What To Wear To A Blogging Conference

What to Wear to a Blogging Conference

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A few weeks ago I attended my second annual blogging conference with The Blog Societies. This being their 5th year hosting this conference, they switched it up and held it in Chicago! Some of you may remember last year when I went to this conference in Charleston, S.C.

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Attending a conference can be a scary thing and I’ll be honest, I was so nervous last year. I was going completely by myself and literally knew no one! I had met my future roommate for the weekend through social media and was really excited to meet her, but other than that, everyone else was virtual strangers. She was the sweetest, by the way!

As with most times that you travel, you worry about your flight, will it be delayed? Will I miss my connecting flight? Will my bag be overweight? (OR maybe that’s just me!! Lol) But really my main concern was: what to wear to a blogging conference.

Since this was my second year attending the conference, I was a little LOT less nervous than I was last year. I met some amazing women last year at the conference and was so excited to catch up with them again this year! I’ve also “met” so many other bloggers through social media, our blogs and other blogger networks that it was like meeting up with an old friend, when we actually met in real life or IRL, as we internet nerds call it! LOL Having a group of girls that you can really relate to and bond with really makes going to these conferences a hell of a lot more fun!

Conferences tend to be very expensive, once you add up the travel, hotel, conference expense, etc. So you really want to get the most out of them as you can. Check out my friend Steph’s post, for other ways to get the most of out of a conference. She is one of the kickass ladies that I met through social media, then finally IRL. When you find your “people” you tend to feel more comfortable. And feeling more comfortable can also come from what you’re wearing.

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#TBSCon at the Boarding House

What to Wear to a Blogging Conference

What to Wear to a Blogging Conference

Comfort Is Key

Last year I waay over packed and waaay over planned what I was going to wear. Mostly because I didn’t know what others were going to wear and I wanted to be prepared for anything. (Doesn’t everyone?!) I packed my most uncomfortable (but super cute!) heels, dresses, skirts and pieces that I’d never worn together, but thought were chic. While the clothes themselves weren’t really uncomfortable, I just felt like most of them weren’t really me, which made me uncomfortable. So the biggest thing that I learned is that comfort is key.

When planning what I was going to wear to this year’s blogging conference, I actually didn’t pack until the day I left! Don’t get me wrong, I had planned out in my head weeks in advance, but when it actually came down to packing, I ended up scrapping most of the in-my-head-looks, throwing in a pair of my favorite jeans, white jeans (always a good idea!), a few trendy tops, comfy heels ($28!) and some effortless dresses.

Full disclosure, I didn’t actually wear this outfit to the conference, but I did wear it out for dinner with a bunch of blogger girls at The Hampton Social (where the famous Rose’ All Day neon sign is from!) one night. We had an absolute blast!

Hot pink top ripped jeans donut wall

Full post coming soon!

The Hampton Social Rose' All Day

4 girls in stripes

What to Wear to a Blogging Conference

What to Wear to a Blogging Conference

What to Wear to a Blogging Conference

What to Wear to a Blogging Conference

romper, also loove this one! and here – both on sale for $27! // low block heels, only $28! // crossbody bag c/o // floral print jacket, less than $8!! // fitbit watch // sunnies

So as you can see, I’ve worn these heeled sandals quite a bit while I was at the conference. The lower heel is more comfortable yet still has a sexy vibe and the fact that they are only $28, is a steal!

If you have any questions about what outfits I put together, conference questions, etc. Please just shoot me an email at styleinasmalltown@gmail.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Hillary

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  • Thank you so much, Laura! Conferences are so much fun! xx

  • Nita Batra

    love your outfit babe!

  • I swear one day I’ll go to a blogging conference. They sound like so much fun! I love the outfits you chose!

    • OMG, really? You HAVE to go! They are so helpful and informational. Plus they are TON of fun!! It’s so cool to meet people in real life, that you’ve connected with online! Like you! Maybe one day we’ll meet!! Lol 😉 xx

  • Sarah Tripp

    I love wearing fashionable layers to Conferences too!

  • Ashley

    What a fun trip!! Absolutely love your romper and bomber jacket combo!

  • Ashley Hargrove

    I love all of your outfits!! Everyone looked so cute!

    • Thanks girl! They did! So much inspiration! Maybe we’ll meet someday at a conference! xx

  • Laura Leigh

    So many cute looks! Loving that bomber jacket!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  • it’s always so stressful!!

    • Omg, the worst!! But dressing the way you’re the most comfortable, helps so much! xx

  • What a fun trip! I’ve always wanted to go to Chicago! Your outfits are perfect!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

    • Aw, thanks Maggie! You should definitely come some time! It’s such a fun city! xx

  • I have to really train myself not to overpack when I’m traveling. I’m switching to an even smaller carry on suitcase, so from now on it’s necessities only!
    – Katherine
    engineering-in-style.com

    • Teach me your ways, PLEASE!!! I am a serial overpacker! I need so much help! xx

  • Nataly Kimball

    This is a great look for a conference! Thanks for sharing love!

    • Thanks, lady! I’m glad you liked it! xx

  • What a great post Hillary! I would love to attend a conference like this sometime soon. These are great tips. Love this look and dying over that jacket. Can’t believe it’s only $8!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • You definitely should! They are so much fun! I know! Can you believe it? It goes with so much, too! Thanks, Kathrine! xx