by ATFDC Contributor Emily Cirillo

The Republican National Convention was held this past week, concluding Thursday night with Governor Romney’s nomination acceptance speech. In true Washington style we all watched for the party platforms, big speakers, and for some of us Fashhiontonians: the fashion. From Ann Romney to Condoleezza Rice, the women of the Republican Party all had their moments in the spotlight.

On the opening night of the Convention, Mrs. Romney shinned in a red Oscar de la Renta knee-length dress. The dress, although it was lovely, is not one of Mr. de la Renta’s best designs. This dress is a little more Conservative symbolizing Mrs. Romney’s political views. The most outstanding thing about the dress is probably its price. Although the dress isn’t for sale online, similar styles on Net A Porter indicate that the dress is worth about $2000.

This dress was Mrs. Romney’s shining fashion moment. Along the campaign trail she had been criticized, by me included, for her underwhelming fashion. She usually tries to underwhelm in the fashion department as a way of connecting with Middle Class voters. The American people are very well aware that she’s part of the 1 percent elite and can afford designer clothes. If Fashiontonians had that type of money, they would go designer. It looks like for the Convention Mrs. Romney embraced her wealth and went for the glam factor, resulting in commentators comparing her to First Ladies like Nancy Reagan or Michelle Obama.

Also shining on the stage was Paul Ryan’s wife Janna. Mrs. Ryan went simple, choosing the path that Ann Romney paved on the campaign trail. The wife of Vice Presidential hopeful wore a $169 emerald dress from Talbots. Mrs. Ryan looked great and wore the dress nicely, but her choice was nothing memorable.

The lowest point in fashion for the week was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Secretary Rice wore a pale pink dress with pearls. It looked wrinkly and too big for her. As Secretary, she was more fashionable. Since she’s left Washington, she may have not read too many fashion magazines. But her dress wasn’t discussed too much by commentators or social media. Ms. Rice had a lipstick stain on her teeth that Twitter users pounced on. Maybe if she followed Mrs. Romney’s lead and went a little more glam then her teeth would have been ignored completely.

Emily Cirillo was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to Washington DC in August of 2010 when she began her studies at The George Washington University. She is currently a sophomore studying Political Communication and History. Besides writing for ATFDC, she writes for her college newspaper and is a sister of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism. Emily loves fashion and her favorite stores are Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, and Asos.com.

DC fashionistas will try their luck at the Get Lucky Swap by bringing their stylish items to the swap in exchange for items from other fashionistas. Bring no less and no more than seven items of like-new clothing, shoes and accessories to swap. In return, take home seven new-to-you items. All sizes and seasons are welcome and encouraged.

The event will take place at the swanky rooftop lounge on 3rd Floor, above the Gallery Place Metro in the trendy Chinatown neighborhood of DC. (Rain date is September 22.)

Registration is now open at www.dewdrop.eventbrite.com. Tickets are $10 if purchased online with seven items to swap. Tickets are $15 at the door with seven items. To attend our VIP Lucky Charm cocktail hour, tickets are $15 and are limited, and can only be purchased online.

by ATFDC Contributor Dionna Humphrey

I was pretty stoked about writing for ATFDC as the new plus size contributor, so excited that I found myself formulating thoughts for my first post in the most random places (bus stop, shower, Whole Foods). After submitting my piece, the staff reached out to me and said in essence one thing was missing from my first post- resources in D.C. Oops. In my defense, the great city of D.C. is, well, great, but largely devoid of big box retailers—which leaves plus size fashiontonians with few options if you don’t want to go to the burbs. But where to go?

Then it came to me: TJ Maxx. I hadn’t been since it opened a few months ago in Metro Center, so I figured I was going to put myself to the challenge and explore the racks to see what I could find.

Discount retailers like TJ Maxx are a good place to go to find stylish clothes on a small budget. But I was worried with what I would find for plus size items. Even outside the city, these types of stores tend to have options and are a little, um, old fashion, shapeless & wrought with bedazzle in all the wrong places. Sadly, my fears were realized. They only had 3 end racks of plus size options!! This was a mission that looked as though it would have no happy ending.

But as I looked closer, I saw a few pieces that caught my eye—and were right on trend for fall. And I managed to find pieces that went well together & with a limited budget. Armed with a pair of BCBG nude heels I spotted in the shoe section, off to the dressing room I went.

