Normally, when someone asks us what we're wearing to brunch, the answer is "Something stretchy, duh." After all, this is only the most perfect meal of the week — you can literally sleep in 'til noon and eat whatever you want, in any quantity you like. So, naturally, we want to be dressed for
eating the occasion.
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*
Photo: Courtesy of Bidwell.
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.
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Butcher.
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.
Photo: Courtesy of Water & Wall/Angela Gunder/Adesina Media.
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.