2015 Style Round-Up: By The Pros
BYT at large | Dec 28, 2015 | 12:00PM |

Well, hello there! 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 2015, as well as what they’re looking forward to in 2016. 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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Sarah Zlotnick, Style Editor – Washingtonian, Washingtonian Bride & Groom

instagram @sarahzlot 874 followers, @washbrideandgroom 4.5k followers
photo credit: Andrew Propp

photo credit: Andrew Propp

Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015.

Favorites: Workout leggings with unexpected patterns (have these and love), the Aquazurra Wild Thing heel (and anything else with fringe), and long sleeve dresses and dresses with capes for formal stuff. I’m also not quite ready to retire the ear crawler, especially when it’s simple and only worn on one ear.

Least Favorites: I think we reached peak see-through dress. Including wedding dresses. For me, Beyonce Met Gala 2014 vs. Beyonce Met Gala 2015 says it all. First look: cool and sexy and subtle and YAASS; Second Look: Not even really a proper garment.  And then Rita Ora (poor Rita Ora) wore this, which isn’t even flattering, and I was ready for it all to go away. Also — culottes. Are those ever considered good-looking outside of magazine offices in NYC?
What item could you not live without this year?
 My Beau & Stella Two Constellations necklace! My friend Nina gave them to us as bridesmaids gifts at her wedding this year. One sign is hers, one sign is mine, they’re connected on a delicate gold chain, and I wear it everywhere. It’s like friendship bracelets for grown ups, and I’ve never gotten more compliments on a single piece of jewelry.
Favorite place to shop in DC:
Nomad Yard. I’m not even that into vintage personally, but Desiree Venn Frederic curates a store like you wouldn’t believe. And she’s a total style icon herself (we named her a Style Setter this year), so sign me up for anything I can do to follow in her footsteps. For guys, I’m over the moon that Frank & Oak opened up in the Shay.
Favorite place to shop online:
Ladies, if you have even a semi-professional job in this city and you are not buying wiggle dresses from ASOS, you are missing out. I am not exaggerating when I say I own this silhouette in 5 different shades.
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Gotta give it to Nomad Yard again! Next time you’re brunching at Union Market do yourself a favor and make the 10 minute walk to the store. So worth it.
Best DC place to style watch?
Any gathering of Washington-area wedding pros. They’re all so darn trendy and adorable. (See?)
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?

Meg Biram — her style is just the right mix of fierce and feminine.

Dreams + Jeans — Minimalism just how I like it. She barely ever posts anymore, but I enjoy going through the archives.
Must click on instagrams?
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Ava Duvernay! Her use of color always feels powerful (See #14, 6, and #10 here, and I think this is also nice)

J. Lo, pretty much solely because this is her at her 46th birthday party. I couldn’t have even pulled that off at my 21st birthday party. Also, LOVED this.

Finally, this stretches back a bit before 2015, but Elizabeth Banks. She wears color, texture, and pattern in ways I am seriously in awe of.  Some favorite looks are here, here, and here (scroll to the image below her instagram).
In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Repeating myself again: Desiree Venn Frederic!! She’s truly a visionary, and has so much poise and grace (she’s on the right here;  and i love everything about this shot).
The uber-talented wedding photog Abby Jiu is also such a cutie (see here, here, and here). Her girly style feels right at home in Washington, but she frequently incorporates an unexpected color or cut to make each outfit feel unique.

It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?

I am ready for the rise of mis-matched earrings, especially when one is a statement and one is a smaller stud (these Lizzie Fortunato beauties are great, but I’ve also had my eye on this Elizabeth Cole pair).

 

Desiree Venn Frederic of Nomad Yard

instagram: @xodvf – 19k followers, @nomadyard – 5.6kfollowers

photo by: kwesi abbensetts

photo by: kwesi abbensetts

 

Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015. Favorite Trend: 

Least favorite trend: Donald Trump, if he were a fashion trend he would be jeggings- sheer, tactless nonsense, like seriously there is no justification for either.

What item could you not live without this year?

Omg, I couldn’t live with my re-molded vintage stetson hats. I saw my collection grow to over 200 this year in every color. The lavender and canary yellow stetsons were by far my greatest come up this year!!!!

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

I’m partial to vintage sooo Goodwood and Miss Pixie’s held me down this year. Being the vintage girl that I am, flea markets on the west coast always make me swoon. Like seriously, Washington DC is a flea market + thrift wasteland. It sucks. Majorly! But alas.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?

Ummmm, shameless (not so shameless) plug here but Nomad Yard collectiv. I swear I  shop Uesa Goods Vintage religiously, I just got these oversized tweed trousers from her!!!!!! Wicked good!!! *see pic

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Best DC place to style watch?