Outfit #1- Day

At first glance I noticed there weren’t a ton of bottoms. But they did have a pair of wine colored pair of ankle pants ($24.99) that I thought were super cute & and a great color for fall. I’m 5’3 so they weren’t ankle on me, but I’m not always a fan of ankle pants anyway so that worked perfectly. I found a cream shell from Lafayette 148 ($39.99) and a fun cocoon sweater to add to the look because it was too cheap to pass up ($19.99). Here’s how that turned out:

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Outfit #2- Night

Every girl needs a good dress to wear for date night or a night out with the girls. Luckily I snagged one (the ONLY dress they had) off the shelf from Tahari ($54.99). I loved the print but I wasn’t sure how I felt about the collar, but once I put it on I found it to be much more chic than it looked on the hanger.

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Outfit #3- Work

I’m a big fan of animal print. So I did a little happy dance when I saw a super cute python print Calvin Klein skirt ($24.99) which I knew would go well with the cream colored shell I picked p. Because of my short frame I tend to wear skirts high waist, and even still this skirt was too long for me (and too big but they didn’t have my size). Still, with a bit of tailoring, this skirt can be amazing. Photo 3 (ATFDC TJMaxx- Work)

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So how much would all these outfits cost? $200.00 (including the shoes!) I was able to stick to a really decent budget, and found some cute pieces. I won’t lie; it was a challenge to pull these looks together with such limited selection. But I also believe that you shouldn’t limit yourself to just the plus size section. Do a bit of digging and you may be able to find some super cute pieces in the ‘straight sizes’ section. It’s always worth a peek.

Next time you’re on a lunch break it’s worth a trip to see what they’ve got.

All images by Dionna Humphrey for All Things Fashion DC

 Dionna Humphrey is the owner of Body Conscious Beauty, a style consulting company serving the Washington, D.C. area. Body Conscious Beauty styles women of all sizes, including plus size beauties. For more information visit us online at www.bodyconsciousbeauty.com

 

by ATFDC Contributor Kelsi Zimmerman

Don’t want to pack away your maxi skirts and dresses with the rest of your summer wardrobe? You don’t have to! I will provide you with tips on how to take your maxi pieces of your wardrobe from summer to fall.

According to the runways back in February, this fall the trend for the appearance of garments is “manipulated fabrics”, meaning garments that are draped, patterned, have laser-cut details, printed on, lacquered or even metallic. The colors that will fill the retail stores this fall? Black (of course), Titanium, French Roast, Pink Flambe, Tangerine, Ultramarine Green and Honey Gold.

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Considering the forecasted trends for this fall, us as Fashiontonians are in luck, because plenty of local retailers in the DMV have maxi dresses and skirts incorporating these trends to make sure we are on top of the trends for this fall.

From Violet Boutique in Georgetown located 2439 18th St NW, you can purchase this whole look which is perfect for fall. A printed maxi under an oversized sweater paired with these lace-up Rebecca Minkoff chestnut booties that you can purchase from The Shoe Hive located at 127 South Fairfax Street in Alexandria.

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[caption id=”attachment_6128” align=”aligncenter” width=”100”] Chestnut Lace up Booties[/caption]

Violet has many great maxi pieces to perfect your Fall wardrobe, you can purchase this “Flying Tomato” printed maxi along with the whole look provided, a perfect combination of what is in for the early fall when the days are starting to get a bit cooler.

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For a night out Violet Boutique currently has this metallic maxi skirt accompanied by the blue blazer, which will look fabulous when paired with these Vali by Kors black suede peep toe wedges from The Shoe Hive.

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[caption id=”attachment_6127” align=”aligncenter” width=”100”] Vali by Kors_Black Suede Wedges[/caption]

Violet also has this printed silk maxi in store that will look great with the Rebecca Taylor wrap shirt from Zoe Boutique wrapped over top of the dress and cinched at the waist. Zoe Boutique is located at 130 South Union Street in Alexandria.

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[caption id=”attachment_6135” align=”aligncenter” width=”285”] Rebecca Taylor Wrap Shirt[/caption]

At Treat Boutiquein Alexandria, located at 103 South Saint Asaph Street, you can find a hazel Accordian Pleated Maxi Skirt with a twist, where the lining stops mid thigh.With this piece which is perfect for the office or a night-out, you can tuck a sheer black top from Zoe Boutique into the maxi and finish with this fun “Afternoon Tea Party Necklace”, incorporating many of Fall’s colors and trends in one look.

You can find this statement necklace at Lou Lou’s Boutique who has multiple DC area locations, including 1601 Connecticut Ave NW.

