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2 Monumental D.C. Buildings, 2 Inspired Outfits To Match

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Web01Photo: Courtesy of Carla Cabrera.
I vividly remember the first time my family drove through downtown Washington, D.C., as we passed the majestic Greek revival architecture with its unforgettable marble and sandstone facades. As a 12-year-old from South America, I found these structures quite magical and unlike anything I had ever seen before.
Today, I’m lucky to live across the street from a few of the same buildings that amazed me as a kid — and they've continued to inspire me in an unconventional arena: my clothes. This outfit is inspired by the columns, marble, and exhibits at the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, my favorite building in Washington, D.C. I paired a custom Marc Jacobs airbrush shirt (inspired, again, by the colors and lines of the Electronic Superhighway installation by Nam June Paik) with wide leg trousers.
Marc Jacobs custom airbrush T-shirt; Mango trousers.
The iconic and imposing Washington Monument provided the inspiration for this look. The building was built from marble in 1848 to 1884 in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk and is currently covered for repairs in a striking paneled scaffolding. I'm having fun playing with the dresses-over-pants trend and thought a structured dress over my favorite gray skinnies was a great way to bring life to the light gray marble structure.
Marc Jacobs gray wool dress; True Religion Casey Super Skinny Tainted Tin Womens Jeans, $188, available at True Religion; Alice + Olivia for Payless booties.
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