What to Wear to Alt Summit

Alt Summit was over a month ago, but I’m still fielding questions about what I wore to the conference, so I thought I’d share a little wardrobe tour. But before I start I should tell you that these pictures were taken on a downer sort of day, and the simple act of putting on a real outfit (and lipstick!)  turned things around in a jiffy. I need to remember that for future bummed-out days!

Outfit 1: I wore this on Thursday during the sessions and panels. It’s a really easy outfit to wear. Comfortable, and made in easy-to-clean fabrics. In fact, I wore it to the market this morning, and I’m wearing it right now as I type. Except I’ve switched out the heels for black flats. Heels are great for a conference, but not as fun on cobblestone streets.

Turtleneck from Uniqlo, skirt from H&M ($10!!), tights from the grocery store, booties from Zara, necklace from I can’t remember — I’ve had it for ages.

Outfit 2: I wore this on Friday during sessions and panels. I love this dress because you could pair it with a million things and it’s such a complementary shape. I like the neckline and I like where the sleeves hit.

Dress from Uniqlo, necklace from H&M or maybe Target, I’ve had it for ages too, tights from the grocery store, shoes by C. Louboutin (found these for a bargain on Ebay!).

Outfit 3: This is another version of the outfit I talked about last week, but instead of denim, I paired a button-down with high-waisted cropped pants. The pants have some tuxedo detailing so they feel a little dressy. I wore this outfit on Saturday during the Design Camps. I loved how I felt in this outfit!

Silk scarf from a market in Florence, button-down from Uniqlo, cuff was a gift from Mara, pants from H&M, shoes by Simply Vera Wang. NEWS: more about the cuff bracelet here — it was made by Sarah Alice Fulton.

Outfit 4: I wore this on Wednesday, which is the day most attendees arrive and get registered.

Is anyone else happy that drop-waist styles have started appearing again? They are so kind to mom tummies! And the wedge boots are kind to moms too. I adore wedges! They give you the sexiness of heels, but you can walk in them easily.

Dress from Naf Naf (it’s my favorite French shop for finding dresses), tights and boots from Zara. Initial necklace was a gift from my sister Sara. She found it at Sundance.

Outfit 5: I brought this outfit to wear during the Friday Night Mini Parties, but ended up switching out the dress for this turquoise one, because clever Sarah brought gowns that were perfect for our Chinese New Year theme! I like this outfit. Very simple with little glam touches on zippers, shoes and earrings. Plus, after wearing heels all day, it’s so nice to have flats to wear in the evening!

I also have to say, I’m so glad there are tons of really thick tights available these days. When I wear them, I feel like I have leggings on, and I appreciate the extra coverage.

Dress and flats from Zara, earrings from Naf Naf, tights from the grocery store.

Outfit 6: Here’s a glimpse of what I wore to the Thursday Night Diner en Blanc Party. I’ll be honest, this outfit wasn’t my favorite. It fit right in among all that white, but I felt like a bride. : ) Also. I regretted not wearing flats that night. My poor feet!

Maxi skirt from Naf Naf, lace top from Zara. Pearls from my Grandma Daisy. Shoes by Simply Vera Wang.

Well, what do you think? Is there anything here you could work into your own wardrobe? Do you like getting dressed in the morning? Or would you rather not think about clothing at all?

P.S. — Ben Blair was the photographer on these images. He did such a great job!

105 thoughts on “What to Wear to Alt Summit”

  1. OMG you look like such a babe Gab! I love all the new additions. High waisted tuxedo pants and a button down FTW…that should be your new signature look :) Miss you!

  2. You look great in all photos – but the first outfit I loved the most. You look so stylish, contemporary, fresh and feminine and it seems to be so comfy at the same time. All you need as a woman!

  3. You did a fantastic job with styling! It’s apparent that you are happy in your own skin, or at the very least, self-aware and a bit edgy. Congratulations. BB’s photography rocks.

