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Summer 2017

What To Wear: Missoula First Friday

On the first Friday of every month, galleries and museums in Downtown Missoula host First Friday Gallery Night. First Friday is a chance to enjoy new art exhibits, spend time with friends and experience the energy of a lively downtown Missoula evening. Not to mention, there’s usually complimentary wine and food. When you live in Missoula, MT there aren’t many occasions to dress up or have fun with fashion. So when First Friday rolls around, we like to take the opportunity to get a little funky with our outfits.


If you haven’t been to a First Friday here in Missoula, I highly suggest you do. It’s such a great experience to float from art gallery to art gallery and take in the amazing art Missoulians have to offer (not to mention all the tasty food). Here, I chose an outfit that was comfy yet cool for a night downtown.

I decided to go with one of my favorite tanks I found at a consignment store in California, a black crossed bralette, my favorite ripped black jeans and a black cardigan. This cardigan is great: the tassels add a little somethin’ and it’s super light. It’s perfect for a summer night out when you want to layer just in case but you don’t have to worry about getting too hot.

For shoes, I decided to go with some black wedged booties. They’re dressy but super comfortable for walking downtown! For accessories I went with some layered chokers with a cool purple stone necklace. Layering necklaces is such a fun way to add some edginess to an outfit; sometimes more is more! So get out there, enjoy some art, food and, the downtown specialness Missoula has to offer.


It’s always fun to go out for First Friday in Missoula: it’s an excuse to dress up and see all that Missoula’s downtown has to offer! I tried to dress up a little, while also keeping it simple and functional.

I put together a black t-shirt crop top from Zara and black mini-skirt from H&M to create a sort of two piece look, and then threw on my favorite floral sweater (also from H&M) to add some color to the look.

Since First Friday involves a lot of walking around, I wore black wedge booties from White Mountain, which made me feel a little more dressed up, but are also super easy and comfortable to walk in. I feel like this outfit is perfect for going to the Art Museum, going out for drinks, or just exploring downtown!


First Friday in the summertime is one of the most fun things about Missoula. The temperature is perfection, it’s light out until late and it’s a fun chance to rock something cute and go look at art with your friends.

When brainstorming the vibe I wanted for this outfit, I came up with “artsy, sexy, chic.” Tbh, I think I nailed it. I’ve been playing around with my style more recently, and it’s been so much fun to try new things and get out of my comfort zone a little more. For this look, I’m wearing a very 90’s white cropped halter from Forever21 with a pair of Joie black silk culottes from Cloth & Crown. I really like how the tighter top creates a nice balance alongside the loose pants.

To accessorize I’m wearing a pair of hoop earrings from Luca + Grae, and taupe lace up heeled sandals from Bohme. Since the main pieces in this outfit are pretty simple, I love the elements of texture and glam the accessories bring to the look. As for my hair, I pulled it up into a half up half down bun. I’ve been loving this hairstyle recently, and find that it almost acts as a statement piece on it’s own.


“First Friday” is a special day for sightseeing all of Missoula’s art. For my first outfit, I kept it simple with flower patterns in black and white colors. I chose basic colors because I wanted to make each colorful art piece stand out against my outfit. At the same time, l hope flowers remind people of the pursuit of art and beauty.

My leather overalls show not only modern fashion through the outstanding fabric, but they’re also able to perform dynamic motion which makes it convenient to walk around the galleries. My top is from American Apparel and I picked up the overalls from Forever 21.

For accessories, I am wearing a hair band with a flower pattern which perfectly matches the concept of my top. Also, I decided to make a statement and went with my favorite tiny cute bag from Top 10. Sliver rings are great add-ons and helpful – when it comes to going well with the chain part on the bag!

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonxsmiles |

Spring 2017

Your Complete Going Out Style Guide To Missoula, Montana

After a long week full of lecture halls, exams, and essays, my favorite way to relax is going out with some friends for dinner and a few drinks. I’ve styled three outfits for two different types of scenes. I kept the jeans the same for all three because all outfits are for Spring time and I love breaking out the light washed pants when for these months coming up.

The first two outfits are for a more high-end place. In Missoula, for example, Plonk, Ironhorse, or maybe another restaurant where you know you’ll just be sitting, catching up with your friends.

The first look is more for when the weather warms up. The top is a sheer bohemian print oversized blouse, which I’ve paired with a white bralette underneath. You could totally do a tank top as well, but I just love the look of the bralette peaking through around my neck. Usually restaurants like the ones I listed have pretty dim lighting, and the shirt isn’t see-through by any means, Idon’t think it’s terribly revealing.

The second high-end location outfit is actually lingerie (shh, don’ tell.) The tank is from Target’s intimate’s section but I put a black bralette underneath, and it’s not revealing anyways. Adding this army green bomber jacket over compliments the colors of the flowers and I love absolutely how classy this outfit is. I can’t wait to wear it out.

For both of these outfits I kept it simple with open toed, black suede block heels. I wouldn’t always recommend wearing heels out but when you’re going to be pretty low-key and relaxed, it’s safe in my opinion.

The third and final outfit is my go-to for the regular bar scene here in the Zoo: Red’s, Missoula Club, Golden Rose, The Rhino. I always bring a small bag with just the essentials: phone, wallet, lip balm or lipstick, keys (if you’re the DD.) I prefer a purse with a zipper closure when going out because you never know if something could fall out or someone could reach in.

As far as the outfit, ALWAYS closed toed shoes. I love these little brown booties with jeggings. I literally wear them all the time. I say close toed shoes for a couple reasons: intoxicated people spilling drinks and your precious toes being in danger. I don’t know about you but I don’t want sticky feet from someone spilling a mixed drink and I sure do not want a broken toe from them being stepped on. It’s just a safer bet to go out with your feet safe and sound.

As for the top of the outfit, I have on a plain black shirt with an army green over shirt, I sometimes substitute for a flannel this time of year. I say this is the perfect outfit because it’s still chilly outside, so you can wear the over shirt, but when you get inside a bar just tie it around your waist because it’s more than likely going to be a stuffy/warm atmosphere.

Depending on the night and the specific outfit my makeup changes every time. However, I typically always keep my hair straight unless it’s a special occasion because curls will more than likely fall throughout the night of running around and dancing the night away. Recently hoops and chokers have made a come back in the fashion world and I have to say, I’m super into it. I’ve been wearing these hoops for everything, as well as some variation of a choker or short length necklace.

The semester is almost over and I’m sure we will all need at least one night to let loose here pretty soon with finals coming up. Hopefully you enjoyed my tips and tricks to having a good and toe-injury free night!


Written by Brittani Norman | @brittanipaige

Photography by Lakyn Connors