What is Fairbanks formal?

Dress codes can be stressful

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. Back then in college, 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.”

#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)
#fashionover50 mature woman in boxy leather coat with patent leather pumps
Back view of leather coat with L.K. Bennett pumps, pantyhose,  and snow leopard print scarf (all own)
#styleover50 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,  Tissot blue stone watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, pantyhose, statement belt, and leopard print scarf (all own)

Fairbanks Formal decoded

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, Tissot watch, 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 otherwise 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 smoky quartz buckle belt, stone Tissot watch,  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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