Iro was founded by French brothers Laurent and Arik Bitton in 2004.
As net-a-porter says “IRO perfectly combines the cool effortlessness of street style with a quintessentially Parisian spirit.”
I purchased my first Iro jacket a couple of years ago and I get so much use out of this item. Every season this brand produces jackets with modern cuts, but classic fabrics and prints. You can wear their jackets to be dressy or casual. I really think these jackets are worth the investment. You can also find them on sale and often on consignment. The Real Real has a great selection of them right now.
Here is the same and similar Iro Jackets:
Dress by Trina Turk
Trina Turk was founded in 1995, the design label is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year. Trina Turk is from southern California and many of her pieces reflect that sunshine vibe. In recent years though, her collections have included some great, solid pieces that can easily be worn to work. This leather dress is a style I picked up a couple of years ago, but she definitely has some great items in her fall collection that I would wear for work.
Trina Turk dresses:
Similar dresses to the one featured today:
Shoes by Tory Burch
Tory Burch, as I mentioned in my post on Monday of this week, is probably one of the most popular designers with women who work in Washington, DC. Her clothing and accessories can be appropriate for the office, festive events, holidays away and casual weekends in the city. Tory Burch is definitely a lifestyle brand.
Another special thing to know about Tory Burch is that she gives back in a big way to women through the Tory Burch Foundation. The mission of the Tory Burch Foundation is to empower and assist women entrepreneurs.
Tory Burch shoes (on sale now) and similar shoes:
Other velvet shoes I like:
by Tory Burch
Tory Burch is one of the most well-known American designers in contemporary history. Her designs and logo are certainly popular with DC professionals. What I love most about her collection is that in addition to classic pieces, like the Reva Flat, Tory Burch will design some unexpected and exquisite items that you would never immediately think were designed by her.
This fall I spent an afternoon in the Georgetown store with one of the most delightful associates, trying on shoes and loving everything I saw. I ended up selecting some great shoes, including the beautiful pair I am featuring today that are absolutely unique and unexpected.
I think there are some great surprises in her fall collection that are worth taking a look.
by Rock the Vote
Did you know that Rock the Vote has a prominent place in fashion history?! In 1990 artist Josh Gosfield designed this shirt for Rock the Vote in response to the music censorship mayhem taking place at that time in history. Think Rock of Ages (Broadway or film) if you are too young to remember this IRL.
This t-shirt helped mainstream a campaign to notify elected officials and parents that the First Amendment was written to protect free speech, including music lyrics. The t-shirt also encouraged civic engagement, voting and reminded Americans about the power of democracy. Not every artist chooses to have clean lyrics like Prince and musicians should be allowed to freely express themselves through their art. That sentiment was the general consensus of many voters and part of the genesis of Rock the Vote.
If you ever think your vote doesn’t count, think again. As the Washington Post’s Hunter Scwartz says very eloquently in his story from June 2015 on the history of music censorship and the anniversary of the 2 Live Crew arrest for their lyrics, “We were on a crash course with a future in which CeeLo’s “F— You” was outlawed (the clean “Forget You” version only, please), Eminem could never have even been a thing, and Nicki Minaj and Miley could be jailed for twerking.” Voting prevented these outcomes, that is powerful. Voting can protect your music options, human rights, personal wealth, health and well-being. These are all key reasons to register to vote and get out on election day and vote.
Last night to celebrate their 25th Birthday, Rock the Vote hosted a free party, open to the public at a venue in DC that is almost as old as Rock the Vote, Black Cat. 2 Live Crew reunited to perform some of their greatest hits. Darryl DMC McDaniels of Run DMC and local DMV rapper, Lightshow, also performed.
Rock the Vote has come a long way in 25 years and the organization and its mission is just as relevant and important now in 2015.
Dress by LOFT, Booties by Rag & Bone, and Necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane
LOFT was created in 1998 and is part of Ann Inc., the company that umbrellas Ann Taylor, Loft, and Lou & Grey. The clothing at LOFT is traditionally more reasonably priced that Ann Taylor. In fact with the ridiculous sales they have, you can get clothes for very inexpensive prices. Traditionally LOFT has not been a store I would associate with fashionable or stylish, I had always found it kind of frumpy. Recently LOFT is having a major moment. Everything in the store is trendy, fun, and I kind of want to buy it all. It’s also a really great place for retail therapy because you likely won’t break the bank shopping there.
LOFT is currently running a sale of 50% off of everything which includes the dress I am featuring on the blog today.
Here is a link to the dress featured today and other items from LOFT that I am loving right now: