Dressing for Austin

In a flash of time, I’ve lived in Austin for nearly two years. I’ve learned the following things since I’ve lived here:

  1. All highways have multiple names. The cars on the highways are either flying or bumper-to-bumper. So, avoid them.
  2. There is only one acceptable answer to the question, “Tacos?”, which could be asked at any hour of the day.
  3. Dresses are prominent pieces in your wardrobe from late February to October.

Ladies, I don’t need to tell you twice that a dress is the easiest go-to piece ever. Despite the low amount of effort it takes to throw on, a dress gives you a complete look. Win-win! Most may describe the embroidered dress as a summer style dress, but I wear this one whenever I please. The white and blue color combo lets me play with neutral, low-profile accessories to match the season. For chilly spring or fall days, I like wearing black booties and throwing on a jacket. For warmer days, I like to pair this dress with my everyday delicate, gold jewelry pieces, my favorite leather sandals, and my Clare V clutch.

I love the fact that it works at all hours of the day. Its versatility allows me to wear this style to work and dinner after, or from coffee to errands to cocktails on the weekends. Running around Austin in this dress makes me feel like a lady, but keeps me casual enough for any of my usual stops.

One of the most beautiful things I’ve learned about living in Austin is that everyone is accepting of who you are. Shortly after moving here, it became clear the weirdness of Austin was not just a funny rumor. Everyone is a little weird in their own way; some much more than others. People care about who you are as a person; they care less about who you’re wearing. Instead of passing judgements, a stranger is more likely to give you a smile as if they’re silently accepting you for who you are. In Austin, it seems, you’re free to dress however your heart desires.

Dress: Madewell (old, similar style here), Sandals: J.Crew (old, similar style here), Clare V. Flat Clutch, Warby Parker Downing Sunglasses