Standing2Crystal City has come long a way in the past few years. Once known for its underground and the ability to reach all destinations without stepping outside (it boasted a grocery, post office and many other amenities), this nearby neighbor of Washington is becoming a vibrant place to be.IMG_6150Seated-in-Crystal-CityGone is the ugly human “habitrail”, the covered bridge, used to cross Crystal Drive, and in its place a much-improved streetscape and new restaurants to entice people to spend some time in this little town. In addition to these changes, the city has now offers a host of events such as the Taste of Wine and Jazz, Crystal City 5Ks in April, outdoor movie screenings and a vibrant farmer’s market every Tuesday throughout the summer to lure visitors outside and enjoy what the city has to offer.OverlookStandingOne of Crystal City’s major draws is the Crystal City Waterpark. It is a favorite local destination for prom, wedding and special event photographs. Naturally, I found a beautiful spring day to showcase one of my new looks.On-the-pathdetailsWhen putting together my looks, I tend to choose from a variety of labels. In that way I’m never too matchy matchy however I was drawn to this combination from Black Fleece by Brook’s Brothers. Brooks Brothers has a reputation of being too classic or too preppy but I like the edge that comes with the Black Fleece line.Pant-detailsStanding-by-fountainIn 2007, Brooks Brother’s launched the Black Fleece line with Thome Brown to “explore a fashion-forward perspective on classic American style.” I think the plaid linen trousers make a bold statement and are great for this time of year. While the same pattern is also available as a blazer for a complete tailored look, I think that would be a bit much.VestToteInstead of the matching blazer, I’m wearing a cotton-line mesh sweater vest. The vest has the similar muted pattern of the pants and I love the combination together. I think there are still a few days before it’s too humid to wear it. For shoes, I snapped up these black and white spectators. They are fun and work well with this combination. Lastly, ditch the briefcase opt for a tote. If you update your clothes, your bag needs an update as well. I think I’ve unleashed my urban prepster!
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