2014 Style Round-Up: By The Pros
BYT at large | Dec 17, 2014 | 9:00AM |

Good Morning! So, with all the respect as we have for your style 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 2014, as well as what they’re looking forward to in 2015. After all a dozen or so 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.

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Kate Bennett, Fashion Editor, Washingtonian

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
My 2014 trends include the ubiquitous crop top. Best way? Discreet, max-coverage crop, with a high-waisted skirt or wide-leg pants. Worst way? Miley Cyrus. Tragic. I also loved embroidery. Oh, and I love (as a shorty) that cropped trousers made a comeback – so great with a classic pointed-toe pump. Alexa Chung did it. Trend I really hated in general was an over-exposed Rhianna. I’m sorry, I just can’t.
What item could you not live without this year?
I could not live without a few things: My black, thigh-high Weitzman “Highland” boots, my camel fedora, my black Alice + Olivia blazer, my Blank NYC “skinny classique” jeans in In the Buff, all the Altuzarra for Target, my powder-blue ASOS oversized winter coat, and my American Eagle boyfriend jeans.
What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
I really shop all over. Online, my go-to’s are Zara, Free People, ASOS, Aritzia, Nasty Gal, and Planet Blue. I’ll pop into Intermix, or Saks (Chevy Chase, lower level is the best), Wink, Charm, Massimo Dutti, Bloomingdale’s (Chevy Chase) when I can.
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Legendary Beast.
Best DC place to style watch?
I try not to book lunch meetings so I can people-watch near my office at 19th and L, while I grab bite. It’s a little scary in the professional realm, not gonna lie, but it’s fascinating to see how people here dress for work. Part dapper, part over-conservative, part experimental, and part trapped in some sort of 1996 time warp.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
Too many magazines to list; I read them all. Blogs, these days I’m into Sincerely Jules, Le Fashion, and I think Maja Wyh is my fashion spirit animal. And always, always The Cut.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Here’s where I’m going to get some backlash: Kim Kardashian. I find her fascinating – the whole thing. The famous-for-nothing, the Kanye, the family, the butt, the boobs, the hair, the face, the glamour, and the clothes. If only for the daring, or the cuts, or the fabrics, or just the balls to wear it. If I coveted anyone’s closet this year, it would probably be hers.
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Best single outfit of 2014?? Hands-down, Jenna Lyons at Solange’s wedding. Fur & feathers, COME ON!
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Meredith Koop. There is no one who has championed fashion on a bigger platform, in terms of introducing and launching fresh, up-and-coming designers than Meredith. She has elevated the business of fashion, and she has encapsulated the modern, stylish woman, rarely with a misstep. Mark my words, when the Obama administration has ended, Meredith will step out of the shadows, where she has respectfully and admirably remained during her tenure with the First Lady, and she will be important.
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
I’m excited about everything fashionable for 2015. I’m excited to watch DC continue to grow and buck it’s label as a fashion-challenged city. We’re churning out some great boutiques, budding designers, real style-stars, and a fresh appreciation from the rest of the country, thanks in part to DC having a moment as a popular culture darling. Also, skinny jeans, skinny jeans, skinny jeans, floppy hats, pantsuits, fringe, skinny jeans, and finally splurging on a Ryan Roche sweater. The End.
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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
I believe 2014 was an awesome year for fashion. I see people taking risks, and that’s great. Nothing worse than seeing a sea full of twinsets and strands of pearls on the street. People think about shit too much, just throw it on. Look at Rhianna–that girl has serious personal style. She throws on whatever the hell she wants, and it works. Mainly because she could care less what anyone else thinks, and secondly because she not matching her shoes to her bag. She never looks “styled”, and that’s amazing.

What item could you not live without this year?
I could never live without my velvet slippers. I collect Del Toro and Stubbs and Wootton.

What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
I love OAK in NY, they have ridiculously unique pieces. ASOS is also a friend of mine. In DC, of course Redeem. Hi Lori!

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Dr. K’s for sure. Nomad Yard, and the Goodwill on H street NE–bomb!

Best DC place to style watch?
I love style watching around the U street corridor. It’s such a melting pot, so you get a little bit of everything. The Howard University kids always shut it down though. So much style on that little campus.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
My friend Aureta Thomollari has an amazing lifestyle blog. I’m amazed every time I see a new post. Beyond that, I don’t really follow trends.

I work in very high end retail, and I had an elderly client who only wore 5 Chanel suits. She’d mix in different scarves, bags, and shoes, but she looked impeccable every time I saw her. No need to follow trends, just find something that fits you well, and accessorize your ass off.

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Duh? Rhianna.

