What Washington is Wearing: Vol. 1

“Jenn, you never write about Fashion and Fantasy Shopping anymore! What gives? We want the glamour back!!”

I hear you, moved and seconded. So I’m inaugurating what I hope will be my continuing series on, yes, what Washington is wearing. Here’s the first installation, enjoy!

Sitting in Darpino’s Nemesis Maul, a.k.a the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, resting from a whirlwind Necessity Shopping Tour to outfit myself for a new job. As I sip my deadly mocha, my eyes wander about the crowd and I’m surprised to see some pretty daring fashion choices.

Sauntering by is a girl in a lovely printed kimono dress worn with capri tights and ballet flats. Sure, I wore that same outfit in high school, but I love seeing the art student/model look return. Next down the food court runway is a super skinny girl in super skinny jeans, worn with low leg warmers and metallic flats. Another retro look that could be ridiculous, but Miss Legs pulled it off today. Two fetching Grace Kellys pass by in tailored shirts with sweater vests, pencil skirts and skimmers. Suddenly an impossibly daring all-green ensemble of embroidered cardigan, corduroy flared skirt and slouchy boots meanders purposefully through the crowd.

Ok, it’s not all glamour here – I’m still seeing lots of baggy ghetto wear, track suits with names on the posterior, white nylons with open-toed pumps. But, seeing three looks out of September Vogue in three minutes is a good sign!

And what am I wearing for my shopping expedition? Flounced dress, crocheted sweater, riding boots (so last season). What will I be wearing for fall? I like to think of it as my Katharine Hepburn Goes to Paris look – wide-legged pants (cuffed, natch), delicate lightweight blouses, sweater vests, lots of dramatic flapper slouching.

What do you see Washington wearing?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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