  4. Long time reader…through my Google Reader mostly. I haven’t read the previous comments…but I’m SURE someone mentioned how amazing your legs look! Awesome legs + Amazing outfits = BEAUTIFUL. I starred this and I will be using your outfit combos to help my lackluster style. :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. That is a gorgeous skirt! I think you have the best style! Sometimes I feel jealous of other people’s clothes. Isn’t that a silly thing? Like today at the market I saw a woman wearing cute skinny jeans, flats with a great short, wool, swing coat. I wanted to ask her where she got it but I had to dash out of there. Now I have that coat in my head and must find it! I will obsess over clothes. A few weeks ago I was obsessing over some jeans that I tried on. Should I go back and buy them? No, I have too many! It was back and forth over and over in my brain.

  6. You look amazing! How I wish putting together pieces like that would come more naturally to me. You strike me as someone who looks put together even on blah days, though!

  7. Seriously? Not enough that you have your beautiful life, devoted hubby, darling children and swoon-worthy home in France, you have impeccable taste in clothing; you know what you love, and what suits you, and you put it all together with an graphic designer’s eye. Next time you’re in the States, can you come to Phoenix and set up a few outfits for me? You look amazing, Gabrielle, and I personally see no evidence of a “mommy tummy”. Brava!

    1. I hope you do, Sarah! Uniqlo is perfect for basics and Zara always has something that makes my heart go pitty pat. I believe they both have online stores, or you can find them in many big U.S. cities.

  8. Gabrielle…. WOW… WOW… WOW, girl!!!!!!!
    You look like this? After 5 kids??? Are you kidding!!!
    I am totally in awe.

    Favorite outfit = high-waist pants. Wowza.
    Second favorite = black dress with zipper sleeves. Coolio.
    Third choice = that beguiling pink pleated skirt. So delicate, but on a powerful woman, what a TRIP!

    Wow. You inspired me today. Thank you.

  9. Stunning, Gabby. Love these photos and outfits. Love the pants with the nude shoes + fab scarf and adore the black dress with gold zipper + gold flats! Perfect style!
    XO . Trina

  10. Loved the fashion show! You really know how to put things together. I always look forward to your family Christmas picture and how you mix and match to make everything look so effortless and pulled together. Ooh Laa Laa to the little black dress with gold zippers…

  11. I’m so glad you posted this! When I saw you wearing the pink skirt and striped shirt I immediately fell in love with your outfit! These photos are fantastic.

  12. Fabulous outfits! And… I looooove Uniqlo! It was my favorite clothing brand when I was living in Singapore, and the one I miss most now that I’m living in Amsterdam. They don’t have it here, boo. You’re so lucky to have it in France!

  13. How is it that you can wear such inexpensive clothing and look so stylishly beautiful?! Fantastic outfits. You’re giving me ideas on where I should be shopping…

  14. Glad to see that you are still there! We left France at Christmas and we are now in Rome and I’m in love with it! Nice outfits too! have a nice weekend

  15. I love outfit posts! And I love every single outfit you wore to Alt Summit – they’re all very flattering on you. If I had to choose favorites I would pick the Naf Naf flower dress and H&M tuxedo pants and I’m kinda dying over the gold Zara flats!


  16. Echoing all the comments above – you look beautiful and your clothing choices are flawless. Would it be weird if I asked you how you pack your nice clothes for flying? Whenever I fly somewhere, I never end up bringing my best clothes because I feel like they will get wrinkled, folded in the wrong places, etc, and often my funnest or nicest outfits are things I can’t just iron or wash… Do you have any good tips or have you just gotten lucky with washable/ wrinkle free fabrics and stuff? Thanks. And thanks for all the inspiration.

  17. I like this post, not necessarily for what you wore (I can’t wear heels as a mom, even when I know you wore these to a conference where you didn’t have your kids) but that you’re concentrating on yourself, rather than your kids, your home, or other people’s work. I know you’re sensitive to pictures of yourself, but I like to see your face on your blog.

  18. OK…it’s months later but I was reading a more recent post and this popped up in the “related links” and I spied that amazing hot pink skirt you wore the first day of ALT and want to see it again. HOLY SMOKES you look gorgeous in all of these, but those sexy ass pants from the Design Camps (which I missed, because i was out thrifting with Liz) LAWDY woman!!!!!! You are beautiful inside and out, mama.
    Love love love.

  19. I love Design Mom :) The photos are beautiful !!! It is thanks to Maude I know is cited. I have come to you, you love my earring owl and I’m in class.

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