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Whether you’re a fashionista always up for the latest trends or simply looking for guidance on the most flattering looks just right for you, our expert stylists and local boutique owners are here to help. Striking the balance between on-trend on classic, we are your local source for all thing stylish.

look of the day: rain gear

And it’s another rainy day in Alexandria. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is so totally over the rain, but let’s look on the figurative bright side. Rain just gives us the opportunity […]

sparkle for the runway and every day

by Angela, Bellacara I love this time of year. I love the crisp air while the sun is still shining in the sky. I get to pull out my boots, sweaters, and coats […]

look of the day: wine tasting

I don’t know about you, but when it gets colder I start to hibernate. It’s not that I don’t want to see my friends, I just don’t want to leave my house. What […]

borrowing from the boys

by Elizabeth, The Shoe Hive It’s a trend that never goes away: menswear-inspired looks. Maybe it is the Alex P. Keaton era of my upbringing, but I have always had a heavy influence […]

look of the day: fall wedding

Dressing for a fall wedding doesn’t mean you should avoid color altogether. It just means you have to focus on the right kinds of colors: jewel tones with metallic touches mixed in. Start […]

street style: sarah squire

Sarah Squire is the daughter of one of the Coco Blanca owners, Elisabeth. Sarah loves every chance she gets to come home to Alexandria, which she says is very similar to her new […]

look of the day: gallery opening

Dressing for a gallery opening is both an opportunity and a challenge. It is an opportunity to be a little more daring in your appearance, but it is always a challenge to dress […]

the little black dress

It was only a matter of time before we talked about it. The one article of clothing that is every woman’s best friend – the Little Black Dress. But did you know its […]

make stripes your friend

Reader: How can I wear stripes? I’ve always heard they are not figure flattering. Tara: It is true that horizontal stripes worn the wrong way can add the illusion of extra weight. The […]

look of the day: backstage pass

Headed to a concert or comedy club? Need to rock a little rocker chic? The key is to keep the silhouettes simple but to wear pieces that have something special about them. A […]

belts demystified

Reader: I love belts on display but never think they look right on me. What am I doing wrong? Darby: There are a few different ways to style belts. A skinny belt with […]

eye2eye: an alexandria gem

Elizabeth called me minutes after discovering that she would need bifocals for the first time. To say she was a bit traumatized would be an understatement. It didn’t help that within just a […]

how to style a sheer blouse

Sheer blouses are beautiful, sexy, and can sometimes be difficult to make work with an outfit. One of my personal pet peeves is when someone just chops their body in half by wearing […]

look of the day: girlfriends’ lunch

It is hard to get the entire Stylebook team together since there are quite a few of us now and our schedules are all jammed pack. When we are able to make it […]

street style: elizabeth shea

Elizabeth Shea is a public relations consultant who works from home (her Twitter handle is fittingly @ChezSheaPR), with a focus on Alexandria companies she feels passionate about. Several times a week she dashes […]

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