While President Obama and his cool first lady Michelle are in town, it’s important to make sure you’re putting your most fashionable foot forward. Delegates and attendees of the convention tonight, please leave the Vibrams in the hotel room. Feather earrings should stay packed as well. And if we catch you in plaid anything, please believe you will be tripped in the street.
We talked to some influential people in Charlotte’s fashion scene to find out what else one should not wear during convention week. Heed their advice, we beg of you.
For the Out-of-Towners
“If you are not used to the Southern humidity, dress in cool breathable fabrics, but don’t use it as an excuse to slob out like a cheesy tourister. Be fabulous. Show us and America what you are working with! And certainly, do not wear anything with Romney/Ryan on it — unless you are traveling with someone who owns an “I’m with Stupid” tee and they are planning on walking next to you.”
— Scott Weaver, makeup artist
For the Ladies
“Don’t fall victim to the stiletto. While we all love them, they may not be practical during the DNC. With congested streets and parking wars, be prepared for long walks. Go for comfortable fashion, i.e., a shorter heel.”
— LaVonndra Johnson, owner of Elle VJ boutique
For the Fellas
“Please dump your Ivy League college tie during DNC; try on a stylish Man Cuff instead.”
— Susan Hilger, designer of the Eco Cuff
“Don’t embarrass Charlotte! Keep your wardrobe classy, chic and sophisticated. Represent Charlotte’s style to the nation. You might be caught on camera.”
— Tara Davis, fashion designer