How Cool Girls Do Formal Wear

Photographed by Amanda Savinon
Thanks to high-end sweatpants, designer sneaker collabs, and the general consensus that a crop top can indeed be worn in place of an actual shirt (around our HQ at least), it's been a remarkably good fashion year for the casual dressers among us, who look to street style for inspiration. Still, we're occasionally invited to formal events that call for finer attire than what our trendy, athlesiure-stocked closets have to offer, and we haven't quite gotten the hang of adhering to a dress code without sacrificing our personal style.

Enter R29 fashion market editor Rachel Besser and D.C.-based fashion blogger Meg Biram, who joined forces in the name of creating a head-to-toe outfit for Rachel to wear to the Kennedy Center. The two drove their Chevy Cruze to the city's shopping hot spots to track down a sleek dress and vintage accessories that fit the swanky scene, without deviating too far from Rachel's self-proclaimed sporty-girl style. The key to their success? Keeping the dress simple, the heels running-shoe-level comfortable, and then loading on the vintage accessories to add a bit of unexpected edge. Snag their style tips for your next fancy party, and remember, your fashion sweatpants will be waiting for you when you get home.

On Rachel: Topshop dress, Tibi shoes
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On Meg: Topshop top, Zara skirt, Vince shoes.

Final Look on Rachel: Won Hundred dress,
Tree Fairfax clutch, Vintage Royalty earrings.
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