Jeans, a tee-shirt, and comfy shoes are my go-to uniform for MACNA during the day – I know that I’ll be on my feet for hours, and I want to be as comfortable as possible. Lightweight slip-ons, like these from TOMS, are perfect for the weekend. They have a ton of different colors, prints, and styles on their website, and for every shoe purchased, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need. To date, they have donated over 45 million pairs of shoes, which supports improved health, access to education, and higher self esteem.
Now, you CAN get away with wearing jeans to the gala dinner, but it’s so much more fun to get a little dressed up. A figure-flattering dress that you can comfortably eat, drink, and be merry in makes for a pleasant evening…that may end up lasting till the wee hours of the morning. This blue wrap dress from fresh produce is easy – I’d wear it with heels to dinner, and then change into a cute pair of wedges or sandals for the rest of the night. Or, if you prefer something a little more structured, consider the straightforward little black dress pictured below. It’s from ZARA, and it can be worn all winter long paired with some cozy tights and a heeled boot. But whatever you decide to wear, I recommend bringing a sweater or wrap with you to dinner; it can get chilly sometimes in those huge banquet halls.