No one understands the photo op better than the DCFashion Fool, Barnette R. Holston Jr. and he’s here to get you ready for yours this season.
Formal arrangements: Fashion blogger Barnette R. Holston Jr., photographed at the Kennedy Center, adds a personal touch to his black tie with a subtle print.
My fashion advice for Washingtonians this fall? Be ready for any occasion. With a multitude of retail openings, charity galas, and political events—culminating in 2017’s inaugural balls—this season brings a greater sense of urgency to September’s annual wardrobe reboot.
Elegant formalwear, stunning cocktail attire, and savvy business looks are all de rigueur—and you should be prepared. The buzz around Michelin’s upcoming restaurant ratings has DC’ers clamoring to attend every eatery opening, and the Shaw Bijou’s highly anticipated launch, later this year, ups the fashion ante: T-shirts won’t be appropriate for a place with just eight tables and a members-only lounge.
Men should opt for a suit or a jacket and slacks with a modern fit—not too boxy but slightly roomier than a slim cut. Women should think casual elegance and remember that color makes for better pictures. With names like “lush meadow,” “dusty cedar,” and “bodacious,” this autumn’s hues are brighter than the typical jewel tones.
Gowns in these shades will be red-carpet photo-op winners at the CharityWorks Dream Ball, the Venetian Ball at the Embassy of Italy, and other galas. A classic black tuxedo, however, is still a man’s best formalwear investment. Follow my fashion mantra this season and “Be spectacular!” In a town of stylish movers and shakers, don’t be afraid to change the conversation from “What do you do?” to “Who are you wearing?”