My Outfit Monday: The Summer of Midriff, or my favorite looks from an epic two-week vacation
When I got back from a two-week road trip last night, I had in my trunk a large suitcase full of clothes. And a duffel bag full of clothes. And two other tote bags full of clothes.
I am not someone who thinks "packing light" is commendable. But when I set out to prepare for a 17-day trip up the East Coast, I knew it would be my greatest challenge yet. The trip included a lot of high-stakes, Instagrammable moments: seeing Lin-Manual Miranda's final Hamilton performance in New York City, exploring Washington D.C. for a week, celebrating my bachelorette party with my four best friends.
I had to be prepared for anything. One night in New York, my friend and I decided on a whim to see a play at the Public Theater starring Daniel Radcliffe (highly recommend). Later on, we walked around Greenwich Village, stumbled into a bar that was radiating music and found a group of gay men singing showtunes behind a piano. Then there were the two white-tableclothed, Michelin-star restaurants we dined at, which required respectable dresses. Another day, we traversed the Brooklyn Bridge. In D.C., where the median age is Millennial, I needed casual summer clothes that still looked cute. And I needed something white for my bachelorette party.
Deal Diva Stephanie dubbed this the Summer of Midriff after seeing photos of my outfits, and she's right. The biggest revelation for me this trip was that I can wear a crop top and it is not mortifying. It's actually fun! Tip: It helps to have high waisted skirts and pants to pair with the short shirts. And if that's too much, try dresses with smaller, strategic cutouts.
Walking all over two highly walkable (and sweaty) cities meant there would be multiple outfit changes per day. For this sort of thing, I relied on my new favorite closet companion: the romper. I also brought a lot of lightweight dresses, and shorts. I will leave the exact shoe count to your imagination. Here are some of my favorite looks.