Fashion Intelligence: The Perfect Sunday Brunch
by ATFDC Contributor Susan Stipanovich
The word ‘brunch’ was originally coined in 1895 by British journalist Guy Beringer in a visionary article entitled “Brunch: A Plea.” Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a post-church ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, the author wrote, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade and other breakfast fixtures before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote happiness in other ways as well. “Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” Beringer wrote. “It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”"
Over a century later, Washingtonians have enthusiastically kept the tradition of Sunday brunch alive. Weekly congregations at the District’s most popular brunch spots make reservations very hard to secure and one often finds the wait times stretching into hours rather than minutes. What to wear to brunch is often quite a dilemma considering that surely one is recovering from the previous weekend activities and thus would like to be comfortable. For this reason, one of the keys to the perfect Sunday brunch is finding the balance between being chic and comfortable. A great pair of jeans or leggings with a sweater or nice top is brilliant for this purpose, as they can be easily accessorized. A great wrap dress is also fantastic for this, particularly if paired with great jewelry or a statement handbag.
Wonderful wrap dresses can be found at Banana Republic and J.Crew right in the District’s beloved Georgetown. If looking for something more unique, head to Muleh on 14th Street for a highly curated shopping experience that is sure to leave you walking out the door with some wonderful pieces, whether you’re in need of a fantastic new dress of handbag. Another great option for brunch is a pair of boots that will serve you well through the meal and onto errands afterwards. Coach can always be relied upon for footwear as well as accessories. Similarly, Mulberry is a wonderful brand for these items if you’re looking to make an investment.
Once you’re dressed and darting off to the perfect brunch, the only thing left to do is enjoy yourself! Bottomless mimosas, filling omelets, and great conversation will soothe any weekend-inflicted wounds and prepare you for the workweek ahead. Go forth and brunch happily!
Susan Stipanovich is a stylist and writer who lives and works in Washington D.C. She researches counter terrorism methods and international security sector reform in Africa and the Middle East by day as a Department of Defense associate and spends her free time curating a fashionable lifestyle through her blog Hepburn Loves Givenchy.