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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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