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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
I’m gonna have to say my clique. Shouts to Michelle German and Kimee Brown of Neon V Mag. My boys Billy Shaw, Mike Davis, and Justin Ward. Everyone else claims to be fashionable, but mainly it’s just a bad blog with crappy photos and and outfit schematics stolen from Allure magazine. Ain’t nobody fuckin’ with my clique.

It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
You know, I’m actually happy to see the return to grunge. It was a trend that I never gave up personally, but I’m ecstatic to see others embrace it. Everything doesn’t have to be so polished.

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Jessica Gressa from Hugh & Crye, hughandcrye.com/ @gressmess
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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014.
My favorite trend of 2014 would be the resurgence of sneakers in the workplace. I love the deliberate pairing of a fine suit or tailored blazer with sleek sneakers. It seems fundamentally wrong, but when done right, looks incredibly cool. This goes for both men and women.
Least favorite? Normcore. Current trends are often informed by people or decades past, but dressing like a normal person in middle America and calling it a trend is just silly to me.
What item could you not live without this year?
My vintage leather backpack. I was never able to find a work tote I liked, so I was elated when backpacks suddenly were not only acceptable but “trendy.” Still awkward to carry around at Happy Hour, but at least you have two hands/arms free.
What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
For women’s clothing in DC, I like Redeem. I always end up taking my friends there when they’re in town visiting. The selection is finely curated and unique. As predictable as it may be, Hugh & Crye is my top pick for menswear. Really, who can argue with quality clothing that fits a guy perfectly right off the rack?
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
I use to scour local estate sales for the best vintage clothing finds, but for the best quality and taste in one shop, I go to Treasury. They have beautiful, elegant pieces. I think Meeps is awesome for menswear though. I’ve gotten some great throwback college gear and snapbacks there.
Best DC place to style watch?
Concert venues. 9:30, UHall, Black Cat, even Verizon. It seems like the most inventive ensembles are worn to concerts.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
The Coveteur, Four Pins, Street Etiquette, and Into the Gloss are my top picks.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Solange Knowles. I’ve seen her in concert, and her style is completely eccentric and authentic to her personality. I think her wedding looks really just solidified her status as a trendsetter. And in terms of men, the Brits are on-point. Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Prince George… Dapper dudes.
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
I think Aureta Thomollari has incredible style that’s unique and inventive for DC. Same goes with Kate Warren. She may photograph fashionable people at events, but she often is” best-dressed” herself.
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
The red carpets at the award shows. Always foreshadows trends in the new year.
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Jenn Barger, style and travel writer and founding editor of the Washington Post’s Fashion Washington/personal shopper & stylist for DC Style Factory (dcstylefactory.com). Oh, and professional tap dancer. (That last one is a joke.)

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?

I think culottes are an abomination, flattering on no one. I mean, wide-legged pants that end just past the knee? The’d make Karlie Kloss look dumpy. For trends I like — I love all the cobalt blue that’s out there, plus jumpsuits — it took me a while to get on the latter bandwagon, but now I think they are the anti-culottes — flattering and easy.

What item could you not live without this year?

Leather legging pants by Vince. I got them on sale at Nordstrom Rack, and they go with everything — under a shorter dress, with a big sweater. And instead of looking trashy (I feared that!), they look rocker-chick cool.

What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?

I am a huge fan of Proper Topper for clothing, lots of Tracy Reese and feminine accessories. Online, I love La Garconne.com and Yoox.com — the latter is a bargain website where you can score good deals on really high-end stuff. I got a
Maison Martin Margiela‎ jacket there that I am wearing to death, and it was under $200 bucks.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?

I love the vintage clothes (and the owner, Shelly!) at Amalgamated Classic Clothing & Dry Goods in Del Ray, Alexandria. She helps costume TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and is doing the musical version of “Diner” right now. Her merch is top-notch, and her prices are fair. And of course, who doesn’t love the jewelry at Legendary Beast on U Street, plus a chaser of vintage housewares at GoodWood nearby?

Best DC place to style watch?
I like hanging out in different neighborhoods and noticing how style differs…natty preppy guys in Georgetown, hipsters up here in Adams Morgan/Columbia Heights where I live. Le Dip on a Saturday night is a nice cross section of styles, too.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?

I love Elle for it’s writing and Marie Claire for real style inspiration. My favorite style blog is British, Not Dressed as Lamb. She’s a hot, red-haired 40something stylista, and she’s really well-dressed yet approachable. Oh, and I cop to liking The Glamourai, even though I think she’s kind of preening.

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)

I don’t know. Celebrities tire me.

In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?

