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!

 

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