Archive for the ‘Men’s Fashion Trends’ Category

September 16th, 2015

DC Style Factory Showcases Fall Style at Urban Alliance Event

Last Wednesday, DC Style Factory partnered with PopNod  and hosted a fall fashion event to benefit DC’s  Urban Alliance. The stylish soiree took place on the rooftop of Embassy Row Hotel DC - with a breathtaking view and sunset over Dupont Circle. The evening’s good vibes centered around the mission of the Urban Alliance — to mentor and provide opportunity to under-resourced highschool seniors in DC, Baltimore and Chicago. More than 100 revelers joined us to  support the organization and usher in the fall fashion season.

DC Style Factory styled and produced the highlight of the evening’s festivities — a fashion showcase of the season’s best trends to  wear work and after work. Women’s looks were from Betsy Fisher on Connecticut Avenue, NW. Hair and makeup by Sunny Oh of D Sharpe Style in Bethesda.

Men’s looks were Ted Baker, Hugo Boss and AG denim.  For guys, style topics and trends included monochromatic grey, mixing of pattern and texture, the Chelsea Boot, and how to wear denim on Casual Fridays at the office. For ladies, I talked about updates to the classic trench, the power of the pencil skirt, mixing patterns and menswear-inspired looks that are still going strong this season.

Models were in on the Urban Alliance mission: each of the six looks was worn by Urban Alliance program graduates, mentors,  and  staff that keep the mission wheels moving.  Each model strutted — some eating up the spotlight and photography flashes like seasoned catwalk professionals — around the glowing, lit pool. The guests greeted each model and look with collective “oooohs” and “aaaaahs.”

The event was just the start of a bigger campaign on to benefit Urban Alliance interns: Fashion with an Impact. Visit this Style Story page on PopNod  and learn how you can shop with meaning. We all know the power of that first impression when it comes to landing a job.  You can now be a part of helping a young person make that great first impression.  PopNod shoppers can  purchase clothing that will be shipped directly to the Urban Alliance and gifted to intern graduates embarking on their professional journey.

The evening was best summed up by one of our models, Johnnie Wallace (he’s the dapper fellow in monochromatic grey) who works at Alexandria Renew Enterprises. Alexandria Renew sponsors two Urban Alliance interns annually, and Wallace mentors these interns:

“I grew up in an ‘underserved’ home and community.  I didn’t have the support or my birth mother to pursue anything past the government assistance or “street” life that surrounded me as a child.  I found mentors in people outside of my home and community that guided me through tough times as a homeless teenager. This  ultimately led to my happiness and success today.  I want to have an impact on youth who may not have the guidance and assistance within their home to soar past their perceived limitations and into higher education, successful careers, and positions as community and family leaders. I strive everyday with my interns to ensure they are proud of their differences and that taking the road less desired makes them stronger than those who have inherited support.  Imagine if every capable adult served as Urban Alliance like mentor to just one youth within our country. We would have less teenage parents.  We would significantly decrease the high school dropout rate and increase the higher education acceptance rate.  We would have less crime and more youth contributing to society and not behind bars.  I am living proof that positive mentorship at an impressionable age can change the course of someone’s life.”

Enjoy some of the gorgeous snaps by E. Brady Robinson of our fabulous evening.  Our team was honored to be a part of  this event, and I know I will remember it for a long, long time.


August 31st, 2015

DC Style Factory X PopNod: Fashion with an Impact Fundraiser

DC Style Factory is partnering this month with PopNod for a fashion event to benefit DC’s The Urban Alliance - an organization that mentors at-risk youth, preparing them for professional life after high school. The group’s supporters include Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama. PopNod is a website and app that combines shopping the latest styles and fashions with donating to your favorite cause.  You pay the same price for the item as you would normally — but then PopNod matches a portion of your purchase and donates to your cause. Shopping with purpose.

Come mingle, drink, eat and enjoy the rooftop pool and bar of Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW. DC Style Factory will also showcase the latest fall trends and how to incorporate them into your professional DC look. We will have six male and female models wearing the latest in fall fashion. I will give  tips on how to update your work look this fall, how to rock an office cocktail party look, and more. Festivities start at 7 p.m.. Our models take center stage at 7:30 p.m.

The event also kicks off a digital campaign for The Urban Alliance that focuses on  students’ need for professional work attire.  PopNod and Urban Alliance have teamed up to encourage donors to purchase brand new clothing items on and donate them to Urban Alliance interns entering the professional workplace. Register at and  join us for a wonderful evening of food, drinks and fashion for a great cause. #FashionImpactDC

April 6th, 2015

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


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. 

Sporty with a hoodie and sneakers


Modern prepster with a chambray buttondown and skinny tie

Dandy with a bowtie and fun pocket square


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

Photo credits: Top photo

March 14th, 2015

Bull + Moose: Ties, Enlisted with Style

In his old job as a legal specialist in the U.S. Army, Diego A. Echeverri wore either camo or a dress green uniform. But in this new gig as the Alexandria-based co-founder of Bull + Moose neckwear company, it’s the Afghanistan veteran’s duty to sartorially mix things up — a button down and a bow tie for a casual event, a striped rep tie with a flat-collared shirt and a suit for a business meeting. “And I prefer a simple four-in-hand tie,” he says. “I don’t like to overcomplicate things.”

He also doesn’t like to overpay for ties, which is what motivated him to launch Bull + Moose in 2013. Echeverri was about to get married, and, when searching for bow ties for his groomsmen, he says, “All the designs I liked were super-expensive, and I didn’t want to pay $75 to $200 for a good-looking one.”

Echeverri started doing his research, visiting factories in Asia that made goods for Brooks Brothers and Calvin Klein, before zeroing in on one that executes their designs with good quality — and at a good price (most designs are $35-$45).

