Capital City Style

· What to wear in Washington, D.C. ·

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Jackie and Jack Kennedy in Georgetown. Via iCollector

Despite all the articles starting with, “While fashion is not the first thing to come to mind when you think of Washington, D.C.,” the capital city actually boasts some distinct style icons. Jackie Kennedy’s skirt suits and pillbox hats, Michelle Obama’s J. Crew sweater sets, Claire Underwood’s ruthlessly pristine pencil skirts and sheath dresses, and, love them or hate them, Hillary’s pantsuits have all found their way into our sartorial lexicon.

While, of course, these are styles for the women who live and work in the city, as a visitor, it’s best to give a little extra thought to your wardrobe if you want to blend in. D.C.’s style is a little bit more traditional, conservative, and less-trend driven than some other cities, but it can still be fun to play with. If you’ve ever had fantasies of being Jackie O or Claire Underwood, Washington is the place to dress the part!

The Bracelet

Via Kiel James Patrick

While it’s based out of Rhode Island, Kiel James Patrick has made a name for its traditional American preppy jewelry and clothing, all made in America. For a trip to D.C., we’re channeling Jackie Kennedy with this Atlantic Pearl bracelet with adorable bow accessory. We love the navy bow – always a good choice, but it comes in other colors, as well. Wear it dress up an outfit or for a night out, it’s the perfect accessory in D.C.!

The Trousers

Via Banana Republic

Of course, you want to wear a super tight pencil skirt a la Claire Underwood to sightsee, so these navy ankle-skimming Banana Republic trousers look chic but comfortable as you wander the city and take in the museums.

The Blouse

Via J.Crew Factory

To pair with the navy trousers, this fun off-the-shoulder blouse is the perfect place between put-together style and vacation style. The loose style complements the slim cut of the bottoms and the pearl bracelet works with either the ivory or dark wine.

The Dress

Via Camilyn Beth

Heading out for a night out on the town, Camilyn Beth has several options that channel either Jackie Kennedy or Claire Underwood in a not-so-stuffy way. Keeping with the made in America theme, these dresses have classic silhouettes with fun embellishments. If Jackie Kennedy were a millennial, we could totally see her in the Careen dress in navy – it’s perfect for happy hour cocktails, too. The pristine contrasting navy and white is both chic and pulled together while the bell sleeves lend an on-trend vibe. Top it off with the pearl bracelet!

The Shoes

Via Nordstrom

Of course, you’ll probably want something a bit more comfortable for all the walking, but if you’re looking for a chic pair of shoes to pull either look together, these suede Marc Fisher block heels in navy are perfect. The block heel adds comfort for wandering the large boulevards or shopping on M Street in Georgetown while the pointed toe finishes off either your daytime or evening look with a power look. Matched with the pearls, these looks are sassy and sweet!

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