April 28th, 2015

Vintage at Night

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Turn on Turner Classic Movies — or stream any flick starring Faye Dunaway in the 1970s or Grace Kelly in the 1960s — and one bit of fashion history is glamorously clear: Ladies dressed up more (and with more flair) at night than we do now. (Think Audrey Hepburn in that iconic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” little black dress or Miss Kelly in countless ball gowns.) That’s why vintage evening clothing can add star quality to modern date night or evening ensembles.

“There are many vintage pieces that are festive,” says Kristen Guiter, principal at KKG Arts + Culture Communications, who often sports dazzlers from past decades to arty parties around town. “I like the 1950s, and there are also so many fun, glittery pieces from the 80s and 90s.”

Still, the same rules for wearing vintage during daylight apply at night: Don’t don it head to toe, or you’ll risk looking like a mid-century historic re-enactor.

“You need to mix it up and wear modern accessories or shoes,” says Lisa Rowen, owner of Beltway Vintage, who sells “Mad Men”-era jacquard cocktail frocks, sparkly 1970s maxi skirts and other bash-worthy styles at her brick-and-mortar Brookland, D.C. shop, Analog. Shelly White, owner of Alexandria vintage boutique Amalgamated agrees: “There’s nothing cuter than a vintage dress with a contemporary bootie!”

One of my favorite ways to do vintage in the evening? Metallic, fur-trimmed or printed silk jackets. Thrown over a modern black jumpsuit or a pair of dark, skinny jeans, they’re conversation starters — and a near-guarantee that you won’t be wearing the same outfit as anyone else at the party. This time of year, I’m rocking a silk, 1950s duster coat with pink and green beading (from Amalgamated) over my LBD and a cropped gold shantung number (scored at the worth-the-drive Richmond vintage temple Halcyon with a cream cashmere sweater and leather leggings.

For old fashion newbies, vintage accessories can be a subtle way to dip into the concept. This might mean rhinestone earrings from the “Grease” era or a 1970s Whiting & Davis mesh metal collar (so disco!). “And purses are easy, and I find so many metallic gold and silver ones that people fawn over,” says Rowen. “They’re a shiny piece, and they’ll fit your cell phone.”

That sounds like an ideal mash-up of new and old to us.

For more expert vintage looks from the pros  – plus scoring the best vintage in town —  join us for our Vintage Meets New workshop on May 17 at  2 p.m. — Amalgamated Clothing & Dry Goods in Del Ray. Register on Eventbrite today! 

Post by DC Style Factory stylist, Jenn Barger. Jenn has 13 years’ experience working as a fashion  journalist in the nation’s capitol, including spearheading the Washington Post’s Fashion Weekly magazine. Today she works with DC Style Factory clients, injecting polish and personality into their wardrobes. You can read more about her on our website.

 

 

April 12th, 2015

Editorial Styling: Round-the-Way Girl, Futuristic Warrior, and Socialite at the Opera

Last month, we partnered with Emma McAlary, Sunny Oh of D Sharpe Hair & Beauty and Bloomingdale’s for our dream photo shoot. We were thrilled to work with model Alexandra Odenwald — one of THE Artist Agency’s newest faces.  DC Style Associate N’jeri Agyeman took the lead  conceptualizing the looks and directing the shoot. We wanted to show one woman in three very different looks, taking her from day to evening.

Kudos to our uber-talented team: N’jeri, Stylist Jenn Barger, Emma and Sunny. It is truly a thrill to work with not only talented artists and professionals, but really wonderful people that make the process way too much fun to be called work.

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For editorial styling inquiries, please email info@dcstylefactory.com.

Credits: All clothing for photoshoot is available at  Bloomingdale’s Tyson’s Corner.

Look 1: White sleeveless moto jacket, Theory (sold out) similar here// Rag & Bone white t-shirt// Rag & Bone ankle jean available at local Bloomingdale’s//Gucci platforms available at local Bloomingdale’s// vintage pendant necklace available at Amalgamated Clothing & Dry Goods// Celestite Orion earrings by Jewelry by Beth Lauren.

