Playing Tourist

white eyelet summer dress

After a fun and relaxing (and really freaking hot) week in Palm Springs, I’m currently en route back to NYC. Two more weeks, you guys. I can’t believe how fast time is flying! I’ve got 13 more days to pack up my entire apartment and make the most out of my last few weeks as a Manhattanite.

Over the last week, New York has officially started in with the hot and sticky humidity. (Or so my friends tell me… I’m in for a real treat when I land at JFK tonight.) Yikes! Over the next few weeks, I full intend on dressing comfortably while taking advantage of my city. There’s really no other way when it’s so warm in a concrete jungle!

If you’re visiting New York over the summer, this look is great for exploring! An easy, cotton dress with comfortable sandals and a backpack or crossbody to keep your hands free is essential. I’ve always been more of a crossbody gal, but with the current “athleisure” trend and Hallie’s constant carrying of a back pack, I decided to pick up a tan leather backpack for running around the city and weekend travel.

I got both my sandals and my backpack from Zappos. And they have plenty of similar easy-fit dresses to choose from, too. One stop shop!

These sandals are so fun… The perfect little statement sandal. They’re more dressed up than your average cognac leather sandals, but they’re perfectly easy to dress down with a casual outfit like this one. They just add a little pizazz!

women's tan leather backpack

white summer dress with leather back pack

white eyelet summer dress

visiting nyc outfit for exploring

vince camuto sandals zappos

summer outfit in nyc -- leather backpack with white dress

cole haan leather backpack zappos

Vince Camuto Sandals c/o Zappos
Old Navy Dress (on sale!)
Cole Haan Backpack c/o Zappos
Julie Vos Necklace
Coach Sunglasses
Michael Kors Watch

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  1. 6.17.15

    Cute! I’d love to play tourist in NYC right now! I love that city!

    Her Heartland Soul

  2. 6.17.15
    Meagan said:
  3. 6.17.15
    Rena said:

    I love not only your sandals but also your super cute dress!
    xx Rena
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  4. 6.17.15
    Maddy said:

    This outfit is too cute! I love the backpack – it really is easier for traveling, but the leather still makes it chic.

  5. 6.17.15
    Natali said:

    You look gorgeous in this girly outfit! Your sandals and dress are perfect pieces!

  6. 6.17.15

    Jen (other half of this blog) will be coming to NYC to visit me so we will both be playing tourist! This is such a cute outfit! Inspiration.

    skyscrapers & palm trees

  7. 6.17.15
    Liv said:

    Nothing looks better with a white dress than gold accessories.


  8. 6.17.15
    Lauren said:

    Those are the cutest sandals! And I love them because they’re nice and simple!


  9. 6.17.15
    Grace said:

    Every time I’ve visited NYC in the past, it’s been the middle of winter and FREEZING! I would love to get back there to experience the summer months! You’re making me so jealous, Jessica!

  10. 6.17.15

    Cute outfit!!
    Blonde in Cashmere

  11. 6.17.15
    Mariah said:

    Such a cute and simple outfit! It looks perfect for the humid weather.

  12. 6.17.15

    A good bag is definitely required when playing tourist, anywhere!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  13. 6.18.15

    Now that white outfit is looking super cool on you! it’s just Beautiful!

  14. 6.18.15

    Your dress is so cute, I love it with the back pack

  15. 6.18.15
    Prudence said:

    Very pretty white dress and the backpack is so chic too!


  16. 6.18.15
    Kate said:

    What a lovely outfit! I love the simplicity of a white sundress with a leather brown backpack!

  17. 6.18.15

    Hands free is definitely an important tip for enjoying ventures in the city. This outfit is so pretty.

  18. 6.18.15

    Love how you mix and match high to low pieces. You look lovely.

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  19. 6.19.15

    Cute dress!!! I recently posted my top picks from Old Navy! They are really stepping it up! 🙂
    xoxo Renee

  20. 6.19.15

    Perfect look for touristing around Manhattan in the summer months.

  21. 6.19.15
    melissa said:

    Such a pretty outfit!

  22. 6.21.15

    I’m in love with your LWD! So chic and summery!