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2012 DC Style Round-Up – By The Pros
December 31, 2012 | 9:30AM

Good Morning! So, with as much respect as we have for your food obsessions, we decided that instead of some weak-ish/subjective “THIS IS WHAT WE THINK IS BEST IN DC STYLE” round up, we should ask some of our favorite professionally stylish ladies around town what the highlights and lowlights of 2012 for them were, as well as what they’re looking forward to in 2013. After all a dozen minds and taste levels are better than one. Consider this your ultimate insider’s guide/style cheat sheet (plus hey-some great last min NYE outfit inspirations too hidden in there), and also, feel free to post your favorites in the comments.

HOLLY THOMAS – DC Editor, Refinery 29

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(Photo: Dominique Fierro)

  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?
Best: Peplum, oxblood, leather details, chelsea boots, penny loafers. Worst: Litas, overly complicated braids.
  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?
Varsity jackets, capes, turquoise jewelry, silk blouses, and anything leopard.
  • Best DC style event?
Probably Fashion’s Night Out because of how much it’s grown in D.C.
  • Favorite DC shop(s)?
  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?
Does Refinery29 count? I don’t have much time to do anything other than scan blogs these days, but I love Honestly WTF, Design Sponge, Garden & Gun, and Rue, Matchbook, and Anthology mags.
  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012? (photo encouraged)
Alexa Chung and Diane Kruger. I’m also loving Elisa Nalin’s style — I wish I was that bold with color! (photo attached)
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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012? (photos encouraged)
Kate Greene and Morgan Hungerford West always have great style. And I’m a big fan of LouLou Ghelichkhani — all ladies we’ve profiled on R29 this year!
  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2013? for DC and in general?

I’m excited about getting back to simplicity, streamlined silhouettes, minimalist color palettes — all big trends for 2013.

MORGAN HUNGERFORD WEST – Founder/Creative Director, Pandahead Mag + Pandahead Blog

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  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?

My favorites have been Chinoiserie, tote bags, and LEATHER, and while I generally applaud anyone trying anything, I personally, on my own bod, did NOT get down with pointy nails, nail art, or anything studded. For the record, I felt very neutral about both sneaker wedges and peplums.

  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?

I’ve been in uniform-mode for a while (with black high-waisted jeans and boots at the base) and I definitely found myself wearing leopard Sam Edelman Petty Boots more often than any other shoe in my closet. Kimonos-as-tops entered the mix last Summer and carried on through 2012, and there’s an army-green military jacket that found its way into my day-to-day at some point early this year. A silk button-down and lipstick never failed when I was in a blind rush to get out the door.

  • Best DC style event?

It’s a tie – first, Georgetown’s Fashion’s Night Out was a fun-crazy-pretty mess of people and drinks and music, and in terms of sheer spectacle it was a total blast. Also, we had a Panda Head Mag set-up in the BYT Lounge and got to meet and talk to an awesomely well-dressed group of NEW FRIENDS – it was FUN, for sure.
Second, the NativeDanger show at Redeem. Owner Lori Parkerson has long been a champion of local artists working in the fashion/style realm, and her taste is impeccable, so it’s always worth showing up at these things just to see who she’s got her eye on. This particular party had GOOD VIBEZ to the ceiling and I was really glad I went.

  • Favorite DC shop(s)?

I bought my wedding jewelry from A Legendary Beast last year, and since then it’s held a spot on my favorites list.

  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?

Into The Gloss for beauty, Natalie Off Duty for messy-haired boho steez, DesignLoveFest for business and aesthetic inspiration, Who What Wear for trend round-ups and event style pics, and Rookie, you know, TO KEEP ME YOUNG.

  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012?

Anyone who looked as good dressed down as they did dressed up – Leelee Sobieski and Alexa Chung are A+ in my book. I also took note of any woman featured on a street style blog while wearing flat shoes and denim. SOLANGE!

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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012?

Cathy Chung of Meeps + Treasury always looks great; I went to a Valentine’s Day party at Treasury and the floor-length, 1930s, printed silk gown she was just CASUALLY WEARING has been haunting me ever since!

  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2013? for DC and in general?

I’ve really been digging all things minimal and clean, and while that’s totally not MY steez, I’m looking forward to paring down over the next year to a wardrobe filled with less fluff and more versatile pieces. As for DC itself, I feel like for a long time I’d go to events where everyone was either impeccably groomed and turned out in designer, or everyone was wearing worn-in, thrift store stuff with messy hair and chipped nail polish. I’ve seen those crowds not only mix but pull inspiration from each other in the last year or so, and I’m interested to see how that continues to evolve in 2013.

