Graduating from Howard University, Britt Elyse Nelson is a photojournalist living in Washington D.C. She specializes in capturing and sharing the creative essence of individuals as they display their unique street style throughout the District. This column is here to highlight each resident of the D.C. who has a true appreciation for fashion and style.
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.”
Student/Music Contributor for Opening Ceremony
“Things that inspire my style: Trader Joe’s employees, Cam’ron circa 2003, my younger brother, ‘Spice World’ extras, Happy Meals, Patti Smith, OCNY shop kids, ‘Treehouse of Horror III,’ Aaliyah’s pants in the ‘Hot Like Fire’ video, high school bands, Goosebumps book covers; sorry I stole your look.”
“I would describe my style as feminine and classic with a modern edge. I always wear accessories to complete my look. In a perfect world, I would wear full skirts with heels every day, but because I’m always running around for work, I pretty much live in ballet flats and tapered pants.”
Store Associate at Buffalo Exchange
“I love fun and unique retro pieces. My closet is filled with amazing vintage. My favorite fashion decades are the 1960s and ’70s and those patterns and cuts seem to find their way into my wardrobe. Fashion can transport you to another time and place and that’s what I love about it.”
Visiting from Paris
“Honestly I don’t know how to describe my style, other than me just being myself.”
By Britt Elyse Nelson
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