Architect and color-blocking champ Monling Lee always looks amazing.

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It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?

I’m going to Argentina in January, so I’m excited about buying shoes and leather goods there (it’s cheap, I hear!). And in DC, interested to see what new stores open and what designers like DeNada come up with in the new year.

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Ally Mumm, West Elm,  Lead Stylist + Community Manager, DC,  Instagram: @WestElmDC, @AllyMumm

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?

Favorite: Vests. Leather. Rose gold and mixing metals in jewelry. The sneaker game is still strong and I love it. Least favorite: The crop top is like a Taylor Swift song—overplayed, kind of annoying… but addictive.

What item could you not live without this year?

My leather biker jacket. I got it in Italy years ago and it has been a winner every year. Madewell denim has become a big wardrobe staple of mine and lately I’m usually wearing Frye combats, Acne Pistol boots or high top black on black chucks. I also got these awesome spiked ear jackets by DANNIJO for my Birthday. They look like gauges but aren’t and I get asked about them every time I wear them.

What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?

In DC I love Redeem. Working a few doors away requires serious will power! Online I like perusing ShopBop, Revolve + ASOS to snag my favorite British High Street brands from home! In NYC lets see…if I could wear the rugs + textiles from ABC Carpet and Home I definitely would. But I can’t. So I always try to hit up Artists + Fleas in Williamsburg or Chelsea. They’ve got everything from jewelry to art, from old to new…and I love it all.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?

Treasury. Good Wood, Miss Pixies + Hunted House on H Street. I tend to prefer vintage furniture over clothes. But then again, I work in interiors!

Best DC place to style watch?

Shows at 9:30 club are always fun to scope everything from very bad to badass wardrobe choices.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?

I’m not really into the whole “#OOTD” thing so I tend to be drawn to lifestyle or design blogs that just so happen to include fashion. Though Garance Doré is an all-time favorite and I love reading Style Bubble as well.

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)

Diane Kruger + Emma Stone both have stellar on and off duty style.

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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?

Industry workers– people in retail, servers, small business owners + creatives.

It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?

On a personal level I want to continue focusing on building a wardrobe that feels collected + timeless instead of full of trendy impulse buys. Professionally, working with small businesses + local makers is a huge part of West Elm’s LOCAL initiative. I’m excited to go beyond homewares and find ways to collaborate with local fashion + lifestyle makers/creatives on some fun projects!

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Morgan H. West, artist and creative consultant in Washington, DC; her blog, Panda Head, has covered creative lifestyle in DC since 2006. Instagram/FB/Twitter
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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
I am finally and officially clueless on WHAT’S HIP AND COOL (and will refrain from embarrassing myself by trying to throw ON FLEEK in here), but was nonetheless thrilled at the variety of slip on sneakers available this year, and also that my plain, grey sweatshirt collection grew by leaps and bounds.
What item(s) could you not live without this year?
My black Madewell High Risers, my DURKL logo cap, my leather jacket, plain white tees, and a series of large denim smocks I thrifted and now cannot live without. #MISSLIPPYFORLIFE
What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
I’m constantly sourcing props and materials at thrift stores, and it’s ingrained that I’ll be flipping through the clothing racks too. That makes it really hard to spend money on new stuff, but I’m constantly snagging accessories from MEEPS (their $15 sunglass selection is a religion), and I love flipping through racks at Redeem, Violet, and Treasury. See also: Zara.
Best DC place to style watch?
The Mutiny Workroom.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
You know, I’m mostly off that sauce. I used to keep up with a ton of them, but at some point I just stopped being able to glean inspiration. It’s got more to do with me getting older and my priorities moving out of my closet than anything else (and it should be noted that my priorities now lie in, like, making sure my Instagram feed is flossy, so don’t think I’m A B O V E anything). That said, the T Magazine Haim/Stevie Nicks cover + interview was basically pornography.
In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Skyler Javier of Native Danger, Redeem’s Lori Parkerson, Shannon Cusello, and my F/W intern Ayana Zaire. Her Young-Pam-Grier-meets-Young-Bob-Dylan vibes are E N V I A B L E . Also, shout out to my book club. Those ladies really BRING IT.
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
I’ve been layered up like a snowman for the last week. I need this to end so that I can go back to my steady stream of all-denim dressing.
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 Holly E. Thomas, editorial director at Design Army

