Spring 2014 Style Inspiration: What to Wear to Attend a Conference, Panel, or Pageant

Happy Tuesday ladies!
This spring is all about conferences, pageants, and panels, and Fashion Bomb reader Rashida will be attending one very soon!

She wrote writes, “Hi FashionBomb! I will be in attendance at a pageant that celebrates natural hair and wanted to know what is a stylish yet comfortable outfit to wear since the contest runs 3 hours long?”

The key to pulling off a comfortably chic ensemble is to dress up casual pieces. Jazz up simple wardrobe staples with punchy prints and noteworthy accessories to create your desired look.

For look #1, pluck a pastel blue v neck jumpsuit (find similar style here) accented by a botanical print clutch, silver block heel sandals, and a beaded braided necklace in a peachy hue.

What to Wear to a Natural Hair Pageant Topshop V Neck Jumspuit by Wal G Coach Lexey Heel Mason Scotch Clutch in Botanical Print Wunderkind Turquoise Ocelot Sunglasses

Cap off the look with a spring inspired beauty palette including a creamy coral-pink lip and a pastel green nail lacquer.

A knee length skirt in a playful print adds a stylish twist to black and white staples. Mix in a basket weave clutch, a beaded tassel pendant necklace, and sunburst button earrings.

What to Wear to a Natural Hair Pageant Carven Kiwi Printed Skirt Narcisco Rodriguez Python Print Two Tone Pumps Baublebar Beaded Tassel Pendant AqAq Cream Cropped Bodice

Lastly, add a vibrant eyeshadow option and a bubble gum pink mani for an additional pop of color.

And one of my favorite wardrobe must haves this season is a chic pair of culottes. Give the look an unexpected spin with a lavender gingham print knitted sweater.

What to Wear to a Natural Hair Pageant Sister by Sibling Gingham Knitted Sweater Proenza Schouler Pleated Crepe Culottes 3.1 Phillip Lim Monochrome Devon D'orsay Flats Asos Leather Clutch Bag with Etched Print

Add additional flare with a leather clutch bag in an etched print, a lace-up cutout bootie or a printed flat, and a statement jewelry piece. Complete the look with a sassy metallic lid.

 And that’ll do it! See even more conference style inspiration in our Real Style post from this weekend.

See anything that catches your eye?

Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole is an LA native, a self professed shopaholic, and Fashion Bomb Daily's resident stylist.

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