Black and Blue in Boston

SUNGLASSES: TAHARI via MARSHALLS [SIMILAR] / DENIM SHIRT: FOREVER 21 / VELVET CHOKER: FOREVER 21 / BLACK SCOOP TEE: H&M / JEANS: GAP [SIMILAR] / ANKLE STRAP WEDGES: J. CREW [SIMILAR] / LEATHER BAG: [SIMILAR] / LIP: CHANTECAILLE LIP CHIC IN DAHLIA 

SUNGLASSES: TAHARI via MARSHALLS [SIMILAR] / DENIM SHIRT: FOREVER 21 / VELVET CHOKER: FOREVER 21 / BLACK SCOOP TEE: H&M / JEANS: GAP [SIMILAR] / ANKLE STRAP WEDGES: J. CREW [SIMILAR] / LEATHER BAG: [SIMILAR] / LIP: CHANTECAILLE LIP CHIC IN DAHLIA 

We are currently in Massachusetts for military duty, and we are taking full advantage of being in the Northeast by visiting as many fun spots as we can. We've visited Boston a few times and knew it was time to get back. Cambridge, the home of regal Harvard, is a very cool neighborhood of hip coffee joints, brunch spots, shops, and the jaw-dropping architecture from the university's campus. 

For a gloomy August day, I wanted to wear layers to be prepared for the high temperatures midday, and the cooler coastal breeze at night. Since I had packed a bunch of neutrals, I threw this together in less than 5 minutes, which was great because I loafed around with my coffee until the very moment we had to go. My favorite high-waisted black flares and a simple black tee made a monochromatic base, which creates a cohesive column from top to bottom that flatters any figure, and requires very little thought. Reduced decision fatigue? Check. 

Heavy jewelry feels extra sticky in the humidity, so I opted for a wide velvet choker that really pulled everything together. The thicker band looks a little more French and a little less 90s grunge, especially with a classic bag and simple bun. My rose gold wedges and nude cat eye sunglasses added a touch of femininity without looking overly girly.

After almost making this outfit entirely black-on-black (the no-brainer, effortless combo I lean towards for sight-seeing), I put away my black cardigan and grabbed this denim shirt instead, because I love how striking the blue is against the black. 

The thing that makes an outfit great, is when you don't think about it after you put it on. I spent the entire day chasing my little girl, sipping iced tea, and exploring without once feeling like I needed to readjust something or do a mirror check, which I find to be completely draining. I may not be the most daring when it comes to day-to-day dressing, but nothing beats the feeling like I can do anything while still feeling stylish and comfortable.

Do you have  a go-to outfit for sightseeing? Tell me what you love in the comments! 

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