As I've said before, the Spring 2011 looks are actually very wearable, and most would actually fit perfectly into the lifestyle of the DC woman.
1. The versatile dress
My number one staple living in DC is the versatile dress - one I can take from day to night with the darkening of the eyeliner, the addition of a statement necklace or even doing nothing at all. Happy hours are DC-standard for social time, and, I'm sorry, but I don't want to look boring and straight-laced while I am seeing and being seen.
|Michelle Obama favorite Tracy Reese made this great little shirt dress, which blends one of the big trends from the runway - bright poppy orange - with a perfectly versatile shape.|
|This Sophie Theallet dress, which boasts a super flattering silhouette, would transition perfectly from working hours to happy hours.|
|This Prabal Gurung dress is so fun and bold, but it's sleek cut makes it more universal.|
|Diane Von Furstenberg used the very popular chartreuse in a laid-back wrap-style dress.|
|If you want something a little more neutral, try this Costello Tagliapietra dress in a powerful shape.|
2. The statement suit
Designers at NYFW showed a lot of killer suits. It was really hard to cull through and find the best of the best, but I think I did a pretty good job...
|Phillip Lim used a grey with a fabulous sheen. Honestly, I think grey suits are a drag, but this one is a whole new story.|
|ADAM did menswear pants right, and matched with the cropped jacket, this look is chic and edgy but still work appropriate.|
|Bibhu Mohapatra made a suit that's girly, vintage and fun to wear to the office.|
|Words can't express my obsession with this suit from Cynthia Steffe, which manages to meld the formality of the three-piece with a slouchy aesthetic.|
3. The intriguing skirt
Most young women in DC have a wealth of solid shirts and silk blouses, particularly ones from J. Crew, Ann Taylor LOFT and other chain stores. The way to elevate these blouses is with amazing skirts.
|I love the textures and uneven hem on this Edun skirt, which makes for something so much more exciting than a black pencil skirt.|
|Erin Fetherston made this skirt with a great pattern, a great color palette and a great fabric.|
|Jason Wu used such a pretty floral pattern in a beautiful, deep lilac. A bold pattern and color like this will draw the eye downward.|
|This Milly skirt is a little preppier, but Michelle Smith shows you that the pattern on bottom doesn't mean you can wear a pattern on top.|