March 19, 2013
I am in no way a fashionista. I am definitely a comfort dresser. I wear what is convenient, hopefully appropriate, and presentable. I know WPPI is about learning and photography and networking and all that ish. BUT, being the girl that I am – I definitely had NO IDEA what to pack for this trip, and found myself Googling “What to Wear to WPPI 2013” the day before my flight. And because I found a few good answers, I’d say I packed fairly well (if you consider a 53lb bag too much, maybe you should stop reading here…)
Dress in layers.
Vegas is hot. Presentation rooms are cold. But if you’re like me…. Walking makes you sweat. So the best tip I can give is to wear a sweater/blazer over a lighter shirt so you can either take it off or put it on, depending on the temp of the room.
Wear comfortable shoes.
You’re going to be walking a lot. We stayed across the street from the MGM Grand (where all the seminars were), but even if you’re staying at the hotel, it’s still a trek to the convention center and especially through the trade show. Wear shoes you can walk miles in.
Wear something you can sit comfortable in for hours.
Days are long and seminars are even longer. One after the other – so be ready to sit comfortably so you can focus on what the speaker is talking about and not how the person behind you things you’re a plumber. Not to mention, there’s some lag time between seminars so be ready to sit on the floor.
Not too casual, not too dressy.
I saw people in everything from super casual jeans and a t-shirt to girls in dresses. The feel is definitely all over the board, so wear whatever you’d be most comfortable meeting people in.
If you plan on walking around the strip between seminars, don’t wear space boots.
Remember, even though you’re inside most of the day, you’re still in the middle of the desert. Walking the strip between sessions can get hot, so hot in fact that you’ll have to stop in Walgreens to switch out of your boots into a new pair of flip flops to give the dogs some air. Wear shoes that are comfortable yet diverse enough for a cold conference room or a hot sunny day (I wore ballet flats, Becca wore strappy sandals, Ryan wore flip flops, and Jordan wore space boots. Guess who wanted to take a cab instead of walk because of the heat??) I love you, girlfriend.
Check the attire for parties.
We didn’t participate in these, but if you’re the type that abides by the theme of the party, check your itinerary before the trip. Chances are there will be a suggestions on what to wear. WPPI threw a “white” party at the MGM Grand Pool – some people didn’t wear white and others went all out – totally up to you.
Bring a bag you can fit stuff in.
I had tons of life savers (not the candy) in my bag. They’re long days, you’ll need a few supplies… check back later this week to find out what you should bring in “What’s in My Bag.”