True Fashionista: Interview with Elizabeth Pendergrass of District of Chic

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When publications ask me for an example of true DC style, I always mention Elizabeth Pendergrass at District of Chic. Our lovely city is often blasted for having no style and being a sea of ill-fitting navy skirtsuits and white sneakers, but in fact, we are a city who knows style and appreciates quality. Elizabeth epitomizes DC style by mixing designer with Zara, flea market finds with tailored classics, simple elegance with touches of personality and whimsy. And for all of this, I consider Elizabeth to be a True Fashionista.

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I love looking to Elizabeth’s blog for ideas on how to wear work clothes for weekends, or weekend clothes to the office. Her blog is a great resource for ideas on how to look chic yet be comfortable when traveling. She’s also a great example of a woman who purchases quality, not quantity and rewears items over and over, each new ensemble giving the garment a new life.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth and can attest to the fact that she is sweet and charming in person, and completely matches the persona on District of Chic.

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At first glance, Elizabeth’s personal style may seem a bit conservative and preppy, but as you dig into her pieces, her accessories, and her choices of styling there’s a rock star who emerges. Monkey fur, black leather, zipper details and band tee shirts keeps Elizabeth’s office-appropriate wardrobe from looking too severe and anything but boring. I look to E for inspiration on how to dress in a tasteful and professional manner without sacrificing personal style. She really has the combination down pat, and proves that one can be stylish and about business, can have fun and still be appropriate, can be a rock star and still be tasteful.

As with every other True Fashionista, I asked Elizabeth to answer the same five questions; here are her answers:

How would you describe your personal style?
Eclectic. Somewhat ADD.

Where did you get your passion for fashion?
It's just always been something I've appreciated as far back as I can remember. I'm a visual person – I love interesting color combinations and beautiful shapes. I think fashion is something I'm naturally attracted to.

Where do you find sartorial inspiration?
Friends, family, magazines, blogs (duh!), people on the street – you name it!

What is the difference between fashion and style?
I tend to think of fashion as actual creations and style as the method in which those creations are worn.

Any advice for a woman who is starting to find her personal style?
Play! Don't be afraid to branch out and wear stuff you wouldn't normally wear.

The purpose of the Friday True Fashionista series is to show women who use clothing to express their personal style. Each woman has a different, unique look and opinion on clothing and fashion. These women inspire me in my clothing choices, and possibly their bold sartorial statements will inspire you. Stay tuned, there will be a featured True Fashionista every Friday for the next few weeks. And if you know of a True Fashionista in your life, tell us about her in the comments!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. LOVE her preppy looks – and she has those J Crew cap-toe shoes (or at least looks like them) that I covet – will certainly check her out!

  2. When I first saw the title of the post in my reader, I thought you meant your E, which would have been fitting! I am glad you brought the grown-up E to my attention though. I adore that shirt she is wearing in the “festival” looking picture.

  3. I really appreciate her style — a long dress with a black leather jacket and fur collar is fabulous.

  4. I had to comment, because I adore E! I’m not a DC dweller, but I love her style. Even if it’s not something I would wear, she reminds me to not be quite so safe with my choices (naturally, when it’s an appropriate occasion to take a little risk.)

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