Look 2: Liquid Jade dress by Clover Canyon available at local Bloomingdale’s// vintage  cuffs (old and owned by  DC Style Factory stylists), similar here//moto leggings by Hoss Intropia available only at local Bloomingdale’s//Gucci studded platforms available at local Bloomingdale’s.

Look 3: Alice + Olivia lace gown//Theory boyfriend light peach blazer only available at local Bloomingdale’s//vintage crystal bracelet (stylist’s own), similar here // coal chandelier earrings Jewelry by Beth Lauren

 

April 10th, 2015

Vintage Meets New: Tickets on Sale for DC Style Factory Spring Style Workshop

Missed our last workshop? Never fear — our latest one is coming up next month. We hope you’ll join us! Limited tickets on sale now through Eventbrite.

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April 6th, 2015

Crazy for Khaki: Micheal’s Favorite Spring Trend for Men

 

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This spring, we added a new team member — our intern Micheal Vergara. Micheal is a native of Miami and is  finishing up degree. He has extensive retail experience working for Nordstrom and as a stylist at Cusp. We are thrilled to have him join our DC Style Factory family.

His pick this spring for guys is the khaki suit, which has become a great warm-weather staple. The khaki suit walks the line of feeling polished and relaxed all at the same time. It has always had that Out of Africa, resort-y feel, but in recent years, we’ve seen guys giving it an edgier, urban twist.

Because the fabric and styling of the khaki suit is more casual, that old don’t-break-up-your-suit rule goes out the window. You can mix and match your khaki jacket with jeans or other trousers — just make sure the trouser fabric isn’t dressier than your cotton khaki jacket and vice versa (i.e., don’t pair a cotton khaki suit jacket with worsted wool trousers, but do pair your khaki suit jacket with denim).

This season, though, we are all for wearing the suit as a suit:

The classic, effortless white shirt, no tie. 

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Sporty with a hoodie and sneakers

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Modern prepster with a chambray buttondown and skinny tie
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Dandy with a bowtie and fun pocket square

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To buy: Topshop at Nordstrom//The Crosby at J.Crew//Cotton Twill Fitzgerald suit at Brooks Brothers.

Photo credits: Top photo stevenonoja.com.

March 31st, 2015

Sliding into Spring: N’jeri’s Favorite Trend this Season

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The “ugly shoe” trend started last spring and comes roaring back to life this spring with the abundance of slides littering retail floors all across the fashion universe. DC Style Factory Style Associate, N’jeri Agyeman couldn’t be more excited to get her toes into some sporty slides.

“I just love the whole sporty-chic trend and this fits in perfectly. I can’t wait to do it  with slouchy pants when the weather warms!”

So, how do you do purposefully cool normcore  without looking accidentally unflattering frumpcore?

- Don’t do it like you’re headed to the gym. In other words, do it with clothing you’d wear out to shop, eat, etc.  Try pairing your Adidas slides with a cuffed straighleg jean, sleek black tank and some serious attitude.

- Pair your Adidas-style slides with a cute casual jersey spring dress or skirt. It feels unexpected and stylish.

- Be inspired by Audrey. Wear with black cigarette pants. Keep the rest of your look tailored – and even a little lux. It will make your your Birkenstocks feel purposeful and chic (yes, chic!)

- Try Birks in a metallic. No one did metallic Birks back in the ’90s so this feels like an update on how it was done before.

- Go monochromatic. Too much print and noise in the rest of your look will just make your buck-ly clunky Birks look like a whole lotta orthopedic mess.

- And finally…an essential: finish your slides look with an I-just-don’t-give-a- sh%$ pout.

Done and done. You will certainly have happy, thankful feet this spring and summer.

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 Credits: Slides by Adidas// Chloe slides  similar Calvin Klein//Birkenstocks at Nordstrom