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Have you ever wanted to see decades worth of fashion worn by powerful women, all within one room? Well then this is the place to be. Gowns and other belongings owned by the First Ladies of the United States are all shared at this exhibit for visitors to admire, and very likely bring some of the styles into their own closets in one way or another. I spotted this Fashionista outside of the exhibit looking quite sharp in her professional attire, and I decided to ask her a few questions about how she might be planning on incorporating part of what she saw inside in her everyday wardrobe.

Name: Jenna Shaw

Role: The First Ladies exhibit viewer and American University student

CollegeFashionista: How do you choose between dresses or pants when dressing for a more professional setting?

Jenna Shaw: I would say 99 percent of the time when I go to professional events I wear pants. I just think that they are more comfortable and when I wear pants and a blazer I feel like it is socially acceptable to wear any shoe I want. Sometimes I just don’t have the patience for heels! 

CF: What is your go-to summer outfit for a laid back day?

JS: I am all about comfort in my outfit choices. I am a huge fan of flannel shirts. You can’t go wrong with flannel because these shirts can help make an outfit really come together. They’re perfect for tying around your waste and forgetting about them until the Sun goes down! In the summer I’m usually lounging around in denim shorts, a tank top and I’m sure to have a flannel close by. 

CF: Where do you take most of your fashion inspiration from?

JS: Hillary Clinton is my biggest role model both from a personal and fashion perspective. Her go-getter attitude shines through by her confidence in all of her outfit choices. The way she holds herself professionally inspires the way that I dress when I go to professional events. I think that it is important to both look and act the part. If I appear to be well put together, I am going to act in a professional light as well. I’m on my way to an internship right now and I knew that seeing all of these bright, wise women would give me the dose of confidence that I needed. 

Learn More: You can find the First Ladies exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. You’ll see that the sidewalks are flocking with young adults dressed in blazers and comfortable walking shoes, yet no one is skimping out on fashion. These determined young Fashionista/os are coloring the streets with Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines because you never know when you are going to be spotted on The Hill.


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