On the streets of downtown Washington,you can’t help but notice thousands of people in every direction wearing professional attire.
Some are conservative and some are casual,but many are fashion forward.
Jan Batch,a personal shopper for Neiman Marcus,has experience with both styles.
“Both men and women are more on the conservative side,but they also try to keep up an image a little bit more fashion forward. Men with maybe a bowtie or necktie,and women with their accessories. They still keep a classic suited look but add pops of color here and there.”
Batch said first lady Michelle Obama set a standard for the use of more vibrant colors,but there is still a strong sense of conservative styles and silhouettes.
“Mrs. Obama has brought the color factor in,which has an influence on women in their fashion choices,” Batch said. “But on the other hand,Mrs. Obama is also known for the sleeveless dresses and what not,that really isn’t totally acceptable in a lot of the work places.”
During summer,it is easier to jazz up your style because color is more acceptable and suiting for the season.
Kisha Killingsworth,a store manager at Rochester Big and Tall,is an expert on dressing men in Washington from professional to casual looks.
“D.C. is more about color versus New York and Chicago. They wear a lot of black and gray,but the gentleman here,he wears a lot of color especially with his tie,” Killingsworth said.
She said men can also spruce up their look with shirts,socks and pocket squares.
Women have more choice when it comes to personalizing their look.
Iman Malik,manager at the Ann Taylor store a few blocks from the White House,said Washington women are different from women in other cities because they are all about color,yet still conservative.
“It’s a nice blend of color and fashion and style that you feel here and feel in your personality,” Malik said. “She is all about wearing a very business-chic oriented suiting and at the same she can wear it casual or more professional.”
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