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What is Fairbanks formal?

#fashionover40 #fashionover50 tricky dress code Fairbanks formal explained @ High Latitude Style @ http://www.highlatitudestyle.com

#fashionover40 mature woman wearing Fairbanks Formal
Boxy leather coat with Highlands Jeans denim shirt with eShakti lace skirt, L.K. Bennett pumps and leopard print scarf (all own)

Not getting the dress code right, is a fashion/style nightmare for many women ever since wearing the wrong attire at an event back in high school or college.
#fashionover50 mature woman in boxy leather coat
Back view of leather coat with L.K. Bennett pumps

Back then, when I was an exchange graduate student at the State University of New York, Albany, my roommate invited me to join her going out for cocktails. I was wearing floral print pants, pumps and a silk blouse and said that I first have to put my cocktail dress on. She looked at me and said “you are kidding, with your current outfit your would be already overdressed, but with a cocktail dress would be plain ridiculous. Put your old blue jeans on, and a clean shirt.”
#styleover40 mature woman in denim and lace outfit with leopard print scarf
Highlands Jeans denim shirt with eShakti pencil skirt in black lace, L.K. Bennett pumps, statement belt, and leopard print scarf (all own)

Fairbanks formal is exactly this for the gentlemen: clean jeans and a clean shirt. The shoes don’t matter as in Fairbanks shoes are to be weather appropriate. Once indoors, people change the shoes and check the boots with the coat at the coat clerk’s.
#styleover50 mature woman wearing Fairbanks formal
Back view of Fairbanks Formal outfit with Highlands Jeans denim shirt, eShakti lace skirt, and L.K. Bennett pumps (all own)

Fairbanks formal means for the lady that she can show up as mentioned for the guys, but she can also wear a cocktail dress or dress up other wise or wear something like I do in today’s post.
#maturefashion mature woman with lace skirt and denim shirt
Side view of Fairbanks Formal outfit with Highlands Jeans tailored denim shirt, eShakti lace skirt, L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, statement belt and leopard print scarf (all own)

What would you wear when the dress code would be Fairbanks formal? Let me know by email or link an example up your ideas at the Top of the World Style linkup party.

You may be also interested in reading about Fairbanks streetstyle, why skinnies are an Alaska classic, and PJs as outerwear.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2015)

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