I thoroughly enjoyed the fashion at the art centric soiree’s (most overused word of the year btw, along with “curated”). The art openings, galas and such were inspiring. Most notably, the Transformer’s Auction and Gala at the Katzen Arts Center- oh how DC shined BRIGHT that night! s/o Margaret Bakke and her amaze style!!!!

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration? 

hannah magazineintercourse and majestic disorder.

Must click on instagrams?

I have an ever so slight obsession with vintage_american_workwearreorient mag__zeinabou__wethepeopledcnownessartcomesfirst.

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

Hmmm, I do not understand, what is a c e l e b r i t y????

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

Like irl, the guys seriously brought it this year. Les hommes from gentleman’s brim: Tony Gyepi-Garbrah and Sadiki Harriott. and Tamon George. oh and Natto Balladeers!

It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?

I’m opening a new concept space with Andy Shallal called Mule Bone, it’s a restaurant-marketplace-workspace and I can’t say that doesn’t excite me. it also scares the crap out of me lol. I deem it a healthy respect for the work…haha.

 

Morgan H. West, founder A Creative DC

instagram: @ACreativeDC – 30.3k followers @PandaHeadMorgan – 8060 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015?
Gandalf-inspired haircolor ranked high on my list of YES, and the nation’s obsession with white sneakers and athletic-wear fell more or less in line with my closet.
 
What item could you not live without this year?
See above: basically, I did as much as I could to dress like a wizard with an Adidas sponsorship. Is that a thing?
 
What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
Shout out to independently-owned retail, including but not limited to Redeem, Violet Boutique, Nomad Yard, Meeps, Treasury, Maketto, and Akae; a salute to DC-based accessories + apparel designers, including but not limited to Réve Artwear, DeNada Design, Printed Wild, Premium Co, Emma Marty, Nativedanger, Hugh & Crye, GLOSSRAGS, and Mallory Shelter; and three cheers for the independently-run blogs, media, and the freelance force of stylists, photographers, etc who help promote and otherwise make DC look good, style-wise, including but not limited to DISTRIKT DC, Moonrise District, The Glossier, Emma McAlary, Kate Warren, Politiquette, Afro Velvet, Immortal Beloved, Kevin WilsonLaura Metzler, Mila & Fire and Dejah Greene.
 
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Value Village is my go-to, but I found a great beret on the sidewalk last year so really I mean just keep your eyes peeled, guys!
 
Must click on instagrams?
@nadinematar and @ohsurewinston make amazing imagery together and apart, @tonygyerr and @districtdodger both have super stylish/lifestyle-ish feeds, @kateegreene because ALWAYS, @therealbfree for fashion portraiture, @scissorandcombsalon for real-people hair inspiration, and @c.har.lee because she keeps me young.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
BLONDE KIM KARDASH-DASH.
 
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Koleco from Last Niight Music, Ayes Cold, Cathy Chung of Meeps + Treasury (always and forever), Tara Papanicolas of Los Gitanos Vintage, N’Jeri Agyeman of DC Style Factory, Tamon George + Gary Williams of The Creative Theory, interiors whiz Mike Grady, and all of us who have ever once felt this feeling on a Saturday night.

James Majewski, Hugh & Crye

instagram: @HughAndCrye 4969 followers, @JMajewski 1850 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015.

Athleisure was everywhere this year and can be put into both favorite/least favorite. Joggers – came and went for most people. I can say that I did give them a shot; very comfortable but can feel a bit too casual at times. But I’ll never complain about a great looking fitted t-shirt.

What item could you not live without this year?

Blazers – year round. Blazers got a bad rap for being navy with brass buttons for so long. I see more and more guys with multiple styles in their collection. I’m sure I have more than most guys, but I wear them all the time. Throw it on over a tee, like a jacket or dress up a casual look. I’m going with wingtip brogue boots, denim and a blazer most of the time. Works for most occasions.

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

Always love to see what everyone is doing online. Even If I’m not shopping for something, just having great content and user experience is a huge plus. Our friends at Huckberry do it well.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?

Nomad Yard Collectiv – is such an amazing space that tells a cool story. The merchandising is done so well, that even if vintage isn’t your thing, you can still find something that you like.

