What to Wear to Problogger Gold Coast 2013

With the ProBlogger event ON THE GOLD COAST coming up in just under two weeks, a lot of the ladies who read this blog that are going are asking what to WEAR! Eeeek. Usually this even is in Melbourne and a little later in the year so I get a final little fling out of my winter wardrobe before finally tucking it away for the year. However being in my sunny backyard this year we have to readjust our plans a little.

Sunny Queensland gives you the opportunity to splash out a little, add some colour and relax in a way you sort of can’t get away with in chic Melbourne. I know whenever I visit the Gold Coast I take the chance to pull out a fun outfit, let my hair go a little nuts in the breeze and add a bit of bling. That’s my plan anyway, business casual with a dash of fun. Heck, I may even get my iron on transfers out again and make myself some fun t-shirts.

But now let’s talk brass tacks…

There are two conference days to consider, as well as a networking evening. I’ll also be attending the Blog Chicks meet up on the Thursday night prior to the event. Check out the Facebook page for more information. That means I need two evening, two day outfits at LEAST. I’ll probably need some more casual outfits for shopping and lazing about on the days following and for travel. Keep this in mind when packing.

For most people their main concern is the training event days. What to wear so that they appear professional, represent their brand in the best light and still be comfortable enough balancing a notepad on their knees to learn something.

Styling You wrote this post about her choice of conference wear. This absolutely still applies, it’s a great outfit that never, ever goes out of style. With air-conditioned venues there’s as much need for layers as there ever was. But since we are already having sunny and warm 29 degree days lately it might be time to lighten those layers up. Forget the knits and heavy blazers, try the kimono jacket or 3/4 length spring jackets.

Other conference wear suggestions along the business casual line are;

Add a Print

What to wear to the Problogger Event Gold Coast 2013 - prints

Nothing makes an outfit a little more fancy than a print. Printed pants, florals and this great shrug from 17 Sundays {as modelled by the fab Danimezza} are all great additions to a simple business casual look. A big trend for spring, prints are the perfect way to update your look. A scarf or a jacket are a great way to add this look to your existing wardrobe. It’ll give it a little extra omph. You just can’t go wrong with a fab print, simple lines and classic layers.

Image Source Danimezza / Girl with Curves / Gabifresh

A Stylish Spring Dress

What to wear to the Problogger Event Gold Coast 2013 - dresses

A simple, beautiful dress will take you through a conference day with ease. Keep it simple with a matching belt and shoes combo like the new release from Nordstroms or layer it up with tights, a jacket and some funky accessories. Simple and always stylish, a great spring dress is a an easy adn stylish option. I’ve been going through my wardrobe to locate at least one great dress to take along with me. And it really makes sense if you have limited baggage space too.

Image source Danimezza / Nicolette Mason / Nordstroms

A Great Skirt Combination

What to wear to the Problogger Event Gold Coast 2013 - pencil skirts

Easily able to be dressed up or down a skirt, like those shown above, makes a great starting point for a great outfit. Whether it’s a full skater or a pencil skirt it makes for an easy conference style because of the range of styles available, ease of wear and options for levels of dress available. Take a leaf from the ladies and layer on great accessories for day and pare them back for simple glamour at the evening event.

Image source Unknown / Danimezza / Danimezza

Classic, Polished Casual

What to wear to the Problogger Event Gold Coast 2013 - pants

I know, some of you are probably freaking out that I included Bermuda shorts, but stop. I promise all will be okay. The tip here is to choose casual pants, jeans or shorts that are well fitted and in darker shades. Keep the look polished by combining with a button up shirt or a scarf and add a heel or wedge. All of these styles would be a modern take on classic business casual style giving you a great opportunity to inject a little of your personality into your look.

