But, we're also proponents of setting the bar a little higher than just "elastic waist" and "cotton-jersey blend" when it comes to getting dressed. So, in honor of three sweet new brunch spots in the DMV, we've concocted the comfy-chic outfits that will get you there in style — and let you enjoy all the French toast you can handle. We'll cheers to that. *Clink*
For Bidwell's modern, slightly Southern take on classic American cuisine, aim for a harmony of low-key comfort and pretty polish. Your first step: the perfect boyfriend jean, paired with light, soft layers to ward off the spring chill. Finish off the look with a colorful statement necklace, easy flats, and a roomy tote to handle the purchases you'll make at Union Market after brunch.
American Eagle Boy Jean Crop in Medium Destroyed, $39.99, available at American Eagle; J.Crew Collection Featherweight Cashmere Long-Sleeve Tee, $188, available at J.Crew; Forever 21 Versatile Faux Leather Tote, $27.80, available at Forever 21; Topshop Double Collar Floral Shell Top, $68, available at Topshop; Joie Temple Flats, $245, available at Joie; Elizabeth Cole Milly Necklace, $210, available at Elizabeth Cole.
Bidwell, 1309 5th St NE; 202-547-0172.
With its emphasis on local and artisanal meats, Urban Butcher is definitely a waistband-testing destination. So, with that in mind, we've opted for a forgiving, boho-inspired knit dress with a sharp zip-up jacket to keep the overall look from being too hippie. Add a minimal coral pout, classic ankle boots, and a bucket bag, and you're ready to dig into a menu that offers everything from lamb tartare and beef empanadas to brioche French toast and steaks.
Eudon Choi Glorius Cotton Jacket, $1,274, available at Matches; Academy Sea Level Necklace, $64, available at Academy; H&M Pattern-Knit Dress, $34.95, available at H&M; Zara Drawstring Bucket Bag, $35.99, available at Zara; Rachel Comey Chase Boots, $465, available at Piperlime; NP Set Lip Balm, $10, available at Target.
Urban Butcher, 8226 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring; 301-585-5800.
Arlington outpost Water & Wall is already a worthy destination, thanks to chef/owner Tim Ma's inspired cuisine. But, now that brunch is in effect? We're 100% smitten. For your own adventure with the small-but-special brunch menu, opt for a sporty-chic mix that combines an embellished sweatshirt with a ladylike skirt. Bright heels and a fun clutch round out this ultimate weekend look.
Mother of Pearl Lucas Embellished Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt, $315, available at Net-A-Porter; Gap Skinny Perforated Leather Belt, $13.96, available at Gap; Miss Selfridge Yellow A-Line Mid-Length Skirt, $61, available at Miss Selfridge; Jasper & Jeera Guerrero Clutch, $108, available at Anthropologie; ALDO Umaniel Heels, $80, available at ALDO.
Water & Wall, 3811 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington; 703-294-4949.