Best DC place to style watch?
Union Market on the weekend is always great to see what everyone is throwing on to get their day started or planning for what’s ahead. Grab a seat outside on the nice days with a coffee from Peregrine and a chicken biscuit from Mason Dixie. It’s the perfect start to any weekend.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
Four Pins, Valet (editor-in-chief is a DC guy), and GQ will always give you some quality tips and trends.
Must click on instagrams?
Tamon_(Tamon George) and MasterWilliams (Gary Williams Jr.). #GoodPeople with a ton of talent behind the lens. They’re breaking through and always working on something new. Follow them on Instagram and get to know them IRL. You won’t regret it.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
I kept a pretty close eye on Eddie Redmayne earlier in the year. He wore one of our pocket squares in a photo shoot for Men’s Health. I had no idea it was happening and right after he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He used to model and has a very cleaned up style that I like.
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Such a great question! Everyone has their own taste. I like to be cleaned up, but not stuffy. Tamon George is great at showcasing layers of personality with what he wears. Victor Zapanta modeled some of our blazers and has a very clean, edgy look, that’s fashion forward for DC. Jake Shields – As cleaned up as you can get with a massive red beard that makes everyone stare. Such a great look! Sorry ladies they’re all taken.
It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
More patterns for guys. It’s going to happen. The District is still very conservative for Men’s fashion. We’re kind on the forefront of seeing evolution of Men’s Fashion and like where it’s heading.

Kate Warren, Photographer

instagram: @GoKateShoot 4293 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015?

Fav: A-line miniskirts are the perfect way to dress up a casual look while making your legs look amazing. You also avoid the perpetual “skirt ooch” where a tight mini skirt creeps higher and higher and your legs while you walk. A little leather A-line mini is a wardrobe staple this season.

Least fav: Earth-tone 70’s reincarnations and flared denim capris. Die.

What item could you not live without this year?
My black and white graphic Puma high tops have become my go-to shoe for everything from biking to meetings to cocktail parties and galas.

What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
I always find something cool/minimal at Redeem on 14th St, and I trawl the sale racks at Hu’s Wear and end of season deals. I’m not big on online shopping since I’m a pretty tactile shopper, but Cos, Catbird, and & Other Stories give me access to brands who don’t have brick and mortar locations in DC.
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Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
I’m big into shopping vintage for home decor, and for that the good people and extensive collections at Peg Leg Vintage and Off the Beaten Track can’t be beat.

Best DC place to style watch?
Sunday brunch shows at Hole in the Sky art collective. Great music, great food by Milk Cult, and always interesting people in a laid back environment.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
I don’t follow many blogs anymore, but I’ve been a loyal Garance Dore for years. She’s expanded her content and focus over the last few years by growing her team, and I find her voice to be fresh, relatable, and fun. I check Nowness.com for daily inspiration from famous artists, musicians, and other creatives.
The art direction in New York magazine, Out magazine, W magazine, T magazine, WSJ magazine, Paper magazine, always impress me.

Must click on Instagrams?
@petrafcollins was shortlisted for the Time Instagram account of the year, and rightly so. This young photographer has a distinctive, fem-focused visual style with an honest tone and is friends with fashion darling and actress Tavi Gevinson. She posts images of her fashion editorial work next to photos of a zit that’s bothering her for a vibe that feels like the journal of a 19 year old who’s way cooler than you and watches obscure cult classic movies from the 70’s. Girl crush.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Karlie Kloss, Emma Stone, Cara Delevigne
In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Anchyi Wei always looks sartorial and impeccable, while remaining very much herself.
It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
For 2016 I’m excited to expand my high top sneaker collection and find the perfect leather jacket while SIMPLIFYING. I’ll continue developing my personal uniform. As a self employed creative, my wardrobe needs to do double duty of being functional while still reflecting my creativity, and I find having a loose canon of personal style parameters really helpful.

Tamon George, photographer & content creator

instagram: @tamon_ 11.4k followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015.  

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What item could you not live without this year? 

Denim Jackets

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

Levi’s

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?

Hyattsville – Unique Thrift

Best DC place to style watch?

Howard University

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?

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Must click on instagrams? 

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

Tim Gunn

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

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It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about? 

Hopefully winter shows up so I can wear Pea Coats.

Jeimy, of MoonRise District

instagram: @MoonRiseDistrict 1946 followers

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Let’s talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015?

Minimal, monochromatic looks dominated my closet and Pinterest board in 2015!

What item could you not live without this year?
My black backpack. So much easier than a purse and all my necessities fit right in.

What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
DC can be a pretty expensive city to live and shop and being a teacher (hello, budget spending) I have to spend my shopping money wisely. I usually bargain shop for clothes at TJ Maxx + Target, with a lot of F21 online shopping. I will spend some $$$ on shoes, though,  and I love popping my head in at MAJOR in Georgetown and checking out their selection of sneakers!

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Does my mom’s closet count!?

Best DC place to style watch?
Maketto! Every time I’m in there, I’m surrounded by so many different people with so many different styles. I’m always inspired leaving out of there.

