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Words and photos: Britt Elyse Nelson

While the District’s never garnered the most fashionable reputation, we have to give credit where credit is due. D.C. hails a variety of people from the young to the beautiful, the intelligent and all that’s in between. These unique people bring a variety of style and fashion that ultimately fuel  the culture of the District. This column simply documents the different styles of those unique individuals who walk the city streets. As the great Alexander McQueen said himself, “It’s a new era in fashion – there are no rules. It’s all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together.”

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Siobhan O’Neill, Store Manager at Buffalo Exchange

“My style inspiration comes from so many sources but primarily from being observational living in the city, and gathering ideas from people I see on the street. I work in resale fashion so my creativity is constantly working and I’ll try different things out all the time, though sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. Overall, the types of styles that tend to stick with me (and stay in my closet) are romantic, goth-inspired, girly yet functional.”



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DJ Underdog

“I get inspired by people that live in retirement homes. My closet is assembled from thrift shop raids with friends over the past 12 years. I like fusing religious themes with modern aesthetics as well.”



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Kelli Walters, Creator of Pixie Kitsune

“I’m inspired by colors, prints and textures, as well as movies, books, and art. I’ve been known to change my style on a whim. This look is a mix of ‘Blade Runner’ meets Molly Millions from the William Gibson novel, ‘Neuromancer.'”



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Jackie Goldenberg

“I’m a ’90s kid with a Woodstock vibe, and both are conveyed in the way I dress. My fashion sense strongly reflects my personality, which is probably why it is ever-changing. Each day offers a new opportunity to express myself through what I wear. I try to keep it real; every day is a dress-for-yourself kind of day.”



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Rafeena Ahmed

“My style definitely changes depending on the time of year, but the most consistent element of my style is a balance between masculine and feminine pieces. I love really feminine silhouettes from the 1950s and 1960s paired with the edgier and louder pieces from the ’80s.”


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