Street Style: How Washingtonians Get the Most Out of Their Everyday Looks

By Holly E. Thomas and Michelle Thomas; Photos by Joshua Yospyn
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, April 19, 2009

I n spring, when Mother Nature's to-do list can include a chilly morning, a sunny afternoon and an evening downpour all in the same day, getting dressed presents more than the usual outfit quandary. But even when the forecast is unpredictable, a few perennial style secrets can help you weather the season.

"You have to understand proportion to know how to layer, to know how long your tank top should be under your sweater or under your blazer," says Stacy London of TLC's hit makeover show "What Not to Wear." "For men, it's all about details -- when you see Brad Pitt in a suit, the reason it looks so good, besides Brad being Brad, is that it's tailored to perfection. A pocket square, the lining of a jacket, cuff links -- the great thing about men's tailoring and style is that it's all in the details."

On a recent afternoon, we style-stalked savvy locals who mastered the art of dressing for the tricky transition between seasons . All show off elements of their personal style -- skinny studded pants, prep-school saddle shoes, stacks of funky bracelets -- while paying attention to proportion and fit. London would be proud.

Michelle Brown, 23, Silver Spring

Brown, a MAC Cosmetics makeup artist, channels tough-girl icons Sienna Miller and Agyness Deyn with a worn-in H&M leather jacket, Juicy Couture hoodie and Marc Jacobs tote. Studded motorcycle boots from Aldo round out the look. "I like how masculine they are," Brown says of her footwear. "I don't do a lot of jewelry, so I want key pieces like my jacket or my shoes to really stand out."

Why it works: Brown nails the transition from winter to spring by pairing leggings with her shorts and adding an extra layer with a cozy hooded sweater. "It's comfortable, and it's still dabbling in trends, but it's also my own style. . . . It's Sienna Miller meets 'The Fast and the Furious.' "

If Brown could raid any fashion icon's closet, whose would it be? "Karl Lagerfeld."

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