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Travel Fashion at Two Free Washington, D.C. Attractions

Yay for the National Cathedral and comfy fashion!

Yay for the National Cathedral and comfy travel fashion!

Several months ago, I was contacted by a clothing company whose name rang a bell. “Hmm,” I murmured… “You’re called prAna?” Suddenly it hit me where I’d heard of them.

Isn't the architecture dramatic?

Isn’t the cathedral’s architecture dramatic?

TWELVE years ago, I bought a pair of durable black travel pants for my first solo voyage (Mexico), and the company that made these pants was called prAna. (Note: All links to their site here are affiliates.) Why do I remember this? I am now 33 years old, and have worn those pants during every major trip of my life since then.

You can see them all over my blog, all over the world: in 2012 at the “Little Taj Mahal” of India, in 2010 while being beaten with a cane in Ghana, and in 2009 during my motorcycle trip across Vietnam, just to name 1% of the occasions I wore these miracle-y durable and pretty pants. I still wear them today, and they still look good!

We spent half the day at the Cathedral, and the other half at the National Zoo.

We spent half the day at the Cathedral, and the other half at the National Zoo.

This is to say that when prAna contacted me to sample some of their new clothing styles, I leapt at the chance. Literally. I was determined to conduct a photo shoot with these fabulous clothes that was so epic, it would involve both a major tourist attraction, and leaping in the air.

Anyway, after the professional clothing makeover I’d gotten earlier in the year, I was ready to rock out some great new clothes.

The sky was a stunning sapphire blue the whole day.

The sky was a stunning sapphire blue the whole day.

But there was a problem. Weeks and weeks went by and I still hadn’t done the photo shoot. Why? Because I couldn’t stop WEARING the clothes and getting them dirty!

Every time I had a free moment to rope my husband into snapping some photos, the clothes were in the laundry again. Yargh, prAna! You brought it upon yourself for being so comfy and cute. I simply had to wear you.

Flying across the National Cathedral.

Flying across the National Cathedral.

Finally the day came when we were to travel to Washington, D.C. for the holidays. (I know I just returned home to Boston from a conference at the White House, but the lures of the city are many.)

“This photo shoot HAS to happen this week!” I muttered as I opened the laundry hamper and pulled out the once-again sweaty prAna dress, pants, and shirt I had sworn to showcase. Luckily, you can’t smell through your computer, right?

The side of the National Cathedral is excellent.

The side of the National Cathedral is so intriguing.

The next morning in D.C., the weather was glorious: cobalt blue sky and balmy no-jacket weather. I packed all four clothing items into a plastic bag, lassoed my trusty photo assistant, and set off for the stunning National Cathedral of Washington, D.C. I’d done one neat fashion article in this city before, and I was determined to do it again.

Muscles at the Cathedral.

Muscles at the Cathedral.

Want a little history of this feat of architecture? Construction on the National Cathedral commenced in 1907, and didn’t technically finish until 1990, according to their official website.

This building is of Neo-Gothic design, and when I first posted a picture of it on Instagram, several people asked if it was Notre Dame in Paris, France! That is how striking it is.

There are beautiful glass elevators in front of the National Cathedral.

There are beautiful glass elevators in front of the National Cathedral.

Tragically, in 2011, the cathedral was badly damaged in a freak 5.8 earthquake. Silvery scaffolding now spans most of the back section, and a sign reads that “a mere fraction of the $26 million needed to repair the cathedral” has been raised.

Yikes! Given that it’s now years later, I wonder what will happen with those repairs. How do you even go about fixing such a hulking structure anyway? My hat is off to those who are.

Cathedral yoga, with glass elevators in front.

Cathedral yoga, with glass elevators in front.

This closes the history segment of this article, and we now float back into the present. A fashion-filled present. In the white-bright blaze of the sun, we began the photo shoot. My first item to showcase was the blue and black hooded “Meryl” sweater dress. I truly love this dress!

I wear it with leggings, and it’s perfect for teaching and traveling (you know, the two things I do) in fall or winter. For the photo shoot, I jumped around in it, then got a close up wearing it with my husband (the third photo down) so you could see the detail a bit better.

