What to wear to impress on First Friday

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First Friday is a Must for the Fairbanks 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 spending an evening on the town to walk (or drive) from one exhibition to the next, talking with artists, you will be on your feet a lot. Thus, comfortable, but non-orthopedic and non-sport shoes are a must. 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.

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

Awesome First Friday outfits

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. 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

And always remember

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

statement belt
Zoom-in on the labradorite pearl belt

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.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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