Well, it wasn’t the fourth of July and the man wasn’t singing Italian songs. Since St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, they were actually piping Irish jigs throughout Washington Park in downtown Cincinnati last Saturday. If you’re lost already, that simply means my title didn’t trigger Chicago’s popular 1972 song Saturday in the Park to hum through your head. Ha! Let’s start over. Here’s what I wore to the park Saturday.
Many of you know that since moving to Cincinnati in July of 2019, James and I have been getting out to explore our new part of the country sometime during the weekend of every second Friday. There’s nothing magical about the second Friday. It’s just an easy way for us to calendar and outing that we might otherwise neglect to take. Plus, the second Friday rarely falls on a holiday weekend.
And I’m frequently asked what I wear on these outings. Truth be told, because we do frequently take a set of blog photos during these outings, I mindfully dress a little better than I probably would otherwise. But that’s just the kind of push toward fashionableness that I welcome. (And that’s exactly why I made my Private Facebook Group into one where YOU can post your daily outfits, too. I know that kind of accountability is mighty good for us!)
I generally dress casually for these monthly outings because they frequently include a good bit of walking. Also I just want to be comfortable. But I do want to look nice. These are our “date days” so I try to wear something James will like, too.
This Saturday we headed to downtown Cincinnati and visited a couple of parks. First, we actually stopped into Coffee Emporium for a cup of really good coffee and a couple of goodies that we split. Neither of us had eaten and it was almost 2 o’clock. We sat outside and enjoyed our coffee and bakery treats and took in the sights.
Then we strolled through Washington Park and later Piatt Park. Washington Park has a large dog park, an outdoor tavern, broad lawns, a bandstand and a large expanse that transforms into an ice rink during the winter. Obviously this was not a prime time to visit the park; the flowers were just budding a little, few were blooming. But there were plenty of barking dogs, laughing children, sipping couples and strolling friends.
Piatt Park is a charming stretch of cultivated cement on two blocks in the heart of downtown, with lots of shade, benches, and room for a lunch-time picnic or chess game. I have a feeling it’s more abuzz during the week. Plus it was a little chilly on Saturday.
What I Wore on Saturday
I wore my vintage straight stretch chinos from J.Crew. Mine are in honey brown and I’m wearing a regular fit in size 30. From the look of these photos I might could have worn my usual 29, and these are indeed a little stretched out at this point. But hey! I was comfortable. Hahaha!
I topped my chinos with a happy looking long sleeve slub cotton T-shirt in blue and white stripes. This lightweight tee comes in several other nice color combos, too. I’m wearing a medium and it’s quite roomy. I wore my Levi’s denim jacket and white leather sneakers (more economical option) to round out this casual Saturday-in-the-park look.
I carried my few things in my canvas and leather trimmed camera bag, also from J.Crew. We’ve seen these nice little camera bags for several years, but I think they’re taking the place of other crossbody styles this year. And I really do like these so much better than flatter crossbodies. This camera bag, also available in several colors of leather, is just the right size to carry my glasses, keys, phone, lipstick, mask and a small lotion.
After we walked through the parks and part of downtown, James and I headed to Scotti’s Italian Restaurant for an early dinner. This restaurant is over 100 years old and run by the fifth generation of the same family that has owned it all that time. Our food was delicious. If you go to Scotti’s be sure to make a reservation at least a week in advance. Due to the pandemic and social distancing mandates they only have ten tables available right now.
We finished our day up at Simply Rolled Ice Cream. I had the Buckeye Madness and James got the Mint Chocolate Mania.
If you’d like to hear more about our monthly outings to explore Ohio and the surrounding states, you might want to check out the following blog posts:
- Is It Time for a Change of Scenery?
- Adult Women’s Fashion for a Snow Day
- Ready for Anything Daytrip Outfit
- Fall Daytrip Outfit
- Easy Fall Outfit with Wool Blend Ruana
- and Autumn Daytrip Outfit
I haven’t chronicled all of our outings, but maybe I should start doing that. Meanwhile, if you follow me on Instagram, you can also catch little snippets of many of our trips in the highlight reel at my profile page.
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