What I Wore: Alt Summit Winter 2015

I’ve received many requests to share what I wore to the conference I attended last month in Salt Lake City called Altitude Summit.  While I am certainly no fashionista, I took some time to really think through my outfits beforehand.  I wasn’t really worried about fitting in with what other people were wearing, but more focused on feeling comfortable and confident.  I wanted to look pulled together but still stay true to my personal style, which prioritizes comfort with a simple, classic look.

The conference was held over the course of two and a half days, with three evening events and two full days of breakout sessions, panels, and keynote speeches.  I have broken down all of my outfits accordingly:

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Arborea Dress | Frye Reina Bootie | Citizen Silhouette Eco-Drive Watch | House of Harlow 1960 Reflector Stack Cuffs | Dogeared Balance Large Square Bar Necklace

After checking into the hotel and conference Wednesday afternoon, attendees headed off to small group sponsored dinners you signed up for in advance.  I attended Minted’s dinner at Taqueria 27, a Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City.  I decided to wear a dress, since I am typically more comfortable in dresses for evening outings than pants.  I chose a more casual dress and paired it with simple accessories.  I made sure to wear a pair of comfortable booties, since I wasn’t sure how much standing the dinner would involve.

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Drapey Keyhole Top | Pilcro Serif Ponte Leggings | Alpaca Long Cardigan | Frye Veronica Slouch Boots | Dogeared Karma Necklace | Dogeared Simple Knot Studs | Citizen Silhouette Eco-Drive Watch | Dogeared Balance Tube Leather Bracelet | Cuyana Leather Tote

For the first full day of the conference I settled on a layered outfit which would allow me some flexibility not being familiar with the climate of the conference rooms.  I love these keyhole tops from J. Crew, which have the look and feel of silk, but are actually made from polyester and are wrinkle resistant (extra bonus when traveling!).  I opted for leggings in the name of comfort, but went for a really thick pair with the illusion of real pants with an actual zipper fly and pockets.  I love the reverse seam down the front of each leg, which gives them a dressier feel.  I paired this outfit with one of my favorite new sweaters from Cuyana and my go-to Frye boots.  Once again, I kept my accessories simple, sticking with gold toned items I could mix and match throughout the conference.  I tied the look together with my gorgeous Cuyana leather tote (what’s in my bag post soon to follow!).  I threw my hair up into a simple twist with a clip so I could keep it out of my face and not have to fuss with it throughout the day.

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Larmona Lace Dress | Tory Burch Eddie Bow Flats | Kate Spade Tied Up Pave Stud Earrings | Kate Spade Pierre Leather Strap Watch

On Thursday night, Alt Summit threw a Downton Abbey themed party in the hotel the conference was being held in (The Grand America is a beautiful place!  I share more about it in my Alt recap post).  Having never seen the show (shocking, I know), I wasn’t sure what to wear at first.  I heard through the Alt grapevine that some people were planning on coming in full out 1920’s costumes!  I decided against that since I wanted to stick to my two top priorities with conference wear: looking pulled together but also comfortable.  I decided on a beautiful lace overlay dress which I paired with a simple black cardigan (not pictured) and my absolute favorite sparkly bow flats.  I wanted to wear flats to this party as I wasn’t sure if I would be able to sit during it and my feet don’t like being in heels for long.  I’m glad I did, as there weren’t a lot of seats and I ended up standing the entire time I was there.  Once again, I kept my accessories low key with a nice pair of crystal earrings that mirrored the bow theme in my flats and a gorgeous watch I received as a gift over the holidays.  I curled my hair for a bit of flair and added a bit more definition to my natural makeup look I had sported during the day.  It was super easy to transition into this outfit from day to night.  I like that I didn’t have to spend a lot of time getting ready, which allowed me to do some yoga and rest before the party.

