Festival Fashion: SXSW Street Style

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‘Tis the season for vintage Levis, funky shades, and lots of cross-bodies! Festival season has finally arrived as the culturally adept started with the pilgrimage to Austin, TX, mecca of weird food, weird people, and especially weird style. SXSW, a.k.a South-by-South-West (or just “South by“) cements itself as one of the premier music festivals in the nation. I went for the first time this year and was blown away by not only the surplus of free crap I got, but also how bizarre (in a good way…mostly) people looked. It was street style sensory overload. If you’ve never done the whole music festival thing, definitely hit one up soon. And if you’re planning on going to one this season and can’t figure out what to wear, here’s some ideas!

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1. High-waisted everything. From vintage shorts to disco pants, the higher the better.

2. Mismatch prints since anything goes. Don’t hesitate for a minute if you think it doesn’t flow. It doesn’t need to.

3. Wild, but inexpensive sunnies. Forever 21 carries a wide variety of trendy and cheap sunnies. Don’t take designer ones because they will obviously get trampled on or lost.

4. Which brings me to the next point: No expensive clothing. There is no need to bust out with your latest designer splurge. You will regret it, and nobody cares. While style is essential, music is the point. No one cares how expensive your sandals were when they’re spilling beer on it.

5. Most of what people wear is vintage, thrifted stuff. Brands like Urban Outfitters, Free People, and American Apparel are really popular for these types of events. It’s quite the boho/grunge/hipster-fest

6. Don’t lose your personality in the crowd. Admittedly most people take advantage of festivals to dress like hobos, but if that’s not you, then try colored jeans, a denim button-down, and TOMs. Keep it classy.

7. Comfort is everything. No matter how fabulous you look, if you can’t run after James Franco, you fail.

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So dolls, enjoy the festival season and hashtag us (#mieuxandmieux) so we can see all your fabulous festival styles!

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor


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