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Wear + Where: Amanda McGlaun, blogger at thestylebrief.org, outlines her perfect Zoo To Do outfit 

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Blogger at www.thestylebrief.org

Tell us a little about yourself and your blog.

I'm originally from Houston and graduated from Texas Christian University in 2014. (Go Frogs!) After graduation, I worked in the litigation department of a Houston law firm for a year and then took the leap to becoming a lawyer myself. I moved to New Orleans last August to pursue my [juris doctor] at Tulane Law School. Since moving here, I've completely fallen in love with this incomparable city.

  Clothes and fashion have always been my thing, but transitioning from what I wore to class to what I wore in the real world was quite a wake-up call. I started writing about the struggle I experienced as a young professional [at www.thestylebrief.org].

How would you describe your style?

My closet is classic and timeless with a little edge. I also love vintage or vintage-inspired pieces because I love mixing old with new. [Gossip Girl character] Blair Waldorf summed it up perfectly when she said, "Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It's movement, design and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we'd like to be."

How did you choose your outfit?

First, I decided if I wanted to wear a short or long dress. For a gala, I think that's the most important step, because you want to dress for the occasion. I chose short since Zoo To Do is in the spring, which, as we know, will feel like summer. Next, I try to think of what look I'm going for. Usually that means deciding if I'm wearing black or color, minimal or statement jewelry, heels or... heels. I chose this vintage Neiman Marcus red dress because I wanted to wear a bright color. I spiced it up with statement jewelry and, of course, heels.

What advice would you give people about dressing for galas?

Have fun — it's not every day that you get to dress up! Wear something that makes you feel good, something you find beautiful. If you feel good, you look good. Nothing looks better than confidence.

How do you show your personality when dressing for formal occasions?

I look for something distinctive about the dress — a unique shape, a complimentary color, a catchy embellishment or detail. My favorite thing to do before a cocktail party or black-tie event is to raid my grandmother's closet for a touch of something vintage and spunky.

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