What not to wear

Dear fashionable reader,

I was recently invited to a dinner in Manhattan with some other authors. It’s not very sophisticated or progressive of me, but one of my first thoughts – after “Yippeee!” and “Really? I get to go?” – was “Oh, no. What am I going to wear?”

I have come to discover that the rest of the world does not dress in rubber boots, holey corduroys, and fleece jackets, at least not all the time. Here in Alaska, at the opera you’re as likely to see blue jeans and Carhartts as gowns and tuxedos. Alaskans are known to be a lot of things, but fashionable rarely tops the list.

My obsession with choosing something to wear began to keep me up at night. A fellow Alaskan advised me to look at it as if I were traveling to an exotic country. I should research the culture and customs. So I asked some Manhattan regulars – my editor and publicist. I was advised that the dinner wouldn’t be an excessively dressy event. So my first thought was out …

I’ve also been told that while people may be charmed by a little bit of “rustic Alaska,” I should make sure to not dress like a hick. I’m assuming that means no fishing/hunting gear …

… which is too bad, because lifejackets and rain gear are so slimming on me, and leather work gloves are always an elegant accessory.

But I was completely at wit’s end when my publicist begged me to please leave the moose hat at home. Darn!

(This photo is actually from a blog called Heinous Hats. Who knew?)

But, seriously, I want to have some pizazz, to show people that Alaskans are creative, fun-loving people. So, taking all of this into consideration, I think I’ve finally settled on a look …

(Just kidding, Marlena!)




9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nance
    May 05, 2011 @ 14:23:18

    I’m so glad you’re doing this, Eowyn!!! Your stories are so fun, and your insight is right-on! Now, if you ever need any fashion tips . . . 😉

  2. Susan Beeman Sommer
    May 05, 2011 @ 15:13:43

    This is too funny! Have a wonderful time in NY–you deserve it!

  3. Sue Mathis
    May 06, 2011 @ 21:38:53

    I think that’s perfect for Manhattan. Probably no one would notice!

  4. Chickaloon Jenny
    May 08, 2011 @ 19:09:24

    I will loan you my loon costume!

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