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Waffled Cashmere Cowlneck |  Pilcro Serif Ponte Leggings | Frye Veronica Slouch Boots | Dogeared Karma Necklace | Dogeared Simple Knot Studs | Dogeared Balance Tube Leather Bracelet | Citizen Silhouette Eco-Drive Watch | Cuyana Leather Tote

I decided to stick with most of the pieces I wore during the day on Thursday on Friday as well for ease of packing and also in an effort to keep things simple.  I simply swapped out my top for the gorgeous cashmere tunic length sweater I grabbed up on major discount from Anthropologie earlier in January.  I decided to curl my hair, as well, which helped to set apart my Friday look from Thursday even with repeating much of the same outfit.  A few simple alterations can really change up a look even using the same pieces.

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Lene Dress | Frye Reina Bootie | Kendra Scott Arden Bracelet in Bronze Drusy | Dogeared Balance Large Square Bar Necklace | Ralph Lauren Hammered Double Teardrop Earrings | Citizen Silhouette Eco-Drive Watch

The conference wrapped up on Friday night with mini parties thrown in the hotel by different sponsors.  This involved walking from room to room, so I picked out an outfit that would be easy to walk around in and also that I felt confident in mostly standing.  I wanted something a bit more on the casual side, since the Thursday evening event was the more dressy of the three, and thought this little green number fit the bill nicely.  I was also able to cut down on packing by wearing my Frye booties a second time.  I added a few gold tone accessories to finish the look.  Since the jewelry I prefer to wear is small and light I didn’t mind packing new pieces for each outfit, although I did repeat several items throughout the conference.

Quite a few of the items I wore at Alt Summit were new, some of which I received as Christmas and birthday gifts (mostly accessories), some that I purchased using gift certificates I received as gifts from family and friends (mostly Anthropologie items – it’s my favorite store of the moment!), and others I purchased with my own money.  I do not think you need to buy a whole new wardrobe to look pulled together at a conference.  The timing of these gifts and purchases happened to coincide with Alt Summit, but in all honesty, I did purchase several of the items specifically with the conference in mind.  I made sure, however, that these were things I wanted to have generally and would wear on a regular basis outside of conferences or similar events.  I have been working on rebuilding my wardrobe over the past year to reflect my style now that I am in my thirties and the outfits I have shown in this post are a true reflection of what that is for me now.  Someone once left a comment on one of my Instagram OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) posts describing my style as “country chic.”  I like this, but I think of it more specifically as classic with a country twist.

Whatever your personal style is, I recommend staying true to it when you attend a conference or like event where you’re representing yourself.  I felt like my outfit choices did just that and I was happy to feel comfortable and confident in what I wore throughout the conference.  Having it all planned out ahead of time, right down to my exact jewelry choices, made it super easy to get ready for the conference events and focus on my experience rather than my clothes.  I prioritize comfort on a daily basis, but I found it especially important in the conference setting because it allowed me to really concentrate on what I was learning without the distraction of physical discomfort.  Feeling confident in my choices gave my mind the space to not worry about how I looked and instead absorb my feelings about my time at Alt Summit.  I highly recommend figuring out what your wardrobe priorities are and planning out your outfits in advance of attending a conference so that while you are there you can really be there and not deal with clothing-related distractions.

I hope this post and my explanations were helpful to you in some way, whether you’re hoping to attend your first conference or just looking for outfit inspiration in general.  I love sharing these sorts of things and my experiences with you.
Thanks for stopping by!

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33 comments

33 thoughts on “What I Wore: Alt Summit Winter 2015”

  1. A lot of the pieces you picked are fantastic! The Larmona dress is absolutely beautiful, I’m think about purchasing it. It would be even better to include a picture of the outfit on you in order for readers to see how all of the pieces come together, instead of just showing stock photos. Maybe next time. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’m really terrible at taking photographs of myself but it’s something I hope to work on this year. I would like to be able to include selfie shots in future posts like this for sure.

  2. I like how you did this. Looks like you packed light but with a lot of options. This could have easily stretched to 1 or 2 weeks with just the addition of a few more pieces. If you are ever in Colorado, check out the style. Yours sorta reminds me of that. Just the cutest look I thought. Also, can’t wait to see/hear more about that bag. Thinking of getting one but I want to wait and see how it moves. I am more of a backpack person but there is just an ease with totes. Sometimes you are crammed in at these events. Totes are easier, instead of trying to wrangle something off your back when you need a pen or camera.

