I love living in DC, but as a Rhode Islander, summer in this area has always been disappointing. For me, summer is the ocean. Until I was an adult, I’ve always lived within a few minutes of the beach. Now, it sometimes happens that a whole summer goes by without ever doing “summer things” or entering a body of water of any kind, and that was especially true last summer because of the pandemic. We didn’t even get to spend our usual week vacation in Rhode Island, where I try to soak up enough ocean to last me the rest of the year.
This summer, I’m determined not to let that happen, and I’ve been working on a list of summer activities that I can fill this season with before our big move to Boston (!). First up, hiking! There is so much beautiful hiking in the DC area, and this weekend we packed up the pup and some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and hit up one of our favorite local spots, Prince William Forest Park.
I try to keep my outdoor outfits simple and practical, but still aesthetically pleasing. I went with my Tradlands Box T-Shirt, a pair of old bike shorts (similar here), and hiking boots (these are mine – they’re inexpensive and great for day hikes). I personally like a baseball cap for hiking – mine is super old from my college geology department, but if I needed to replace it, I’d probably get one of these from Madewell. Don’t forget to accessorize with sunscreen and bug spray!
The Tradlands Box T-shirt was gifted to me earlier this spring, and I’ve really enjoyed testing it out over the last few weeks. The fabric is a robust cotton/spandex blend with a decent amount of stretch. IMO, that little bit of spandex helped to wick away sweat on a hot hike better than 100% cotton would have. I’m short, so I find the boxy crop cut to be really flattering on my body. I also adore this colorway – you guys know that black and cream is my go-to summer color palette, so this sporty little play on that is a perfect addition to my summer wardrobe, especially when I plan on spending a lot of time outside. I’ve washed this and put it in the dryer (in my commercial apartment building machines!) two or three times now, and it’s held its shape perfectly – no bacon neck or shrinkage or loss of color!
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Hope you’re all having a good start to your summers! Happy hiking!
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