With all of these options for maxi dresses and skirts that incorporate this fall’s latest trends found in stores right here in the DC area, you will be able to wear your favorite style dress while still dressing for the weather and this season’s trends.

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.

The 2nd Annual Heart of Fashion benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Neiman Marcus Mazza || Chevy Chase, MD
September 15, 2012

by ATFDC Contributor Emily Cirillo

It’s that time of year again. You’ve read all the big name September issues, taken your last minute vacations, and most importantly gotten yourself ready for the fall season that’s just a few short weeks away. Whether we like it or not, the season is changing. Once we accept that fact, the fun begins: fall shopping. As Washingtonians we are lucky to have a few extra weeks of warm weather, but it’s never too early to prepare for the fall season ahead. So here are a few fall must haves for Fashiontonians of any age.

High School-ers

  • Baseball Varsity Jacket- Even if you aren’t a star athlete, a varsity jacket can still work for you. The ¾ length sleeves are perfect for the changing season and they are simple enough to work with any outfit.

  • Leopard Loafers- These comfy shoes allow you to make a statement. They are fun, young, and will standout in the bland hallways of your high school. For one that is moderately priced and designer, check out the Steve Madden brand. Not only are they cute, but they are perfect for seasonal transitions. A definite must have.

    [caption id=”attachment_6152” align=”aligncenter” width=”222”] Photo Credit: Steve Madden[/caption]

College Students

  • The low bootie- This versatile boot can go with any outfit whether it be a dress or something casual you wear to class. The low bootie can be a staple in your wardrobe and is strong enough to be the foundation of the girl who’s always on the go.
  • Velvet leggings- During my own back to school shopping, in almost every store I went to I saw a pair of chic velvet leggings. At first I was confused but after trying them one I can see why they are becoming so popular: they make you look great without really trying. Simple, yet a little unique, make velvet leggings a must.
  • Small Clutch- Smaller handbags have been in all year. While many students carry around their Longchamps and other large bags to classes, the small clutch is the perfect going out accessory. They can fit everything you need for a night on the town without taking attention away from you and your going out outfit.

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Parents

  • Peplum skirt- One of the hottest trends for the fall season is peplum. Peplum shirts, dresses and skirts have all been put in stores and seen by stars on the red carpet but the skirt is a must have. A peplum skirt is great for work or a night out with friends. It would be a standout in the workplace and make you a very chic Fashiontonian.
  • Plaid Blazer- Blazers are a staple in any working woman’s wardrobe, but if you don’t have one then definitely invest. Not only are they versatile, but a blazer is the perfect finishing touch to your work ensemble. In plaid, a blazer could be a fashionable symbol for the summer to fall transition.

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  • Skinny High Waisted Jeans- New twist to “the mom jean”, a pair of skinny high waisted jeans is perfect for weekend casual looks. Whether it be food shopping or going to your child’s soccer game, these jeans will make you look great and fashion forward. And if you aren’t already sold, the Gap sells them at a reasonable price.

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Emily Cirillo studies Political Communication and History at George Washington University.  Besides writing for ATFDC, she writes for her college newspaper and is a sister of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism.


Fashionable Reads

August 30, 2012

Fashion GPS expands by partnering with Style.com to launch French & Italian version of Fashion GPS Radar (Women’s Wear Daily)

Wish you were part of the lucky and/or connected few who recieve invitations from designers and end up at the tents in New York City for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week watching models come down the runway? You are in luck. (Fashionista)

Especially living in Washington, we can’t get away from the constant conversation about politics. Anne Romney’s red ensemble takes center stage at RNC convention (Daily Beast)

On another note with Anne Romney, is there a fashion conspiracy going on? Hmmm she wore Oscar de la Renta who the First Lady Michelle Obama has never worn. You be the judge (Fashionista)

Washingtonian’s Sarah Zlotnick’s gives us out-of-town shopping guide for Labor Day weekend (Washingtonian)

photo courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

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We’d like to welcome our newest contributor Dionna Humphrey of style consulting service Body Conscious Beauty. Dionna serves women of all shapes and sizes but specializes in plus size women. As such,  Dionna’s focus for All Things Fashion DC will be tips, trends, stores, brands etc for the plus-size community! This is her first post for ATFDC.

by ATFDC Contributor Dionna Humphrey

As a pint-size fashionista, I willingly embraced fall because I knew it meant getting some new threads for the new school year. I kept up that tradition even through college (don’t judge me). Which I think is why to this day I love shopping for fall. And frankly after battling insane heat and rain during the summer, I’m looking forward to a little normalcy!

