Fashion critics have always said Washington is late when it comes to adopting fashion trends. Several years ago, this statement would have been spot on because we were truly a city of dark suits and black gowns. Not anymore. Over the past five years, I’ve seen fashion change in Washington. Those who come from the South tend to drift towards Lilly Pulitzer dresses and pearls, this is not going to change anytime soon, but as they learn more about Washington, many of these women start finding their style identity. More on this topic at a later date.
I went to the Taste of the South on Saturday night with about 200 Southerners who look forward to this celebration every spring. Over 90 percent of those in attendance were Southern Belles and Beaus, who know that donning a cummerbund and a bow tie is the norm. Most girls can’t leave the house without their pearls, which can become a bit overdone these days. A couple of my girlfriends talk about how they are afraid of wearing big earrings in fear of ridicule from the Jack Rogers and Lilly Pulitzer wearing crowd. Well Saturday night, I saw a breakaway from boring blacks, loud pink and green prints and pearls. I spotted a lot of fashionistas trying the chandelier earring trend and making it their own.
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