non-profit, someone’s assistant, etc) who has a unique fashion sense and isn’t afraid to flaunt it, email me at foundfashion@alaceyperspective.com!


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A Strong Woman Rockin’ Lace

I wanted to make sure my first post makes a point that this will not be a blog of a sweet southern Belle giving you her two cents on knitting, skirts, and the color pink. This blog will be for strong women who still want to keep their femininity while ruling the world. Hence the picture of one of THE strong woman, Secretary Hilary Rodham Clinton, wearing (to keep with the theme) lace.

My hopes for A Lacey Perspective is that I will give you my personal perspective on topics that every strong woman looking to make it in DC (or anywhere for that matter) are interested in. Not only will I touch on DC gossip, politics, and new media, but also fashion trends, restaurants/bars I feel you must know about, entertainment gossip and any thing that make us women… well… women.

You don’t have to wear a pantsuits like my lady to the right to be a powerhouse. Embrace your femininity while ruling the world!

Eleanor Roosevelt understood that every one of us every day has choices to make about the kind of person we are and what we wish to become. You can decide to be someone who brings people together, or you can fall prey to those who wish to divide us. You can be someone who educates yourself, or you can believe that being negative is clever and being cynical is fashionable. You have a choice.

– Hilary Rodham Clinton

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