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What to Wear in Austin’s Hottest Social Season

Curated by Estilo owner Stephanie Coultress O'Neill

The social season is at its heaviest in April and May when the weather is on its best behavior in Texas. Here are some tips for what to wear in Austin when the invitation calls for Austin chic, cocktail, black-tie optional and ladies luncheon.

Austin has its own style, and these “attire guidelines” could mean different things in other cities and states. Here’s how to dress in Austin for:

Austin Chic

This embroidered dress is in the blush color of the season with the floral embroidery trend. We are seeing lots of florals right now and loving it for Spring. The ankle booties give this a more casual look. Austin chic attire typically means there’s an outdoor party, so you’ll want a bootie or a wedge that won’t sink into the grass the way a stiletto would. I’ve been to a party where I made that mistake.

Dress: Jay Godfrey $398
Shoes: Kaanas Havasu Suede Ankle Bootie $158
Clutch: Fig Tree $196

Black Tie Optional

This midi-length dress is a perfect length for black-tie optional. It’s not quite formal (Austin always errs on the more casual side), but not cocktail either. We love the sheer paneling and the black and white embroidery.

Dress: Nicole Miller $595
Shoes: Schutz Gilberta Pump $170
Earrings: Avante Garde Studs $69

Ladies Who Lunch

We love a good romper! This one should be in your wardrobe as a staple. Throw a blazer on and it transitions from Spring to Fall. It could easily be worn to work. The ruffles are another big trend this season, and give it that feminine touch that we crave in Spring. The studded clutch gives it a bit of an edge.

Jumpsuit: Karina Grimaldi Greisly Jumper $320
Clutch: Jessy Made Studded Clutch $425
Shoes: Schutz Enida Heel $170


There’s nothing that makes a woman stand out more than an ivory dress. This simple, clean-lined dress is perfect for an Austin cocktail party. The gold shoes give it a bit of bling, and the clutch has some gold shimmer in it too. These earrings are a little edgy just like Austin.

Dress: Blaque Label Fitted Dress $170
Shoes: Schutz Saasha Lee Heel $170
Clutch: Kim White Bronze Folding Clutch $175

Enjoy the Spring Social Season! Remember that you can dress your outfit up or down with the right accessories and shoes.

Austin always has a bit of an edge, so try to add something unexpected with your look.

Written by Laura Villagran Johnson

Co-Founder and Creative Director,
Austin Social Planner

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