The Sequoia Top

Sure to become a favorite summer top. Why? It’s made in a breathable washed silk – and it’s the color of the year – radiant orchid!

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The Sequoia Top

Georgetown Waterfront Park is filled with outdoor cafes like Sequoia, where you can take in views of the Potomac River, Roosevelt Island and the Kennedy Center. The Sequoia Top provides the elegance, ease and comfort you need on a warm summer evening, while sipping cocktails from a terrace and enjoying a cool breeze off the river.

The Sequoia top is elegant in design and essential in its versatility.  The top has a soft, draped neckline with a slightly tapered shoulder line, accentuating the best of a woman’s shoulder.  It is slightly fitted through the bodice to create a tapered waist. It can be worn alone or as the consummate layering piece under knits and blazers.

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100% Silk

Dry Clean Only

$178

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The Prospect Top

Although this top works great for the office, we envision it tucked into a pair of short shorts with your favorite belt and gold sandals. The ultimate ensemble for walking along the boardwalk on your way to dinner overlooking the ocean.

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The Prospect Blouse

During the Federal period, brick mansions of wealthy shipowners, merchants and land speculators were built above Georgetown harbor on Prospect Street. Our Prospect blouse is an homage to the orderly elegance of the charming rowhouses that line this historic street today.

The Prospect is a chic take on the essential blouse, crafted in luxurious breathable linen.  Front and back seams ensure a slim shape and feminine fit, with high-quality, trocas shell buttons that are perfectly staggered to prevent any gaps.  This versatile blouse can be worn for a polished, professional look or on the weekend with your favorite jeans or shorts.

White

100% Linen

Dry Clean Only

$168

 

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The Occidental

While we like to keep things light and easy during the summer, sometimes, serious business needs to get done. The Occidental Dress is ideal for those days when you have to make the big presentation at work, but it’s still dressy enough to take you to a relaxing (perhaps celebratory?) dinner afterward.

 

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The Occidental Dress

Located in the heart of downtown DC, the Occidental Restaurant has been the gathering place for Washington power brokers, celebrities and sports figures for over 100 years. Like the Washington institution for which it was named, the timeless appeal and clean, bold lines of the Occidental Dress make it the essential design to take you from the boardroom to your power luncheon.

The dress features a modest scoop neckline that is mirrored in the back, is knee length and has capped-sleeves providing enough coverage for many professional settings in warmer weather.  With a slight a-line to give freedom of movement as you run down the city streets to your next meeting, the Occidental Dress is an essential piece for every busy woman’s wardrobe.

Navy/White

Shell: 65% Cotton, 33% Polyester, 2% Spandex, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$295

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The Eastern Market

The Eastern Market Dress is essential for those Saturday mornings, running errands or enjoying brunch al fresco. It’s versatile enough to take you to an evening barbeque with friends.

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The Eastern Market Dress

Eastern Market has served as the heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood for 136 years. On weekends, artists showcase handmade crafts alongside fresh produce and flowers brought in from the countryside. The Eastern Market Dress is an enlightened summer dress to wear while meandering through your local farmer’s market, a bunch of flowers tucked under your arm, shopping for that perfect piece of unique art.

The Swiss cotton dot fabric, cut and sewn into the most adorable design, will make this your favorite warm weather dress. It features a scoop neckline with capped sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder, depending on your mood. The dress has an empire waistline with the length of the skirt extending to the top of the knee. Wear your big silver hoops and grab your espadrilles or flip flops to finish the look. A summer straw hat is optional.

Black

100% Cotton

Dry Clean Only

$225

Available at Julia Farr

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The Lafayette

We couldn’t help but notice that InStyle  Magazine loves Cobalt  - almost as much as we do

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We think our cobalt Lafayette Dress will become your summer uniform. It’s covered enough for the office, but you’ll be grateful for the sleeveless silhouette during the dog days of summer. And the color is flattering on all skin tones.

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The Lafayette Dress

 Planned as a quiet place of respite for the President of the United States, Lafayette Square instead became a crossroads of history, as generations of residents and visitors congregated and strolled through its manicured grounds. Like the multifaceted park for which it’s named, our Lafayette Dress is versatile enough to transport you from the corner office to a private dinner in style. It is your essential, go-to dress on a Monday morning when you want to start the week on a strong note.

