I do an “I want” shopping list each season, but this time I decided to hand the reigns over to DC Style Factory’s two new stylists, N’jeri and Jenn. The three of us like many of the same designers, trends and even articles of clothing, but wear them in such different ways. Funny how that personal style thing works, eh?
N’jeri has worked in front of and behind the camera both as a model and stylist for photoshoots and music videos. Her DC Style Factory clients include young professionals transitioning from college to the workforce, teens, tweens and more. Her personal style is an eclectic mix of bohemian/earthy with an urban edge.
This season, she is looking for…
1. A floppy fedora.
The great thing about a floppy fedora is that it feel effortless. There is something very “I threw this on and look how chic I am” feel about the hat’s shape, N’jeri explains. As the weather cools, she plans to wear it with a flowing print midi dress with boots or with a blazer/tee/denim combo.
“From simple to statement, I plan to wear my fedora in every way possible this fall/winter.”
2. An oversize shearling jacket.
“Usually when you think of a leather jacket, you think bada$#. Someone who is effortlessly cool. I love the classic biker jacket, but the shearling adds a luxe feel and the oversize fit makes it tomboyish.” This Acne one runs $2,000, but for a more budget-friendly version, try this one one Piperlime.
3. Dark skinny jeans.
This has been a DC Style Factory staple for season after season. This year we have seen denim and trouser silhouettes relax (i.e. boyfriend jeans) and Bloomberg has the fashion industry betting on the death of the skinny jean. Still…nothing tucks into boots like skinny jeans.
“I am all about the newer, more relaxed silhouettes for pants, but I still need my skinnies with boots and chunky sweaters once the cold hits.”
4. Grey ankle boots.
Ankle boots have also become an essential for fall/winter. This year, instead of black or brown, N’jeri is looking for a charcoal pair (Topshop, $135) to mix up her look.
5. Anything and everything ’70s-inspired.
Here at DC Style Factory we always talk about inspiration — being inspired by a movie, a particular decade, etc. “Everything in this picture inspires me. From her unique head wrap to her ribbed turtleneck and chunky earrings. After seeing so many chunky oversized sweaters on the runway, I plan to take this picture and translate it into my own style by wearing oversized chunky turtleneck sweaters with high-waist pleated trousers.”
“I am also dying to go thrifting and stock up on vintage chunky earrings!”
Jenn has a wealth of style knowledge and experience working as a fashion and travel journalist in the nation’s capitol for the last 13 years. Her DC Style Factory clients include professional Washingtonians looking to add unusual, funky pieces to their classic DC wardrobes. She specializes in vintage shopping and is an expert in combining pieces with history with new, modern looks.
This season she is coveting….
1. A graphic tunic
Dresses over pants are big this season, but it may not be for everyone. So an alternative way to get a similar look/silhouette is to do a tunic over pants. We love the print and neck detail on this Zara tunic. It has a fun, cool throwback feel and is still utterly wearable for work and play.
2. Statement dresses for the office.
Jenn’s clients are professional Washingtonians who need to present themselves in a polished manner. Jenn is always looking for ways to achieve that polish while playing with silhouette and pattern. Enter this Meg bell-sleeved dress.
“Not only is dress is eye-catching, with such a rich, Missoni-ish print, but it is also comfortable. I’d wear it with pumps in September, then pair it with tights and boots when the weather gets chillier.”
3. A biker jacket with a twist.
The black-white trend stays strong this fall. Jenn loves the interplay of the clean black and white with the rock-and-roll feel of this Rag & Bone jacket. Add in the oversize element, and the moto style gets a new twist this season. Edgy AND grown up.
4. Everyday statement necklace.
Statement necklaces were everywhere for many seasons. It’s nice to have pieces that are simple and easy enough for everyday wear. Jenn has her eye on this upcycled necklace from Proper Topper. “I like the boho cool of this necklace — it’s like a few charms you might throw on a chain yourself.”
5. Color pointy-toe flats.
Who doesn’t love a cute AND comfortable shoe? “I’m thinking of these French Sole shoes as my ruby slippers for fall. And much like a pair that’s really red, these burgundy beauties will go with so much — a pop of color under skinny jeans, a very French accent with a black dress.”
N’jeri and Jenn are available this fall for DC Style Factory wardrobe appointments. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org today to schedule a free phone consult with one of our new stylists!