Summer Packing Guide: Dallas
Whenever I tell people that I'm from Texas, I get a typical barrage of questions: do I live on a farm? Is my preferred mode of transportation a horse instead of a car? Do I know George W. Bush? Was I the one who shot J.R. in the season finale of Dallas back in 1980?
Just for the record, the answer is "no" to all of the above. Dallas is actually a really cosmopolitan city—while it's not as hip as Austin, the city has a great art and music scene, fantastic restaurants and some of the best shopping in the country. If you think life in the Big D is anything like the feathered hair and joutfits on the soap Dallas, switch your DVR to shows like Most Eligible Dallas and GCB for a more accurate look at life here (i.e. we shop A LOT).
I left Texas for New York after graduating high school, but I go back to Dallas whenever I get the chance. Growing up, I didn't like that it was warm all year round (I know, what was wrong with me?) and just wanted some snow, but after experiencing several East Coast winters, I kind of love the blistering hot southern summers. I am going home in mid-August for a few days and I am already mentally planning what I'll wear. Click through to see what's on my must-have list and get shopping, y'all.
We're not cowboys, but sometimes we pretend to be.
Everything is bigger in Texas, but everything is also flashier in Dallas. Big, bright baubles are the norm.
Texas is obviously a really sunny place, but no true Dallasite would think of hiding their hair under a hat. Opt for a pair of oversized sunnies in a cool shape, like these retro cat eyes.
Denim button downs remind me of the ranch, but pairing them with colored or white denim and heels kicks the idea of mucking stables right out of my mind.
As much as Dallas girls like bright and sparkly jewelry, they also love classic items like pearls. This necklace is the holy trinity of trends.
Lightweight camisoles will keep you from overheating, while the fun print will easily work day or night.
If they're not in boots, the girls of this city will be in heels. Since Dallas isn't a very walkable place (you'll end up driving everywhere), feel free to try your most daring heels for the moments where you do get to strut around.
On its own, this dress is casual enough for a lunch date. Add some sky-high heels and enormous earrings to make it a Dallas-approved evening outfit.
Pants are unthinkable in the summer heat, so go with a pair of denim shorts. Wear them with the aforementioned cowboy boots and a tie-waist shirt and you'll look like Daisy Duke.
More important than lipstick and eye makeup for Dallasites is achieving a good, healthy-looking tan. If you're like me and prefer to stay in the shade, you can cheat your way to a sun-kissed glow with bronzers and blush.
Whether you're going shopping or going to a rodeo, a classic structured bag is the accessory you'll need.
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