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Dress for Event Success
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Welcome to the After Party by the Intrepid Museum’s Special Events Team. Here we’ll give you a look behind the velvet ropes at one of the most exceptional venues in New York, and we’ll tell you what’s catching our eye in the industry and beyond. Just like our events, each of us has a unique style. We’ll be giving you the good, the bad and the outrageously inspiring from our life aboard the ship. Join us for the After Party!
Posted: 7/13/2015 9:26:55 AM

By Trudy Chan

As event professionals, we obviously put a lot of thought into all the details and factors of an event to make sure it’s successful—and we also pay attention to what we wear! Our mission: Be polished and presentable, but blend into the background. Look professional and poised, but be ready for anything. It’s a fine balance, but there are a few essentials that help me dress for event success.
Superhero Belt

What do you do when you have to carry a walkie-talkie and two cell phones but still need to be dressed appropriately for a cocktail reception? My solution: a supremely sturdy belt bag! It may look like a fancy fanny pack, but it’s my superhero belt! It’s practical for carrying the essentials but still slim and chic enough for formal events. Simply search for “belt bag”; they come in a variety of styles and price ranges.

Black Blazer

This may seem obvious, but a simple black blazer can instantly dress up any outfit, so I keep one hanging in my office at all times. You never know when a potential client might come by for an impromptu site visit or when you might have to assist a colleague in a corporate meeting at the last minute. My current fave is an elegant but edgy blazer from Yumi Kim with oversized lapels and a zippered waist: it can go from full-coverage (when pairing with pants) to cropped (when pairing with a skirt) in seconds.


On event days, when you might be traversing the entire length of a ship (900 feet!) many (many) times over many (MANY!) hours, heels are simply out of the question. Thankfully, ballet flats and low-heeled sandals have become acceptable for business and formal occasions. There are loads of fashionable flats available, but it’s definitely a bonus if they’re waterproof and feature cushioned soles! For spring and summer, my go-tos are the dress-up jellies from the Melissa x Jason Wu collection.

Shoe Insoles and Liners

Even if you don’t work on an aircraft carrier, all event folks are on the move and on their feet constantly. It’s amazing how a thin cushion of gel or foam in your shoes can offer effective support for your feet, back and body. The name of the game is to minimize pain and fatigue one night so that we can do it all over again the next day. If I could buy these in bulk, I would!


As they say, a smile is the best accessory! Besides providing a beautiful and unique venue, we event managers here at the Intrepid Museum always strive to provide genuinely positive and attentive service to our clients and guests—and always with a SMILE!