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Loop List: 5 Easy Ways to Dress Up for ACTIVATE

August’s fashion inspired ACTIVATE is the perfect opportunity to dress your best and strut your stuff on the runway. Confused about just how to approach your big debut? We’ve compiled this list of suggestions on how to approach your outfit that is sure to make for a very stylish evening, and give you a shot at our fashion-inspired prize package by Macy’s and Balance Spa & Fitness.

1. Une Petite Shopping Spree

We all know State Street has plenty of world-class shopping to offer. With stores like Sephora, Old Navy, H&M, and more right around the corner from ACTIVATE, what better excuse to go on a little shopping spree? Pick up anything from a new accessory to a full outfit to raise your style to the next level.

2. Unleash the New You

If you’ve been waiting for the right occasion to pull out that outfit you’ve been dying to wear, this is your chance. Or if you’ve been eyeing something special without a reason to buy it, we’re giving you one! State Street offers lots of high end clothing stores perfect for making you feel your best. Try Charles Tyrwhitt for their renowned shirts or stop by Macy’s for racks upon racks of options.

3. Focus on Accessories

The right accessories can make or break an outfit. Try playing up yours with a few different pieces.  If you’re on a budget, a store like Icing offers affordable jewelry that you can use again after the night is over! Look for statement pieces that are attention grabbing. Plus, they can double as great conversation starters.

4. Find the Designer Inside

Chances are what draws you to ACTIVATE in the first place is the art. Get creative with your outfit of choice by putting something together from home. Channel the inspiration of the SAIC students and whip up something runway worthy too! A quick stop at Blick might help to put the finishing touches on whatever masterpiece you create.

5. Bring a Personal Stylist

If all else fails grab some friends and put them to work. Dress up, mix and match, and buy some affordable accessories at CityTarget and Macy's or borrow them off our racks at the event. Better yet, make some new friends at ACTIVATE and trade accessories with them!

When you do dress up, be sure to take your style to the digital world with #ACTIVATECHI on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win our prize package, featuring a $100 gift card from Macy’s and two tickets to Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama, featuring a performance by Jason Derulo, plus a mani/pedi and body polish at Balance Spa & Fitness in the Palmer House.

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