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What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
Stylish Gambino, Karla’s Closet, + Collage Vintage are my every day reads.

Must click on Instagrams?
@jessifrederick, @collagevintage, @collagevintage2

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Sienna Miller KILLS it every year, so I am going to just assume she killed it this year as well.

In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Monling Lee is always so sharp! And Erik Bruner Yang has fly kick game!

It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
I’m excited about cooler weather! I really hope DC gets itself together and acts like it’s winter already. I love jackets, sweaters, and layers so I am mostly excited to be able to wear those things again.

Meg Biram, Lifestyle Blogger – MegBiram.Com

instagram @megbiram, 32k followers

photo by Laura Metzlar

photo by Laura Metzlar

What item could you not live without this year?

My suitcase! Did a lot of traveling this year.
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What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
Redeem on 14th and in there are a few spots in Georgetown I like to hit up — Intermix, Club Monaco, Cusp, Alice & Olivia, Rag & Bone, ZARA, and Barneys. But I mostly shop online — Shopbop, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Zady, Anine Bing, I could go on for hours…
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Nomad Yard
Best DC place to style watch?
Any event, Washingtonians are always dressed well. Also, since my studio is in Georgetown I see a lot of students. And there just happens to be a lot of foreign students (and American students) with amazing fashion sense (and disposable income).
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
Oh my, so many. For fashion magazines Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Porter, and Marie Claire are my faves.
Blogs, how much time do you have? A few are Sincerely Jules, Damsel, Happily Grey, and Gary Pepper has the most amazing photos.

Must click on instagrams?
to name a few…
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid killed it this year.

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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Eun Yang (NBC Washington morning anchor) always looks amazing.
Monling Lee always impresses me!
Sara and I basically have the same style, so I always love her outfit.

It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
Even though I don’t like winter, I am excited to wear all of my new coats, sweaters, and boots. But I’d prefer it to be a short and not too cold winter…
 I love the minimalism trend — goes well with my new book The Life Edit. And I love the concept of building amazing staples that you love, and shopping thoughtfully. I’ve gotten much better about this over the years.

Monling Lee, architect & instagram inspiration

instagram: @MonlingLee 77.9k followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015.
Favorite trend that will continue to stay well into 2016: Culottes, wide and bright a la Yasmin Sewell. Least favorite? Adidas slides with socks.
What item could you not live without this year?
Pointed flats in assorted colors.
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What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
DC brick and mortar: Secondi for high-end designer treats.
Online: JCrew for colorful basics.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Vintage: Vintage Vagabond and Treasury.
Second Hand: Secondi, Mustard Seed, and Reddz.

Best DC place to style watch?
U Street/14th and Shaw neighborhoods continue to gain great traction in the style game, particularly after the addition of some incredible retailers at the Shay and Atlantic Plumbing.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
Who even reads blogs anymore with the profusion of visual materials on various social media platforms? Nowadays it is Instagram all the time for me. The number of rabbit holes I sometimes find myself go through are quite enough. However, I do make an attempt to browse through the Runway section of Vogue.com after each fashion season to see what my favorite designers have presented.

Must click on instagrams?
Current favorites:
Fashion: @C_L_O
Lifestyle: @Alice_Gao
Built Environment: @GEORGE_BYRNE
DC: @Ellievanhoutte

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Am I allowed to say Solange again? Well she continues to impress through her incredible use of color and great creative projects. I own two pairs of solange X Puma sneakers and I NEVER wear sneakers.
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
The ladies who own and operate some of the best vintage establishments in the city: Tara Papanicolas of Vintage Vagabond and Desiree Venn Frederic of Nomad Yard Collectiv.

It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
I have been getting into sewing lately and have started to use some of these items in my feed (see dress with Solange X Puma sneakers). Making my own things really opened up a new world where I have more control of color choices and silhouettes. I can’t wait to do more of this in 2016!

Lauren Joseph, photo editor & photographer – Washingtonian

instagram: @laurenjoseph 972 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015?
Favorite Trends of 2015: the 70s!! give me all the low cut tops/dresses/jumpers, high waisted everything, faux fur, and skinny scarves!
Least Fav: expensive athleisure…I still don’t get it.
What item could you not live without this year?
My black pointed toe flats and my backpack [in place of a one shoulder purse] my back has thanked me all year long
What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
Legendary Beast, Nomad Yard, Current Boutique and I somehow always find *treasures* in Nordstrom Rack so I have to include them (shout out to the location right next to my work place…). I love scoring unique looks from ASOS online. They also have amazing sales!
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
see #3
Best DC place to style watch?
My favorite style watching spots include the yellow/green metro lines toward Greenbelt and/or H St NE.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
I live and breathe W Mag. I also love NY Mag. They are brilliant. And I am a very loyal Garance Dore blog follower.
Must click on Instagrams?
oh gosh so many… let me see if I can just pick a few…@sarahshermansamuel, @urbanbushbabes, @acreativedc, @famousbtsmagazine, @christenebarberich, @reformation, @workforbillc, @logancolephoto, @vanityfair and @chelseahandler
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)

Emma Stone for this Elie Saab dress alone…that color!!

