Style MBA’s Sara Azani reflects on the new look of one of DC's oldest neighborhoods.
District fashion isn’t changing, it’s arrived— with style leaders like Instagram personality Sara Azani, shown here out and about in DC, helping to set the pace.
While grabbing a coffee at Baked & Wired recently, I noticed a clutch of stunningly dressed women queuing up for their caffeine-and-sugar fix. Handbags from Céline, YSL, and Chanel were peppered in with old-guard types like Michael Kors and Kate Spade. Was I on a Georgetown street or Via Montenapoleone?
DC is no longer a one-industry town, and the fashion has evolved right alongside the arts and dining scenes. From Bethesda to Bloomingdale, Tyson’s to Tenleytown, fashion is leaving a big, beautiful mark on the city. (Pro tip: For spring that mark is taking the form of slip dresses and open shoulders.)
So who gets the credit? There are the hipster millennials and a certain fashionable First Lady who eschewed Oscar for Alaïa—not to mention the larger forces at play, like the Olivia Pope effect and the democratization of fashion through social media. But however you break it down, it’s now unfashionable to speak ill of DC fashion.