Being a fashion conscious gal, what to wear to the Iowa State Fair every August is quite a dilemma.
And since fair season is upon us in America (Iowa’s starts today!), I’m assuming you waste brain cells on how to be a fashionably functional fairgoer, too (Right? RIGHT?)
Always my own fabulous fair guide, I long to look cute while trekking between the livestock barns. Prancing around cattle, sheep, horse and swine areas is extremely difficult – especially if you’re trying to avoid manure of any kind.
I want to look cute stuffing my face at corn dog stands (and doughnut, giant tenderloin, fried Oreo, cheese curd, funnel cake, fried butter, kettle corn, taffy, fried snickers, gyro and anything you could imagine on a stick stands).
I long to look adorable for the famous butter cow (don’t stand in the Disney World long line – just whiz up to the center, say excuse me (Iowans are suuuuper nice), snap a pic and get out).
I strive to be attractive while standing in line, alone (because no one in my crew will ride with me) to enjoy the double ferris wheel and see a sign that says “NO SINGLE RIDERS.” So it’s imperative I look fab for the third kid in a family, who is also always a single rider.
As I attend the best state fair America has to offer (in my expert opinion) it’s important that I am not only looking fairlicious, but I must also be able to conceal the unavoidable eight pounds slowly gained in one day (it can seriously happen).
So here’s what to wear to your favorite state fair (but seriously, you should just go to Iowa’s and call it a day).
Rule one: Cute but comfy shoes.
**I WILL NOT WALK WITH YOU IF YOU WEAR CROCS!**
Even feet used to wear and tear will feel the wrath of the standing, eating, walking, eating, running (to get one last corn dog before the stand closes for the night), and eating. I never do sneakers unless I’m working out, therefore I have found that wedge flip flops work best. They keep your feet breathable in all kinds of weather and add a bit of support for arches.
Rule two: Wear a fabulous outfit with an expanding waist band to compensate for the endless overindulging.
**I WILL NOT WALK WITH YOU IF YOU WEAR A MUUMUU!**
I typically wear a dress that will not make me look 12 months pregnant after 12 straight hours of fair food. I find a-line dresses the best for keeping it cool and letting it all hang out (especially for times when you about knock the Iowa State Fair Queen down, due to chasing her through the Art building and then almost making her pass out from your own “I’ve been at the fair for 9 hours” aroma).
Or I’ll wear a skirt (I loathe shorts) with a belt, sure to adjust to the eight new inches around my gut by the end of the day.
Rule three: Carry a multi-purpose bag.
**I WILL NOT WALK WITH YOU IF YOU WEAR A FANNY PACK!**
I find that a cross-body bag is the most useful because I’m constantly in and out of it for my phone (everyone wants that caloric Facebook update, right?), a drink of water (or Captain), sunglasses (constantly in and out of buildings) and retrieving Pepto Bismol (every hour on the hour).
Rule four: You must be willing to look like an ass at any/all times.
**I WILL NOT TAKE YOU TO THE FAIR IF YOU REFUSE TO HAVE FUN!!**
And that, my friends is how you remain functionally fashionable while being fairlicious.
But just remember…
Now go and have
a corn dog (or four) for me.