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Words and photos: Britt Elyse Nelson

D.C. will never be Paris. It will never be New York, it will never be Tokyo, it will never be San Francisco and thank god it’ll ever be L.A. It’s got its own quirks and its own charms, and although it may never measure up to its famous metropolis brethren on the style front, it’ll be damned if some of its residents aren’t making an effort to get us there. We’re here to document what real DCists are wearing out and about on our city streets; like it or not, these people are out there and they’re in this post and you’re going to have to live with it. (Haters to the left.) So as we find ourselves blanket-deep in cold weather, let’s take a peek at some real looks keeping D.C. warm.


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When choosing an outfit, a staple piece/ focal point is always a great start. I would definitely say her vintage vest was her staple piece and her jacket and accessories brought out each unique color in her vest.


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You can’t go wrong with camo pants and a denim shirt. Each layer of his outfit definitely complimented the next all the way down to his gold Nikes.


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It’s cold outside so don’t be afraid to mix textures. Denim and faux fur make a stylish contrast that will definitely keep you warm. It’s always eye catching when someone is wearing faux fur in unique color like the auburn jacket seen in the picture.


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I loved his vintage plaid jacket with the wool lining (function and fashion). Cuffed pants and a bike chain to add the finishing touches make for a great look.


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I loved her custom jean jacket with tribal print sleeves; her pink floral scarf added a great bohemian touch to the outfit just because it’s cold does’t mean you can bring out those summer accessories.

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Black is always in fashion. What caught my eye was the contrast in the length of layers. I loved the unique style of a long sweaters underneath a caped hoodie. Let’s not forget the furry friend on his feet (Jeremy Scott Adidas).

It’s all in the small details…Cuffed jeans is a super trend seen on the streets right now, but what caught my eye were his cuffed sleeves. Black and grey are a simple but stylish masculine combination.



Play with your clothes. Nothing is meant to be worn one way and this guy knows it. Upright right hoodies and fedora hats make a stylish pair (plus points for rocking a fedora without irony).


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