Power stance at the cathedral.

Power stance at the cathedral.

The next two items were the “Audrey” yoga pant and the “Braiden” top. Did I change into them via a discrete form of “female clothing changing yoga” on the cathedral lawn? Yes I did. As you can see, the shirt is beautifully, intricately pattered. It is also see-through, and thus necessitates an under-layer unless you are scandalous.

Fun with posing along the cathedral wall.

Fun with posing along the cathedral wall.

I ordered the yoga pants in “Tall” (a feature that originally attracted me to prAna pants 12 years ago), and these pants are actually almost TOO long on me, which is impressive given that I am six feet tall. The pants are stretchy but durable, warm, and fashionable. You can see how they even accommodate a random ballet move on the steps of a church.

Ballet at the grand cathedral entrance.

Ballet at the grand cathedral entrance.

There remained one more item of clothing to photograph, so we headed down the hill to a new location. But first, we took a peek at the National Cathedral’s magical “Bishop’s Garden” pictured below. Isn’t that door lovely?

This magical door outside the cathedral leads to the "Bishop's Garden."

This magical door outside the cathedral leads to the “Bishop’s Garden.”

Our next location was the National Zoo, located a lengthy but walkable distance from the cathedral. Did you know that the zoo is FREE? (The National Cathedral is free to walk around the grounds, but does charge an entrance fee.) What a perfect afternoon attraction!

On the way to the zoo, we had a brief stop to pick up the baby and change into the last item of clothing: the “Kara” skinny jean. These are my first skinny jeans ever, people! Thank you, prAna, for bringing me into the world of modern fashion.

Cute baby and Mommy's cute skinny jeans.

Cute baby with Mommy’s skinny jeans. Baby’s fashion is courtesy of my brilliant aunt!

Dusk fell, and the glorious National Zoo flipped on its holiday decorations. Yes, that is an elephant made of yellow lights, below. Our baby was wearing his hood, so I did a quick costume change and flipped on my dress hood. Like mother, like son!

Dress with hood = cosy and warm.

Dress with hood = Cosy and warm. Baby = Confused about photo shoot.

I know I’m no “real” model, but I have the time of my life doing these photos shoots, especially at gorgeous tourist attractions around the world, with clothing that I truly enjoy. Thanks, D.C., and thanks, prAna! I have a feeling we will be seeing each other again soon. Curious about the clothes? Browse and shop them here at this easy affiliate link!

The National Zoo has a lovely light exhibit at night.

The National Zoo has a lovely light exhibit at night.

I was provided with fabulous clothing by prAna, but all leaps and love are my own.

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Casey

Sunday 4th of January 2015

Epic photo shoot and super cute clothes!

Lillie

Sunday 4th of January 2015

Thanks, Casey!

Travelogged

Wednesday 31st of December 2014

You look fabulous! And I can't believe that I've never been to the National Cathedral in all the time I've spent in DC.

Lillie

Thursday 1st of January 2015

Thanks! Yes, because the National Cathedral is off the "main path" of all the White House, Lincoln Memorial, etc. it's easy to forget about, but it's sure worth a visit, and the neighborhood it's in is tranquil and nice.

Tawanna

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

Beautiful photos Lillie! The clothes remind me of my Lucy comfie fits. I must visit the cathedral now that I've seen your pics!!

Lillie

Thursday 1st of January 2015

Ooh, interesting -- I've never heard of Lucy! Looking it up now, and it looks comfy and cute!

Mary @ Green Global Travel

Monday 29th of December 2014

Looking good! Love all the photos of the architecture too! Looks like a ton of fun!

Larissa

Monday 29th of December 2014

Since I'm a permanent traveler, I'm always looking for durable clothes that multi-task. I haven't worn prAna before, but will have to look into them!

PS. Love the National Cathedral too--I actually attended a high school graduation there (not mine!). It was quite special in such a grand setting :)

Lillie

Monday 29th of December 2014

Ooh, I've never been inside, but am so curious!

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