Monday, November 16, 2009

Hip-Hip-Hooray!

The DC Tweed Ride went over swimmingly. Over 300 people participated in their finest tweedy attire. The weather was lovely, the ride was leisurely - people chatted on the way, waved at passers-by, greeted stunned tourists with a "good day, chap" and laughed all the way to Marvin where gin punch and Belgian beer were consumed into the late afternoon.

A pit stop was made in front of the White House where a spirited "hip-hip-hooray" echoed in the Spring-like air (as captured in my little video below). I send this "hip-hip-hooray" to Eric, Kristin and Janine and the rest of the organizers who pulled this enjoyable event together.

DC Tweed Ride - White House Stop from Righteous (re)Style on Vimeo.

Friday, November 13, 2009

More Dandy Inspiration for the Tweed Ride!





Photo by Greg Min.  
(THOUGH, leave the fur at home.  Unless its faux or your old Aunt Mildred's vintage stole that means SO much to you!)



Photo by McJenna from the Philly Tweed Ride



Pic from dustinj.


Pic by Lego.










Pic from Lookbook.nu



Pic from here.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Styling for the Tweed Ride DC!


Getting so very excited for DC's Tweed Ride! Preparations have commenced (photo from Planet Claire's Blog):


Tweed, fitted suit: check!
Argyle socks: check!
Red, vintage, lace-up boots: check!
Cute vintage adornments: check!


Still on the look-out for an appropriate hair accessory for the seasonally inappropriate balmy 67 degrees expected on Sunday (hello climate change!).

The one operational issue that I am facing is the need to somehow roll up the extra wide legs of my trousers. Although I would look quite natty in my 3-piece tweed suit, the wide legs may make it difficult to bike the route (just released here). So, I think I have decided to wear knickers of some sort or a skirt (which will also allow me to display my quite rad red, vintage boots and argyle socks). However, I do not, at this point in time, own any knickers. And that is where the continually astonishing power of the Google comes in.


I have found several places online where there are easy peasy directions on making a pair of pants into knickers. So, if you are facing a similar conundrum, check out the links below - with some additional photos of outfit inspiration at the bottom. (Don't currently have a pair of pants to convert into jaunty knickers? Visit any local Goodwill for a truly amazing array of inexpensive options. Or, check out the Goodwill Travelin' Trunk show on Saturday being held at Greater Goods at 16th and U, NW. ) Hope to see you on Sunday!


Make your own knickers:
Remixing Clothes-Making pants into knickers


Make Your Own Knickers

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Nov. 15 - Tweed Ride: You've come a long way DC!

Image from Marie Claire


Just a few years ago, this kind of thing wouldn't have gotten any attention at all - hell, it wouldn't have been even organized. But, DC is a changing place, baby. Welcome to the first Tweed Ride in DC. What is a Tweed Ride you ask? According to the ReadysetDC (check this blog out def!), Tweed Rides have been organized around the world and in cities across the nation since the early 1900’s. The participants wear tweeds and fancy attire.


Check out the quote below from the organizer of the event (via ReadysetDC from The City Paper):

“As this is the first tweed ride known to occur in D.C. since the infestation of the automobile, we cannot be certain of how many riders will attend. Mere mention of it over a month ago have sent dozens of dapper dandies and quaintrelles quietly in search of suitable tweed and steel. This ride will serve to announce our arrival in a city in dire need of dandified representation. The word will be sure to travel in the right circles. The spring ride should bring dandies in great numbers from both near and far.”

Although I can't be a dandy, this girl, in her tweed 3-piece suit, will certainly be there.

For an idea of how much fun and fashion will happen, check out this flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=tweed%20ride&w=all

Deets:

DC Tweed Ride
November 15, 2009
11:00am - 7:00pm
Starts: 8th + H Street
Ends: Marvin (14th and Fla.)

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