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
Favorite: I’m hesitant to call it a trend, because I really hope it’s not just a trend, but the rise of conscious brands/retailers like Everlane, Follain, Zady, and Mutiny really makes me happy. I live in Everlane t-shirts and Ilia lipstick from Follain.
Least favorite: Normcore. I just can’t.
What item could you not live without this year?
A toss-up between my Rib & Hull leather shopper tote, the Zara boots I snagged on eBay, and a bunch of Gap’s fitted boyfriend button-ups.
What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
I only shop sporadically, so I tend to buy a lot of stuff from one place at one time, and then not go there again for, like, a year. In DC, I shop at Current on 14th St for secondhand designer finds; thrift stores in the ‘burbs; Zara for accessories; Salt & Sundry for gifts; and Redeem for candles and fragrances. In NYC, I mostly go to M&J for DIY supplies but I like poking around Opening Ceremony, Otte and ABC Home (although I never buy anything). Online, I spend most of my money at Everlane, Etsy, and Piperlime.
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
The combo Value Village + Unique Thrift in Silver Spring — it’s hard to beat the sheer quantity. I also get pretty lucky at the little charity shops around Seven Corners.
 
Best DC place to style watch?
Redeem; Cady’s Alley; H Street NE
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
At this point, I really only use Instagram for style inspiration — I just don’t have the time/desire to keep up with blogs and magazines. I just know I like eye candy, pure and simple. The feeds I check every morning: @le21eme @tuulavintage @lookdepernille @fancytreehouse @weworewhat
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year?
In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Limiting it to three, because it could go on for a while: Morgan H. West, Tara Papanicolas, Michelle German.
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
Treating myself to a Schott leather jacket. And not having to wear thermal layers at all times.
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Meg Biram — Creative Collaborator / Blogger / Entrepreneur http://megbiram.com/blog / @megbiram
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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
Fav: Hats! I just got this Rag & Bone fedora. Been obsessed since last year.
Least Fav: Stiletto Nails
What item could you not live without this year?
My Maya Brenner initial necklace. I wear my “MB” necklace very day.
What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
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Shopbop, Nordstrom, & ZARA. Free shipping, free returns is my jam.
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Not much of a thrift/vintage shopper.
Best DC place to style watch?
I actually love to see what the stylish college students around Georgetown are wearing. Now that I’m in my 30s, it’s interesting to see the trends the younger gals are wearing. Also, any events at night that I attend, I love seeing what people choose to wear when they know they’ll see other stylish people.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
Actually I’d say Instagram is where I get a daily dose of fashion inspiration. Also Pinterest, but I do read a ton of fashion magazines & blogs.
Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Porter I get all of them in the mail.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Kate Moss (always)
I wasn’t a fan of everything Lupita wore this year but her red Oscars dress cannot go without mention.
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Tammy – A Loyal Love
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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
Favorite: More women in menswear inspired clothing like leather jackets and oversized sweaters and coats. Least: Big\bold print leggings worn as pants. I just don’t have the thighs for that.
What item could you not live without this year?
Maternity pants. I’m pregnant.
What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
In the DC area, I like shopping at Anthom in the Mosaic District, She’s Unique in Old Town Alexandria, and I buy a lot of clothing from H&M in Georgetown and downtown. Online, I’m always checking out Fashion Bunker and Tibi for sales.
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Secondi
Best DC place to style watch?
U Street neighborhood
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
I go to the Pinterest app on my phone. It’s a quick and easy spot for style inspiration because it combines content from several blogs and magazines.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Three words: Solange Knowles’ wedding!
In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Monling Lee from the Instagram account @MonlingLee is a pro at wearing and mixing color all year round. I also love checking out Krystin from the blog Be Loud Be You. She makes everything look high fashion and sexy.
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
New York Fashion Week in February!
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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
For favorites – throwback kicks like Gazelles and Stan Smiths; understated everything.
Least favorite – overly-cutesy slogan sweatshirts
What item could you not live without this year?
Mansur Gavriel bag, without a doubt.
What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?
Zara’s always easy (sometimes maybe too easy) for trendy but affordable pieces and Net-A-Porter is always my go-to for the high-end stuff.
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Tari
Best DC place to style watch?
14th St.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
A Portable Packagehttp://figtny.com, joujou villeroy
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Tilda Swinton – no one (woman or man) rocks a suit quite like she does, Elena Perminova, Kendall Jenner (though it pains me to admit this)
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Kate GreeneAnchyi Wei, whose blog I just recently discovered, Virginia Arrisueno of DeNada
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
Lots of fringe. Definitely not opposed to more graphic-y florals. And leather pieces in unexpected colors.
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Natalie and Erika Pinto, DC-area sisters and founders of TheFashionablyBroke.com
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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?
Favorite: Flat shoes!  Pointed-toe loafers and sneaker style / Least favorite: Plaid blanket scarves
What item could you not live without this year?
I couldn’t have lived without my backpack collection this year.  They made lugging my camera around so easy (especially at NYFW)!
Favorite vintage/thrift spot int he city?
My favorite vintage spot is Secondi Clothing.
Favorite place in DC to Style watch?
Favorite spot to style watch is everywhere!  You never know what you’re going to get in DC.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
My favorite blogs right now are Peace Love Shea, Happily Grey, Always Judging and Camilla Over The Rainbow.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
I think Jaimee Chung killed it in the style game this year.  Her style was super fun and relatable and on-trend this year and she really stood out (love her blog too!) (see attached for image).  I also think Kim Kardashian had a particularly great year.
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Best dressed Washingtonians: Blogger Sara of StyleMBA.net (she was a Woman of Style in DC Magazine after all!), Nadine Matar (my hair stylist at PR at Partners on K ST.) and Ashley Turchin (who is currently in NYC) co-founder of ANTHOM.
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
In 2015, I’m really excited to see how much more minimal fashion catches on.  In my opinion, everyone needs to take (at least) one thing off… 😉
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Kara Manos, digital marketing consultant and blogger of Politics of Pretty 

