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Historical Fiction Conference: What to wear?

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Historical Fiction Conference: What to wear?

Post by Divia » Wed June 15th, 2011, 11:33 pm

Im seriously over thinking this. So I want some opinions.

I am on a panel and I also have an agent appt. Do you think it is OK for me to wear a dress with a shrug over it? Now the dress is a bit longer than most and comes past my knees. Bu tI dont want to be too dressy?

What are othe rpeople wearing
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu June 16th, 2011, 12:18 am

I'm at the same dilemma, Divia. Being 'of that age' and no longer on the meat market, (thank goodness), my first concern is comfort. But I don't want to look like a slob, either, so I guess hiking / writing clothing is out. And all I have left is stuff that's too dressy, which doesn't reflect me, either.

About the only thing I'm sure about is my re-enactor's garb for the costume event on Saturday night! :p

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Post by Divia » Thu June 16th, 2011, 12:30 am

If my bustle fit in my backpack I'd take it. ;) But alas, I won't be dressing up for that event.

I don't think jeans would be a good option for me since I am pitching and on a panel.
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Post by Elizabeth » Thu June 16th, 2011, 1:19 am

I've got a couple of those silky sundress-style maxi-dresses that seem to be so "in" at the moment, with casual cotton cardigans. So incredibly comfortable and can't be wrinkled no matter what you do. I'm rarely "in" but I've made an exception for this style.

Also some khakis, a tank top, and a nice silk jacket. Strappy cork-soled slides.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu June 16th, 2011, 1:45 am

I'm wearing a dressy-but-not-too-dressy dress to the Friday night dinner, a work-type dress to the Saturday activities (because I'm on a panel and am also doing a signing), and my costume to the Saturday night banquet (because I'm in the costume show and was told I might not have time to change if I wore my street clothes to dinner). On Sunday I'm just wearing jeans because I'm going to have to hurry out to catch my plane.
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Post by princess garnet » Thu June 16th, 2011, 1:50 am

One tip I see for every ALA (American Library Assoc.) Annual Conference--wear comfy shoes!

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Post by EC2 » Thu June 16th, 2011, 10:20 am

I invested in a couple of smart casual wrap dresses that take me to talks and round and about but which aren't OTT. They pack well, don't take up much room and are forgiving on the cut. They can be dressed up or down with the accessories and are the most versatile items in my wardrobe.
Jeans work if they're smart and worn with a stylish top and accessories. Quite often you can dress up a casual look such as jeans by adding a statement piece of accessory, but of course the devil is in the right detail.
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Post by Telynor » Thu June 16th, 2011, 2:51 pm

I hope that those of you who are going to the costume show will post your pictures of the clothing! That would be a lot of fun.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Thu June 16th, 2011, 4:43 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]I hope that those of you who are going to the costume show will post your pictures of the clothing! That would be a lot of fun.[/quote]

I'll get my dresser (my daughter) to take a picture of me and post.
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Post by Misfit » Thu June 16th, 2011, 9:55 pm

[quote=""Telynor""]I hope that those of you who are going to the costume show will post your pictures of the clothing! That would be a lot of fun.[/quote]

Please do.
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