Style Olympics: Our College Girl Jame Tells All About Washington D.C.
Welcome to the 2012 Style Olympics, where each OTY contributor is weighing in on fashion in their hometowns and how it has effected their personal style. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more this week!
Growing up in the D.C. Metropolitan area and now attending college right in the heart of the city means you never miss out on a fashion beat. Washington D.C. is truly up-and-coming in regards to its style credibility and effect on the fashion world. Although there are some dominating trends you may see here, the stores are really your oysters in the nation’s capitol.
For me, growing up in such a diverse and culturally affluent area has effected my personal style by making it very carefree and laid back. I don’t restrict myself to fashion trends or high price points, I simply wear what I want. You’ll often see me sporting a $2 shirt from the thrift store paired with $170 Jeffrey Campbell shoes. It is for this reason no one word explains my style – it changes daily.
I love to look to stores such as Urban Outfitters for inspiration towards creating new looks that I want to achieve. There’s a place called Annie Cream Cheese, one in Georgetown and the other in Los Angeles, that sells vintage and one of a kind pieces. Some trends I’m into here are, of course, the chunky heels (the taller the better), ripped jeans, anything studded, and heavy jewelry.
To be honest, I’m not sure if there is a ‘traditional’ look for D.C. You get everything from baggy pants and Jordans to fitted tees and Prada. Anyone who says there’s only one style sensibility in D.C. surely hasn’t explored enough! Contemporary fashion is always changing too. One minute skinny jeans will be in, tomorrow they won’t. Being at Howard, which was voted the second best dressed college in the U.S., there is definitely an urban, polished look that most live by, but everyone adds their own distinct flare too. Although D.C. is a very trend-based city (or district), the main feel is to embrace your individuality and let it shine through your clothing.