The internet is full of fashion blogs – from daily outfit posts to brand marketing to couture appreciation – but amid the bevy of style-based blogs, Capitol Hill Style
stands out. The blog’s author, Belle (she keeps her real identity a secret), offers style and beauty tips tailored to the D.C. working woman’s needs. She posts daily, with regular features like Splurge vs. Save, Two Ways , and the 10th Commandment, with covetable items at different price points (don’t worry, Belle looks out for the unpaid interns among her readers).
We got a chance to ask Belle some questions about her inspiration, her own style and what to do when you’re just starting out.
When did you start blogging, and what inspired Capitol Hill Style?
I started blogging in 2008 during the August recess. I was inspired to start the blog after seeing how the summer interns on the Hill dressed for work. Half of them were dressed for the club, and the other half looked like they were wearing clothes stolen from Mommy’s closet. At the time, there were no professional style blogs geared toward women under age 40, and I thought it was about time Capitol Hill had a resource for young women who want to dress appropriately but be stylish as well.
How would you describe your style?
Sophisticated and feminine, I like a good mix of pretty and sleek. I prefer dresses and skirts to pants. I also like to wear feminine fabrics like silk and chiffon with ladylike accents. I try to keep up with current trends, but when I’m unsure, I stick with the classics.
D.C. style gets a pretty bad rap – where do you think this comes from? Is it legitimate?
D.C. style has changed a lot in the past few years. When I moved to the District in 2005, women still wore white sneakers with suits and nude hose. Almost no one wore dresses to work, it was all pants. And women seemed content to downplay their femininity rather than embrace it. So in the past, the criticisms were certainly valid.
Now, I see more women who recognize that you can be a professional who is taken seriously without having to dress in shapeless, masculine attire and bad shoes. What’s the point of having a successful, well-paying job if you have to wear clogs and tapered trousers? Ick.
Do you have a D.C. fashion role model?
Former Congresswoman Jane Harman was probably as close as I came to having a real fashion role model in D.C. She had the most amazing wardrobe and the attitude to match. No one else could have pulled off a chartreuse silk pleated skirt on the floor of the House. She made me realize that it’s not just about the clothes, it’s about how you carry yourself.