Jessica's Post: Fashion 9 to 5 DC Street Style
Jul 13, 2010
This is Jessica’s post submission. Prospective interns were told to write a post that they would like to replicate in future on the site. Let me know what you think in the comments.
Meet Kate F., a 24-year-old summer law clerk in the Hall of States building and law student at the Vanderbilt University. Kate is by far the most stylish person in our office this summer. Her brightly colored statement pieces, sequined tops under uniform blazers, and pristine accessories add dimension to our largely grey-suited office.
She was kind enough to offer some insight into her phenomenal style as well as how to beat the summer heat. She asks you do just one thing: lose the fedoras!
How would you describe your style?
“Fusion; borrowing from a bit of everything. I have a fashion for every mood or activity, and I have a firm belief that detailing is essential. It’s what turns clothing into art.
I’m very flashy. In the cooler months I skew a little bit more to rockstar vibe, with leather jackets and fur and bondage-inspired platform heels and glitz; in the summer that relaxes into a sort of boho, surfer-inspired vibe, with unique accents I’ve gotten on trips to an island or Morocco. I love an allover sequin look – except on blazers – see below! I tend to wear a lot of minis. Unexpected details are a must: I am a huge fan of backless pieces for this reason, like a lot of Mara Hoffman’s pieces for the past few and upcoming seasons. And color. Lots of color.”
Do you have a fashion icon you admire?
“Rachel Bilson. Coco Chanel.”
Who’s your favorite designer?
“Alexander Mcqueen, who is a visionary, Alice + Olivia, Marc Jacobs, Tibi; Tory Burch; J Brand for jeans; Theory for work; Linea Pelle for bags; 12th St. by Cynthia Vincent for shoes and tops; and Free People is an inexpensive line who’s designs always come across as one of a kind and whimsical.”
What clothing store do you find yourself in the most?
“Shopbop.com online – I do most of my shopping online – and in person, Bloomingdales. Also, Intermix and Net-A-Porter.”
What’s the one fashion faux pas that drives you nuts?
“Fedoras. And I love sequins on almost anything, but I have drawn the line at all over black sequin blazers. Get it together, you’re not Liza Minnelli.”
Are you a trend follower or do you break the rules?
“I write them.”
What are some of the investment pieces in your wardrobe that you’ve spent big money on?
“Jeans, jeans, jeans. Bandage dresses by Herve Lerger. A great LBD, or twelve. And Mike + Chris makes the greatest leather jackets I have ever laid hands on. And boots, boots, boots.”
Where do you find bargains for your non-investment pieces?
“Shopbop.com sale section; and Madewell knows how to borrow from high-end designers without imitating to the extreme.”
What’s your secret to looking so fresh in the summer heat?
“Wear a sleeveless sateen or linen dress in a bright color for outdoors and bring a blazer for indoors. Remember big sunglasses; “everything is better with heels;” lipgloss; and drink lots of water. Let’s be honest though, this is washington in the summertime. Bonus point: know that heat goes from sticky to sultry after 7 pm with a cocktail on a rooftop deck and good company. ahhhh.”