The Washington Post

Thanks to Congress, starting this week, I have a lot of free time on my hands. I’ve decided to go shoe shopping. I need new tall boots for fall. What do you recommend? — Amy

Leandra Medine, the irreverent blogger behind The Man Repeller, is out with a new book, “Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls."

With less competition in D.C., local clothing startups get a captive, ready-made audience.