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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
I love seeing what Desiree Venn Frederic and Tara Papanicolas each put together..they are both magical, inventive women!
It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
I’m really looking forward to seeing how androgynous fashion is interpreted in 2016.

Alicia Chew, of Alicia Tenise

instagram: @AliciaTenise 8479 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015.

Favorite trends of 2015 include culottes and fringe. It was nice to be able to wear fringe outside of a music festival and not look too much like a boho queen! I mainly gravitated toward fringe accessories such as shoes and handbags. I also was surprised at how much I liked culottes this year. When they’re done right, they’re super flattering, chic and incredibly comfortable. It almost feels like you’re wearing pajamas! Least favorite would have to be cropped flares. It’s a ridiculous fit that doesn’t look good on anyone.

What item could you not live without this year?
I’ve had this metallic vegan leather jacket from Free People for a few years now that’s so unique and unexpected and always earns me some compliments. It’s perfect for a first date, a cocktail party, work, really anything. It’s a refreshing change from a sea of black moto jackets out there.

What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
The staff at various South Moon Under locations in the area know me so well, it’s almost like we’re family. They carry a lot of my favorite brands (Free People, Rebecca Minkoff, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, etc), and the price point really works for me at this stage in my career. I do a lot of online shopping at ASOS as well, I find some of the most unique pieces I own there and you really can’t beat the price point. If I ever have a special night out or need a new outfit for an event, I tend to go to ASOS first.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Reddz Trading in Georgetown is my favorite place to get vintage pieces. I love the mix of brands they carry, everything from mall favorites such as ZARA and J.Crew up to super high-end brands like Alexander McQueen and Manolo Blahnik. It’s a great way for me, a girl who’s on an entry-level marketing budget, to buy some of my favorite luxury designers!

Best DC place to style watch?
Anything music-related. I love going to shows, and watching people at U Street Music Hall, 9:30 Club, Black Cat, the inaugural Landmark Festival — it reminds me that in a somewhat conservative city, there are some seriously stylish creatives in our town.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
I usually check in with Refinery 29 and The Everygirl daily for inspiration. I’ve been super into home decor blogs lately, and The Everygirl’s home tour section is perfect for a 20-something trying to decorate on a budget.

Must click on Instagrams?
My favorites on Instagram include @monlinglee @theserenagoh and @whitv. Each feed is super different from one another, but they all inspire me.

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Lupita Nyong’o is my ultimate style crush/girl crush/life goals. She always manages to look flawless, and I love how she plays around with color and isn’t afraid to rock the boldest trends. I don’t even buy magazines that often, but if Lupita is on the cover it’s game over. Take my money!

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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
My blogging peers Meg Biram and Natalie Pinto from The Fashionably Broke are killing the fashion game in D.C. Their blogs are daily reads for me, and I love that they’re both two super confident, super successful women who are not afraid to try the latest trends. They both inspire me to bust out of my shell a little bit and have more fun with fashion.

It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
Red carper season. I’m getting surgery in a few weeks and I’ll be out for a couple of months, so I’m looking forward to finding my new favorite fashionistas from the comfort of my couch.

Emma McAlary, photographer

instagram: @emcalary 2553 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015

The worst of this year was the sarong pant. No thank you! I don’t want to look like I went to the bathroom in my pants. The best is neutral subdued colors. I’m digging the whole simple Scandinavian Vibe that is emerging. I love what Everlane is doing and places like Kit and Ace. My brain is sometimes too busy to comprehend my closet so the simple and sophisticated look helps a whole lot. I also need to look inconspicuous as a photographer at events or on shoots. I’m usually highlighting the colorful/ However, I can’t forget dusty rose! One of the best colors of 2015!

