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What to Wear: UMLAUF Garden Party

In a special edition of our What to Wear series, we have the perfect looks for the upcoming UMLAUF Garden Party straight from the Neiman Marcus runways. The Garden Party – Thursday, April 23rd – is the annual evening when we all walk through the gardens, enjoy bites from Austin’s favorite restaurants, sip wine and welcome the beautiful spring weather with open arms.

Garden Party Honorary Chair Deana Saukam and UMLAUF Sculpture Garden Executive Director Nina Seely hosted an intimate crowd at Neiman Marcus Austin for a fashion presentation targeted specifically for the alfresco-chic look.

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Jennifer Carnes and the Neiman Marcus team combined event looks with spring trends, and here were some of our favorites.


Floral, floral and more floral. As one would expect for a spring outdoor party, floral is always a great look. The unexpected twist this season is mixing and matching floral with prints and integrating them into the subtle 70s look that is popular for spring.

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They’re back! Crop tops are hot again this season. If you are apprehensive about showing a little skin, many designers are pairing the crop top with a high waisted pant or skirt for minimal midriff exposure – focused on women’s natural waist.

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When gallivanting through the gardens, a comfortable shoe is essential. Pair your outfit with an embellished sandal or stylish wedge. For those who can’t give up their heels, try a block heeled sandal to complete your look.

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More is more when it comes to necklaces this spring. Mix colors like coral and turquoise for a bright, fun pop to any outfit.

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The essential trend for spring is fringe! The new bohemian look is perfect for Austin’s free-spirited style. Any outfit can add a touch of fringe with a handbag or these amazing tassel earrings from Eddie Borgo.

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Written by Laura Villagran Johnson

Co-Founder and Creative Director,
Austin Social Planner

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