Monday, June 1, 2009

DC Fashion

I recently found out that the dress code for A-100 (foreign service training) is business, and while I love dressing up, I'm not super excited about wearing a suit and pantyhose everyday in the hot DC summer.  Nevertheless, I went shopping during the memorial day weekend blowout sales and nearly tripled my work wardrobe (that tells you how few items I had before).
DC fashion has a bad reputation for being kind of dowdy and cookie cutter, but there are ways to dress well and still look appropriate for a conservative work environment.  Michelle Obama has brought a style of her own to the White House, giving DC a breath of fresh air.  For my own attempt, I puchased this Diane von Furstenberg pencil skirt for a steal at the Potomic Mills outlets.  I do not own the purple Marc Jacobs bag (sigh), but an oversize bag is a must in DC as are sunglasses and a change of shoes for commuting.

For more fashion tips and inspiration, I would highly recommend these blogs:

Where do you find your fashion inspiration?  I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. and
    are some of my favorites for fashion. I have been on the first two of your suggestions, but will definitely check out the last one! Thanks for sharing~

  2. P.S love the entire outfit! That handbag is stunning...

  3. Bonjour ! first time i come across your blog , so im gonna visit now :) well if you wanna bes inspired by one of my collages or just dream, come and visit my blog :)
    a bientot!
    Boubouteatime xx

  4. I just ran across your blog, I love it! I take the test on June 9th. I work for PC Mauritania, should be interesting taking the test abroad. If you have any last minute tips, feel free to email me! I'd love to keep in touch with someone who has already gone through the process!


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  6. Oops...forgot to sign my last post.

    Remember to bring lots of layers to FSI or else you will freeze while in class or overheat when you leave.