What to Wear to a Movie Premiere: My Outfit for DIFF

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

What to wear to a movie premiere: My Outfit for DIFF | high neck floral dress with bell sleeves and lace up heels for spring

Dress | Heels | Clutch | Lip

A few weeks ago, Mike and I headed to the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) to see the premiere of Bomb City. As you may or may not know, Mike moved to LA last summer to pursue his acting career, but before he left he worked on three awesome projects; My All American, American Crime, and Bomb City. He was a core extra in My All American, but had significant speaking roles in American Crime (an ABC crime show) and Bomb City (a true story about an Amarillo hate crime).

We had the best time at DIFF! The first night, it was a little dressier, so Mike rented a tux and I wore this AH-mazing white number. Mike got to answers questions on the red carpet and we hung out with the rest of the cast and crew who worked on the film. Then for the second night, it was a little more casual. We got to see the movie (which was incredible, by the way) and then went out in Deep Ellum to celebrate! This was the night I decided to wear the dress in the photos above (which is $46 by the way!).

If you have movie premiere to attend (or some other similar event) here are my tips to help you choose the perfect outfit:

#1 Find Out What You’re Doing After

For this premiere, I knew we were going to be going out on the town after, so I kept that in mind when I picked my outfit. Deep Ellum is kind of the new “cool” area in Dallas to go out, so I wanted something that was good to wear to fun bars.

#2 Check Out the Theater

I googled the theater and found out that it’s in a more casual area surrounded by restaurants and shopping. The inside looked somewhat casual as well, so I kept that in mind.

#3 Look at Photos From Previous Years

I looked up albums from earlier years at DIFF and saw what other people were wearing to make sure I wouldn’t be too dressed up or down. Mike and I were more dressed up than most on the first night with my gown and his tux, but it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed! It is a movie premiere, after all, and we wanted to celebrate.

#4 Consider the Movie Theme

This is actually something I wish I would have done! The movie was a sort of celebration of the punk revolution in many ways, so some of the cast members went for the punk theme with their outfits, and I think that would have been fun to do too!

#5 Always Check the Weather

This is advice I always give because it’s just good sense. It was a movie, so having long sleeves was great so I didn’t get chilly, but I knew it was going to be warm walking around so I knew I didn’t want to have to carry around a jacket.

Photos by: Brandon Hill

What to Wear to Sunday Brunch

What to wear to a sunday brunch | By Hilary Rose Austin blogger wearing a spring floral maxi dress and Henri Bendel bag and blush lace up heels

What to wear to a sunday brunch | By Hilary Rose Austin blogger wearing a spring floral maxi dress and Henri Bendel bag and blush lace up heels

What to wear to a sunday brunch | By Hilary Rose Austin blogger wearing a spring floral maxi dress and Henri Bendel bag and blush lace up heels

What to wear to a sunday brunch | By Hilary Rose Austin blogger wearing a spring floral maxi dress and Henri Bendel bag and blush lace up heels

What to wear to a sunday brunch | By Hilary Rose Austin blogger wearing a spring floral maxi dress and Henri Bendel bag and blush lace up heels

What to wear to a sunday brunch | By Hilary Rose Austin blogger wearing a spring floral maxi dress and Henri Bendel bag and blush lace up heels

By Hilary Rose Austin blogger wearing a spring floral maxi dress and Henri Bendel bag and blush lace up heels

Dress | Heels | Bag | Necklace

I’d like to take a moment and speak about something I’ve very passionate about. Sunday brunch.

Since I’m not a hiker, I mostly shop online, and kayaking is so expensive, I mainly plan my weekends around where I’m going to go to brunch. New restaurants are opening in Austin all the time, it’s a total foodie city, so there are always plenty of new options to get excited about. The best thing about spring is getting to choose places with fun outdoor patios! Austin has like 3-4 months max where it’s comfortable to sit outside, lol. Either you’re dripping with sweat or freezing, so this time of year I get to take advantage of the weather and find a great patio. Another thing patio brunches mean, though, is you’re going to be people watching, which means people are watching you too, and that means you NEED a great brunch outfit.

So, here is my guide to having the perfect Sunday brunch and brunch outfit!

#1 Make Sure Your Outfit Photographs Well.

You know you and the girls are gonna want to Instagram this moment. We’re all busy #bossbabes who don’t see our favorite people as often as we’d like, and when you see your friends you haven’t seen in a while you know you’re going to be snapping pics.

#2 Dress For the Weather

Like I said, weather can be tricky. Check the temp for the day so that you’re comfortable! It’s no fun feeling miserable because you didn’t know there was a cold front and you didn’t bring a jacket. I’ve always felt that someone who is properly dressed for the elements looks much better than the most stylish person who decided to wear a crop top when it’s 50 degrees. That’s just silliness!

#3 Check the Restaurant Website

You’ll want to figure out what you think you might be having. This is a really important step for those clumsy girls like me! If the restaurant’s specialties are blood orange mimosas and Nutella crepes, maybe don’t wear white. Nothing will ruin your day like a chocolate spill on your new favorite white dress. Also, you can pick what you want to eat before so you can spend more time chatting and catching up and you won’t have to make the server come back ten times because you weren’t ready to order (guilty!).

#4 Check in With the Girls

I don’t know many girls who don’t already do this, but for those of you who don’t, just sending a tiny text to your friends to see what’s up can be a good idea. Maybe they want to go shopping after and you do too, so you decide to wear flats instead of heels. Maybe a few of you are all coming from the same area and can carpool and save time and money on parking. Little things like that can be cleared up beforehand so you’re all on the same page and your Sunday brunch can run more smoothly.

#5 Embrace the Day

Most importantly, wear what makes you happy and confident so you can relax and have a great day! The dress in my photos is absolutely the most perfect spring Sunday brunch outfit for me. It’s got everything I love; florals, blush pink, cold shoulder cutouts, and ruffles. Does it really get any better than that? Not for me, anyway!

Photos By: Brandon Hill