Mary Mackenzie Dunn

August Guide

An Austinite’s Guide to Surviving August Heat

By Mackenzie Dunn


It’s official: Texas has turned on the oven. Hello, August! 

Since we’re spending most of our time searching for the closest place with the AC on full blast, we tend to want to spend less time searching through our closet for something that is both stylish and appropriate for the heat (i.e. survival wear). To help you conquer this August in Austin, we’ve collected a list of items that will get you through the triple-digit temperatures while remaining chic. Because let’s be honest, you don’t sweat, you glisten. 

Anthropologie's Estrella Maxi Dress: Here’s the dress that will have you feeling cool and comfortable at your next summer soirée. It is elegantly draped, features a pretty pattern, and won’t cling to you if you happen to find yourself outside.

BKR Water Bottle: The BKR Water bottle really makes staying hydrated easy… it’s so cute you won’t want to leave it behind. Made of all glass and insulated by the silicone sleeve, it is friendlier on your body and the planet than plastic water bottles. Good luck choosing what color you want since they are all fantastic. 

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: The temperatures are red-hot, so you’re lips should be, too. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil gives an awesome finished look to any outfit. Plus, it’s the perfect formula that doesn’t smudge or melt in the heat. 

Harry’s Winston Shave Kit: August is prime time to tame your beard as it packs on extra heat. This shave kit features everything you need to maintain  your whiskers till a cooler day- including a shaving cream that’s packed with vitamins and extracts. 

Pleated Midi Skirt: This is the perfect skirt for August. You can wear it with a light top and sandals now in the blistering heat, and when the temperature (finally) starts to drop, the skirt easily transitions into fall with a sweater, bomber jacket, and booties. 

Slim Broken-In Short-Sleeve Henley: Here’s the transition piece for the guys. For now, it will be your go-to casual, comfortable, goes-with-anything shirt, and when fall temperatures rolls around, it’ll be great with jeans and under a cardigan, sweater, or leather jacket.

Sperry Top-Sider Striper Slip-On: These shoes will follow you on every adventure this summer, and all you have to do is slip them on! Great style has never been so easy.