KARA MANOS – Founder & Editor, Politics Of Pretty

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  • Best trends of 2012:
Peplum, mixed greens and denim on denim; beauty trends: a vampy red lip and glowing dewy skin
  • Staple pieces:
My chambray shirt! Seriously the best go-staple for almost any outfit.
  • Best DC style event: 
All Access Fashion 2012
  • Favorite DC Shops:
  • Favorite blogs of 2012:
  •  Favorite celeb style inspiration of 2012:

Olivia Palermo

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  1. Favorite DC local style inspiration: 
My former boss and friend (and Washingtonian Fashion Editor) Kate Bennett; she is the epitome of glam rocker chic.
  • Looking forward to in 2013:
A face lift/new website & 1 Year anniversary for my beauty blog, Politics of Pretty!

HOLLEY SIMMONS, Lifestyle Editor – Washington Post Express & FW

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  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?

Best: I’m a sucker for feminine, vintage silhouettes so I was really happy to see more peplums popping up on tops and wiggle dresses, a la the 1940s. They create the illusion of an hourglass shape without adding bulk. Worst: Still trying to figure out who let Velcro wedge sneakers become a thing. Also, oxblood. Not so much the color itself, but the name. I just wish there was something less gross to call it. Exposed Brick Wall? Spilled Red Wine?

  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?

I have more high-waisted pants than I know what to do with. There’s a denim pair from the ‘70s I bought at Dr. K’s that were originally only available by mail order through Playboy Magazine. I wore them the other day and literally heard an old man mutter “I haven’t seen pants like that in years,” under his breath. They’re retro, for sure, but pairing them with a flouncy silk blouse brings them back to modern day.

  • Best DC style event?

This may sound obvious, but Fashion’s Night Out was tops for me. It was incredibly refreshing to see so much great style concentrated in one place. I think people saw the event as an opportunity to take risks and try out new trends like mixed prints and fascinators, which I saw a lot of. I remember this one group of babes rolling up late in leather hot pants and over-the-knee vinyl boots. I had to pinch myself to make sure I was still, in fact, in Georgetown.

  • Favorite DC shop(s)?

Shopping for me is all about the hunt, so I love riffling through the racks at Buffalo Exchange. Their vintage is priced ridiculously low, and finding something you love in your size feels like hitting the jackpot. Also, I can never leave Treasury without buying something. The latest acquisition was a pair of black velvet Chanel trousers from the ‘80s. And if you’re a big-footed vintage lover like myself (size 10!) you can usually find shoes in bigger sizes there, which are a real rarity in the market.

  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?

I can really nerd out to fashion, specifically the cultural influences that make something a trend or how a classic became such. The Smithsonian has a style blog called Threaded that examines what I think are just the coolest things, like the rise of the “Bill Cosby” sweater and the discovery of the first bra. For more D.C.-specific coverage, I look to Sarah Zlotnick at Washingtonian’s Shop Around blog. Girl is a walking encyclopedia of local retailers and events.

  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012?

Elizabeth Olsen’s got this gamine-meets-good girl thing going on that really works for her. She’ll pair a mini-dress with an oversized tuxedo jacket and somehow it works

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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012?

Katherine Boyle, a style reporter for The Washington Post, is an all-around class act.

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  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2013? for DC and in general?

There’s been an explosion of high-end men’s retailers in D.C. Stores like Gant and Michael Andrews Bespoke. So I’m hoping 2013 will usher in a lot more dapper looking dudes.

Katherine Martinez – La Petite Marmoset

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  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?Best trends: Peplum, big prints, neon, pastel. Worst trends: Overkill of any of the above
  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?

My faux leather jacket, Lucite heel boots, and statement necklace

  • Best DC style event?

The Washingtonian Style Setters event at Sax Lounge— anytime burlesque and Georgetown Cupcakes is in the mix is a win-win.

  • Favorite DC shop(s)?

Violet Boutique, the DeNada showroom, She’s Unique

  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?

Delune, Late Afternoon, Karla’s Closet

  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012?

Diane Kruger

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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012?
Aureta (http://www.aureta.typepad.com/) — she just wears what she wants, when she wants, wherever she wants, whether it’s designer heels while climbing a volcano or lounging by the pool.
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  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2012? for DC and in general?

I’m looking forward to seeing the DC Community grow and flourish as more bloggers are starting fashion-related businesses.  Also, I think people are going to be pushing the envelope style-wise a lot more!

Carlis and Katya – SPICY CANDY DC

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  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?