“China has a competitive advantage,” he says. “All silk comes from Asia, and they have factories that can do everything, which keeps the cost low.”

While developing their product, Echeverri schooled himself in what you might dub Cravat 101. “I had to learn everything — the difference between jacquard, twill and grosgrain, everything about fabric,” says Echeverri. Now Bull + Moose’s designs — including its trademark, very popular silk camo bowtie — could be called classics with a twist. Another style stars tiny gray narwhals on a sea of French blue silk.

“I drew them on my iPad and sent it to the factory,” he says. “I try to do fun, inspired designs that’ll still look classic and preppy, but on closer examination, there’s a story.”

Not surprisingly, the ties have taken off — thanks in part to Bull + Moose’s brand ambassadors, sports figures who model the ties and promote them along with their own charities. And the sleek-and-cheeky neckwear has been spotted on celebs, too.

“One of the ‘Duck Dynasty’ guys wore our camo tie to the White House,” says Echeverri. Bull + Moose pocket square and bow ties even headlined in a fashionable (and very funny) promo for Manservant, a butler-like service now trending in Los Angeles.

Overall, Echeverri is thrilled to be part of a men’s style revolution both locally and nationally. “We’re on the precipice of a huge change driven by millennials,” he says. “Everyone is really doing a throwback, JFK look . We’re going through a period where men are taking a lot more pride in how they dress.”



Post by DC Style Factory stylist, Jenn Barger. Jenn has 13 years’ experience working as a fashion  journalist in the nation’s capitol. She has written countless gift guides for The Washington Post and now is working with DC Style Factory clients on their wardrobes. You can read more about her on our website.

September 8th, 2014

The Best Styles You’ve Ever Screened?

When we meet a new client, one of the first questions we ask is “Is there a style icon, movie, celebrity etc. you gravitate toward?” It helps get the personal style conversation started to see who and what resonates with that individual. Here, Jenn Barger highlights some of the modern and throwback influences the big and small screens have had on personal style and asks…have movies, television and its characters ever influenced your own personal style?

The first time I caught an episode of “Gossip Girl,” I barely registered the lines spoken by the show’s Upper East Side (and Brooklyn) teenagers and their attractive middle-aged parents. It was the clothes that kept me riveted— the slightly flashy, entirely elegant mini skirts and slouchy tops on Blake Lively’s Serena, the age appropriate-yet-sexy Hugo Boss and Tory Burch sheaths sported by her mother Lily, played by 40-something hottie Kelly Rutherford. Downloading episodes each week, I’d find myself aghast at the bad plot twists (threesomes! royal suitors who turned out to be phonies!) but hyped up to buy a blouse I’d see on Rutherford or to mix items in my wardrobe up in a boho way like Serena.

Any stylista who has ever swooned over the bias-cut gowns in a 1930s screwball comedy or rushed out to buy an Olivia Pope-esque sheath dress after an episode of “Scandal” knows that what characters wear on the big (and small) screens influence how we dress. “Watching a movie (or a television show) means that you are investing a significant amount of time looking at what is presented before you,” says Rebecca C. Tuite, a New York City-based fashion historian and writer who recently released the book “Seven Sisters Style” ($25, Rizzoli). “Perhaps more than in any other real-life situation, a film or television show encourages a viewer to engage with and watch more closely any number of outfits or garments.”

Still, this doesn’t mean you should hunker down with downloads of “Sex and the City” or “Clueless” and take copious notes on the outfits. “To be inspired by movies and fictional characters is one thing, but you want to make your look modern and today,” says DC Style Factory owner Rosana Vollmerhausen. “You need to add elements that are current.” This means “yes” to rocking a floor-sweeping camel coat à la Faye Dunaway in “Bonnie and Clyde” but “no” to pulling it on over a Depression-era dress. Try it over jeans and a sweatshirt instead, she suggests.

And choose your screen sirens wisely, unless you’re into renaissance festivals or want to give off a Halloween-night vibe. “There’s a risk of looking like a caricature,” says local fashion blogger Alison Santighian of DC Celine. “More so if you’re deeper into Nova on ‘Star Blazers’ than Carrie on ‘Homeland’ — Claire Danes’ wardrobe on that show is so covetable. I’d wear every single piece.”

Many times, your fave sitcom or rom-com might exert a subtler influence on how your style develops or changes. Me, I cop to getting my love of bright colors and blazers from watching too much “Designing Women” in high school — though I’d never wear those funny little fitted suits. Santighian loved the sultry-sophisticated pencil skirts and drapey dresses Rene Russo wore to seduce Pierce Brosnan in 1999’s “The Thomas Crowne Affair.

Vollmerhausen dug menswear-obsessed characters like Lisa Bonet in “The Cosby Show” and Diane Keaton in “Annie Hall.” “They didn’t wear body-conscious, overtly sexy clothing, but they were still undeniably sexy,” she says. Vollmerhausen’s dandyish 1970s and 1980s sirens influenced one of her top high-school outfits: Tapered, slouchy pants with her dad’s college-professor-like tweed blazer. “I felt so like me in that outfit,” she recalls. “Now, I’m not sure how it looked, but I remember really feeling good I had put it together.”

The sets and props of a movie or show can also spark style changes — as in how Baz Luhrmann’s glam spin on “The Great Gatsby” had me snapping up vintage cocktail shakers and big flower arrangements for parties, hoping Leonardo Dicaprio might drop by. “A recent example of a movie that influenced me was ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’,” says Tuite. “Every frame was so rich in colors, textures and beautiful objects. While I don’t want to wear the uniforms of a hotel porter, I noticed how those rich jewel tones look so beautiful together.”

Just the kind of wardrobe — and life — inspiration I tune in for.

Post by Jenn Barger (, @dcjnell).