Today’s post veers from the norm here on Simple Mom. I much prefer to write posts that would appeal to the mass of readers (parents, people interested in simple living), but I’ve had more than a few people ask me what they should wear to Blissdom in a few weeks.
So I thought it would be fun to discuss the topic of what to wear to blog conferences, since they’re getting more and more popular, and because there are so many first timers attending Blissdom.
If you’re like me, you don’t have gobs of money. You also spend most of your days wearing jeans and almost clean t-shirts with hints of spit-up on the shoulder. Blissdom is one of the few times per year when you’ll solely be among adults for several days*, so it’s rather exhilarating to think of getting out of your yoga pants and putting on some jewelry.
*Unless you’re like me this year, wearing your most valuable accessory — a baby.
The following list could be applied to other work conferences as well, of course, but since Blissdom is on the horizon for quite a few of us, I’ll be referencing it here.
Hear are some basic suggestions for what to wear to Blissdom — or any work conference — when you spend most of your days in carpool.
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Yep, jeans. You can wear jeans. Don’t feel like this is a power suit thing. Sure, some people will be dressier than others, but don’t feel like you have to get all business-y to fit in.
Bring your nicer jeans — the darker the rinse, the more easily you can dress them up. I like to travel light, so I only bring one pair.
The Opryland Hotel is huge, and there’s a wide variety of temperatures throughout the building. I felt like I was constantly taking on and off my jacket last year. Wear layers, just in case your body temps ebb and flow, like mine.
3. One “out on the town” outfit
Thursday night is a concert at one of the hotel’s cocktail lounges, so make this the evening you wear something fun. Break out a dress if you don’t normally get a chance to wear one! Heck, follow Robin’s lead and wear a ballroom dress:
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But honestly, if you don’t feel like dressing up, no worries. Be comfortable. It’s a night of fun, so if dresses drive you nuts, then jeans are perfectly fine.
4. Modest pajamas
Friday night is a “girls’ night in,” and wearing your pajamas is welcome here. But if you’re like me, you’ll want to get in your lounge wear daily, as soon as the evening hits. Bring jammies you don’t mind being seen in.
5. Fun shoes
Never have I seen so many cute pairs of shoes in one room than at Blissdom. No pressure, though — if you bring one to two neutral pairs, a super-comfy pair (more on that below), and a fun, just-for-the-heck-of-it pair, you should be fine.
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This hotel is huge. I was floored how much I had to walk between my room and the conference rooms — about a third of the way from the main session back to my room, I had to take off my shoes to keep walking.
Bring some really comfortable shoes. Don’t be shy about wearing them for the actual conference, but if you’d rather wear shoes that are more cute than comfy, toss a small pair of flip flops in your purse, and switch them out on your way back to your room.
With all these ideas, I plan to find my outfits at thrift stores, like I do with 99 percent of everything else I wear.
Your ideas on Twitter
This weekend I asked on Twitter what some of you are planning on wearing to Blissdom. Here are your responses:
@dutchbeingme I’m going to be comfortable (jeans/nice shirts) during conferece. Nightly parties vary from dress w/ boots to casual. #blissdom
@SippyCupMom Jeans, shirts and cardigans during day (Obsessed with cardigans!) and jeans and dressier shirts at night! #Blissdom
@CheleChestnut I’m undecided. Probably will take a bit of comfortable and a bit of dressy! Mixing it up! #Blissdom
@amyturnsharp Starting to freak out. I have 2 conferences in Jan. Thinking some dress over jean combos. Spanx. Heels. Red lips. Wicked grin.
@shellthings comfy yet cute clothes. And BONUS: no snot or dirt from my kids! #blissdom
@Tiffanyblogs I’m thinking jeans with stylish (yet comfy) tops. Maybe one thing that is dressier for evening. Keeping it simple!
@PensieveRobin Dress for #Blissdom? Last year, the Princess dress http://bit.ly/9nCasY ~ This year? A goldish 70s retro jumpsuit! #IFI’mbrave 😉
@simplebites Comfort is key! And for me that means leggings and a cozy sweater –with a great pair of earrings, of course. #blissdom
@Holly_Hanna I’m going to wear some nice trouser jeans, cute cardigans, and boots. #Blissdom
@TheChattyMomma Bring casual clothes that can be dressed up & down to #BlissDom & you’ll fit right into any situation!
@beautyandbedlam Definitely going with my Frugal Fashionista style. Second hand designer finds, all the way. #blissdom
@womanonajourney will be wearing jeans, sweaters, and comfortable loafers during the day sessions. #blissdom and @womanonajourney thursday night is a LBD with tall black boots. Friday night is pajama party, which means sweats, a hoodie! And warm slippers!
@LivingMyMoMent Got a sweatshirt made for my sponsor that I will during the day and will prob do dress at night or blk pants & shirt #Blissdom
@NoFlashCards my baby but under the ergo and baby will be cardigans , jeans , a slimming tank holding in my post baby muffin top 😉
@simpleschool I plan on wearing whatever you tell me to wear. 😉 #blissdom
@sthrnfairytale comfortable 😉 flip flops, boots, jeans, skirts, dresses, cute and comfy.. clothes that are ME and make me feel good.
@FoodforMyFamily I have mostly jeans and sweaters, cute Ts, one “professional” dress, one casual dress, heels, boots, Converse.
@SweetSadieMarie jeans, tops, accessories, cardigans, a dress, boots, comfy shoes, accessories… #blissdom
@brigidday Sweater dresses (I’m avoiding all things that button.)
@familybringsjoy Something comfy!
Look for your Prep for Blissdom package in the mail this week. In it, my friend Mandi of Life Your Way created a handy checklist of what you should bring — not just clothing, but business essentials as well.
If you’re going to Blissdom — what are you wearing? Or if you’re not, what are your essentials for packing for a business trip?