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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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Audrey Melton
Contributing photographer for DCist and Refinery 29
“At its core, my style is a uniform with oddball additions. I’m almost always in black denim, a shirt in some shade of the grayscale, boots, and my camera bag. My outfits have to be able to handle work and dancing. Aside from that, I love anything that flows and moves around me.”
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KC Cambrel
Stylist / Visual Coordinator at Tory Burch
“I would describe my style as sharp, unexpected and transitional. I tend to build outfits around key pieces that can be styled several different ways. My key piece this fall is the denim shirt.”



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Melinda Diachenko
Chief Orchestrator of Pink Line Project, Creative Services Specialist of CustomInk
“I grew up with an extensive costume chest filled with my mother’s old clothes from the ’60s and ’70s, dance leotards, and theatre/Halloween costumes. Many of the items from that chest later became part of my wardrobe. The chest represents how I assemble my closet: parts of it from others, parts of it from fantasy and parts from creation. I view fashion as a blend between imagination, nostalgia and composition.”



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Whitney Conti
Graphic Designer
“Things that inspire my style: pink plastic lawn flamingos, women’s curves in the ’70s, the color matrimony between fig and avocado, and the belief that you should pick what you want to be doing/how you want to feel first, then dress accordingly i.e sometimes it’s a vintage briefcase day and sometimes it’s a skateboard day.”

 To contact Britt, email her at [email protected].