In August the city welcomed The Black Alumni Networking Expo, accompanied by The Annual Black Alumni Ball. The ball stands as a black tie event for professional alumni from various colleges and universities. As always, it’s exciting to see a melanin filled room, complete with Kings and Queens in their best black tie. This year, DCWKLY contributors Derika Crowley (@derikacrowley), Janell Henderson (@theworkingbeauty), and Kiara Bagley (@kilovesvintage) were on the scene to enjoy the experience and scope out this year’s best dressed. Every attendee looked absolutely stunning, but there were some that stood out amongst the rest, this list highlights those standouts! Together we chose The Best Dressed Lady and Gentleman based on originality, willingness to abide by the theme, and lastly, the complete look from head-to-toe. So, without further adieu, here are the contenders and our picks for this year’s best dressed!