Even as a college freshman (soon to be sophomore), I've been to quite a few conferences and a general rule of thumb I've learned to follow is to go by the guidelines of business casual, unless otherwise noted. From packing completely unmatchable separates to being the only person in jeans, there are plenty of packing mistakes to be made. However, with just a little planning, you can be the most put together attendee!
Some Outfit Ideas
Outfit One (for a casual conference)
- Plan all of your outfits a few days before leaving, that way you have plenty of time to add or change things
- Try on each outfit (accessories and all) before leaving. Nothing is worse than arriving at your hotel and learning that you're short an outfit.
- Bring a blazer and pair of jeans that you don't plan on wearing. That way if the conference turns out to be more casual or more professional than you expected you still have a backup.
- Layering is important. Even though it's hot and sunny outside, conference rooms are usually air conditioned and chilly.