What item could you not live without this year?
I couldn’t live without my mules embarrassingly purchased from Urban Outfitters. They went with almost every thing from casual to fancy. I am starting to see a trend in my answers. This was the year of being too busy and needing “easy- goes-with everything” fashion! And comfy since I’m a photography and up on my feet most days. Also, I’m a huge fan of Madewell’s brass jewelry selection. Minimal and goes with everything!
What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
My favorite place in DC to shop is definitely Redeem. You can get all those pieces of dark and neutral colors , but if you need so extra pizzazz they’ve got it too. I also love the Georgetown Madewell. I’m so self conscious and I abhor dressing rooms, but the ladies always go the extra mile to help me in the fitting room. I plunged into the jumpsuit arena because of those ladies.  Online it would have to be Everlane or Moore Seal. Easy peasy fashion. Simple tops and pretty brass and gold jewelry.
Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
I totally am enamored with Nomad Yard Collectiv. Desiree and the collective are really filling a void. Household items and clothing very well curated. They also do important community events in the space. They are killin’ it. I also like Meeps for my nostalgic 80s and 90s fashion needs. I don’t wear much of that, but I sometimes need a Saved By the Bell fix.
Best DC place to style watch?
The best place to style watch is definitely at art shows around the community. I’m always admiring and taking notes of D.C. creatives . It doesn’t matter what venue.
What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
I gotta say I take a lot of photos for fashion blogs , but I get most of my style inspiration from Instagram or Pinterest (is that embarrassing?). However, I think Cathy from Poor Little It Girl really does a good job putting together accessible fashion. It is stylish and affordable. In terms of magazines I usually read travel magazines or look at catalogues. I’m digging all the imagery coming out of the Philly shop United By Blue. They are moody and outdoorsy and I love it.
Must click on instagrams?
Monling Lee’s instagram nails it for color blocking. Other instagram’s I can’t live without are @kellysmithphoto and @lisadengler. They’ve got that moody and neutral Scandinavian thing I love so much. Kelly’s is mixed with a lot of woodsy outdoor stuff too.
Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year?
Chloe Sevigny will always and forever KILL it in my eyes. I have such a girl crush on her. She is so classic, cool and a little bit retro.
In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians
Desirée Venn Frederic who helms Nomad Yard Collectiv. She dresses the exact opposite of me and it always wows me. I’m always left a little breathless when I see her well thought out and adventurous ensembles. She looks like a walking piece of art. For the more subdued look I really think Lori Parkerson from Redeem has it going on.
 
It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
I’m excited about doing more fashion photos for clients! I’m also excited to see how DC grows as a fashionable city. New fashion retailers are popping up everywhere. Steven Alan? What?!

Jennifer Barger, of DC Style Factory

twitter: @DCJNell

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite 2015?
The good: It might incite a riot (sorry vegan pals), but I really like the fur and shearling that showed up this fall—shearling bags, fuzzy vests, even Hobbit-y shoes. Too bad global warming means I haven’t needed my new pink rabbit fur coat much yet, but I have hope for a few blizzards in early 2016.

Fur (photo by Callan Swenson)
The bad: Like their cousins, the knee-high gladiator sandal, lace-up flats and pumps with those skinny straps meant to climb up your leg give me hives. They don’t flatter anyone, especially since they leave weird indents in your legs. Oh, and there have been too many weird, shapeless long vests lately. Just because it doesn’t have arms doesn’t keep it from looking like a bathrobe.

What item could you not live without this year?
I treated myself to a Marni Lucite necklace—on sale, of course—and my cost-per-wear is getting close to $1 a time now——I often put it on three times a week. It’s dramatic, colorful and people can tell it’s expensive, in a good way. I hate the saying “investment piece,” but it really is that. I’m also loving my Kiki Lynn shirtdress—it’s by local designer Kimberly McKinley, and I think her works is stylish and so wearable.

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What is your favorite place in DC/Online
I spend a lot of time at Tysons Corner shopping with clients, so I’ve been more of a mall rat lately, namely as in Nordstrom and Madewell…the latter has such great tomboy sweaters. But I also love Hu’s Shoes and Hu’s Wear in Georgetown—such inspiring stuff, and great boots. Online, I obsess over the more avant-garde styles from Tibi (I got a great caped dress from them this fall) as well as the well-curated pieces at La Garconne — think Margiela, Marant et al.

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city to shop?
For vintage dresses and coats, Amalgamated in Virginia is my jam. The owner, Shelley, is friendly, the stock is high quality and I’m always inspired when I go in. The mod 1960s dresses for evening are a real strength. For bargains, Look Again Resale Shop (920 King St., Alexandria, Va.) boasts a second floor with steals on clothing (I bought Milly pants there once for $14!) and a lower level packed with vintage barware and china.

Best DC place to style watch?
Any dance performance or art gallery opening; I feel like arts patrons and artists really bring it style wise, indulging in colors, unusual designers and a vintage jacket or two. Specifically, events at the Hirshhorn or any Washington Ballet performance.

