Austin has a variety of stages for hosting live entertainment. The University of Texas Bass Concert Hall is a premier venue for national tours, and Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater is a favorite outdoor spot if you like to feed your appetite for live music with BBQ and beer. In the town of the violet crown, the street is also a stage for impromptu music and Style Improv.
Extraordinary style can be seen in the most ordinary places: in line at a cafe; at a quaint, neighborhood restaurant; on the platform of a train station. Any day of the week, individuals with an intuitive sense of style stand out in a crowd. They know that a well-edited wardrobe is indispensable for achieving the effortless appeal of Style Improv. More importantly, they understand their body language well enough to trust what feels right...fits best.
|The Langford Market boutique|
You don’t have to be a fashion connoisseur to understand Style Improv--it’s more about being a style improvisseur. Whether you're having lunch with friends or attending a Grupo Fantasma show, a style improvisseur wears eye-catching outfits that are relevant to the occasion. She has a knack for picking up handsome handbags at fashionable boutiques and pairing handmade jewelry with exquisite designer treasures. When it comes to layering textures and accessorizing, there's no substitute for spontaneity--that creative reflex that inspires her to personalize a trend.
Color is a dynamic medium for Style Improv, and it seems the hotter the climate, the more aggressive people are with color. Robust colors like orange and fuchsia add a punch to dressy ensembles and poolside loungewear. When the temperature hovers near 100 in Austin, a white blouse is a shield from the heat.
|Sheer blouse with front tie.|
"Maude" by Langford Market.
Black remains a steadfast color choice for Barton Springs bikinis and sultry dresses. A sleeveless black dress complements your latest crush on a kiwi green scarf and harmonizes with a canary yellow necklace. And don’t underestimate the power of a little black camisole beneath a sheer blouse to make a cowboy quiver in his boots.
Knowing where to shop is also important for an improvisseur to hone her craft. Austin has a few boutiques that understand the momentum of the seasonal and creative forces at work locally.
|Lisa is wearing a maxi dress by Funky People |
from Adelante. Jade bracelets by MoLi.
Love the hoop earrings!
Adelante is a family-owned boutique established in Austin 20 years ago. The boutique has evolved from specializing in clothing and artwork imported from Mexico, to a larger space offering a more diverse selection of styles like vintage and modern. 1 Because Adelante has a good rapport with the local community, they carry the styles of shoes and accessories that reflect the vibrancy of Austin’s lifestyle.
Lisa, a longtime customer of Adelante, likes the great selection of affordable shoes, exceptional brands, and the friendly ambiance. “The owner still recognizes me after all these years. It’s always nice to see her. I feel like I have a connection there.” Since Adelante is her favorite boutique in Austin, she enjoys referring friends and shopping there with her daughter, "It's great for young girls and moms!"
Another boutique that Lisa likes for ready to wear brands like Michael Kors and Lilly Pulitzer is Bella’s Boutique in Barton Creek Resort & Spa: “If I need a quick gift or outfit in a hurry, I always pop into that boutique.”
|Trina Turk sundress from Bella's Boutique.|
Lisa keeps it simple withTory Burch sandals, Michael Kors watch, and
an elegant cross necklace from the Anna Gray Boutique.
The Trina Turk sundress was an easy choice for Lisa when preparing for a coastal vacation. “It’s festive cool and best of all has a built-in bra which makes it so easy to wear.”
Style Improv challenges you to mix things up a bit. Be spontaneous. Take a fashion risk.
Develop your stage presence.
Thanks for the photos, Lisa!