Whether they work for the government, a lobbying firm, or a high-powered law office, Washingtonians have a reputation for sticking to “safe” wardrobe choices. But recently, D.C. fashion has begun to change.
Though what’s being featured on the runways isn’t often practical for a 9 to 5 job, it’s absolutely possible to take current runway trends and infuse some aspects into an appropriate, government-approved wardrobe. Here are five ways to do so.
While head-to-toe red may be a bit much for the office, there are ways to add more color to work without going overboard — especially a color as powerful as red. Most Washingtonians tend to stick to neutrals when it comes to power suits. Wardrobes are full of black, brown, and gray, but red is a much more interesting color. It makes a statement to wear a red blazer or pair red pants with a high-powered business outfit. If that’s too much for you, start with a red bag or red jewelry.
This is definitely a throwback from the 1980s, and people in the ’80s probably wore broad shouldered blazers all over Washington. But how do you make something that could basically pass for a Halloween costume work for the working hours? To bring things into the modern age, stick to modern prints and basic colors. Make the shoulders the focal point of your outfit, and mute the rest.
Floral prints are no longer reserved for the spring, which is really great news! A lot of your spring and summer dresses can be repurposed. For the early warmer months of fall in D.C., you don’t need to layer too much, and you certainly don’t want anything heavy, so stick to a floral dress with a pair of black boots, topped with a leather jacket or blazer (maybe even a broad-shouldered blazer!). When it gets a little colder, you can wear floral prints in richer hues like deep purples, yellows, browns, and reds (incorporating another trend). There’s nothing quite as chic as flowers peeking out of a large coat.
Something that we have already been wearing has finally made it to the runway! This skirt is more interesting than your regular pencil skirt: it’s longer (reaching down to the ankles or just above), and adds an unexpected flair when styled with a button-down or blazer. Wear these kinds of skirts in flowy materials and more neutral prints to remain professional, and pair with classic heeled boots or flats.
To complete any powerhouse work outfit, you need a pair of fabulous shoes. Runway heels tend to be too difficult to wear in real life, as they often feature impractical shapes, but this trend won’t complicate your life, and will only elevate your professional wardrobe. For the office, wear a pair of these statement pumps with a black trouser or classic fit pencil skirt. Make the shoes the focal point, and as with many of these trends, display the trend while keeping everything else simple.
What fall 2017 fashion trends are you loving right now? What do you want to incorporate into your Washingtonian work wardrobe? Let us know in the comments below!