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

Monday, March 2, 2009

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:


  1. So that was what I saw when I came back into town! I love protest-watching. Fascinating.

  2. Seriously- I want to visit and see DC so badly...the last time I was there was in 8th grade; the field trip...and I didn't pay any attention one bit because...I was falling for this guy and of course; my main focus was to get him to like me. Now, I guess I am old; because I would love to go back and visit the museums!

  3. ...and the hippie protesters don't understand how to walk down a hall without blocking it. Annoying when you're trying to get past their slow shuffle. At least they weren't as obnoxious as some past group of protesters.

  4. I just started clawing at the computer screen, trying to tear them off her feet. I couldn't even help myself.

  5. They have entire Crocs Stores! That is how these people feed their disease.

  6. I'm so not into crocs!

  7. UGH! CROCS! They are a crime against humanity, and the next person that says "but they're so comfortable!" is getting slapped upside the head.



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