Tourist Uniform

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Topshop dress sz 2 (similar striped style in petites, or the same style in gray melange)
Madewell mini Transport bag, Talbots sandals, Ray-ban sunglasses in "brown"

This is one of my go-to outfit types for traveling and exploring - a comfy knit dress, flat or very low shoes, and utilitarian bag that can be worn cross-body. My cotton dress is from Topshop at Nordstrom with limited sizes left, but I've listed a few similar options above from the same brand. I love that Topshop is usually petite-friendly even in regular sizing, and their petites line runs especially small. I recommend sizing up unless you like your items very form-fitting (I'm wearing a 2 regular here).
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Speaking of Topshop, I also had the chance to try on more of their denim in both regular and petite sizing. Their denim fabric varies widely from style to style and it's a little hard to gauge online. I've tried their "Moto Leigh" style in white before which was blush-worthily thin and sheer, however found the "Jamie" jeans to have a thicker medium weight to them. If you are looking for distressed skinny jeans that fit short legs without alterations, check out this petites pair with a 25" inseam or this cropped pair with a 26" inseam. I'm usually a 24 in most denim brands, but a Topshop size 25 fits me snugly.
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I like packing shoe and bag combos in similar neutral color families, so they can be paired mindlessly with numerous outfits throughout a trip. My sandals are old, unfortunately, but here are a few other options in versatile cognac brown with either low heels or wedges:


From left to right: 1) Steve Madden Nilla wedges  2) Franco Sarto espadrilles  3) Lucky Brand Channing flats  4) Sam Edelman Trina sandal
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It sounds like several of you are planning visits to Charleston soon, so per your requests I've started a post on all our favorite sights, activities, and eats from this visit. It should be up in a few days, so stay tuned!
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Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post!

27 comments:

  1. I love those shoes they look so comfortable and I seriously wish they had Madewell up here in Canada! So jealous!

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    1. Jennifer... you can buy Maxwell online. Have had great experiences shipping to Cda. Good luck from a fellow Cdn shopper

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    2. Hi! That's awesome! Are the duties high though?

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  2. I live here! Is it creepy to say I know exactly where you are in each picture? Charleston is beautiful and I hope you are having a great time. If I run into you while you are here, I will freak out and ask for a selfie. Just letting you know.

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  3. Hello Jean! I have been viewing your blog for a while now and I have loved it so far! Your style is amazing. It's classic and timeless. I am petite and have always wanted to wear midi dresses but have been afraid because of my height. Seeing your blog has helped me realize that even petite women can look great in classic midi dresses! I'm in my 20s and you have helped me transition from my forever 21 college days to my Ann Taylor classic chic "adult" look haha. Thank you so much!

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  4. nice dress and shoes!

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  5. Loving the effortless grace of this outfit and the last picture is so sweet :)

    Prudence
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  6. Cute outfit!

    xx
    Xin

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  7. I really love this! It's stylish yet comfy :) How are those shoes walking around?

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  8. Cute outfit! I dress similarly for travel--flat shoes, comfy dress, and lots of layers!

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  9. Cute dress with azaleas www.kblossoms.etsy.com

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  10. It does my heart good to see you two together - seriously love the love. About Topshop. I just bought the t-shirt you talked about a couple of days ago and love it! Being only 5' tall, v-necks are usually too low cut for me and this was no exception, but I bought several (really inexpensive: $2.99 ea!) cotton camis from Forever 21 and I can wear that instead of a bra and I'm quite comfortable.

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  11. Perfect outfit for travelling or just walking. I love these flat shoes that were chosen by you.

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  12. I love this look! I especially am loving your shoes; have been looking for something similar for a while now!

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  13. love this look! this is definitely my go-to look if I'm traveling as well :)

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  14. Such a pretty look! Perfect for a daytime date. That last picture killed me. Too cute!!

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  15. I just recognized one of your pics on my Rue La La email alerts. It can been seen here: https://now.ruelala.com/9-modern-ways-to-channel-your-inner-prep/?aid=371786&utm_source=mashup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rue_now&utm_content=article_page&j=10191&e=enl07d@gmail.com&l=23_HTML&u=644526&mid=7219804&jb=5828

    Tell them to pay up! :)

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  16. This post is so adorable. I love the photo of you with your man. The dress looks great, and your hair looks awesome! I really love the mix of casual and pulled-together. Looks like you had a nice trip!

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  17. You look so cute in this dress! The petite figure suits you so well♥

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  18. Such a sweet photo of you and Nick, and your hair looks so healthy!

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  19. It's great to have a few versatile outfits for traveling or a day out with the family. Very helpful article! :)

    xoxo - Emily
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  20. I'm vacationing in Puerto Rico in a couple weeks and would love some tropical outfit ideas ! :-)

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  21. Comfy and chic. You look perfect in this dress!
    xx

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  22. Super cute! Matching shoe and bag colors for travel is a great idea. And love the dress - I need to get myself a simple comfy dress for trips!

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  23. nice...

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