    1. I enjoyed having the tote at the conference and I’ve been a total backpack purse girl lately. I hope to have the bag post up soon. Thinking of filming a short video to go with to give a better sense of the bag.

  3. Loving every outfit you picked out! I really do think an outfit can make or break your confidence, especially when you’re somewhere new with lots of new faces around you, if you FEEL comfortable then you LOOK comfortable, exactly what you need when going to an event such as this!

    Really liking the dress selection and the Dogeared accessories – not a brand I’m familiar with but those pieces are so cute and delicate, I’ll have to check them out if they ship over to the UK!

    Now please, do me a favour and WATCH Downton Abbey!! I’m pretty sure you’ll love it! I’ve been addicted since day one and that’s not just because I’m British hehe!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  4. Jen, have you ever referenced how you pack your jewelry like this when you travel. I feel like I’ve watched a lot of your packing videos but I can’t remember if you’ve talked about it. I’ve gotten a bunch of good packing ideas from you so if you haven’t, I’d be curious. Thanks! Great picks.

  5. Love these looks, Jen! I think we have a very similar sense of style. Have you heard of Stitch Fix? I think you would really like it. It’s this website where you fill out a profile, and they have a stylist personally pick out clothes based on your wants/needs. It would be a great way to rebuild your new 30s wardrobe! I’m doing the same thing right now as a new mom just entering my 30s with very different clothing needs than I had in my 20s. https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/4519945 (That is a referral link, but I’m honestly only mentioning it because I think you’d really enjoy it! Like a subscription box for clothes!! 🙂 )

  6. Hi Jen! I was wondering if you and Don or just you individually have any trips planned for 2015? If so, I’d love to know where you’re going? 😉

    1. We have several family reunions this summer and we’re heading to St. Louis later this month to visit my brother’s family, but so far that’s all that’s on the calendar. We did a lot of traveling last year and are taking a breather at the moment.

  7. I love all of your choices. Your style is very similar to what I’m striving for as I end my 20’s and want to age up my wardrobe. They look very comfortable and stylish at the same time. Perfect for a weekend conference. When I attended Fitbloggin last year, we literally got to wear workout clothes (fun, nice looking ones, but still) most of the weekend. It seems that comfy chic is definitely the way to go for blogging events. Thanks for sharing!
    http://www.divaandthedivine.com

  8. Hi Jen, I have just discovered your wonderful blog and helpful videos. I can’t tell you how many times I have summoned my husband to my side to share one of your tips or product finds I have been trying to convince our home is just not complete without.
    I must impress upon you; however, the ‘MEATLOAF RULE” which was passed on to me by a very wise friend. It is: Don’t invite guests to your home and serve them meatloaf while exclaiming that it didn’t quite turn out how you would like or some other negative comment. Why on earth would they want to eat after such comments. Please, take this to heart and and try not to begin your videos with negative comments. It makes me really wonder will it be worth my time to continue to watch. You are absolutely wonderful JUST AS YOU ARE, and I can’t wait for each new post or video. They are such fun! Elizabeth

