What to wear to impress on First Friday
  1. First Friday is a Must for the local VIPs
  2. How to dress for First Friday
    • Photo inspirations of First Friday outfit ideas

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First Friday is a Must for the local VIPs

First Friday is a big thing in Fairbanks taking place every first Friday of a month. Businesses and even the university invite artists to exhibit their new work. They offer wine (of course the university does not), refreshments, and finger food.

When you belong to the local VIPs – no matter whether it is because you are running for office, a radio(wo)man, freelancer, or own a business – being seen on First Friday is a Must. It’s about making contacts with potential voters or new customer and reminding old custmers of you.

display of High Latitude Style blog in a booth on First Friday

books written and jewelry made by Nicole Mölders of High Latitude Style

necklaces made by stylist and lifestyle blogger Nicole Mölders
Photos of my booth presenting my hand made jewelry, books, fashion coloring pages, and High Latitude Style blog

When hanging around with the artists’ scence, the questions is what to wear to impress your clientle who are coming because of the artists’ shows (and free goodies).

How to dress for First Friday

When spending an evening on the town to walk (or drive) from one exhibition to the next, talking with artists and potential business partners and/or customers or even friends, you will be on your feet a lot. Thus, comfortable, but non-orthopedic and non-sport shoes are best. Furthermore, the outfit should show your own personal style in a sophisticated way. By no way, you want to compete with the art, but you want to fit in, in a positive way. Especially, when you are a VIP, and not only just interested in art.

In the latter case, you are sort of a VIP to the scene, a familiar face. Thus, you also have to look your best (and different) every First Friday.

statement belt

over 50 years old fashion blogger dressed a for gallery visit on fisrt Friday
Outfit details: GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater with Moda International leather pants and labradorite with pearls statement belt (all own)

Here are some inspiration what to wear on First Friday:

  • Blazer with leather skirt interesting top and booties
  • All black with a statement belt or necklace
  • Dress with black tights and a print scarf with platform shoes
  • All black with layered necklaces or statement necklace
  • Leather pants with sweater and statement belt (see first photo of this post)
  • Mix pattern (learn how to mix pattern like a pro and how to mix floral and leopard prints)
  • Floral dress with loafers or sneakers

In all cases, a cross-body bag or wrist bag are best. You want your hands free for snacking, holding a glass, paging in the event catalog or just for signing up on email/newsletter lists.

Photo inspirations of First Friday outfit ideas

Here are some visual outfit inspirations.

Style blogger in a Lederhosentürle skirt Burberry plaid blazer styled with Lederhosentürle skirt, cashmere turtleneck sweater, GNW tights, Clarks booties (all own) and boot toppers c/o Top of the Boot

over 50 years old fashion blogger in First Friday outfit Pleated leather skirt with red blazer and GNW cardigan worn as top (all own)

midlife blogger in pink Missoni dress with black tights and pink pumps Missoni dress, statement beads dagwood pendant necklace, headband, layering top, Hermes collier de chien bangle, DIY bangle (all own), tights c/o Hipstik, Ivanka Trump pumps c/o Wikipay

fashionover50 knit dress with jacket Barbour cable-knit dress with BeBe motorcycle jacket, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Coach booties and GNW tights (all own)
over40fashion leather joggers Leather joggers with cashmere sweater accessorized with long statement necklace (all own)

fashion blogger Nicole looking posh and trendy in LBD, statement belt, and leopard print tights Statement gemstone belt, GNW leopard print gray and black tight, Hermes collier de chien bangle (all own), and boat-neck LBD c/o Covered Perfectly

When you like these looks, please pin them to your own pinterest board so your family, friends and colleagues can see them too.

And always remember

You should be either a work of art or wear a work of art. – Oscar Wilde

Are there art shows in your city? Is there a vivid First Friday culture? Do you go to First Fridays? If so, what do you wear? Let me know, I am curious.

When you liked the outfit inspirations you may be glad to know that you can find many other dressing suggestions for various situations in midlife in my style recipe book How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy it now.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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