Cool D.C. Parent to Know: The Mom-Friendly Stylist

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Another day with nothing to wear? You’re not alone. Lots of us parents have put feedings and fairy tales before fashion. That’s why we want to introduce you to Julia Miles-Davis. This Howard University grad is a self-described “balance of brains and Balenciaga” that loves to help people find their most stylish selves through closet editing, personal shopping, and more. Keep reading as Julia, who lives in her Northeast, D.C. with her husband and kiddos, Dillon and Jagger, gives us a scoop of some of her style savvy and family favorites.

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Your business offers image consulting as well as fashion editing services. What does the typical “edit” look like?
Imagine a spring cleaning on steroids. During the editing process, I’ve had many clients say “I’m going to need a glass of wine for this.” So, I started bringing a bottle of wine along to edits because it definitely helps the client let go of items easier. All joking aside, our company is called The EDITORS because we come into your closet and we get rid of items that are no longer needed in your wardrobe. Everything from undergarments to accessories is fair game. Then, we create different piles which consist of items that you are going to donate, sell (we can help here, too), or have altered. After we’ve completed this process, we organize your closet to make it look like your personal boutique.

“Fashion” and “parenthood” are two words you don’t often hear in the same sentence. How can parents keep up with their kid-related responsibilities while staying stylish?
Basically, you have to look at the items that are trending each season and then find a way to wear them in a way that’s comfortable for you and your lifestyle.Here are a couple of tips I’ve picked up along the way:

1. Each season, there are key items that allow you to stay fashionable and on-trend while taking care of your tots. Take the thigh-high boot. Yes, it looks great with a 4-inch heel on it, but there are kid-friendly alternatives. For example, Stuart Weitzman came out with a great over-the-knee flat boot.

2. Make affordable, but stylish, denim a wardrobe staple. Rather than indulging in a $300 pair of jeans, buy something that you can throw in the washing machine over and over again. You can go to Zara and buy a $39 pair of jeans that look just as good as a more expensive pair, and you don’t care as much about getting ice cream on them.

What go-to piece should every parent have in their closet?
Basic pieces that parents should have in their closets include a great fitting pair of jeans, a basic tee, a pair of cool sneakers like the Stan Smith Adidas or Golden Goose, and a great slide for the summer. A fashionable backpack or crossbody purse can also be used for your diaper bag to keep  your hands-free. As we are approaching the summer months, you could use a fedora and pair of shades when going outside with the kids. I know you asked for one thing, but I could go on all day about what to add to your wardrobe.

Enough with the grown-ups. What’s your favorite local place to find kiddie couture?
I absolutely adore Little Birdies Boutique in Georgetown. It’s the cutest store for kids.

What’s your favorite restaurant for family dinners?
Cactus Cantina in Upper NW has great food and is super family-friendly. The tortilla machine is amazing to kids!

What’s the best thing about being a parent in the DMV?
I love being a parent in D.C. because there are so many opportunities to expose my children to different cultures and ideas. The museums always have new exhibits and doesn’t hurt that many of them are free!

Do you know a cool mom or dad that everyone in the District should know, too? Tell us about them in the comments below. 

—Sarah Vogel