Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to Look Conference Chic

Whether you’re an advertising exec, nonprofiteer or reporter, chances are there’s a yearly conference or two you’d like to attend. Luckily DC is one of the big stops on conference circuit, cutting down on a lot of that pesky business travel. But a shocking number of attendees in the DMV region wear the same black suit to these events, looking more like recent graduates at their first job interview than a person you’d like to network with.

I asked three local fashion bloggers with full-time jobs to show us some of their favorite conference-worthy looks to help provide inspiration and tips on how to dress professionally yet look personable!

Allie of Wardrobe Oxygen shows us how bold prints and a small dash of color can immediately elevate a look! Polished and fun, it easily transitions to post-conference cocktails with some new friends.

Counter-clockwise from top left:Polka dot blouse from Macy’s, chain necklace from Max & Chloe, orange Rag & Bone belt from ShopBop, khaki pencil skirt by J. Crew

Lacey of A Lacey Perspective shows us what a jungle the corporate world can be with her floral camo and leopard prints.  Perfectly balanced with neutral, classic pieces, the look is in-charge chic - just the thing for a speaker (or speaker one day hopeful) to wear!

Counter-clockwise from top left: Blazer from Urban Outfitters,  nOir spike bangle from Endless, customizable initial necklace from Max & Chloe, black and leopard print tote by TopShop, camo print pants by Victoria’s Secret, Cole Haan pumps from Zappos, white tee from Piperlime

Dana of I Am DWJ (the mergification of her two older blogs: The Art of Accessories and Crumbs & Creativity) shows us that more is more with her colorful look! Pairing coral and raspberry, we get a lesson in color theory: brights make us smile!

Counter-clockwise from top left: Coral dress from ASOS, pearl necklace from Nordstrom, Michael Kors gold watch from Lord & Taylor, leopard print belt by French Connection, knit cardigan by Tory Burch, Pour la Victoire flats from Bloomingdale’s.