What are your favorite blogs and magazines?
Vogue’s fashion layouts (please, Grace Coddington, never retire) always wow me—there’s just a quality to the photography and styling that no other pub matches. For reading, Elle is smart and fun—the beauty coverage in particular keeps me reading.
Blogs: Not Dressed As Lamb for killer 40-plus fashion; Style By Emily Henderson for home décor ideas and her sunny, funny writing.

Must click on instagrams?
I’m addicted to the feed of Natalie Joos of Tales of Endearment—not only does she have boho-babe style, she travels to interesting places and shoots them in interesting ways. There’s also a crazy feed, @vintage_daily, that posts throwback fashion and celeb shots for style inspiration (like a young Mia Farrow in a butterfly mask, oh my!). It brightens my mornings, and reminds me to try for glamor daily.

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Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year?
I’m always in awe of Cate Blanchett (the 1950s outfits in “Carol” are so glowing), but Amal Clooney also rocked it this year. She manages to be both glam, a little geeky and always beautiful. George is a nice accessory, too.

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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
She’s my friend (and client), so maybe I’m biased, but I think Philippa Hughes of The Pink Line Project always kills it—she combines colors, patterns and great designers in such a bright and bold way. She’s my happy fashion heroine!

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It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
For my male clients (and my husband), I’m glad that dapper Atlanta retailer Sid Mashburn is now open in Georgetown. His shirts, pocket squares and suiting are well-made and good-looking. And hey, in the same nabe, welcome back Club Monaco! That’s one of the most underrated chain stores ever, and I’m adding it to where I take clients shopping (oh, and myself—their blazers rule).

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E of District of Chic

instagram @DistrictofChic – 3013 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015.
Favorite: Lace-up everything (sandals, boots, tops, dresses – you name it, I wanted to lace it)
Least Favorite: the head to toe, all red look – a little hard on the eyes to be honest

What item could you not live without this year?
All about the bandanas – such a cheap and easy way to make an outfit just a little bit more badass.

What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
Salt and Sundry, Net-a-Porter, ASOS, Zara, Shopbop

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
Tari, Good Wood

Best DC place to style watch?
14th St (great cafe selection to sit with a cocktail and people watch)

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
Maja Wyh all the way (girl can layer like nothing I’ve ever seen), W Magazine

Must click on instagrams?
@lucylaucht (total travel porn), @parkncube (flat lay master), @thriftsandthreads, @morningslikethese, @hey_im_kate, @dcfoodporn, @parisinfourmonths

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Ugggh, I want to kick myself in the teeth for saying this, but Kendall Jenner. She’s has a way of being somewhat edgy and trendy without overdoing it.

In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Holly of Petite Flowers PresentsMeg Biram

It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
Ridiculous, colorful faux fur!

Kandace Banks of Kandace

instagram: @_Kandace 1463 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of 2015?
There’s a guy named Phil Oh that photographs trends on the street for Vogue, and I literally sit and  stare at each one of his images (there are hundreds). He is one of the reasons why I fell in love with street style/lifestyle images, along with my first love, The Sartorialist. I’ve been stalking The Sartorialist for years.

My least favorite trends of 2015 were: the ill-fitting high-waisted mom jeans, with the platform sandals/sneakers and crop top, and the oversized round sunglasses with colored lipstick. Also, I absolutely hated everything Yeezy this year (but I still love Kanye).

What item could you not live without this year?
This is going to sound so basic – I could not live without my white Zara racerback tank tops. In the summer I wore one almost every day; in the fall I wore them under all my blazers and jackets; this winter I’m going to use them to layer everything. I need to re-up on a whole new batch for 2016.

What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
I’d have to say Rent the Runway in Georgetown, just because their interior design skills are top notch. But most of my favorite pieces are from Karen Millen and BCBG in Georgetown. Everything else that I own is Zara and H&M. Fancy on a budget!

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Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
I haven’t been to a thrift store in years. I know that I could definitely find some gems in there, if only I had the patience or time to scrounge around… which I don’t.

Best DC place to style watch?
I love going to events around the city and observing everyone’s personal style. I’m the person at the party that’ll approach you and say, “Hey, I really like your look.”

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
The Sartorialist’s blog has inspired me for years. He does these “On the Street” posts where he features someone who’s just looking amazing in everyday life. He’s very opinionated, but I appreciate people who know what they do and don’t like. He was one of the first photographers that I fell in love with.

Must click on Instagrams?
Of course I have to start off with @streetetiquette. Then I follow @manrepeller because her caption game is crazy. And I love how Solange (@saintrecords) is a celebrity who puts genuine artistic effort and personality into her Instagram. I’ve also been following Californians @lusttforlife and @grantlegan since Day 1. I’ve probably liked every single photo that they’ve ever posted. My favorite local IG has always been @las_estrellas, who moved from DC to Brooklyn.

