Pepper Watkins looks the part of a gentleman in a blazer, vest and colored trousers.
By Laura Wainman
Here at Washington Life we see more than our fair share of party guests and their sartorial choices. Each week, we will feature our favorite “Best Dressed Guest” from recent events we have photographed and share a few words of advice from the well-groomed Washingtonian.
Who says a black suit and tie is the only option for men in Washington? One look at Pepper Watkins’ dapper ensemble, and you’ll never doubt again that men of the district know how to look chic for a night on the town.
Watkins, a management consultant with Accenture, dressed to the nines for the Club Caravan Cocktail Party at A Bar, in a Brooks Brothers blazer, trousers from Suitsupply, a vest from Goodwill, scarf from Uniqlo, shoes from Allen Edmonds and a vintage 1960s tie from his grandfather.
The tie is not the only thing Watkins received from his grandfather, as he says the man was always a “snazzy dresser and source of encouragement.” But Watkins doesn’t believe in style icons, or trying to dress like anyone but yourself. Instead, he focuses on his personal style, the fit of his clothing and making sure that his clothing reflects the statement, “chivalry is not dead.”
Though Watkins says he never tries to game the crowd, he does believe a good outfit necessitates planning.
“No host was ever offended by effort, and you never know where you may end up later. Also, a little bit goes a long way in Washington; you may be considered rakish if your shirt so much as fits.”
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