9 Essentials You Need to Have in Your Wardrobe Living in D.C.

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It’s no surprise that the nation’s capital is a great place to people-watch because D.C. residents have some seriously sophisticated style. 

There are nine essentials you need to have in your wardrobe living in D.C. The district experiences all four seasons so if you’re moving to Washington for the first time, be prepared to need an all-season wardrobe.

D.C. is one of the most walkable cities in the United States. So it’s no surprise D.C. residents need a wardrobe that is appropriate for doing a lot of walking, riding the metro, and hopping on buses.  

One thing is for sure…

1. Walking Shoes are Nonnegotiable in D.C.

Washington D.C. has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in America. Making the district a great place to live, work, and play. With all of the easily accessible public transit in D.C. it’s not surprising that the #1 item on our list of essentials you need to have in your wardrobe living in D.C. is a great pair of walking shoes. Really, all the shoes in your wardrobe should be comfortable for living in D.C. 

Whether you’re walking to grab Sunday brunch, running errands, or jumping on the Metro to get to work—good, comfortable walking shoes are a must when living in D.C.

2. A Great Suit

Aside from the fact that D.C. is filled with young professionals who live and work in the district, there’s always something fancy going on around town. Whether you wear a suit to work everyday or not, having a great suit in your wardrobe is a smart idea. 

A good suit not only gives you a boost of confidence for the day ahead, it can give you an instant pulled together look without much thought. So whether you’re meeting a new client or have a big meeting, a great suit is a go to piece you’ll be pulling out of your wardrobe on a regular basis living in Washington D.C. 

3. Classic Trench Coat

Trench Coats are a timeless classic that you need in your wardrobe living in D.C. Owning a trench coat is such a smart styling choice. They can easily be worn casually, professionally, and even dressed up. 

Living in Washington D.C. means you’ll experience all four seasons. The weather can be pretty warm one day and chilly the next so having a staple piece like a trench coat in your wardrobe comes in handy because it’s such a versatile piece. 

Whether you choose a twill double-breasted khaki trench coat or a classic, water-resistant sleek black trench coat, it’s an essential piece you won’t regret having in your wardrobe as you’ll find yourself reaching for it over and over again for many years to come.

4. Comfy Oversized Sweater

Essentials you need in your Wardrobe

A comfy oversized sweater is a must for your wardrobe living in D.C. Perfect for weekend wandering in the autumn and great for layering on cold winter days. Whether you opt for a chunky cable knit sweater or an oversized cashmere sweater, either will pair perfectly with your favorite jeans or leggings. 

5. The Perfect Pair of Jeans

Of course you’re going to need a pair of fantastic jeans for your D.C. wardrobe. If you’re planning a visit, a good pair of jeans should definitely be on your Washington D.C. packing list! 

A great pair of jeans may be the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. You can dress them up with a great pair of heels or boots, throw them on with an oversized sweater and your favorite sneakers, or slip into a tank and add sandals in the warmer months. Jeans are our favorite all-season wardrobe staple.  

6. Boots Made for Walking

It’s a good idea to have a pair of boots made for walking in your wardrobe if you live in Washington D.C. With all kinds of weather here in the district a comfortable and stylish pair of boots with decent tread will take you far. And that’s good because we’re a big walking town. 

7. A Good Umbrella

We’re not saying you need to drop $1600 on a Dior umbrella, but investing in a decent umbrella with a little sophistication will make your rainy days a little brighter.

Be sure to purchase a wind resistant umbrella so it isn’t turning inside out every time the wind blows. D.C. has already had over 36 inches of rain this year—how many times have you wished you had a decent umbrella?

8. Your Favorite Tote

From casual hip canvas tote bags to luxurious leather totes, if you live in Washington D.C., a tote bag is a great addition to your wardrobe. 

Totes are a classic and stylish way to travel with all the stuff you need for the day. Whether you’re carrying a tote to fill while shopping, or you just need something to carry your stuff to the gym, a good tote will get the job done and sits comfortably on your shoulder all while adding style to your look. 

9. A Signature Piece of Evening Wear

Whether you live in the nation’s capital or are just visiting for a weekend, having a fantastic cocktail dress,  jumpsuit, or evening gown in your wardrobe is a must. There are endless formal events in D.C. From galas, weddings, and other formal occasions throughout the district—if you live in D.C. you will probably need a signature piece of evening wear in your wardrobe to help you stand out in the crowd. 

Looking for a Fantastic Closet in a New Apartment?

Looking for a new closet in Washington D.C. to hang your wardrobe in? DC Apartments has the most stylish rentals in The District of Columbia and Maryland. Our leasing agents can help match you with an apartment that fits your style and lifestyle in one of D.C.’s most desirable neighborhoods. Check out our available listings or contact a leasing agent for help finding the perfect new place to call home.

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