This post addresses what to wear in Texas to beat the challenges of the heat and local weather.
- The Climates Texan Fashionistas Have to Dress for
- The Dressing Challenges of What to Wear in Texas
- Examples of What to Wear in Texas
- Tanya Foster
- Samantha S
- Kimberly Frick aka Kim
- Carrie Carson
- Sheree Frede aka SheShe
- Shelly Janac
- Cathy Williams
- Further Reading on Dressing for the Weather of a Region
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The Climates Texan Fashionistas Have to Dress For
Texas’ climate is famous for the humid and hot, read muggy days. Actually, from a climatology point of view its climate is mild because of being generally warm and temperate. As with many large states, the climate varies over the state.
In most of Texas (.e.g., Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Forth Worth), you have to dress for humid subtropical climate with notable rainfall even in the driest month. In the hottest month, monthly mean temperatures exceed 71.6F (22oC). Houston, for instance, has an annual precipitation of 1145 mm, and mean temperature of 68.9F (20.5oC). Even the coldest month’s mean temperature is above the freezing point.
The region around Amarillo, Big Spring, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa has cold semi-arid climate like for instance, Denver in Colorado, Baku in Azerbaijan or Zaragoza in Spain. Annual precipitation only amounts 50 to 100% of the amount of water that could evaporate under the insolation, wind and temperature conditions. This type of climate is also know as steppe climate. The annual mean temperature is below 64.4F (18o). The word “cold” refers to the fact that the coldest month’s mean temperature is below the freezing point.
On the contrary, the regions around Edinburg, Laredo, McAllen, Mission, and Pharr have hot semi-arid climate with the coldest month’s mean temperature being above the freezing point.
There is also hot and cold dessert climate where the annual precipitation is less than 50% of the water that could evaporate. Again, hot and cold refer to whether there is at least one month with a mean temperature above and below the freezing point, respectively. Presidio and El Paso, for instance, have hot and cold dessert climate, respectively.
The Challenges of What to Wear in Texas
Hot and humid feels even hotter than it actually is because in humid air your sweat only slowly or even not at all evaporates. Consequently, our bodies’ natural cooling mechanism fails. Moisture wicking fabrics help as they increase the area of evaporation. In the desert and steppe regions perspiration works well. Here, UV protective clothes and sunglasses are required for skin and eye protection.
Examples of What to Wear in Texas
Now let’s see how the following Texan style bloggers beat these weather challenges in style.
Tanya Foster, a lifestyle blogger from Dallas writes about fashion, film, travel, restaurants, recipes, beauty, aesthetic procedures and much more. She is a non-profit consultant and an actor. Her style is simple trendy casual on the first view like white top, nude shoes, and jeans. However, on second view, it’s all in the details like little twists on the basic items, and the accessories what make her looks standing out. For example, see the eyelets on the wedges, the perfect layers for feeling comfortable, and the cute knot on the top.
Samantha S is a pharmacist, and fashion is her “medicine.” Her wardrobe consists of architectural pieces and classics with a twist. Her style prescription? A mix of high and low priced items sprinkled with vintage pieces. At Style of Sam, she not only shares tips for shopping designer pieces like a Pro, but also gives style RX. How fun is that?
Kimberly Frick aka Kim
Did you like to watch the series The Golden Girls in the 80s? I was a big fan of those ladies. They knew how to have fun! Today I am honored to introduce you to The Real Golden Girl, Kimberly Frick. On her blog, she shares her love and passion for everything beautiful that adds fun and excitement to lives like travel, fashion, home, and much more. She has eclectic style. Sounds familiar for a Golden Girl, doesn’t it? 😉
Carrie Carlson faces Texas’ weather moods in a classic fitted style with casual pieces in the mix. She shares how to look lovely with her readers. For her “looking lovely” means to create outfits that appeal to the on-viewers and give them a pleasing, highly satisfying experience. For example, wearing color on a gray rainy day when every one wears gray.
Sheree Frede aka SheShe
SheShe from She She Show loves mixing high and low fashion. Her life is colorful and her world is full of color. Floral prints or embroidery are one of her signatures as are everything sparkle and shine. No wonder, her other big thing are costume jewelry, especially earrings! Besides great outfits and perfectly modeled clothes – Did I mention she was a professional model? – she shares cool life stories and her experiences in re-inventing her looks over and over again. Who wants to wear the same outfit twice anyhow?
Cathy Williams from The Middle Page knows and wears what she likes. She is a perfect example that confidence in your guts and about your look are important ingredients to great style at any age. I love her seemingly endless ways of a styling a blazer with jeans without ever looking the same.
Shelly from The Queen Inbetween is the Queen of posh casual. She shares her young and fresh, yet casual and posh sense of style. I love her down to Earth real life style that definitively is inspired by being surrounded by young people in a university work place. She shows well that midlife women can wear trendy pieces when they know what works for their body type and/or lifestyle. Important elements of her dressing are mixing trendy with quality pieces and creating matching outfits.
Further Readings on Dressing for the Weather
Kottek, M., Grieser, N., Beck, C., Rudolf, B., and Rubel, F., 2006. World Map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification updated. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Vol. 15, No. 3, 259-263.
Mölders, N., Kramm, G., 2014. Lectures in Meteorology, Springer, New York.
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