Seersucker style guide

The June 4th Seersucker Social is right around the corner; it’s time to get your garden party getup together! Not sure what to wear? Here are a few tips for the classy quaintrelle:

The Basics

If you aren’t sold on seersucker, or simply don’t have any on hand, look for pieces made from traditional summer fabrics like gingham, linen, chiffon and cotton eyelet. While black is always chic in New York, it’s a no-no at a proper garden party. Stick with brights, whites, and pastels.

The Look

This isn’t a Hampton’s golf club mixer. There’s more than one way to be a retro-forward fashionista. Think 60’s garden party a là Mad Men, the fashionable flappers of The Great Gatsby, Kentucky Derby southern belles, and Victorian-inspired boyish prep.

Head to Toe

A proper topper is a must! You don’t need an invite to the royal wedding to rock some seriously stylish headwear. Here are a few examples from last year:

You can find inexpensive fascinators at Forever 21 or make one yourself using this how-to guide.

The floral cartwheel hat (far left below) and 1950′s waffle pique hat (below middle) are available at Uesa Goods, or by appointment with Uesa, who houses her fabulous vintage collection in her home in Capitol Hill. The Seersucker cloche hat (3rd from left) was found on Etsy.



If you wilt like a delicate flower in the hot sun, consider a colorful parasol. Stand out while standing under red battenberg lace (far left), or look sweet as a Georgia Peach with a ruffled peach parasol from Etsy.

Step out in style with a classic pair of two-tone oxfords, or these spiffy spectator pumps.

Finishing Touches

Look for accessories that incorporate seersucker and other summer fabrics. If a Kate Spade seersucker handbag isn’t in your budget, check Etsy for creative items like this handmade sash and flower applique.

Finish off your look with bright lips, a pair of lace tea gloves (a lady always protects her hands), and a few strands of pearls. You can find all of the above and more at local vintage and resale shops like Polly Sue’s and Moonshadow in Takoma Park;  Junction, Ginger Root Design, Dr. K Vintage, and Rock it Again on U Street; and Goodwood and Treasury on 14th.

Seersucker Prep: Mid-city Vintage & Pop-up Shopping

Seersucker Prep: Mid-city Vintage & Pop-up Shopping Map

Are you still missing some essential items for the Seersucker Social? Are you not sure how to gear up for a D&Q retro cycling event? Not to worry,

D&Q is teaming with select retailers and Marvin Bistro & Bar for an evening of Mid-City vintage and pop-up shopping for the Seersucker Social. Featured vintage clothing retailers include Junction, Ginger Root Design, Dr. K Vintage, Rock it Again, Goodwood and Treasury. Shops will be open until 9:30 Wednesday May 25 and feature discounts up to 20% off on select items for shoppers who mention the Seersucker Social.  A pop-up shopping experience upstairs at Marvin Bistro & Bar begins at 7:30 featuring Hugh & Crye, High Cotton Ties and Proper Topper. If you are searching for a great fitting shirt, the sartorial pop of a cotton bow tie or a fascinator fit for a royal occasion make Marvin your final mid-city destination after perusing the vintage shops.

Seen at the Seersucker Social

Visit the 2010 Seersucker Social Flickr Pool to check out images from last years event. ( Featured Image taken by Jim Darling.)

TruthBeauty on display at the Phillips After 5

There is little more pleasing to a dandy  or quaintrelle than having the splendor of their appearance captured in a portrait.  To have it done in a pictorial fashion can present a most charming image. Pictorialism is the subject of the current exhibition at the Phillips Collection and is a form of visual imagery that appeared during the  late 19th century which was more whimsical than common photography known most. The images and excerpt below are from the official Phillips Collection press release for the exhibition entitled ” TRUTHBEAUTY: PICTORIALISM AND THE PHOTOGRAPH AS ART, 1845-1945″ and runs through January 9, 2011.

“Like impressionism, which challenged the traditions of painting, pictorialism strove to expand the possibilities of photography beyond the literal description of a subject. Abandoning the camera’s ability to produce images in sharp detail that mirrored reality, pictorialist photographers instead used specialized printing processes to painterly effect to show that photography could be a vehicle for personal expression rather than factual description.”

Dandies of yore who couldn’t afford to sit for a painted portrait, could be captured in all their sartorial splendor in a pictorial photograph.  Join us Thursday November 4  for  the Phillips after 5 event and have your image captured in the pictorialist style by Worn Magazine.  ReadySetDC has been enlisted by the Phillips Collection to help make the occasion memorable as a prelude party to FOTOWEEK DC.

“Betweed You and Me ” – A D&Q Tweed Party & Post Ride Celebration

“Betweed You and Me ” – A Post Ride Celebration.

D&Q is bringing Dandy Wellington and his House of Boots production company from NYC to provide top notch retro style entertainment to follow a vintage bicycle-inspired fashion show featuring local designers and vintage shops.  Relax after the tweed ride as the music of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Societys’ 20′s era swing band fills the air, where performers Gin Minsky and Miss Ekaterina aim to delight.  Entertainment will be hosted by the legendary Dandy Wellington! Regardless of the weather, the Tweed Party will go on rain or Shine. Click on the image above to register.

Be sure to register early as number of tickets are limited! Tickets will allow access to the Tweed Party and provide you with drink tickets to fabulous cocktails provided by Hendricks Gin and St. Germain Liquor.

D&Q’s 2010 DC Tweed Ride

As always, the ride is free! D&Q is requesting a $5 donation to help cover efforts toward organizing the event. Fifty percent of your donations will go toward Arts for the Aging, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults through the arts.  Registering for the ride will ensure that you receive the ride’s start-point materials and other related items via e-mail.  Donate for a great cause and support the efforts of D&Q.