The last few years has seen an upswing in ultra fabulous fashion for today’s curvy girl. Up until recently, we only had a few choices, almost exclusively online, and more often than not, it was something your grandma would wear (no offense to grandmas, I think you’re adorable!). But all that’s changed, and to get all my curvy Fashiontonian beauties ready for fall, I’ve outlined 5 trends you must try for fall!

Trend #1: Leather. I am uber excited about it. Not just because I think it’s ultra chic, but because it’s available in my size! From skirts to dresses, faux to the real deal, this trend can easily go from day to night, and doesn’t have to break the budget.  Take this faux leather skirt from European online retailer Simply Be.

[caption id=”attachment_6061” align=”aligncenter” width=”325”] Black Leather Skirt by Simply Be[/caption]

My 5’3 frame usually requires me to wear my skirts high above the waist, which would look particularly amazing with this flared skirt. I recommend you pair this skirt with a pussybow shirt and booties. If you prefer a pencil skirt, this high waist skirt from Jibri is to die for.

[caption id=”attachment_6062” align=”aligncenter” width=”294”] JIBRI Plus Size Faux Leather High Waist Pencil Skirt[/caption]

And in this case I’d style this with a rounded platform heel, a mock neck mid-sleeve or long-sleeve fitted top & a statement necklace.

Trend #2: Peter Pan collar tops. Another fall favorite of mine. Pair this style top with a pair of your favorite skinny jeans, or for all those beauties who work in a more conservative office culture, a kick flare black pant or pencil skirt. One of the cutest Peter Pan collar blouses I’ve seen can be found at one of my favorite online retailers, ASOS.

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You can always do a dark rinse jean with this top, but I highly recommend a color, like tomato red. Either way you can pair this with a pair pointy toe ankle strap heels, also another must-have for fall (see below).

Trend #3: Print pants. I love this trend for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is because it reminds me of summer. I’m a big fan of bright colors, and am a firm believer that just because we’ve got a bit more, um, junk in our trunk, doesn’t mean we have to stick to solids and basic black. Take this chevron print pant from Forever21 for example (available online and in stores!).

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Try this with a bright color top that will stand out, something in fuchsia or sea green, and throw on a different color platform pump on the bottom to really stand out in a crowd (available in stores at Macys Metro Center). For a more casual look, pair the print pant of your choice with an oxford, also another must-have for fall.

Trend #4: Statement jackets. Ever notice how the majority of coats walking off the metro are all black? Boring! This season, warm up with a bit more color and flare. During September & October you don’t need to bundle up too much, try something with a bit of weight, like a cape. I love this Steve Madden Cape available from Nordstrom— online or in stores!

[caption id=”attachment_6082” align=”aligncenter” width=”265”] Steve Madden Tweed Jacket[/caption]

I also love this lightweight pea coat from Old Navy. You can often find cuts with a generous fit at ‘straight size’ stores like Old Navy, Forever21 and H&M. Don’t limit yourself to just the plus size section! Trenches are also good way to look stylish in the wet & chilly weather. I recently purchased this trench from Simply Be which is inspired by Burberry & looks just as amazing. Available in sizes 10-28!. Consider also this DKNY trench from Macys which looks stunning in the iron color.

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Trend #5: Moccasins, Oxfords & Pointy Toe Shoes- oh my! I’m kind of cheating because that’s technically 3 trends in one. I can’t help myself; they’re all so fab! Adding a pair of each of these will go well with any of the trends outlined above, and probably with some stuff already in your closet. I’m really obsessed with oxfords. I have this pair from DV by Dolce Vita.

[caption id=”attachment_6086” align=”aligncenter” width=”250”] DV by Dolce Vita Oxfords[/caption]

They are comfy & chic. And now, they’re available in color or print. Eek! These two-toned oxfords from Urban Outfitters (Gallery Place & Georgetown) are also a lot of fun. And at a great price! Available online and in stores. Moccasins are back again & are cuter than ever.  Minnetonka are the cutest & comfiest I’ve found, and you can find them online or in stores. This mustard bootie is a great fall color & goes well with another fall trend, denim & denim (for more on that trend visit my blog. Finally, there is nothing sexier than a pointy toed shoe. I love them in flats or pumps. This pump from Sam Edelman is EVERYTHING.

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You can pair this pants or a pencil skirt. This flat from Steve Madden is ultra chic & a good price.

As much as I enjoy shopping I also believe that you only need a few key pieces to add to what you already have, and these pieces should also go well with each other. No need to break the bank each season. Happy shopping!

