WORK IT! WEAR

DC’S FALL OF­FICE LOOKS FOR MEN AND WOMEN ARE BRING­ING THE FUN. THESE THREE BOU­TIQUES SHOW YOU HOW TO DO IT.

Capitol File - - CON­TENTS - BY MARISSA MITRO­VICH

WORK IT! WEAR Ar­gent gives busi­ness at­tire a re­fresh­ing new look.

Wash­ing­to­ni­ans want to work hard, play hard, and look good do­ing it. In re­sponse, the city has seen a rise in chic, edgy re­tail op­tions.

AR­GENT

Over­size im­ages of women in quirky eye­wear, bright lip­stick, and vivid, well-cut suit­ing dom­i­nate the win­dows of The Shay in North Shaw, the site of the new Ar­gent store. Shak­ing things up and help­ing women dom­i­nate the work­place is ex­actly why co­founders Sali Chris­te­son and Eleanor Turner have brought their fash­ion­for­ward work­wear brand to this city of pow­er­house play­ers.

“His­tor­i­cally, the DC work­ing woman hasn’t had fun op­tions for work, much less func­tional ones,” says Turner. This sea­son, she says, “a de­sire for ver­sa­til­ity in­spired an en­tire rev­ersible pro­gram.” Also known for its cre­ative use of color and clever prints, Ar­gent is fea­tur­ing “a bolder glen plaid in robin’s-egg blue and bur­gundy, un­ex­pected turquoise and tan­ger­ine col­ors, and ging­ham for fall,” says Turner. “We love to turn things up­side down!”

In ad­di­tion to fill­ing a void with style and func­tion­al­ity, Ar­gent is on a mis­sion to “drop-kick the glass ceil­ing” and help women be­yond wardrob­ing. The store will serve as a com­mu­nity cen­ter to bring women to­gether. Says Chris­te­son, it’s about “con­nec­tion, aware­ness, and em­pow­er­ment.” 1921 Eighth St. NW, #115, 415-294-1991; ar­gent­work.com

SID MASH­BURN

DC men are smit­ten with Sid Mash­burn—both the man him­self and his name­sake Ge­orge­town store. The men’s fash­ion pi­o­neer and his shop ex­ude all things cool. That is, cool but not in­tim­i­dat­ing. “We want you to feel like you’ve ar­rived at your friend’s house,” says Mash­burn about the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence. His shop of­fers a range of thought­fully selected menswear, ev­ery­thing from $65 Levi’s 501s to $10,000 hand­made suits. “A lit­tle bit stretchy,” he says, “but ac­ces­si­ble.”

For fall, Mash­burn ex­plains, “We are tak­ing the suit and pop­ping some of the air out of it—but not skinny, not tight, and not too short or shrunken.” His top styles for the sea­son in­clude Chelsea boots and five-pock­ets, a dressier ver­sion of jeans, avail­able in a range of fab­rics and col­ors. Mash­burn also be­lieves men should in­vest in a re­ally good piece of out­er­wear, though his high­est pri­or­ity is al­ways mak­ing you “feel and look good.” 3206 N St. NW, 202-864-0365; sid­mash­burn.com

RIZIK’S

Es­tab­lished in 1908, Rizik’s has his­tor­i­cally been known for dress­ing the who’s-who of Wash­ing­ton. Diplo­mats, first ladies, and the city’s elite have long been fre­quent cus­tomers of this iconic bou­tique. With a re­cent ren­o­va­tion and a re­fresh of its de­sign­ers, how­ever, Rizik’s is ready to reign again.

Ande Rig­gins-John­son, gen­eral man­ager for Rizik’s, has selected more than 30 of the hottest de­sign­ers in lux­ury fash­ion to fill the racks— Bran­don Maxwell, Paule Ka, and Adam Lippes, to name a few. Her in­ten­tion is to en­sure that DC’s work­ing women can “make their clos­ets mul­ti­task,” and she guides cus­tomers to­ward styles and lines that fit their fig­ure, which she pri­or­i­tizes be­fore ad­dress­ing trends. Some stand­outs for fall of­ficewear in­clude a bro­cade suit with black Lurex thread by Roberto Cavalli and boiled-wool cu­lottes by Chris­tian Siri­ano. 1100 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202-223-4050; riziks.com

Mock-neck sweater ($198), col­or­blocked blazer ($325), and col­or­blocked trousers ($238), Ar­gent.

Dou­ble-breasted blazer ($328), wide-leg trousers ($238), and crepe shell ($118), Ar­gent.

ƥƞƟƭ Sid Mash­burn’s shop in Wash­ing­ton, DC. ƛƞƥƨư ƥƞƟƭ Chelsea boot in to­bacco suede,

Mash­burn ($450). ƛƞƥƨư ƫƢƠơƭ Joshua Mil­liard’s finely fin­ished of­fice-wear is avail­able at Rizik’s.

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