Summer Style: What I Wore on our Family Vacation to Washington DC

Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy packing for a vacation. Packing can be a bit like solving a puzzle. What color combinations and styles can I combine to give myself the largest amount of options while packing the fewest pieces. When packing for our recent trip to Washington DC (read all about our trip here and here) I settled upon a combinations of red, white, blue and olive green. I chose pieces that I could mix and match depending on my mood and the weather each day. The forecast for the week was primarily overcast with scattered showers and temps ranging from the high 70’s to low 80’s. I had also been warned that DC could be quite humid. For the past couple of years, before I start packing for a trip I do a Pinterest search for packing lists. I include the destination and season that I am visiting in the search. The results always provide me with inspiration and clues me into the unique style vibe each city possesses.

Tie Waist Shorts with a V-neck Tank

similar shorts, v-neck tank, denim jacket, crossbody bag, slide sandals

I shared the pair of shorts I’m wearing in the photo above last summer here. They continue to be my very favorite pair. Unfortunately, they are long gone, but I found a very similar pair here. The flowy style doesn’t hug my legs uncomfortably and the red tie offers the cutest pop of color that is highlighted by this pair of fun red slides. The red slides are selling out quickly and sizes are limited. I would recommend checking out both the Nordstrom and Madewell sites to see if they have your size available. This was the perfect outfit for riding around the National Mall on a bike. The denim jacket kept me feeling comfortable in the air conditioned Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It was lightweight enough to comfortably tie around my waist while riding in the afternoon heat. This crossbody bag was just big enough to carry all my essentials, but didn’t get on the way while pedaling around.

Butterfly Top with Slim Wide-leg Jeans

embroidered butterfly top, slim wide-leg jeans, sandals, crossbody bag

This floral embroidered butterfly top in stripe was light and airy to combat the DC humidity. I thought it made the most sense to pair it with these cropped, slim wide-leg jeans and a waterproof olive green anorak because rain was in the forecast. These sandals are great in a sudden downpour because the patent leather is waterproof.

Linen Joggers with a Cotton Tank

cotton tank, linen joggers, denim jacket, sandals, necklace

I wasn’t allowed to carry a purse on Day 3 of our trip because bags of any sort are not allowed on the White House tour. Luckily, this denim jacket provided enough secure pocket space to hold my ID, credit card and chapstick to see me through the day. These linen joggers are lightweight, stylish, and extremely comfortable. They really are the perfect summer travel pant. I see myself getting a ton of wear out of these pants over the summer. I threw this white tank into my suitcase at the last minute because I knew it would go with everything I packed. It is also a great layering tank if any of my tops looked to sheer to wear by themselves. I really like that this tank is form fitting, but not too tight. It is made of a nice thick cotton that isn’t too revealing.

Gauze Tunic Shirt with Slim Boy Jeans

gauze tunic shirt, slim boy jeans, slide sandals, crossbody bag, bandana

My final outfit of the trip had to do double duty. It needed to be cute enough to wear around town sightseeing and comfortable enough to wear on a 6 hour flight home. This gauze tunic shirt looked fresh all day with its wrinkle free material and comfy cut. I opted to tie the front in a knot to show off the high-rise of these stretchy slim boy jeans. I am smitten with this confetti floral bandana. The rainbow of colors complimented every outfit I packed. Most days I tied the bandana onto this crossbody purse for a pop of color. Then, I could use it as a headband or ponytail tie once the humidity turned my hair into a puffball.

My Packing List

The MVP of my suitcase was definitely this bra. At the beginning of the summer I grabbed the sheerest white t-shirt in my closet and set off in search of a bra that wouldn’t be seen when worn underneath. My favorite everyday bra had lace trim that can be seen under white shirts. My non-lace bras are made from a thicker fabric that doesn’t lay flush with my skin and causes a line to appear when I wear them with thinner shirts. This bra was they only one out of the half dozen I tried on that had a completely plain cup that lay flush and felt like a dream to wear. I enjoyed wearing it so much, that I ended up hand washing it every night so that I wouldn’t have to wear the other bras that I had packed. If you are in the market for a good t-shirt bra this summer, I would definitely add this one to your list!

The one item I wish I had on this trip is a flowy linen or cotton midi dress. The air conditioning on the museums, White House and US Capitol made having a little more coverage on my legs necessary, but loose linen or cotton was ideal to combat the humidity outside. It would have also been a easy option to change into for dinner after a long day. This dress or this dress would have paired well with the sandals and denim jacket I packed and have been a great addition to my suitcase.

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