by ATFDC Contributor Cami Nezam

First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS to Olympic gold medalist, Gabby Douglas from VA, for winning the Gold in the All-Around Gymnastics, Michael Phelps from MD, for breaking the Olympic record for most medals by any athlete and the entire TeamUSA!

Watching the opening ceremony and the subsequent games this first week of the 2012 Olympics got me thinking about Olympic fashion for the general observer. Hmm what would I wear to Olympic Park to witness the games?

Well obviously it depends on the sport you are attending but one of my simple but favorite outfits for an Olympic event features a maxi dress, gladiator sandals, silver jewelry, aviator sunglasses, and a red cross-body bag to add the full effect of red, white and blue. This outfit is comfortable and trendy, so you will definitely be spectating in style!

Then I thought, London  weather can be rainy and a bit dreary so I would need a look that can factor in the weather but still be cute.

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For a more fun look, this outfit is a perfect inspiration! Union jack high-waisted shorts with a red, ruffled tank top, paired with converse sneakers and a white tote bag.

We can’t forget to include some DC boutiques where you can pick up pieces similar to the ones above!

DC Boutiques

3069 Mt. Pleasant, Washington DC, 20009

South Moon Under
2700 Clarendon Blvd Ste R440, Arlington, VA 22201

Urban Chic
1626 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington DC 20007

Current Boutique
1809 14th St. NW Washington DC 20009

Mustard Seed
349 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814

TEAM USA! Click here for the full Olympic schedule.

Dewdrop is looking for two intern to help in planning and executing our upcoming fun and fashion-forward swap events!

Duties include:

Brainstorm ideas for event themes, flyer design and event aesthetics
Research venues for events
Organize and sign up vendors
Sign on local businesses for raffle/swag bags
Research charities for donation
Create a database of media contacts
Write press releases and blog posts
Promote event on Facebook and Twitter
Post and distribute flyers
Work on event production
Assist with miscellaneous administrative duties

Cover letter and resume are due by Wednesday, August 1st to

The team that’s brought you the most “Fab” fashion insight, restaurant reviews, party recaps, celebrity interviews and more is commemorating its fifth year in business, and is celebrating by giving back.

The Fab Empire, the award-winning site devoted to acting as ‘the pulse’ of the young professional scene in the nation’s hottest cities, is hosting a virtual “Five Years of Fab Book Drive” to benefit students in Baltimore and Washington DC. The Fab Empire hopes to provide students with the tools they need to chase their dreams and achieve success, citing shocking statistics on literacy that prove the academic system in our country needs help.

“Since 1983, 10 million American students have reached the 12th grade without learning how to read,” says the Fab Empire. “With so many cut backs in our educational systems, students need access to books in order to achieve their goals. Let’s bridge that gap.”

The team’s goal is to raise $5,000 in total, to be divided in half between DC Scholars Stanton Elementary and George Washington Elementary School in Baltimore. Donors can make contributions online. Every $2.50 raised translates to one new book for a student in need.

“As young professionals, the first step to making it is giving back.”

If you have a niche for fashion and love cowering the internet for the latest trends, than this is an internship opportunity you do not want to pass up!

Socialbliss, LLC is seeking socially engaged interns for a fashion marketing and blogger position. This position will provide invaluable experience in web social marketing and online blogging - two of the fastest growing skill segments in today’s workforce. This internship will turn into a paid internship or position (within one month) depending on how well the intern understands and is engaged with the Socialbliss website. You can work from home.
Socialbliss is aiming to change the way you discover fashion, beauty and socialize on the web. This is a fun an exciting position in a startup environment. Telecommuting is ok. Must devote at least 10 hours per week.

Instructions to apply: 
1. Please login to and explore the community.
2. Create at least 5 style related Collections and SPOT at least 10 fashion/style/beauty related photos in each Collection.
3. Engage with the community through making COMMENTS on at least 5 images.
4. Then email your Socialbliss profile URL and resume to us.

