Shop Talk: Meet a Potomac Woman Who Sells Bright Leggings
Plus, what to wear to weddings and summer parties
On the Bright Side
A few years back, Amy Pascal became as obsessed with bright patterned workout pants as she was with her strength and cardio routine. “I would pick up these super-vibrant tights when I was at the Jersey shore,” says the Potomac resident. “I stopped wearing all other exercise clothing, because the brighter things expressed my individuality.”
Photo by Skip Brown
After other women repeatedly stopped her in the locker room at Gold’s Gym in North Potomac, she decided to start a company that sold the same sort of polyester and spandex beauties she’d been picking up at the beach. Her online boutique, called Lavaloka (inspired by the idea that lava is hot and so are the clothes), launched last November.
Using the same Colombian factory that makes the leggings she used to buy, Pascal works with its designers to tweak and change colors and patterns. Popular combos include a black and brown python design ($89) and capris with skulls and roses ($74). “They’re playful, because your workout is serious,” she says. “Wearing something fun like this can motivate you to move and change your mood.”
The bold prints “hide everything,” Pascal says. “People think they have flaws, but these patterns are so distracting.” Still, when it comes to pairing them with tops, she recommends solid colors. Pascal sells the yoga-to-CrossFit-ready bottoms on her website, lavaloka.com, and at Fleet Feet Sports in Gaithersburg, Sculpt Studio in Bethesda and Thrive Yoga in Rockville. lavaloka.com
Rays of Light
Go easy on styling when planning your summer party outfits. Here are some of the bright and effortless accessories we love.
Bethesda designer Tatyana Gunatilake uses lush silks, like this bird print, to create her TGLine clutches. It’s a nice contrast to a solid-color dress, and sure to inspire conversation.
Put on your dancing shoes with these comfy flat sandals that are dressed up in a silver leather and embellished with faux gems.
$128, Ann Taylor, Westfield Montgomery mall, Bethesda, 301-365-0771; Mazza Gallerie, Washington, D.C., 202-244-1940, anntaylor.com
These light-yet-dramatic ball-style earrings sway when you dance, and bring a dose of disco glam to maxi dresses or printed tops.
$24.99, Current Boutique, 7220 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 301-222-1114, currentboutique.com
Julie Vos’ preppy-chic necklaces add elegance to flowing party dresses and look particularly apropos at a beach wedding.
$355, Julia Farr, Washington, D.C., 202-364-3277, juliafarrdc.com
Stylist of the Party
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For nearly a decade, Chevy Chase stylist and personal shopper Robin Fisher has been helping locals dress for work, weekends, and weddings and parties galore. Drawing on her background in the retail sector (she worked as a buyer and a designer for Macy’s and Joe Boxer, among others), Fisher applies her chic-yet-practical approach for women and men. Here’s the scoop on how you can be one of the best-dressed at special events this summer.
What’s this season’s “party look” for women?
I’m liking dresses that are delicate with a lot of flow. They can be either tea length or maxi, often with a bohemian feel or a floral print. As far as colors go, things are more muted this year—think baby blues or pale pinks. It can all look very feminine, especially if there’s some lace or silk involved.
What about men? How can they look stylish and fresh?
I try to get guys not to be so matchy-matchy when they go to events, and to leave the dark suit at the office. A lighter brown or blue suit looks great, especially if you put it with a coordinating shirt and tie. And if it’s a less formal event, I love a guy in a sport coat with driving loafers and jeans. Accessories in hot months are hard to choose. Any tips? In warmer months, I pare down the accessories, especially since having metal on your skin can be aggravating when it’s hot outside. Long, layered necklaces are going to be big this year, as opposed to statement necklaces. And a nice cuff can be good, too. I like the ones by D.C.-area jeweler Sophie Blake.
Etiquette once frowned upon guests wearing white and black to weddings. Is that still the case?
That depends on the mood and theme of the event. If it’s a nighttime formal affair, you can wear black. But I generally steer clients away from white. You can do cream or natural instead.
Where do you and your clients shop for party clothes in the Bethesda area?
Reddz Trading has interesting jewelry and accessories. And I like the selection of dresses at Morley by names like Mara Hoffman and Haute Hippie.