We chat with the city's experts and ask them for tips on how to navigate the White House Correspondents' Dinner weekend in style.
Katharine McPhee at Capitol File's 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner celebration
The White House Correspondents' Dinner weekend is upon us and, as we scramble to put together our most fashionable outfits, we reached out to the city's experts asking them for tips on how to navigate the weekend in style. Here's what they had to say.
Don’t overdo it: Stick with a timeless classic. Even though it's the WHCD and there are celebrities in town, they too are keeping their aesthetic beautiful but tame with fashions like Carolina Herrera and Prada, flawless makeup palettes, and classic hairstyles. Avoid anything too sexy because it is a presidential event. Too much sexiness or skin is not good for this weekend./
Hair tips: Make sure your bobby pins match your hair if you're doing an updo. A daytime-to-evening braid is a good idea because you can pin it up during the day, then undo the braid to reveal a nice wave. Crunch it up into an elegant, wavy ponytail, then pin stray hairs into place. Avoid using too much hairspray if you need to transform your hair from day to night.
Color Coordination: For evening, green eyes look great with plum shadow, brown eyes pair well with bronze/taupe shadow, and navy blue looks lovely with blue eyes. The inner corner of the eyes—line here with black eyeliner for eyes that pop. Better yet, midnight blue eyeliner makes eyes sparkle. If you have your eyebrows well groomed, they will become the pretty frames for your beautiful WHCD makeup look.
Robin Wright at Capitol File's 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner celebration
Top Tip: Go with what you are comfortable with. This is a “marathon not a sprint” type of weekend. With so much going on, you want to be able to enjoy it all with confidence—always the best way to wear anything.
I love: Embracing the trends—be it '70s glam with flirty fringe and maxi dresses for day or fantasy fabrics with intricate lace and opulent embellishment for night. But whatever look you chose, make it something that resonates with your own personal sense of style.
Don’t forget to: Break in your new shoes before the event(s)! Wear them around the house, navigate the steps, both indoor and out, and always have a spare pair of flats at the ready!