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Dionna Humphrey is the owner of Body Conscious Beauty, a style consulting company serving the Washington, D.C. area. Body Conscious Beauty styles women of all sizes, including plus size beauties. For more information visit us online at www.bodyconsciousbeauty.com

by ATFDC Contributor Sophie-Marie

Last month, I  wrote an article on the “12 Glam Essentials To Survive Summer in DC”. Now as the weather is getting (hopefully) colder, I will share with you my essentials for a fashionable September in DC.

Most of us head back to school or work, and obviously, as we live in a society based on consumerism (not that I’m complaining!), we follow the ritual of fall shopping; we invest in new pieces, and we do a little impulse buys here and there, obviously.
Without further ado, here are the pieces I deem essential:
  • A trench coat: Because we all fantasize about the last scene of Breakfast in Tiffany (If you need a recap: …rain, cat, kissy-kissy mwah-mwah) where Audrey is wearing a classic trench. You may like the ones that come out every fall in crazy patterns and colours, but for the sake of fashion, invest in a quality beige trench. A full skirt is reminiscent of the New Look silhouette, emphasizes the waist, and doesn’t cling to the lower body (we can all admit that adding extra fabric in this area isn’t exactly flattering.)
  • Rider boots: Ladies, we live in a city where it is best to appear chic and dignified. So let’s leave colourful rubber rain boots for children (Disclaimer: First Amendment, I know… I’m just giving fashion advice. Chill) and opt for quality leather shoes that we can wear when it’s raining but not feel ridiculous wearing when it stops raining. It is best to chose a straight line with no embellishments because ruffles can visually make your lower legs larger.
  • A quilted bag: We all have to carry, whether it’s books, laptops, files, along with the absolutely essential three-pounds to-go bag of make-up and tools and our electronics, keys, etc. I remember a conversation I’ve had with people on a train from Toulouse to Paris where I and another woman showed a man the contents of our bags and explained to him how everything was absolutely essential. Anyways, back to the bag: the Chanel-like black leather quilted tote is a classic model, that although popular, doesn’t make me want to yell in horror like the Louis Vuitton monogrammed variety (it. is. everywhere!!! It’s like this scene from 102 Dalmatians when Glenn Close goes mental and starts seeing all of London in dalmatian. Same here, except I see all of America in LV. And… I think I prefer dalmatian). Back to the bag, again: since most of us haven’t reached this stage of our life where we can afford the Chanel, the F21 is a good alternative. I’ve seen it in store: the leather looks real, the quality is excellent, and it doesn’t look cheap at all. A win!
  • A more moisturizing moisturizer: The weather getting suddenly colder can have bad consequences on your skin, including excessive dryness and peeling, for the unluckiest of us. This is where the Clinique moisturizer flies in to save the day. Although very light, it is incredibly soothing and very hydrating. I like to use it in the fall before switching for a heavier formula (from L’Occitane, if you’re wondering) in the colder months.
  • A jewel-toned nail polish: People who know me know I wear red more than any other colour on my nails. Red may be just red for some, but I like to switch from a bright coral-red in the summer to a darker garnet with purple undertones in the fall. There is something in this combination that is just perfect.
  • Black opaque tights: If you indulged a little during the summer and procrastinated with your exercise routine, tights might be just perfect. I like to choose them black (it’s a slimming colour), very opaque (that’s a personal reason: I’m a big klutz, and I have too many bruises and scraps on my legs), and very thick, so they can smooth my legs and hide any little problems, like orange skin and such. You can wear them like leggings, but just with longer tops to hide le popotin. (Guess this is French for what, and then go on my blog and leave a comment with the answer (no Google Translate (or anything besides your French skills or ability to deviner)… I will know.) If you’ve got it right, you win some of my home-made macarons in the flavour of your choice.)
  • Amber earrings: Now that the weather isn’t so hot that any metal in contact with your skin feels like a branding iron, you can make a little tribute to the changing colour of the trees with amber earrings. Cheesy, I know, but it simply isn’t fun if you can pull those off in the summer.
Sophie-Marie was born in a small French-speaking Mediterranean country and moved to the DC area in 2006. In 2010, she started her freshman year of college at NYU in Paris and then took a gap year during which she used her free time to blog (http://sonushka.com) and cultivate herself as much as possible. History, languages,  film, anything about the 1950s and before, literature (19th century French Romanticism is my favourite), opera, are among the many things that inspire her and her style. Follow her on twitter @miss_sonushka