With a slight, open bateau neckline, the Lafayette has a fitted bodice falling straight to the knee. Add a fitted cardigan or jacket in white or black, your best pumps in nude or black, and minimalism has never been so chic.

Cobalt

Shell: 63% Polyester, 33% Rayon, 4% Spandex, Lining: 100% Rayon

Dry Clean Only

$250

(note to all you KU fans – yep, it’s Jayhawk blue. Put a red scarf or handbag with it, and you’re ready to Rock Chalk)

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Spring 2014 The Decatur Dress

It’s been a loooooong winter, but the end is near!

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Daffodils and flowering trees are in full bloom, and, if you’re like us, you’re ready to spend more time outside dressed in fresh, clean designs.

Julie and I are so excited to debut Julia Farr Collection’s Spring 2014.  Inspired by the colors, tones and textures of Julie’s childhood beach with its infinite sea, infinite sky and infinite possibilities, the Julia Farr Collection for Spring offers both professional and occasion appropriate designs to meet all your needs throughout this season of weddings, pool parties, corporate retreats, farmer’s markets and vacations.

We begin with our Decatur Dress:

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 The Decatur Dress

For more than 180 years, the most important names in politics, business and society have gathered at the Decatur House to celebrate and mingle in the shadow of the White House. The polished elegance of our Decatur Dress makes it the ideal piece for all of life’s celebrations, large and small.

With elbow length sleeves, a moderate v-neckline and length to the knee, this beautiful silk dupioni dress is perfect for a Mother of the Bride at a Spring wedding, a cocktail reception at a stately manor, or a garden party on a sunny, May day. Wear with long layers of crystals or pearls, or a choker at the neck and your ever-essential nude pumps.

Pool

100% Silk

Dry Clean Only

$350

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In and Out Like a Lion

On the beach this morning with Mom and fabulous dragon

On the beach Sunday morning with Mom and a fabulous dragon


Dear Ann, 

I flew from 80 degrees sunny Naples, Florida today at noon after a nice morning walk on the beach with my Mom (with this awesome sand dragon-what commitment!) to a cold, cloudy, rainy Washington, DC.  And as we approached home from the airport, the driving rain turned into snow.  Not just wistful, can-hardly-see-it-snow but tumbling fat flakes that came down with purpose, covering the lawns and cars for several hours.  By the time I ran out to get dinner tonight, I was back to the heavy coat and boots with my head wrapped in a scarf.  On the 30th of March. And there was no question when I unpacked my Spring/Summer clothes that they wouldn’t go straight back to storage.  Forever, I think.

And right on the pulse of this hot-cold, sun-snow dilemma, I have to hand it to my favorite fashion and lifestyle blog Refinery 29 for posting an article on what to wear as the weather and your wardrobe are both in full transition in its 20 Transition Outfits that Don’t Look Crazy – At All.   I thought they nailed a few looks well, the rest were too Spring-y for what we are facing here, even if it does warm up this week. The potential is still there, you know that after a 70-degree cherry blossomed day in the sun, that the heavens could open again in a cold, harsh way just to keep us on our toes. Nevertheless, if it is not snowing and just chilly, I thought these looks were basically very good ones.

Look by Akris

Akris: Soft Spring pastel with black ensemble softening to the neutral boot

 

The robe coat by Ayr

The robe coat by Ayr – So Chic!

Madewell top and jeans. Casual and perfectly transitional.

Madewell top and jeans. Casual and perfectly transitional.

The key to transition from Winter to Spring is to eliminate all the very heavy pieces and faux furs you may have accumulated from October through March and introduce into your everyday look, a silk blouse or light cashmere sweater with Spring colors to lighten up the darks and the heavy fabrics.  Lose the black pants you’ve worn to death and bring out your indispensable pencil skirt in any color or your lightweight black pencil pants.  Keep your streamlined top coat nearby to give polish and warmth but – and this a is big BUT – try to move away from the heavy boots to pumps as April progresses. If it is freezing and snowing — forget all of my commentary and put on your arctic snow clothes.

Just my preliminary thoughts as I absorb the new climate and think about my toes in the sand just hours ago.  I fear the lamb has spent the month in Caribbean and needs to get the next flight out to make its 4/1 debut.

–Julie

Photos courtesy of Akris, Ayr and Madewell.

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