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When it comes to Austin music festivals, Austin Psych Fest is still considered to be one of the smaller ones. But this year marked its 8 year run and drew in the biggest crowd the fest has seen yet.  Despite the muddy conditions and sticky humidity caused by rain, the weekend was still beautiful and so were the attendees.  Austin Psych Fest has always brought out a specific fashion sense; one that is directly reflected in the music and the entire vibe of the festival. 1960s and 1970s psych rock influences can be found in everything from round frame circle sunglasses, fringe, lace, and colorful kimonos.  These are things that seem pretty typical for music festival fashion, but at Psych Fest this style is taken to another level, and the fashion looks much more authentic than what you might find at other more mainstream fests.  The people who attend Psych Fest, including the artists, are very much into creating looks that are a nod to the past and unique for today. This year though, the fest became a little less about pscyh rock as the Flaming Lips headlined the lineup and the fest was referred to as "Levitation." I think this slight change in the music could be seen in the fashion choices as there were more trendy looks on display.  Overall though, vintage fashion is always king at Austin Psych Fest, and I think this is one of the reasons why the style is always so killer at this music fest and why it is one of my favorites to photograph. Continued
There's another "F" associated with Fun Fun Fun Fest and it definitely stands for FASHION. Over the last few years this music fest which also includes skateboarding, wrestling matches, standup comedy, an air sex competition, and even a taco cannon, has become my favorite fest to snap photos of. Fun Fun Fun Fest is definitely smaller than ACL, but this is what makes this fest more doable and enjoyable in my opinion.  The eclectic nature of this fest also brings out a really cool crowd of attendees and performers who really understand how to dress for fests. One of my favorite trends of FFFFest is always buttons. People love to show off their support for bands, their favorite record shop, or simply their love of tacos by wearing pins on their jacket. This year I passed out my own Keep Austin Stylish buttons to anyone I snapped a photo of (I also gave one out to a boy who I just thought was really cute...shhh.)  Another style piece one sees a lot of at FFFFest because it is a classic rock n'roll staple, is the black motorcyle jacket.  Some additions to the fashion that I saw this year were more sequins and sparkle, more interesting statement sunnies, and plenty of denim jackets. Here are some of my favorite styles that I saw this past weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest.  What do you think of the fashion? Is FFFFest the best fest for street style?... Continued
SXSW is over, and if you're anything like myself then you're probably pretty happy that this 2 week long cluster duck (as my iPhone likes to call it) has come to a close. While most people spend the majority of their time during SXSW standing in line for shows and free booze, I spend most of my time staring at the people standing in line for shows and free booze. I guess you could say I'm sort of an outsider looking in when it comes to music festivals these days. I do enjoy live music every now and then, but I find SXSW to be a difficult beast to slay in terms of cost and reward. I use my energy at SXSW to meet new people and take photos, mostly because I'm impatient (and perhaps getting a little old), but also because that's what I get the most joy out of doing. I've been documenting the style at SXSW for a few years now and I've definitely watched it change.  What I find interesting about the fashion you see at music festivals, is that it is a direct reflection of the music. A few years ago the street style at SXSW was predominately hipsters in cut off jorts along with rockers and metal heads wearing leather jackets in 80 degree weather.  Those looks do still exist to some extent.  However, SXSW continues to bring on more hip hop and DJ acts to the lineups causing the street style to take on a much more mainstream, as well as a hip hop look.  Let's just say the number of white girls wearing gold chains was at an all time high this year. What I do think was missing from this year's SXSW was an influx of fashion-forward trend setters.  Finding people worthy of photographing was a little harder for me this year as there was really nothing but a handful of gems in Lady Gaga's vomit haboob. But, I sought out the polished stones and washed them off for you: Continued
"This is the only shirt I ever wear" said the dude pictured above right before making the most pleasant face any human could ever hope to lay their eyes upon.  Although I have to assume (and hope, for body odor's sake) that his statement was an exaggeration, there is something to be said about the wearability of a polka dotted shirt.  The polka dot is of course a classic patterns that in recent years has become, dare I say, even more of a staple in a man's closet than the beloved and manly stripe. The best part about our friend the polka dot is that he can be worn in many different ways by different types of men with varying styles. In this way the dot is not much different than the stripe, but, perhaps there is something a little more playful about the polka dot.  As I 've been scouring the streets during SXSW looking for interesting style, I'm left thinking that maybe the polka dot is the go-to pattern for the music festival attending gentleman this Spring.  I'm definitely seeing spots, and it's not just because I'm completely exhausted and dehydrated. Continued