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Friday Five: What I Wore

January 27, 2012
by thenestinggame

This is the last post about Alt, I swear.

I kind of stressed over my wardrobe for this thing. I mean, I knew I had no hope of being the most fashionable girl there. Those girls wore lots of color blocking, big 80s glasses and had perfect Taylor Swift hair. (Jessie with the pretty hair, if you’re reading this I would seriously be interested in the Hair Curling Tutorial.)

So a month or so ago I sat in on this “getting ready for Alt” webinar, where the speaker gave the advice to have a “look” that’s consistent throughout the conference. I have been on a monochromatic kick lately, where I’ll wear various shades of the same color range. Like a pink button down over a raspberry v-neck sweater with a wine-colored scarf. So. I started to approach my Alt outfits with that in mind, with liberty to veer.

Wednesday night I assembled with a group of bloggers at a dinner cooked by Stephanie and Romina, owner of SLC patisserie Les Madeleines. It was the perfect way to ease into meeting people. Then, for the rest of the week, it was like your college orientation peer group—you always had that little “I knew you first” bond. (Hi Fred Wix and Kelly Crane!) I wore a maroon-ish jersey dress with these awesome pencil pleats and skinny braided dark brown belt that I found at Dillard’s when I was supposed to be shopping for something white. The necklace is from Ann Taylor Loft a year ago and has painted silver beads entwined with ombre ribbons. It’s hard to tell, but I have on Spanx tights (you’re not supposed to be able to tell that…but they’re the BEST) and tall, brown suede boots.

This was a back-up outfit that I decided to break out early. A vintage Burberry skirt—sounds cool if I say it that way, but really it’s just old. It was my Mom’s from the 80s and I had it shortened to knee length from mid-calf. Long sleeved red J.Crew tissue t-shirt. Gap denim jacket. My big ol’ bag is a “fake Fendi” from H&M and I mostly love it but it occasionally makes me sad because it’s a not this bag.  My black pleather and gold stud bracelet is from Target. I’m also wearing brown tights and cowboy boots.

Thursday night’s dinner was a “Dinner en Blanc” where everyone wore white. Brought me back to sorority ritual, only with wine. And less singing. I purchased SEVEN different dresses for this occasion and selected this one (Cremieux from Dillard’s) because a) out of the ones that fit it was the least expensive, b) it was the one that made me look least like a cupcake and c) wasn’t too Kate-Middleton-Engagement-Portrait or too quirky-party bride. I borrowed a gold and white flowered collar necklace from my friend Angie. It got lots of compliments, so thanks, Ang! It’s nice that the wallpaper coordinated with the theme, isn’t it?

To the sessions on Friday I wore a coral wrap dress from H&M. I also own this in navy and love both. The necklace is super similar to the one I wore to the white party and I bought it at Dillard’s last spring for our rehearsal dinner. More brown tights. More cowboy boots. I will be so sad when/if that trend goes away.

Not sure what is going on with this pose. I think I am attempting to channel Tyra Bank’s couture lessons from America’s Next Top Model. On Friday night, the Alt sponsors host mini-parties in the hotel’s suites. It was so fun hopping from suite to suite, taking in all the different themes. And in this crowd, where many of these gals design parties for a living, you know they are going to be on their game! I was one of at least 2 girls wearing this frock. It’s got fat black polka dots all over it, with sheer sleeves and a belted waist. The dress is also from H&M. Earrings from a local Atlanta shop called Palas Jewelers. My little gold clutch is vintage/thrifted.

I feel pretty good about where I ended up. I also feel pretty relieved I won’t have to plan this out again until next year! And I didn’t really notice anyone else with a “theme,” so I’m glad I didn’t go busting out 5 Hello Kitty-bedazzled cardigans or anything.

Have a great weekend! We have two dinner dates with friends we haven’t seen in way too long. Yay!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 27, 2012 8:52 am

    I like what you came up with, really cute! Although, I can’t say I’m not sad about the lack of 5 Hello Kitty bedazzled cardigans :( Next time.

  2. Ty Hallmark permalink
    January 27, 2012 8:56 am

    Love the tights and cowboy boots look – that’s one of my favorites too. Bought great boots from ModCloth last May and I pair them with brown tights all the time. Very comfortable too! You look great.

  3. January 27, 2012 11:05 am

    Super cute, as always. But you can rock a silly tee and jeans and Chucks with the best of them too, so …

    I clearly need to visit H & M.

  4. Natalie Bailey permalink
    January 27, 2012 3:15 pm

    Now I’m singing ritual songs in my head. But much more importantly, you look terrific! Glad you had a great time.

  5. February 29, 2012 8:18 am

    Love this post! The Burberry skirt is my favorite.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 29, 2012 11:15 am

      Thank you, Gabby!

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