Tag: sxsw street style

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
I hope y'all have been getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of agua, because pretty soon there will be no more of that nonsense.  Besides mentally and physically preparing yourself for the fun, craziness, and exhaustion that is SXSW, you should also start preparing your wardrobe. For SX you definitely want to try and stand out in the crowd. You never know which out-of-towner's eye you might catch (hey boy hey), what magazine might want to snap your photo (me on Teen VOGUE last year), or who might decide to invite you to some crazy VIP party.  It's always best to look put together and unique, however, you never want your style choices to get in the way of your comfort. Continued
A part of my liver might have died, my hearing got a little worse, and I'm now limping thanks to some sort of weird knot in my left foot.  Like being cooped up inside a Las Vegas casino or a vacation cruise ship, I lost all sense of time while riding the wave of SXSW but fully embraced the shenanigans.  But besides being the best time in Austin to experience free drinks, free music, free tacos, and free headaches, SX is also the best time to snap street style photos in Austin.  People flock from around the globe to experience the madness, and with them bring a cornucopia of styles for us to feast our eyes upon. This year was all about stand out accessories such as interesting head wraps, bold jewelry, statement sunglasses, cammo prints, and sneakers.  2013 brought out more of an urban street-wear vibe as opposed to the bohemian festival-wear vibe that has been popular in years past.  This change can perhaps be attributed to the inclusion of a lot more hip hop and rap acts to the festival this year, as well as the growing national trend towards urban wear.  Check out all the stylish people who caught my eye during SXSW this past week!... Jenny Woys, Austin TX Continued