Carlis - I’m still hooked on anything leather! ;) The worst would prob have to be overalls, I wish I could pull them off but since I can’t, I’m bitter! lol 

Katya - For the best, I absolutely loved the ombre hair trend, because it makes life so much easier for those of us who used to spend a lot of money highlighting our hair every time the roots came through. I also really love the mixed denim look. I now own at least four denim tops that I absolutely love mixing and matching with other staples like skinny jeans – it’s the perfect staple for a casual look.
I can’t really think of a trend I absolutely hated. But if I have to pick one, it would be printed tights. I just can’t seem to wrap my head around too much pattern on tights. I like mine nice and basic.
  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?

Carlis - Probably my silk blouses! I love how comfy they are and that they can easily be paired with jeans or trousers – I have them in all basic colors!

Katya - Denim tops, skinny jeans (in every color possible including neon yellow), and blouses!
  • Best DC style event? 

OMG, this is a hard one since we love to cover events in DC and have attended a ton this year, but if we have to pick one, we’d have to go with our first South Moon Under lookbook release party this past spring. We had the chance to meet one of our favorite magazine editors, Dani Stahl from Nylon magazine who co-hosted the event with us, and got to enjoy an intimate dinner with her and our lookbook team at Boundary Road after. It was a perfect evening.

  • Favorite DC shop(s)?

Violet Boutique, DeNada, Redeem, Meeps

  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?
Karla’s Closet, Sincerly Jules, Dulceida, Fashion Vibe, Peace Love Shea (formerly Cheyenne Meets Chanel), Gary Pepper, Amlul.com, and all our wonderful DC blogs found on the new TPWP DC Blogger Guide
  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012?
Carlis - I sadly don’t follow many celebrities for inspiration but I would have to go with Blake Lively and Rihanna. Both very different in style but both owned the red carpet during a lot of this year’s events! 
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Katya- I have been really loving Camilla Belle’s effortless yet elegant style, and Miranda Kerr’s always chic, casual looks when she’s playing the role of model off duty and mommy on duty :)
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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012? 
We love Nicole Aguirre, so happy that she is back in town and is now offering us new unique styles from her online store Worn Abroad, we love her positive vibe!
  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2013? for DC and in general?
We enjoy seeing our city grow in the fashion industry, I know that a lot of big brands and major editorials have their eyes in DC because they know our fashion is evolving and is no longer what they once thought it was! We are very happy to see that and we hope 2013 keeps bringing positive changes.

KATE WARREN – Photographer – Go Kate Shoot

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(photo by Jim Darling)

  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?

I’m not much one for trends, but I love a strong, dark lip for both day and night, and am really over neon anything. Pop of color is one thing, but the slope to “traffic cone” is a slippery one!

  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?

Despite shifting from a heavy focus on vintage to more rugged internationalism, my brocade gold tuxedo pants, wide brimmed black hat, and motorcycle jacket proved to be serious staples of my style this year. Who doesn’t love gold pants and leather?!

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  • Best DC style event?

I’d be remiss if I didn’t think the WW Club turnout was seriously legit, but the DC-based music festival Trillectro proved to have the most prolific turnout of street style, and Street Etiquette’s Romantic Movement was not to be missed either.

  • Favorite DC shop(s)?

I just want to move into Treasury Vintage with their rugged space and all of their perfect little clusters of pretty treasures, and am always wooed by the menswear goodies in Dr. K’s that I can’t stop lusting after.

  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?

2012 was the year for DC streets! With all the street style photography I did, I ended up spending little time with online blogs and more time hitting the pavement and getting seriously inspired by real people out and about. That being said, Nowness always produces exceptional artistically inclined style content, along with classics like Garance Doré and the Sartorialist that still can’t be beat.

  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012? (photo encouraged)

As a fellow brunette with a penchant for a seriously Eastern Euro bang, Rooney Mara’s take on softened androgynous apoco-punk was an inspiration all year. From the harder eyebrow-less utilitarianism of the film to ethereal, romantic red carpet looks, her style crafted a delicately feminine persona ensconced in a tough exterior. 

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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012? (photos encouraged)

For me, the stylish men of DC are constantly causing me to fly over the moon. Accoutre designer and Bonobos stylist Eliot Payne is fearless with color, Freddy Reyes takes an attention to detail to the next level (he was wearing his grandfather’s Micky Mouse watch the first time I photographed him), and Quincy Jones of Prepster Punk rocks a fur in daylight hours like none other. For the ladies, Haya Tetroashvili carries her style with an effortless Barcelona cool that leaves me salivating after her blog, Good Good Gorgeous, and the women behind Neon V are exceptional and diverse in their tastes (Kimee Brown and Michelle German pictured here).