Image Source Unknown / Girl with Curves / MYER

Any of these outfits will be fine, in fact pretty much anything you’d like to wear would be fine. Everyone interprets conference dressing differently. For example for some people the idea of wearing shorts would be a absolutely no. But add some great wedges, a layer or two {probably not the hat, but whatever you decide, haha} and it’s a really casual, cool but put together look. I have a few tips for making sure that you are comfortable and ready to go! My top tips are;

  • Be comfortable, don’t wear anything that you won’t be okay to sit and/or stand in for long periods of time. This goes from top to toe, consider those shoes ladies.
  • Wear layers so you can self regulate the temperature in the different rooms. I always pack a wrap of some description in my bag just in case. Air-con is one of those weird and wonderful things when it comes to rooms full of people.
  • Show off YOUR style. There are a lot of looks out there that may not work for you, nor suit you. Forget them!
  • And on that note, don’t try too hard, it’ll make you awkward. Or maybe that could just be me but when I try to hard to dress the part, fit a certain look or style I always, always end up feeling weird. Like I stick out like a sore thumb. So my best tip is to be yourself.

For the Friday night networking event, I’ve found in previous years that participants wear anything from their clothes for the day to specifically chosen and styled evening outfits. Again, you’ll be perfectly dressed in a number of levels of traditional dress codes. I plan on wearing a light weight, approximately knee length dress, some reasonable heels and something to give a nod to the theme… Probably bronzer related. Haha. I plan to be comfortable but dressed for a great evening hanging out with my favourite type of people. BLOGGERS.

For the evening event keep in mind;

  • There’s a theme! A little one, but it’s a theme nonetheless. I vote for floral crowns, floral leis and parrots on your shoulder. I think you’ll find varying levels of participation on this too. So pick a level you’re comfortable with and go with that.
  • Some venues have dress codes, there isn’t one listed on this event but the request is dressy so have a shower if you can.
  • It could get cool after a warm day, be prepared for that with a wrap, light cardigan or similar.

And thats about everything I think you’ll need to know to get you packed, to the Gold Coast and ready to learn all sorts of bloggy goodness to make your blog your business. I think! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns and I’ll get them answered for you. I’ve been to a number of blog conferences, and this is my second ProBlogger event so I’m like, an expert. Hit me!

Are you going? Make sure you let me know so I can pop over and visit your blog before we meet. 

{I called this one the ladies edition so that the men attending were under no illusions that I have style advice to offer them. But I totally can put something together if there are guys out there that are interested. My brother works in finance and they do conferences ALL the time. I’ll make him guest post for me. So be sure to let me know or email me if you’d like to see a boy version!}

  • Argh! Still confused. I don’t think I have anything suitable in my wardrobe and I can’t afford to go shopping. I think I’ll be spending a good day just planning what to pack!

    • Oh noooo! Take a look at your wardrobe, perhaps you can style up a piece or two from there. Start with a simple pant, skirt or dress and go from there. And really, in the end, it’s not about what you’re wearing. It’s fun for me to think about it but if it’s not for you just wear what you’re comfortable in. See you there!

  • cookerandalooker

    Great tips Melissa. I’ve been at a complete loss as to what to pack, especially for Friday night. Perhaps a Carmen Miranda inspired headpiece? πŸ˜› Hope we get a chance to catch up. x

    • Thanks! I’m thinking a floral crown may work too and be a little less high maintenance, but whatever works for you. Haha. Sounds great! Keep an eye out for me I’d love to catch up.

  • TeganMC

    There’s a theme? Argh I had no idea…back to the drawing board for me.

    • Just a touch of tropicana. Can you work that in?

      • TeganMC

        I think I should be able to work something into my hair. It’s not often I get to dress up in a cocktail dress and I got a City Chic one for a steal!

  • This has been stressing me just a little, so thanks for the pointers. I kinda wish I had Cher’s wardrobe software from Clueless right now.

    • Haha. You’re welcome. Don’t stress lovely, I’ll be there and I love you, that’s all that matters. πŸ˜‰
      And let’s face it, we all want that software ANYWAY.

  • Love this Mel … and yes, my outfits for this year will be quite different. Bring on the glitz and glam … I see sequins, I see a kaftan and I see printed pants.

    • Thanks Nikki. It’s the Gold Coast, right!? It brings out the fun, playful side of things. And really, anything goes on the coast. Haha.

  • 26 Years & Counting

    I’m going for COMFY! Food I don’t cook will make my stomach strange, so my staple outfit for the conference days will be some very forgiving black pants (with flats since I have dodgy ankles). I have my favourite black wrap & some bright 3/4 blazers so I can decide what to wear each day to change it up. Not sure on the Friday night because I don’t own “going out” clothes, I think I’ll be on the casual end of the spectrum, but maybe I’ll find a flower to pin to my hair to be tropical.

