Comfortable and functional don’t always fall into the realm of fashionable, but Connect’s event planners and Kristen Francis of OFFPRICE have it down to an art. See their picks for looking and feeling good while on the go at a trade show.
Tinsley Flint, Meetings Coordinator, Connect
“I have fun mixing simple, neutral items with edgy jeans or a stand-out sneaker.”
Why it is important to dress the part: “Showing your confidence and creativity through your style will influence your first impression with another attendee in a positive way and will help the meeting to start on the right foot.”
Take it from her: “My go-to brands for on-site clothing are Joie, Zara, Who What Wear from Target, Banana Republic and Madewell.”
The look: “These pieces can go straight from the plane to a meeting: versatile, comfortable, and a change of pace from the usual white button-down-and-slacks look. If you take my advice on anything, the blue light glasses are fantastic!”
1. Hopper glasses, $95, Felix Gray 2. Garvey slip-on, $225, Vince 3. CozyChic Lite Circle cardigan, $116, Barefoot Dreams 4. Dakota backpack, $175, Dagne Dover 5. Lab trouser, $168, lululemon
Nicole Corley, Director, Meetings & Events, Connect
“My style for events is professional, feminine and comfortable. I look at fashion as a way to express myself. If I feel confident about my outfit, I am more likely to have a positive attitude, and this usually ends up reflecting in my work.”
Why it’s important to dress the part: “As a young professional, it’s really important to look the part so you are taken seriously, but you can still do this while incorporating your own style.
Take it from her: “I try to look my best at events because I'm representing myself as well as my company.”
The look: “My go-to look is black-flared pants with a business-casual blouse; Tieks are life-changing!”
1. Krystal earrings, $38, Bauble Bar 2. Floral top, $295, Rebecca Taylor 3. Black wide leg pant, $110, Banana Republic 4. Robinson tote, $298, Tory Burch 5. Blush Patent flats, $195, Tieks
Kristen Francis, Senior Director of Marketing & Buyer Relations, OFFPRICE Show
“I have always had a passion for fashion. As a typical girly girl, you can find me in a mall or shopping center browsing on any given weekend. My interest in fashion recently has soared to new heights as I've embarked on the hobby of lifestyle blogging under the name KFranncy.”
Why it’s important to dress the part: "My mother always taught me to dress for the job you want, not the job you have."
Take it from her: “Having a polished look is a part of your personal brand and gives you a boost of confidence to conquer any situation.”
The look: “Each piece can be mixed and matched with others or simply paired together for a relaxed, modern twist on rocking a classic black suit.”
1. Ella patent tote, $198, Tory Burch 2. Women's wingtip oxford with stitchlite, $99, Cole Haan 3. Classic cotton crewneck T-shirt, $9, J. Crew Factory 4. Black two-button blazer, $59, Banana Republic Factory