  9. Hi Jen,
    Been meaning to post something like this for a while and even though it does not fit here with this blog post, I hope it is okay. But, let me get some tea first. I went to Teavana last week. Oh and Bath and Body Works for Candles. Your little tips always help.
    First I want to praise you for being a public persona and a shy/sensitive person. I don’t know if people know how many big actors are terrified of public speaking. And are actually very quiet or withdrawn when not on camera. And I also think that one of your benefits is that you have broad appeal. Almost anyone of any age, culture, background, economic status, can read or watch your content. Well, mostly women but you know what I mean. These are all wonderful qualities and traits.
    But, I think sometimes, for people who are a bit more sensitive putting yourself all out there is a bit challenging. We are not well designed for that as we sometimes have looser boundaries (this is not a bad thing) and may not shield as well as others. Others, often more extroverted, have strong armour and can handle anything and often welcome it. Think of the comic who encourages and baits hecklers. But, we are not all like that. In fact introverts make up a large percentage of the population. We have merit and value. People just prefer the extroverts but you can’t have a world with steely, showy, confident types all the time. No one would listen. No one would take the time to write a letter, a book, decorate a card.
    There are benefits to being sensitive souls. And, over time, I have learned different terms to define what I am. Introverted. Empathic. Shy, sensitive, etc. Creative as well. We may watch and observe more than speak. We utilize our filters (good boundaries) and rarely jump into other people’s business. One of the most challenging types of comments I read on your site. No boundaries. No filter. Not a lot of thought or concern goes into who might read their comments. Their goal seems to be to try to get your attn. and shed some light on something or incite a course of action but they have no idea how unpleasant they make it for people like us who really look at all of this as light, fun and informative.
    There are benefits to being sensitive. People cannot change who they are. I’d like to see an extrovert sit in the corner with a cup of tea and a book, with no one noticing them, and be happy about it. I know am generalizing here and there are always exceptions to a rule.
    As you think about who you are and what you are about, realize that sometimes our assets are gifts and curses but it need not be the latter just because current trends in society dictate such. There are benefits to us being true to ourselves and valuing ourselves as is. Changing with the wind is destabilizing and confusing. I know. I do it. So maybe rather than forcing yourself to fit to please others, which is near impossible, focus on your strengths abilities and gifts and share as is in the forum or method that works best for you. You’d be surprised at how little the opinions of other matter. It a challenge for more sensitive types because we are just like that. But, ultimately it doesn’t matter. Just words flying off into the air, Like mine, right here. Just my thoughts and opinions. Sometimes it is best to sit and think and re-organize and re-group. And sometimes it is best to toss it all out and maybe start over. Maybe not. Sometimes you clear your cabinets and closets and go, “Oh, I like that…it will remain empty” Sorry to be so long but I have had these thoughts for a while and don’t know if they are helpful. People crack on sensitive ones because our boundaries allow them to do so. It is not easy for us to shore up and develop strong rigid boundaries so we do not care about what others say or think. Easy to say. Not easy to do. Be well. Enjoy the snow.

    1. Thanks so much for your thoughtful words. I genuinely like that I am an introvert, although it can lead to some uncomfortable situations occasionally. To me they’re all part of the journey. It sounds like you enjoy and embrace your true nature as well. I appreciate you sharing your insights with me.

      1. Thank you. I was worried I put in too many words. Also, there is a woman named Susan Cain. She has a book and a Ted Talk. Loved her Ted Talk. You can find it on You Tube, if interested.

  10. Jen,

    This post is great. Thanks for sharing. I love your blog and your AltSummit blog FINALLY convinced me to do what I’ve wanted to do for so long – start blogging! Thanks for being so inspiring!

    Di
    The Little Blue Blog

    p.s. it would be so great if you could follow me on twitter @littleblueblog1

    1. I didn’t, although I did try one on with the dress originally. Because of my figure it just made me look super curvy. I think belted would look great with a less curvy figure than mine with this dress.

  11. Yes, comfort is number one at a conference, especially the shoes! I also like your emphasis on the idea of feeling confident in what you are wearing. I have in the past battled similar social anxiety issues that you sometimes talk about (although I have found meditation and yoga to help me tremendously!) and especially at a conference you are meeting with and interacting with so many new people. So confidence is key as well.

    Looking forward to the what’s in my bag Alt edition 🙂

  12. Hello Jen 🙂
    I’m thinking of buying the “Frye Reina Boot”
    I was wondering if you have done a review on them, if not please do! a review on the boots you own would be awesome!! I also have a hard time finding comfortable & attractive shoes especially boots. I spend a lot of time in my Birkenstocks. I would love to know what you think of the boots you own.
    also thank you for the wonderful videos. They are of great quality in sound & picture, i really appreciate that 🙂

    1. To be honest, I’ve only worn them a couple of times as of yet, but I’ve enjoyed them thus far. I recommend trying them for yourself before committing to purchase to see how your feet like them.

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