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  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2013? for DC and in general?

I’m starting the year in Australia, so I can’t wait to see how a new country changes my outlook! For 2013 in general, I’m looking forward to  investigating the role of the personal uniform, streamlining my personal collection with high-quality pieces while learning new ways to address trends without compromising a strong personal style narrative. I think creative momentum is building in DC, but I’m hoping that 2013 brings a move for the creative and style scenes to expand into other areas as well. I’m most inspired by people and things that are outside the typical style channels in the city, and love bringing those influences into my photos to create depth and tension.

NICOLE AGUIRRE, Editor-in-Chief WORN Magazine + WORN ABROAD

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  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?

Best trends: strategically placed leather. Worst trends: Open toed boots. Don’t do it.

  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?

A hat (panama hat in spring/summer, beret in fall/winter) and a black leather belt with a gold buckle. That’s all I need to make most things look and feel like me.

  • Best DC style event?

Georgetown’s fashion’s night out. I was so impressed with everyone’s style. It’s the little moment like those that make you feel like you might be doing the right thing with your life.

  • Favorite DC shop(s)?

Dr. K Vintage & (I have to say this) WornAbroad.com

  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?
GaranceDore.fr 

  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012? 

Sheryl Sandberg, for encouraging women to reach as high as they can dream, and then a little further.

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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012?
Eric Brewer. His style is impeccable and so is his character.

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  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2013? for DC and in general?

I’m looking forward to more people in DC becoming interested and engaged in style and taking it more seriously and themselves less seriously. I’m looking forward to more print magazines, more small businesses, and more independent stores and designers to explore and write about.


Meg Biram – Lifestyle Blogger & Digital Marketing Consultant, MegBiram.com

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  • What were some of the best trends of 2012? And the worst?
Best: Getting back to heels that don’t have a giant platform. (platform vs. no platform) Worst: I don’t mind a minor drop crotch pant, but I think it got a little out of hand.
  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?
Silk blouses. Chambray.
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  • Best DC style event?
TPWP Ulysses Launch Party — everyone looked so cool.
  • Favorite DC shop(s)?
  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?
I’m always checking out Kelly Wearstler’s My Vibe My Life.AND Vogue’s culture section.
  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012?
Mention #2 of Kelly Wearstler — no surprise. Her constant innovation & pushing the envelope along with her work ethic and dedication to exercise and healthy eating continues to inspire me. I mean the women gets pedicures at her desk… while working… my kind of gal.
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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012? (photos encouraged)
Peter Corbett and iStrategy Labs continually to amaze me with their innovation. I’m always curious to see what Carla (from The President Wears Prada) is wearing.
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  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2012? for DC and in general?
I’m launching a my own line of shirts and am really looking forward to that among other business projects I’ve got going on. Is it weird to look forward to continually refining your wardrobe? I’m all for spending money on quality pieces so I’m always looking forward to that. As far as DC goes, I want to continue to try out all of the amazing restaurants and events DC has. I think I’ve only scratched the surface.

HAYA TETROASHVILI – GoodGoodGorgeous.com

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  • What were some of the best trends of 2012?

Wide/baggy pants my top favorite!! Spikes and studs, all sorts of braids, Comic print clutches, neon details, Baroque prints (like Stella McCartney’s fall collection), denim on denim.

  • And the worst?

Meggings (men’s leggings), all sorts of YOLO merchandise (hats, tees,etc), Spirit Hoods (furry animal hoods)

  • What were your go-to staple pieces this year?

Red tops/shirts/sweaters (usually from Maje or Sandro), Clutches, booties, my husbands hoodies, my Thierry Lasry sunnies!

  • Best DC style event

Worn Abroad launch party.

 

  • Favorite DC shop(s)?

Redeem, Muleh, Current Boutique

  • What were your favorite blogs you spent time on in 2012?

Into the Gloss, Camille Over the Rainbow, Le Blog de Betty, aftrDRK

  • Which celebrity was consistently inspirational in 2012?

Poppy Delevigne

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  • Which DC local was consistently inspirational in 2012?

Blogger: Elena from Classy and Fabulous

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  • What are you looking forward to, style wise, in 2013?

I look forward to wearing more men’s wear this winter, I love pastel colors so looking forward to wearing those in spring, chambray & denim tops/knits, midriffs, sheer garments (which I love), and I look forward to seeing what’s next for designers like Yigal Azrouel, and Aperlai (my favorite heels now).

So, that is what THEY thought. YOUR TURN NOW!!!!
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