We are interested in seeing your:
-Knowledge of Fashion
-Types of style related websites, stores, and blogs you utilize on the web
-How you ENGAGE in an online community
-Your social influence
-It is a plus if you have a blog we can review

Candidates who do not turn into permanent paid position will still receive credit for the internship, experience, and training. We will contact applicants that demonstrate best fit.

This is a PAID internship offering $10/hour.

Please send your personal information along with the required information listed above to

Photo courtesy of


Fashionable Reads

July 23, 2012
  • Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne may be harsh sometimes, but defying “fashion police” in Iran could land you in prison, due to the increased chastisement of change-seekers. (Washington Post)
  • Temperatures in DC are heating up, and so are the runways at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach. Mara Hoffman’s collection, inspired by “desert outlaw gypsies,” will surely sculpt swimwear trends for 2013. (Huffington Post)
  • Nothing says summer quite like the fashionable likes of Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and the nation’s hottest up-and-coming designers! If you didn’t catch the premiere of Project Runway, read up on what you missed in time for this Thursday’s episode. (Marie Claire)
  • Let’s be honest: for some of us, the Olympics Games are more about style than stuck landings and flip turns. We’ll see some of the world’s top designers compete on behalf of their country’s teams in the arena this year! Who do you think will take home the sartorial gold medal? (Huffington Post)
  • She let us stand under her umbrella, and now she’s letting us steal her style! We can’t wait to see the clothes Rihanna will be designing for her upcoming collection with the UK brand, River Island. (MTV)
  • We never thought we’d see the day, but major fashion houses such as Lanvin are swapping superhuman models for average Joe’s and Jane’s! Read about the new campaign (before they change their minds). (Yahoo)

photo courtesy of Washington Post

Starting tomorrow, Bethesda MD will be filled with golfers, enthusiasts, and sports fans. While DC has its fair share of sports team - Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals, and the Washington Wizards - very little compares to the fever pitch and the heightened sense of energy that Tiger Woods presence still commands. So as a follow up to our What to Wear to Sporting Events article, we wanted to offer a few stylish recommendations for your trip to Congressional Country Club this weekend.

DC Area Stores

Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102

Tory Burch
Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
McLean, Virginia

Lululemon Athletica
1461 P St Nw, Washington, DC 20005

Ralph Lauren
Tysons Galleria
2001 International Drive
McLean, Virginia

Click here for the full tournament schedule.

(via Fornash)

If fashion has always inspired you and you are thinking of making a career out of it Fornash, Inc. provides a great learning environment through our internship program. Our program allows college students the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge on how a successful retail / wholesale / fashion design business operates.

Our internship programs are available:
Summer Program: mid May – mid August
Fall Program: beginning of September - mid December
Winter Program: mid December – mid January
Spring Program: mid January – beginning of May

Applying for the internship: To apply for our internship program please email us your resume and include a cover letter and references. Please do not send attachments; copy and paste your information in an email. Send your information to Also indicate in your email which program you are interested in applying for – Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.

Hours and College Credit:
*Hours are negotiable based on school work load and availability
*While our internship is an unpaid position, we do offer college credit with the approval and appropriate paperwork from your school.

Required Skills and Experience:
*Working on a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandise but not required. Any degrees can apply for internship. We review all resumes
*Computer Skills - Knowledge of Excel and Word a must
*Computer Skills - Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator a plus but not required
*Some experience with retail sales, merchandising, and customer service
*Exceptional eye for color and designs
*Outgoing personality and strong self-image
*Detail- oriented
*Responsible & reliable

*Assist with daily operations of wholesale business
*Assist with managing wholesale accounts
*Assist with updating, maintaining and managing wholesale inventory
*Generate and maintain invoices for wholesale accounts through QuickBooks
*Fulfillment of goods to wholesale accounts
*Assist with updating and printing wholesale catalog
*Assist with retail business
*Assist in designing products for the store and our wholesale line
*Assist in selecting new products to be sold in the store
*Help design window and store displays
*Help set up and sell at fashion/bazaar shows

To apply for our internship program please email us your resume and include a cover letter and references. Please do not send attachments; copy and paste your information in an email. Send your information to Also indicate in your email which program you are interested in applying for – Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring or our Marketing and Website position.

