Wear + When: Celebrating Bastille Day

Welcome to Wear + When—a new weekly feature where we orient your wardrobe around Washington’s event calendar. Up this week: what to wear to ring in the French Revolution.

In case you missed our handy guide, there are lots of celebrations to mark Bastille Day tonight. Planning to partake in the festivities? Channel your best French fashion blogger—we like Cherry Blossom Girl and Miss Pandora—with sophisticated pieces trussed up with lady-like bows and rose petals.

Watching the Maid Race (left)
A chic Parisian-geek look that’ll work while watching L’Enfant Cafe and Bar’s legendary Maid Race and the after party. A Chanel-esque sweater brings a hint of old-world class to a heather-grey tee, while on-trend accents such as cut-out oxfords and thick-rimmed glasses bring everything back to 2010.

Torn by Ronny Kobo Coco cardigan, $275; Wayfarer style glasses, $9.99; DKNY Rose Petal Miniskirt, $295; Rebel Yell Bonjour V-neck, $84; Aldo Goolia brogues, $50.

Eating Escargot (right)
Planning to celebrate with French cuisine? Scalloped accents and classic ballet flats dress up a dinner outfit without sacrificing style, while a simple black choker—made on the cheap with left-over ribbon—lends the outfit a subtle sexiness.

Modcloth the Style of Music dress, $214.99; London Sole red ostrich ballet flat, $195; M&J Trimming black silk ribbon (to be worn as choker), $1.98 per yard.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.