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?

Favorite trends: The waterfall braid, Glowy skin, matching separates. Least favorite: massive ripped denim, ugly sandals, mullet maxi dresses and not so flattering crop tops.

What item could you not live without this year?

My Sam Edelman Over the Knee Boots! Best shoe splurge of the season. Also, my beloved Balenciaga Classic Town bag. My first ‘big girl’ bag I purchased earlier this year.

What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?

For apparel: J.Crew, Zara, T.J. Maxx, H&M, Ginger Boutique in Bethesda, and Urban Chic. For home/shelter and gift shops: American Holiday, Home Goods, CB2, Kate Spade Saturday.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?

Reddz Trading

Best DC place to style watch?

Georgetown or Dupont Circle.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?

Blogs: STYLE MBA, District of Chic, and Gal Meets Glam; Magazines: People StyleWatch, Marie Claire, and PORTER

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)

Olivia Palermo (on her wedding day!), Jessica Alba and Blake Lively!

In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?

Tammy, blogger of A Loyal Love always looks chic. I think I say this every year but my former boss and friend, Kate Bennett of Washingtonian Magazine, MOM & Bride & Groom isn’t afraid to take risks with her outfit choices.

It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?

Bright colored accessories!

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2014?

This year we loved crop tops, fringe accessories and ponchos. And our least favorite trend were those god awful diaper denim shorts, they are far from flattering. We swear, if they return next year we may scream!

What item could you not live without this year?

Boyfriend Jeans.  Finally a trend that’s both fashionable and comfortable. We have pretty much been living in our distressed boyfriend jeans all year long.

What is your favorite place in DC/NYC/Online to shop?

We love Intermix in Georgetown because of their wide selection to shop from. They are always on trend with the latest pieces and we make a point to keep an eye on their sale as they always have awesome designer items that you can find at amazing prices. For online shopping we love Zara, ASOS, NastyGal and Shopbop.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city? 

Ella Rue is the best spot in the city to find vintage treasures. It’s so much fun to play dress up in their handpicked selection of vintage Chanel jewelry and newer designer pieces. Plus we absolutely love the girls there!

Best DC place to style watch? 

Georgetown and U Street. Both areas have such different vibes but both are fun places to people and style watch. You really see it all, from prepster to hipster and everything in between.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?

There are so many favorites but for fashion we frequent We Wore What, Atlantic Pacific, Peace Love Shea and for hair and beauty inspiration we turn to Barefoot Blonde, she creates killer braids.

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)

Olivia Palermo is a constant inspiration for us year after year. She is a timeless beauty and specifically killed it this year rocking the monochromatic look so effortlessly in her own classic way.

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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?

We love Michelle Obama’s classic style and her sculpted arms make everything look good! In the local blogger scene we love Anchyi’s sense of style, she isn’t afraid to take risks when dressing and it pays off because she looks fabulous in everything she wears.
It’s almost 2015! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?

We always look forward to the fresh trends a new year brings us, it’s a chance to update our wardrobes and to try something new. From what we saw from the SS15 runways in New York, we are in for a real treat this year. We were most excited about the 70s inspired looks that hit the runway, we can’t wait to play with this trend for 2015.  But we most look forward to the new year because we just recently launched our business, 52 Thursdays Consulting. We are so excited to offer branding, marketing and styling advice to fashion minded brands and businesses both locally and nationally. Bring it on 2015!

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AND THAT IS THAT GUYS. See you all on the 2015 Style flipside!