"People in Washington have terrible style."
OK, fine -- we can accept that we are not as fashion-forward as New York or Los Angeles, but that's your fault, represented taxpayers. That's right: The primary reason people in DC are, shall we say, "sartorially conservative" is to prevent every Jim, Bob, or Nancy from back home from foaming at the mouth when their congressional staffer gives them a tour of the Capitol in jogging pants and a fresh pair of Yeezys.
Our weekday style is largely tied to our jobs, many of which are in government and government-adjacent industries. So at this point, most of us figure it's easier to wear something comfortable, functional, and classically styled than risk a flood of angry emails about how we're compromising "American values" because we wore all black to the office one day.