D.C. Residents Are Terrified of Fashion, Panicking About What to Wear for Inauguration

D.C. Residents Are Terrified of Fashion, Panicking About What to Wear for Inauguration(Getty Images)

Picking out an outfit for Barack Obama's inaugural ball would be a daunting task for anyone — we bet Beyonce, who is performing at the president's inauguration, is sighing in front of her rhinestone-filled closet right now — but for the notoriously fashion-averse people of Washington D.C., it's downright terrifying

D.C. Residents Are Terrified of Fashion, Panicking About What to Wear for Inauguration


Today, The Wall Street Journal made note of the fashions that cause D.C.-dwellers to break out into cold sweats. Some offending items: 

Sequins 

"Daring" Dresses (too "D.C. Madam") 

Bow Ties that aren't clip-ons

Stripes

Plaid

Cummerbunds

Fedoras (they "recall Jack Abramoff") 

Hair Gel

Okay those last two are a little scary. 

But what about inaugural ball-goers who want to look a little less Laura Bush, and a little more Michelle Obama? The WSJ talked to Tara McCredie, manager and buyer at Proper Topper, a boutique in Dupont Circle, about how she helps her customers prepare for dressy affairs. "We try to bring women along slowly, give them a little bit more edge…like this dress," she said, holding up a plain black sleeveless sheath with discreet white checks. "It has a pocket."

A pocket?! Excuse us, our monocle just popped out. 

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