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
I really don’t worship any celebrity’s style. Most of the time, they have someone else dressing them any way.

In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?
Omg – Kelly Kinnear Hunter from Canada! She’s been living in DC, and every single time I see her she is KILLING it! I’m always excited to find out what she’ll wear next. She also has the greatest sense of humor; she always has something super interesting to say. She’s just an all-around great person.

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It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
Well… I have a few projects up my sleeve in 2016 that I am very excited about. I always love collaborating with other people and discovering what kinds of great ideas we can come up with together. Plus I’m addicted to pushing myself outside my little box. So those are the mysterious fashion-centric things I’m excited about.

Marissa Mitrovich, Politiquette

Instagram: @Politiquette 343 followers

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Lets talk trends. Favorite/least favorite of?
Favs: Model squads; colored faux fur, worn best by the The Chanels of Scream Queens; fringe; waistcoats, especially by one of my favorite designers Alix of Bohemia; Phoebe Philo inspired white sneakers with everything!
Not so much: Furry, fluffy mules.  Crop tops.  Mercury in retrograde.

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What item could you not live without this year?
I couldn’t narrow it down…  A pair of ear crawlers I purchased at Loft is the best $7 I spent on fashion; anything/everything Isabel Marant, her clothing inspires my off duty vibe; Vans sk8-hi zips; my navy
Celine bag; Maison Margiela 4 finger ring set.

What is your favorite place in DC/Online to shop?
DC: Ron David is SO GOOD; City Center; Lab 1270; Sherman Pickey
Online: Net-a-Porter; Shopbop; Forward by Elyse Walker; Moda Operandi; Zara; J.Crew; Nordstrom especially “Space” emerging and advanced designers curated by Olivia Kim

Your favorite thrift/vintage spot in the city?
I don’t know a lot about vintage shopping, but I recently picked up some amazing rhinestone earrings from “Vintage Lately” which is a local vintage collection from Emily Rubin.  House of Pia is also a great vintage couture option.  My friend Rachel Cothran of Project Beltway has kindly agreed to teach me more about vintage shopping in 2016 and this will be something I feature on Politiquette.

Best DC place to style watch?
Union Market; The Halls of Congress; Town Danceboutique

What are your favorite blogs and magazines for style inspiration?
The Business of Fashion; Atlantic-Pacific; V Magazine; Elle; Cosmopolitan; my IG “suggestions” feed; Dazed; Nylon; Juxtapoz; Poor Little It Girl; Wall Street Journal; NY Times Fashion and T Magazine; The Cut; The Gentlewoman

Must click on Instagrams?
Politiquette (obviously) @politiquette
Olivia Kim @oliviakim
China Chow @china_chow
Colette @colette
Street Etiquette @streetetiquette
DeNada Design @denadadesign
Necessary and Proper @nec_and_proper
Suki Waterhouse @sukiwaterhouse
Broad City @broadcity
Gucci @gucci
Buscemi @buscemi
FotoDC @fotoweekdc

Which celebrity killed it in the fashion game this year? (photos encouraged!)
Julianne Moore is so fierce no matter what the setting.  Also, female DJ/fashion muse Mia Moretti, I crush on her.
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In your opinion, who are the best-dressed Washingtonians?

FLOTUS; Ron Edwards of Ron David Designs; Van Bloys of Necessary and Proper; Heather Podesta,
power lobbyist of Heather Podesta + Partners; Laura Cox Kaplan, executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers;
Superwaxx, artist; The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg a.k.a. Notorious RBG, Supreme Court Justice who
definitely inspired my fashion this year.  She’s chic, seriously!

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It’s almost 2016! What fashion-centric things are you excited about?
There are style trends for every emotion reflected by spring 2016 designer collections and I can’t wait to
integrate them into my own daily style: romantic lace, sexy bedroom lace, feminine ruffles, tie-dye (a
favorite style trend of mine since I was a kid growing up in southern CA, Raquel Allegra nails this trend)
and everything Dynasty sparkle/sequin inspired!

I’m also excited for spring and winter fashion weeks; the Trust for the National Mall Annual Luncheon,
White House Correspondents Association Dinner, Transformer DC art auction and the Kennedy Center
Honors (some of the best of DC fashion happens at these events); the National Political
Conventions/Elections – I swear many dos and don’ts of fashion happen at these events in a major way; and the official launch of Politiquette in January 2016.

AND THAT IS THAT GUYS. See you all on the 2016 Style flipside!