Monday, March 2, 2009

Hippie Hill Invasion (Or "Disasters in DC Fashion")

Now that I work in communications rather than in legislative advocacy, I no longer frequent Capitol Hill much. Still, I like to think that when I do, I clean up fairly decently. I mean, sure, I participated in The Great Seersucker Suit Day of 2008, whereupon two of my closest friends & I took to the Hill to lobby & simultaneously attempted to reclaim the summer pinstripe for the Dems. OK, & no, not all of my "dress-up clothes" fit me particularly well because I have an apparent "pants problem" that mysteriously renders all my slacks massive on me, despite my lack of weight loss.

But even when I don't look my Sunday best, I know that there are a few things you just shouldn't wear when you make a trek to Capitol Hill to visit your elected officials. Things that come to mind include:
  • Sweats (pants, hoodies, the like)
  • UGGS (or any footwear that involves pom-poms)
  • Patterned, footless leggings
  • Any skirt too short/scandalous/ugly for church or dinner at your grandma's house
  • Tie-dyed anything
  • Patchwork anything
  • Anything made of hemp
I saw all of the above today, when 1,200+ college-aged hippies from Power Shift 2009 took to the Hill to demand Congress pass stronger environmental legislation. The worst fashion offender of the day? See for yourself:

Come ON. No matter how you slice it, wearing Crocs to the Hill - IN WINTER - is wholly (hole-y?) unacceptable. And she's not even going to try to blend in & pretend like she's wearing normal-person shoes? She's just gonna go straight to bright red?

Oh, & did I mention that it was 21 degrees & snowy out today?!?

PS: Hippie protests - Just one of the many joys of living in our nation's capital:

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, & Let Me Be More Careful About Future Screenshots

I know it's blurry (WTF crummy screenshot?) but LOOK WHAT WE HAVE! The "snow emergency" was canceled around 11 p.m. (which is good, because cabs charge a 25% fee to drive in 'em, & I had to get home from Arlington tonight), but we've still got a little bit of the fluffy stuff goin' on.

And though I have zero faith that it will manifest into any more of a winter wonderland (or that the precipitation-phobic residents of this city I call my second home would appreciate it if it did), I was pretty gloriously jazzed at tonight's weather sitch. And yes, I realize that I just may be the only girl in the District whose fingers are crossed for more.

PS: Gotta be careful 'bout those screenshots. Like, hypothetically, if you're looking at the blog of someone who most assuredly has no idea you read their blog, then you might, hypothetically, have to retake the screenshot in a flurry of anxiety at having almost outed yourself.
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