What I Wore : Art Exhibition Opening

This year marked the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s centennial year and it has celebrated with some incredible exhibitions. Talk about a milestone for the city and our arts scene! On Sunday, the Gallery hosted their opening event for the fall exhibitions, including The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne and Painting Hamilton. And I was so very excited to check them out. I joined the CLiC Committee in January and have loved toasting the Gallery’s 100th year at our social events. You should check out our next holiday soiree, An Evening with Cézanne! I’d love to see you there.

Going to an event like this can be quite daunting in terms of what to wear. Having attended a number of exhibition openings, I thought I'd share a few style tips to help you put together the perfect outfit. It's not always easy to decipher the dress code, but creative spaces, like galleries, offer quite a bit of flexibility when it comes what you wear. Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable and you'll fit right in. My personal style is minimalist and modern. I like to choose one statement piece and keep the rest of the look understated. For this event, I paired a leather pencil skirt with a simple, slouchy tee and ankle boots. I have been on a quest for the perfect t-shirt with just the right amount of drape. This tee is made with super soft and drapey jersey. It looks polished enough to wear with dressier outfits. I even layer it under blazers at work. These Vince booties are made with the most beautiful leather. The cutout heel and ankle strap give them a modern feel. With the weather getting cooler, I like to wear them with slouchy wool cashmere socks. And speaking of the chilly temperatures, let's talk outwear. Depending on the venue, outerwear can be a burden. You don't want to have to carry around your coat the whole time, especially if there are cocktails to be had. But bold prints do work well in a creative setting, so for this event I draped my leopard topper over my shoulders as an accessory. Scroll down to shop this look!

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Leather skirt: Babaton / Tee: Wilfred Free / Socks: Wilfred
Coat: Zara (similar here) / Bag: J.Crew / Ankle boots: Vince (similar here and here)

Stephanie Trendocher