Friday, September 10, 2004
"Refreshingly dowdy ... like women who dress up in [church] in England"
"Every time I go down to Washington [D.C.], it's a changed city," writes Peggy Noonan. "It's actually different from the more sleepy little town I knew in 1984. It is so much more sophisticated and cosmopolitan. The women dress so much better -- to my disappointment. One of the things that made Washington so distinctive was that it was refreshingly dowdy. It was like seeing the sort of women who dress up in [church] in England. That's how Washington women looked. I just loved that lovely dowdiness. Now they're chic and hip and rock." [Crisis magazine (Sept. 2004), p. 38. Visit www.crisismagazine.com]