Today, The Wall Street Journal made note of the fashions that cause D.C.-dwellers to break out into cold sweats. Some offending items:
"Daring" Dresses (too "D.C. Madam")
Bow Ties that aren't clip-ons
Fedoras (they "recall Jack Abramoff")
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.