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Influential Texas Fashion Bloggers Share Their Summer Style Secrets: To Be Hot and Fabulous

BY // 08.29.18

When the weather doesn’t seem to fall below 95 degrees, and often meanders into the hundreds, I give up completely on looking fashionable, and turn into survival mode, wearing the least amount of clothes publicly acceptable while trying not to look like I just took a dip in Barton Springs even though I was just walking from my car to H-E-B.

Texas’ top fashion bloggers have had to develop the very useful skill of learning how to look fashionable during brutal summers, and they do it while somehow seeming refreshed and stylish. Now, Texas’ best fashion bloggers are willing to share their hot weather secrets and style inspiration.

Getting Loose

“Texas summer is practically like living on the face of the sun which leads to some serious style challenges. To prevent literally melting outdoors I always try to stick with breathable, natural fabrics such as cotton or linen in light colors which will reflect the sun.

“To prevent sweat marks avoid tight clothing and embrace your inner bohemian by opting for loose items such as maxi dresses, flowy skirts and tunics. Finally, utilize your accessories to add color and personal flair. Try a new sunglasses style and complete your look with a chic, wide brimmed hat.

“Not only does a hat protect you from the harsh rays, but it can really elevate your look. And never forget… sunscreen is ALWAYS in style!”

-Tori Johnson from The Storibook

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Honeymoon Carryover

When Dani Austin went on trips to Los Cabos and her Mediterranean honeymoon, she perfectly embodied style while staying cool in the heat. Though her outfits were for holidays, the touches she brings — colorful accents on dresses, floral lightweight jumpsuits, or a cute pair of sunnies — work perfectly in Houston’s heat.

More of Dani Austin’s stylish looks can be found on her blog and Instagram.

Summer Hair

“Hot summer days have me wanting to pull my hair off my neck and up in a ponytail. To make an ordinary hairstyle all the more stylish, I like to tie a silk scarf or bandana around my rubber band for a little something extra. The bandana scarf I’m wearing comes in a soft silky fabric and multiple colors too.

“Linen dresses are synonymous with summer, and for good reason. Linen fabrics allow for more airflow between your skin and the fabric helping to keep you cool. If I know I’m going to be traveling and spending a lot of time outdoors, I’ll pack away my favorite linen dresses, tops and pants. This green and white striped linen dress was perfect for a Summer Saturday in New Orleans!

“There’s no better way to protect your face and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays than with a wide brimmed hat. Straw hats are a lightweight option to keep you shaded and stylish at the same time. I’m currently crushing on this navy blue rancher style one too.”

– Alice Kerley from Lone Star Looking Glass

Keeping It Light

“Texas Summers are not for the faint of heart, but they are definitely my favorite. The key to surviving them is to wear clothing that isn’t going to add to the heat. For me, this usually means wearing lightweight, breathable, cotton options.

“Leave the polyester for other seasons that can handle the added heat. My go-to outfits are always jean cut off shorts and a basic, cotton tee for casual cuttings and a lightweight sundress that I can dress up or down for everything else

– Shelbi Adams from It’s All Chic to Me

Hat Tips

My favorite tip is to wear flowy dresses and wide brimmed hats. That’s basically all I wear when out and about shooting photos in this weather — and I’m always outside getting content for the blog and Instagram! Wearing a flowy dress keeps the sweat from sticking to your body and it’s pretty much the only way to feel a breeze in this Texas heat.

“My favorite materials are cotton and linen. They’re so breathable. Add on a hat for a couple of reasons: It’s such a cute look and it acts as a great anti-aging tool… it’s so important to protect your face from the sun!”

– Jasmine Alley

The Makeup Fight

“Wear light clothing – both in color and material! Black only attracts heat and in 100 degree weather, never feels good. Skip the silks or heavier materials too for cotton and linen. Nothing is worse that getting sweaty and having that clothing stick to your body.

“When I first moved here, my makeup would melt off my face which meant I looked weird and I was constantly redoing my makeup! After a lot of research, I discovered Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place makeup as well as Urban Decay Make-up Setting Spray, and they were both game changers!”

-Lily Kramlich-Taylor and Kara Shannon from Dallasites 101

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