Exploring Historic Old Town Alexandria

Cherry Blossoms // exploring old town alexandria // virginia // dc

In the middle of March, I went to the D.C. area to visit my closest college friends. Usually around that time of the year, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom for spring. So when I booked my flight, I had thought that I would be escaping the Minnesotan winter to witness these beautiful pink flowers. However, much to my friends (and my own) chagrin, I had brought over the viking weather and cold to D.C (sorry not sorry guys). Because the temperatures dropped so low, the blossoms were supposed to freeze and fall off the trees! Luckily for me, there were a few survivors that littered this charming neighborhood in Virginia, called Old Town Alexandria.

Exploring Historic Old Town Alexandria was so much fun. I fell in love with all of its charm. It reminded me a great deal of my beloved Boston with all of its old buildings, historic sites, cobblestones, and cute shops. My favorites were the adorable colorful spite houses on Queen Street (Side note: they’re called spite houses, because they’re built so close to other houses to block light from entering the windows to spite the neighbors. Now that savagery is petty level 1000). They looked like the famous Painted Ladies in San Francisco but more colonial as opposed to the iconic Victorian architecture.

I am a huge history geek, so I was very happy that I got to see the all of the timeless American history that was preserved in this modern area. Did you know that George Washington’s home is just 15-20 minutes south of Alexandria? Can you believe that this town has essentially been with American history from the start? My mind is total wonder at the minute.

Now, if only it wasn’t so cold so that I could see more cherry blossoms, then I would say this trip was flawless!

Banana Republic coat, pants, and shirt // Chanel flap bag // Primp chelsea booties // Calvin Klein scarf // Exploring Historic Old Town Alexandria

For this cold day, I decided to stick with my typical winter uniform. What draws me to this look is that it is very simple, comfy, and classic. I try to live by the motto of “less is more” for my style. The real MVP of this outfit is camel colored coat, because it really pulls it all together! It adds structure and makes any outfit look effortlessly polished (for example, as seen here). I know that spring is approaching, but a nice long, classic pea coat is really worth the investment! It is something to think about as stores and sites are having sales, attempting to rid of their winter line to make room for their spring/summer collections. I will have some classic style coats at the bottom of this post, so you can look stylish next winter!

Also, I tend to stick with neutral colors in the wintertime. This is because I layer many articles of clothing when it’s cold outside, and these colors are easiest to match. Occasionally, I will have the urge to be bold and colorful in the winter. And when I have this urge, I will only wear one article of clothing with a pop of color, while the rest is the typical neutral palette (I am very partial black) to maintain a clean and uniform look.

Thank you Yvonne for subbing in for Steven and taking these beautiful pictures! You da bestest 🙂

coloring buildings on queen street // exploring old town alexandria // virginia // dc

north fairfax street sign // exploring old town alexandria // virginia // dc

Banana Republic coat, pants, and shirt // Chanel flap bag // Primp chelsea booties // Calvin Klein scarf // Exploring Historic Old Town Alexandria // virginia // dc

trees in bloom // exploring old town alexandria // virginia // dc

Banana Republic coat, pants, and shirt // Chanel flap bag // Primp chelsea booties // Calvin Klein scarf // Exploring Historic Old Town Alexandria

Get the Look | Coat: Banana Republic (sold out but similar and cheaper one that’s on sale here) | Pants: Banana Republic

Shoes: Primp (sold out but similar one here) | Scarf: Calvin Klein (old) | Bag: Chanel medium classic flap bag

Pea coats with a classic look that will never go out of style on sale via ASOS here for a long fit in burgundy, here for a classic length in tan, here for a classic length in gray,  here for a long fit in textured gray, and here for a double breasted in textured light gray.

Thanks for reading 🙂

xoxo Michelle

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