    • Comfy is king lady. Well you know, pretty much. haha. I love the idea of the pants and blazers, that will be great. Good thinking 99.

      Sounds good! I should load my car up with all the items from my hawaiian New Years eve party a few years back, hook up everyone that’s travelling and can’t wiggle one more thing into their bag. πŸ˜‰

  • Deb @ home life simplified

    I’ll be there and in typical fashion (no pun intended) i have not yet given clothes a thought – eek!my problem is bad feet mean i live in birkenstocks once it warms up – not sure if patent leather black ones are fancy enough ; )
    great post and thanks for the food for thought xx

    • Haha. Fess up, pun totally intended! Ha. And I’m sure whatever shoes you wear that work for you will be perfect. It’s Queensland right? Thongs are considered acceptable footwear around these parts. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks Deb. SEE YOU THERE.

  • you’re a star, I was freaking out last week about what to pack! A mad little bit of online shopping and an ASOS parcel arrived today, one from The Iconic should arrive tomorrow, and Torrid needed “verbal” approval. That wasn’t going to happen! Pretty stoked with my haul, you have some great suggestions, there maybe some GC shopping necessary!

    • Thanks Louisa! Enjoy your parcels, you’ll have to let me know what you got so we don’t double up. Haha. And yes, I’m there all day Thursday {pretty much} let’s shop!

  • darrenrowse

    boys edition please! πŸ˜‰

  • Kim | Melbourne Mum

    Great post – I’m a big fan of comfy and there will be NO SPANX. None. Kx

    • Thanks Kim! And YES, no spanx. What a freaking horror those things are. Ick. Burn the spanx. πŸ˜‰

  • Great post! For Friday night, I am going with a Gorman dress and heels from Anthropologie (just ordered, I hope the make it in time!) Glad I am not the only one thinking about what to wear πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Vanessa! You’re outfit sounds amazing, I can’t wait to check out your heels. I’ll keep my fingers crossed they arrive in time. And oh no, there will be plenty of people pondering that question, don’t you worry about that. πŸ˜‰

  • Miranti

    I have been thinking about this very topic all day! Perfect timing πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to seeing what people turn up in on the Friday night.

    • Phew! Usually my timing is all kinds of wonky, glad to hear it’s here when you needed it. I can’t wait for the networking drinks Friday night, should be fun!

  • OH crap! I didn’t realise there was a theme!! My wardrobe is all pretty casual. Will have to rethink some stuff I think! Great tips though – am getting very excited about it all now! πŸ™‚

    • bbeingcool

      You will be there! Oh – I am so excited! I will look out for you!!

      I might need to try and find a parrot for my shoulder…

      • Dude! Of course. Parrots are essential. Haha.

      • Yay B! Will be looking out for you too!! I’ll be the least tropical one with the Victorian (non)-tan!! lol. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks! I’m SO excited. I couldn’t help myself with this post, I’m hoping though that it’s been more of a help than a has been a hindrance. Haha. Awkward. Making everyone go back and review their choices.

      It’s in the info that came out end of last week. Nothing major if you’ve already got an outfit planned. just add some floral garlands. πŸ˜‰

  • Kylie Gardner

    Thanks for the tips! My number one concern is access to my boobs. I’ll be dressing pretty casual, but a hell of a lot more dressy than my current uniform of trackies/yoga pants and a hoodie LOL

    • You’re welcome! Normally my number one concern too, for very different reasons {HA! JOKES} and I’m sure whatever you come up with you’ll look fab. You always do. Can’t wait to see you lady. x

  • bbeingcool

    Great tips! Seems you and I are on the same wave length… I am thinking printed pants and some classic casual. Being me, I have to add something thrifted…you know… just to keep things ‘B’ style!

    See you next week!

    • Thank you B. I love that and yes, adding your own twist to it is what makes it so much fun. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!

  • Trudie Bristow

    So wish I was joining all of you. But it’s family first here at the moment with bubs. I’d love to attend (for goodness sakes it’s in my backyard) but I shudder to think at having spent the money on the ticket and the wee mister cracking it right in the middle of a session and I miss out on valuable info.

