Spring has officially blossomed in the District (see what I did there?). With spring comes the cherry blossom trees in full bloom and the tourists in full force.
The Tidal Basin is the best spot to take a peek at the blossoms in their glory. Unfortunately, this is definitely not a secret, and since the cherry blossoms are only at peak bloom for 2-3 days, it’s a bit of a mad dash to get down to the basin to see them.
But it’s totally worth fighting your way through the crowds because they really are gorgeous! Over the weekend, the cherry blossoms were at peak bloom and I decided that I might as well make my way down there for the first time since I’ve been living down here.
It’s starting to warm up quite a bit in DC and I’m loving being able to walk around the city without a heavy jacket. I tend to opt for comfort when I’m sightseeing in the city: usually chinos or a pair of jeans and a cute top. This weekend was no exception to that trend.
I picked up this striped top at JCrew when I was in Florida a few weeks ago, and it has already gotten quite a bit of wear. This color is perfectly named blossom, but it comes in five other colors and they’re all quite gorgeous. Bonus! It’s on sale!!
I paired the top with a pair of Banana Republic chinos from the fall, which are easily the softest pair of pants I have ever owned, and of course a pair of well broken in Jack Rogers. Do not try and break in a new pair of shoes or wear heels or wedges under any circumstances when sightseeing. Your feet will thank me later.
I love the shadow stripes in this top. With the lightweight material it makes it perfect for a warm day, and with the discreet high-low hemline it’s one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe currently.
I also love the zipper on the back with the panel of vertical stripes! It’s such a fun detail!
Has anyone else jumped on the bilat bandwagon? I’m 100% on board and I have more pairs than I should probably admit. I’ve been wearing them on repeat this spring, along with one of my acrylic, monogrammed necklaces!
If you’re ever in DC and plan to visit the cherry blossoms, I have a few tips to make it easier for you!
1. Get there as early as possible. Sunrise is the least crowded time. It’ll likely only be you, a few runners and a handful of locals.
2. Start at the Tidal Basin and take your pictures. You don’t need to spend a ton of time there so start there and you can hit the memorials after.
3. Wear comfortable walking shoes for walking around the Basin!
4. Start at the Jefferson memorial. It’s one of the few spots in DC that you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a parking spot!
5. Make sure your camera is charged and has enough memory on it! And take a look at this list of tips for getting the best pictures of the cherry blossoms!
Have you been to the cherry blossoms in DC before? Where’s your favorite spot to see them?