The biggest fear of a fashionista is looking like a tourist while actually being a tourist. It honestly sounds easier than it really is! While visiting a tiny town like Cooperstown, New York, I didn’t have to worry about playing keep-up with my fellow tourists; I was one of the only females visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame (definitely the only female under 40) and everyone there was wearing some type of baseball fan gear. Hey, it’s a drinking town with a baseball problem.
Below, I will break down two outfits I wore while vacationing and touring Cooperstown to show you how to not dress like a tourist while being a tourist.
I wore this simple, dark toned outfit for our second day of touring the Hall of Fame. I love wearing dark outfits when I know I won’t be able to change or touch up my look until the end of the day. The dark colors will hide any coffee or soda spills. Because yes, I do that a lot.
Everything I’m wearing is very basic: a long sleeve black tee with a little every flow to it for comfort, skinny jeans, booties, faux leather jacket, blanket scarf, and tote bag. I kept my accessories minimal with just my usual ring and pearl stud earrings because dealing with stacked bracelets and long necklaces can be a noisy hassle when you’re walking and touring.
The only shoes I packed for the trip including these booties, my Adidas Superstar sneakers, and my Christian Louboutin ballerina flats. I knew we would be walking nonstop and standing around a museum all day so I kept my footwear simple and comfortable. During the fall and winter, booties can be the easiest footwear to sport while being a tourist. They’re easy to put on/take off for flights, they’re warm, provide extra support, and add just a tad more glamour to your outfit.
The monochromatic outfit I wore for our third day at the Hall of Fame was comfortable and effortless. A light J.Crew sweater ensured that I would be warm as I shopped along Main Street and in the chilly museum, and my Adidas sneakers ensured my feet wouldn’t ache after standing on concrete for hours on end.
I only brought three different pairs of skinny jeans on the trip (one black and two blue). Pro tip: always pack an extra pair of pants than you’ll really need just in case of spills, rips, odor, etc.
The Henri Bendel tote bag is a throwback to my Washington DC trip back in April of this year. I knew I would be trekking around DC for hours and I would need a larger bag to carry my camera, phone, wallet, and ballerina flats in (because yes, I wore heels while walking around DC. I was meeting congressmen, ok?). The tote bag is large enough to hold everything I need, but still not too bulky. It even comes with a detachable strap so it can be a handbag or a shoulder bag for comfort.
Last but not least, I must acknowledge the Yankees cap. This is probably the most touristy thing I wore over the five days I was in Cooperstown. The Yankees are my favorite baseball team and always have been, but I’ve never owned a team cap. I finally bought one in the Hall of Fame gift shop and I’m glad I waited for this one. I curled my hair and wore the cap with pride as I toured the Hall with my fellow baseball fans.