While our internship is an unpaid position, we do offer college credit with the approval and appropriate paperwork from your school.

Ginger Root Design is a local shop that offers tailoring and eco-friendly design by ReVamp for both men and women. In addition, the shop sells art, jewelry, and accessories made by local artisans. They are currently looking for sewers to join their team.

(via Ginger Root Design)

Tailoring: The available tailoring position will involve a variety of standard alterations of men’s and women’s clothing. Our sewing shop specialty is creative “re-purposing” and “re-imagining” of damaged or unflattering clothes. The available position offers potential growth towards working on more of these inspired projects.

Piece work: The available stitching positions will assist us in producing our DC-sewn, eco-friendly house line. For home contractors, we pay by piece, and require that the first garment is constructed at our shop so that we are on hand for any questions and quality control. To sew our line at home/an alternate location, contractors must have access to a serger, multi-stitch sewing machine, and an iron. We provide all materials, but you need to provide equipment (needles, pins, bobbins, etc.). Stitchers working at our sewing shop will have set hours, depending on our current production schedule, and will use our machines and notions.

**We’re looking for someone with a sunny outlook on life (like our own!), great work ethic, who’s excited by new challages, and genuinely enjoys sewing. We love what we do, and we want you to as well!

Requirements for all available positions:

A minimum of two years professional stitching experience is required. Relevant schooling (either technical college or university) is strongly preferred, but additional experience in tailoring or theatrical costume shops will suffice. Applicants should be comfortable with home and industrial sewing machines, sergers, a variety of hand stitches, and most standard alterations (hemming pants and jacket cuffs, taking in the waist of pants and side seams, rolled hems on dresses, etc.). Knowledge of garment construction is essential.

A sewing test will be administered as part of your job application, and will include:

  • Sewing a lapped zipper and an invisible zipper
  • Rolled hem on a lightweight zipper
  • Hand sewing sample of slipstitch, slant hem stitch, cross or “X” stitch, shanked button, and a snap.

Applicants should e-mail their resume and a short note about themselves to

by ATFDC Contributor Kelsi Zimmerman

It started out as all companies wanting to “Go Green” on behalf saving the world from global warming. Then everyone wanted to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, where proceeds from collections of pink items would go to the Susan G. Komen foundation. All aspects of the retail market were joining in. Whether it was the NFL Shop selling pink gear or purified drinking water brands claiming their packaging was the most eco-friendly containing the least plastic- the marketing tactic to persuade consumers that their company is the most in touch with the problems of the world to gain a competitive advantage is a craze being used by all sorts of retailers.

Now, the fashion industry, at the local and national levels, is really starting to take this marketing tactic and run with it, or should we say design with it. H&M alone has their “Conscious Collection”-a line whose garments’, season after season are made up of sustainable materials. The mass-market retail store also introduced their “Fashion Against AIDS” line, whose garments are inspired this season by tribal patterns. H&M partnered uop with international artists and illustrators to create a custom clothing collection to raise money and bring awareness to the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Other fashion retailers who have decided to join the support of global issues trend include, The GAP who carries the INSPI(RED) logo on various garments to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, founded by humanitarian and U2 singer himself; Bono. Another popular example is footwear brand TOMs. With every purchase of a pair of TOM’S, a pair will be donated to a less fortunate child in Africa.

This movement within the fashion industry to support global issues is even being strongly implemented at the local fashion industry level. Washington, DC is home to the charitable organization Fashion Fights Poverty, whose mission is to alleviate poverty through trade, skill building and community empowerment through the fashion, textiles and design industries. FFP held their annual gala this past March, and will host a special night of shopping at Sheyla’s Boutique of Georgetown tomorrow, Jun.20.

A 21 year old Maryland Native and Senior Fashion Merchandising major at Stevenson University fashion has consumed Kelsi’s life from a young age and continues to as she travels to experience the fashion scenes from various cities across the world. Kelsi is thrilled to be back in the DMV and help bring to light the rising fashion scene right here in DC.