Washington D.C.-based E (34) lives in Washington D.C. works as a marketing manager for a software company, and documents her outfits over at District of Chic. For the most part, her style is smart casual, polished, and quite minimal. She likes to mix Modern Classic pieces with on trend items, and sports the occasional Soft-Edged look. Our blogger is very much into cropped jeans and chokers at the moment, and uses clean-lined jewellery and fun footwear to add visual interest.
“My style is definitely eclectic – a little bit preppy, a little bit punk, sometimes more romantic and dark, and lately I even find myself going more minimal. It really depends on my mood. I also come from a somewhat artistic background so I’ve always been a sucker for interesting color combinations and eye-catching patterns.”
E is combining two statement pieces to create a dramatic look that she thought “invoked cosmopolitan bullfighter vibes”. To lengthen the leg line she’s tucked her eye-catching navy gingham blouse into black cropped flare trousers with bow-tie detailing. Flirty fun! The blouse’s stand-up collar emphasizes our blogger’s long neck. The structured fit on the shoulders tempers the volume of the on trend billowy ruffled sleeves. The two tassels on the leather satchel echo the bow ties on the trousers. Low-vamped pointy toe pumps further lengthen the leg line. Cat-eye sunnies, two multi-coloured bangles, watch and rings finish off the look.
How divinely ’80s is this denim skirt outfit! E has tucked a simple white crew neck tee into a just-above-the knee distressed denim skirt. The light wash is reminiscent of ’80s stonewashed denim. But the star of the show is, of course, the asymmetrical leather studded jacket. The cut-away open neckline draws attention to the stud embellishments, while the tailored waist reins in the volume of the big shoulder pads. Black block-heeled sandals with buckles add a touch of Soft Edge. E’s sleek bob creates polish, and her cat eyeliner fits the vibe of this look perfectly.
E is sporting a pair of black and white triangle patterned shorts with a high-low hemline pullover. From the front this looks like a simple, minimal casual outfit, but our blogger has a surprise in store for us. The back of the sweater has lace-up detailing with fun oversized grommets, which takes the entire outfit up several notches. Unexpected party at the back, as Angie calls it! A sleek gold-toned choker necklace and bangle add visual interest in the front. Minimalist black cut-out leather slides complement the vibe of the outfit brilliantly. E’s trusted black Céline bag and oversized sunnies are the accessories of choice.
When asked if her approach to fashion and style has changed now that she’s a Mum, E replied:
“Though it pains me to admit it (because I’ve never been particularly practical when it comes to fashion), having a child has made me a little bit more sensible about how I dress. Having to chase an active toddler around, I’ve definitely come to appreciate a good pair of flats and fabrics that don’t stain. On the weekends, I often wear outfits that look equally good with sneakers or heels so I can easily transition from the playground to a restaurant.”
Our blogger likes to wear neutrals but rocks pretty sherbet colours with equal pizzazz. For this casual polished look E has paired raw hem cropped straight leg jeans with a coral cable-knit sweater. Combining the boat neckline with a necktie choker and adding ankle strap flats gives the outfit a ballerina vibe, especially with 5’8″ tall E’s long limbs. The lace-up shoes close the gap on the ankle, while the cable knit detailing and blue velvet footwear create textural and visual interest. The black bag works well with the rest of the colour palette. E finishes things off with red lippie that complements the copper in her hair.
A faux fur stole in a beautiful colour like this rich burnt orange is a great way to add oomph to a black Winter coat or an all black outfit. E is wearing a tailored wool coat over black skinny jeans, and uses accessories to make a subtle statement. The flat booties with metal-tipped fringe overlay and chain accents, and her compact mini envelope bag with gold metal detailing create a rocker vibe. The cat-eye sunnies and chic, cosy stole add glam. Fair isle gloves that match the stole’s colour are the playful finishing touch.
Our blogger has polished casual outfits down pat. This denim-with-stripes look is extra fun because of the clever juxtaposition between the tomboy footwear and feminine scarf. E is wearing a navy and white striped sweater with relaxed skinnies. Adding a sharp-shouldered blazer that is the same length as the sweater makes the entire outfit look extra put together. The silver metallic oxfords work well with the blue and white colour palette. The elegantly tied vintage neckerchief is an easy way to do some subtle pattern mixing. I also lovethat E isn’t afraid of sporting her favourite bags very frequently.