CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fashion is everywhere, and the state Capitol is no exception, especially during a legislative session. As the session was wrapping up a week ago, I was able to snag a few shots of ladies and gentlemen who are both politically and fashion savvy.
While roaming the marble halls, one would expect a sea of suits in navy and black. I did see some conservative suits -- and I am not referring to the politics of the person wearing them. But many folks also had changed it up with fun colors and accessories.
Spring colors and patterns were found all around the Capitol.
Lobbyist Patti Hamilton wore a floral cardigan and Delegate Doug Skaff wore a spring suit with a pastel blue shirt and a blue paisley tie. I also was pleasantly surprised to find Delegate Jeff Eldridge donning a seersucker suit. By looking at a few men, one would think it was the first day of session -- pulling out all of the stops from their wardrobe.
Delegate Ryan Ferns wore a three-piece pinstripe suit. Far from the oversize, poorly tailored pinstripe suits I've seen, this suit gave me hope that pinstripes shouldn't die along with the double-breasted suit. Indeed, pinstripes should live!
I loved Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred's lemon and black polka-dot tie. It gave a sunny-day twist to a black suit. After all, who doesn't think bowties are cool? As I passed Allred later in the day, he had shed his jacket and I realized he had been hiding a great fashion surprise: yellow suspenders. Ooh la la ... Geek Chic! His look stopped me in my tracks, so I had to take another picture. He put his shades on just for fun.
The last day of the session might have been hectic on the floor, but the fashion for some was a bit relaxed. It was a long day and the fashion-savvy knew they wanted to wear something that could look good from day and way into the night. Some men, like lobbyist Frank Hartman, went a bit more business-casual by dressing down suits sans tie or dressing up jeans with a crisp white shirt and tan sport coat. Ladies wore colored jeans with pumps and a fitted jacket or a belted, patterned dress with a blazer. Lobbyists Laura Jordan and Rudi Raynes Kidder know how to bring it for spring.
Lane Horter and Erin Clark, West Virginia University legislative interns from Kanawha County, showed off snappy casual attire and gave a young twist to conservative workplace looks.