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Andrea Rodgers is the Founder of Miss A (AskMissA.com), which covers the intersection of charity and lifestyle for 1.5 million unique readers annually. Based in Washington, DC, Miss A has a presence in 21 U.S. cities with 30 editors and hundreds of writer. Andrea was inspired after 9/11, and became heavily involved in Washington’s charity circuit in an effort to give back to the community. At the core of the Miss A brand is Andrea’s personal belief in the positive power of volunteering and charity — not only to benefit those less fortunate, but to improve the individual, business or brand that gives their time, money and energy to a cause. AskMissA.com serves as a technological platform which connects editors, writers and readers around this core belief and shines a spotlight on the best nonprofits, charity events, cause marketing campaigns and philanthropic & stylish people, businesses and brands to inspire others to get involved.

Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

What To Wear To Fashion For Paws?

 

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Andrea Rodgers modeling a wedding gown from Hitched Bridal Couture with Marco Minuto and Joey Robert’s dog.

Dear Miss A,
I recently discovered your blog and am a huge fan (love the tone and flavor of your posts). I am attending Fashion for Paws for the first time. This event hits close to home as I am dog lover and owner. My question is, what should I wear? Do I go simple and classy or risky with a touch of sexy? I don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. Please help! I am visiting Tysons next weekend but have no idea where to start. If you have any store or designer favorites I would be so very grateful.

Best,

Not In The Know

Dear Not In The Know,

I may be biased, but I think this is one of the best events of the year. Tara deNicolas has done incredible work on this event for the Washington Humane Society! Always keep it classy, Honey. But for this event go fashion forward, and take a risk rather than go with the conservative and expected. I love a little black sheath, but this is not the time for that, unless you really punch it up with over-the-top accessories. Be fabulous! Be unusual! Have fun with it! Don’t be staid and stiff.

This event has been held at the end of March, so it’s spring, but it isn’t yet Easter Sunday. So incorporate color, but don’t bring out the white pumps, which I actually abhor! Also, we aren’t in Palm Beach. It will still be cool out, so don’t dress for a tropical destination.

Most importantly, this is about charity for crying out loud. It’s about raising money for abused and homeless dogs and cats. There is no particular store or brand that I will recommend. I hate the silly snobbery and elitism I see and hear around town. 2009 is about CHANGE. It’s also about looking fabulous while still living within your means. Don’t feel you have to go out and buy a new dress for this, or any other occasion. No need to wreck your finances to win the approval and acceptance of shallow people. Forget “Keeping up with the Joneses”! The Jones’s home is up for foreclosure, and their net worth has been cut in half in the stock market! If you can’t afford a new dress, go with a dress you already own, and head to Keith Lipert Gallery, or H&M to find some fun accessories to make that dress new again.

Take a look at these slideshows from years past to see what models and attendees wore. Just smile, have confidence with whatever you choose, and have fun!. All this will make you glow and you’ll look amazing. If anyone gives you a dirty look or makes a snide remark, send them my way!

Fashion for Paws 2007 – courtesy of Joseph Allen

Fashion for Paws 2008 – courtesy of FidoJournalism.com

The event has already raised over $100,000 – much of which is in ticket sales, but there are still tickets left at the $75 price! If you’d like to attend this fun event and see what all the fuss is about, buy your tickets from my friend, Michelle D’Ettorre, as I’ve already raised close to $4,000 and have met the minimum for modeling in the show this year. We hope to see you there!

– Miss A

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