What I Wore for a Summer Weekend in DC

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what I wore for a summer weekend in DC featuring a cotton shirtdress from Boden in a bright floral print.
Oscar and I enjoying the beautiful weather in DC this weekend

This weekend was our 17th wedding anniversary and to celebrate we did a little two-night getaway to DC. Our home in Maryland is only a few miles from the DC border, but this weekend away felt like a world away and was just what the doctor ordered! While I will do a full review of the hotel in a future post, in the meantime here is what I wore for a summer weekend in DC:

What I Wore for a Summer Weekend in DC

boden cotto shirtdress review

This is the Boden dress I mentioned Friday. I wore it on the drive to DC and for the rest of the day. It was warm but breezy and this dress was perfect for catching breezes and staying cool while looking polished.

I paired it with my trusty Maxwell Scott saddle bag that I have owned for several years (here's when I first shared it on the blog in 2015) and my ALLY NYC flats, which are so comfy I could wear them all day sightseeing and walking around the city. FYI, use WO2FLATS to get 10% off a pair of flats at ALLY!

osei duro jumpsuit review

That evening I showered and changed into my Osei Duro jumpsuit for dinner and a quick visit to the nearby dog park to give our pup Oscar some social/activity time. This jumpsuit has been such a good buy. It looks really cool, but it's super comfy and breezy. You can read my Osei Duro jumpsuit review here.

With it, I wore my white leather Birkenstocks, which are my summer go-to and fit the relaxed vibe of the jumpsuit. I know some were curious about how this jumpsuit washes; I have not put it in the dryer but I have washed it on gentle a handful of times and it shrank only a hair. I do not iron or steam it; I think the subtle rumpled effect works with the fabric, print, and style of the jumpsuit.

wardrobe oxygen 2021

The next day for sightseeing and enjoying the city, I wore this black jersey twist-front dress from Nordstrom's old in-house brand Trouve. I got this dress a few years ago; you can see the original 2018 review at this link. After all these years, this dress still looks and fits great.

This dress is no longer available; I think this one from Treasure & Bond is a similar concept (here's the link for the same dress in plus sizes). It has been such a good dress for travel, for running errands, and switch out the shoes and you look great for a dinner date.

I added a pair of Thigh Society cooling shorts underneath for preventing chub rub and they didn't move and felt like I was almost wearing nothing. I mean, I wore Thigh Society shorts with all the dresses, but I know it's harder to find good slip shorts to wear under fitted knit dresses which can make items ride up; the cooling fabric was perfect for this.

I am using my Girlfriend Collective belt bag as a crossbody, and my shoes are Allbirds (read my Allbirds review and how they work for wide feet). The hat came in a PR package from the skincare brand Colleen Rothschild; it says SPF on it (it came with their new mineral sunscreen which I was also wearing). This hat is similar.

chicos black label review

That evening, we walked a half hour to dinner and it was warm and a bit humid. To look polished but still be comfortable, I chose a shirtdress from Chico's Black Label collection in size L. This pink on pink snakeskin print is so darn pretty and a perk: it hides sweat!

I brought my gold Margaux sandals to wear with it but with the amount of walking, I decided to instead wear my Birkenstocks. And this is the same Maxwell Scott saddle bag from the first look. The earrings are from Jenny Bird; the large size is no longer available but this is the same hoop in a slightly smaller size.

miami fitwear review

We took Oscar our dog for a walk and to head to CVS to grab toothpaste since we forgot to pack it. We headed to the gym after so I dressed for both with the Carnival Fairy leggings and sports bra from Miami Fitwear's amazing Pride collection. 25% of each purchase from the Miami Fitwear Pride collection goes to It Gets Better. Also if you use WARDROBEOXYGEN15 at checkout to get 15% off your Miami Fitwear order (Pride and other charitable collections not included).

With it I am wearing an old Soma hoodie and my Allbirds sneakers. Again, the Girlfriend Collective belt bag, this time worn at the waist. And again the Ray-Ban sunglasses.

chicos cool night pajamas

For pajamas, I brought this top and these pants from Soma's Cool Nights Collection. I love this print; they also have shorts and a robe in this pattern and this coral cami is a perfect complement. It was nice to have to chill out in between activities; here I am scrolling through the photos my husband took while we were out and about.

I didn't capture my return trip/walk to get breakfast look but it wasn't terribly thrilling. I was wearing this Caslon tank in large, these Soma leggings in large, my Allbirds sneakers, and the tan cap. I tied my hoodie around my waist. My belt bag again was my crossbody purse.

As for luggage, I brought my Tom Bihn Aeronaut 45 bag which is utter perfection for travel and fits everything I brought. Click here to read my Tom Bihn Aeronaut review; I've had this bag for over five years and it looks and performs like new. I also brought my Dagne Dover Dakota backpack (large) which carried my book, journal, cords, earbuds, and our toiletries and vitamins. This is my favorite backpack; I usually use it as a laptop bag but this was a non-work trip so the Macbook stayed home!

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  1. I just found your Miami Fitwear review and I think I’d like to make a purchase. What size are you taking in the Carnival Fairy Sports Bra?

  2. You’re in my neighborhood! I love it there, though rarely see anyone as well dressed as you in the streets.

  3. I love shirtwaist dresses but my post-COVID body may not look so great in one—I think I’m closest to a rectangle with a gut, and all five pounds I gained went into my upper abs to make me look pregnant. Small boobs give me even less waist definition. But I saw this dress pop back into stock in my size, so I went for it. Love the Chico’s one, too. Trying to “eat clean” and hope that even if I don’t lose weight, I lose some tummy. Many, many websites assume that if you have a big tummy, you also have big boobs. I either shrink the tummy or get a boob job, which has just never been on my radar!

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