As always the Independence Day theme throughout the DMV remains squarely within the Stars and Stripes borders. But, if you really want a mash up (LA/NYC street couture meets Rosie, the Riveter) version of the red, white and blue, visit Rosie's and Rockers located at 2001 13th St. NW. Here, seasonal options for the ladies are more pin up than hoe down. Find Betty Paige inspired dresses with leopard detailing, belted capris with clever cutouts and fitted peekaboo tops with black dotted mesh tulle. And, for guys, think rock god with plenty of ironically worded t-shirts, edged out gothic jeans and moto leather. I'm currently digging the SourPuss branded nautical striped cotton (ice) skater dresses and retro patent leather handbags. I also love the irreverent jewelry, punk inspired socks and aviator sunglasses priced to move. Ah, the power of a perfectly curated aesthetic. From the crimson walls to the new signage to the original art, Rosie's is consistent. This may explain why after 20 minutes with owner Mateen I suddenly wanted to pin curl my hair and identify a metal band to follow around the country. (www.rosiesandrockers.com)
Simone Butterfly has been investigating fashion with a twinkle & a twirl since 2003.