    I have every thing crossed that next year will be my first bloggers conference, it’s time for me, it’s time now, but it’s a case of waiting and patience.

    I’d love to be playing with my outfits and my vintage love for this event. I hope you have a most wonderful time down my way. Perhaps I can sneak out for a coffee or breakfast with some of my fav ladies like yourself.

    • Me too lovely but completely understandable. AND YES, I’ll be there all day Thursday if you want to catch up, or Sunday if that’s easier. The days during the event are usually pretty crowded but I’ll absolutely be in touch re: coffee or lunch or something. xo

      • Trudie Bristow

        Absolutely old love catch ups. Queensland meet ups have dropped off, so when else am I going to see ya, unless I’m shooting through your way. Thursday would have been good until yesterday when things changed with my schedule for next week. So sometime Sunday will probably be best. Keep I touch and let me know what’s happening and working for you….I imagine by Sunday you’ll be moving into recovery mode too lol.

        • Sounds great! Haha. YES. I will absolutely be in recovery mode. But keep me posted and we’ll do afternoon tea or something else like that before I head back to Brisbane for the night.

  • I’ll be there – haven’t picked my clothes yet. Look forward to meeting you Melissa (though I always think of you as Suger LOL) and heaps of others bloggers that I only know by name at the moment!

    • Suger is fine by me. And yes, I’m looking forward to meeting you too! Good luck with your outfits. I’m sure you’ll do a fab job.

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  • Stephanie Jefferson

    Am going to the conference for the first time, so a wee bit excited! Haven’t even thought about what to wear as yet, so thanks for the tips! Just have to find time to go through the wardrobe..

    • You’re welcome! I know what you mean, we’re running out of days now. Eeeek. Hope to see you there.

  • I am going! Clothing is only ONE of many things I’m anxious about. Will probably be in jeans so that I’m comfortable! Love this guide though, helpful for our southern bloggy cousins who probably don’t realise it’s totally cool to wear shorts and thongs at night on the Goldie πŸ™‚

    • REALLY! Awesome. Can’t wait. And yes, Queensland really does have its own set of rules. Haha.

  • Nicole Everett

    Thanks for the tips Melissa. I have been wondering what I should wear and you’ve made it a lot easier. I’m really looking forward to this event and meeting other bloggers.

    • You’re welcome! It really is the best part. The speakers are wonderful and there’s lots ot take away BUT the bloggers are the best.

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  • Dianne Bortoletto

    Great post and good tips, thanks! I’m a first timer to ProBlogger and can’t wait! Hope to meet you! Travelletto.com

    • You’re welcome Dianne. I’m sure you’ll LOVE it. Hope to see you there too. x

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me

    Wow I wish I had seen this earlier!!! Great advice – especially about the layers! I hope to meet you over the two days πŸ™‚

  • Great tips! But I absolutely REFUSE to not wear my ridiculously high boots. They have 4 buckles on them, I got them in NYC, and am totally utterly in love with them. Screw comfort!

    Anyway, can’t wait to meet you Suger!! Bring on all the fangirl moments!

    PS I’m over at http://www.VeryJane.com.au πŸ˜€

    • Baahaha. Wear what you like lady. This is take it or leave it advice. I did hear that there are stairs though… Might be worth considering. πŸ˜‰

      See you there!! Can’t wait.

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  • Natalie

    Love it Melissa! nice work xo

    • Thanks Nat! It certainly was a crowd pleaser last year, loads of people {men and women} told me they’d read it before packing. Happy to help!

  • Martina Hart

    I’m heading up to Brisbane for a medical conference in the first week of September. Then staying for the weekend with friends. Glad to find this here as inspiration. Thanks Melissa.

    • You’re so welcome. This will absolutely set you up for that.

      • Martina Hart

        I’ve had a lesson this week in not planning too far ahead. Had a massive fall and ripped my hamstrings off the attachment. Needed surgery and now on crutches for 6 weeks. No work and no travel for me. Will have to save these tips for something that might pop up in the future for me. Glad you are having a good time

        • Oh holy heck!! Hope you’re ok..!!! Take care of yourself. And if you’re bored while recovering, my archives are pretty extensive. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

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