Yee-hawt! The Better of ACL Fest Style

It’s that point of 12 months. Hundreds in search of music from many alternative artists, unexpectedly, and beneath the specter of extraordinarily sunny skies, have gathered at Zilker Park for the Austin Metropolis Limits Music Competition. However what’re they carrying?

Most festgoers appear to have a finely tuned sense of the way to put collectively a glance that strikes the perfect stability of consolation and magnificence. An artwork, sure, however name it what it truly is: a survival tactic. Similar to at sea, there are legal guidelines that exist solely on the park’s notoriously shadeless slopes throughout ACL. And yearly we see our justifiable share of outlaws.

A full jean? Godspeed, soldier. A sharp heel? We’ll bear in mind you. An open toe? It seems like a good suggestion, I do know, however you’ll see. A jacket “simply in case, for later”? You stunning idiot. 

Having lived by way of this Instagram cycle for a few years now, it’s my learn that an optimum ACL outfit is comfort-driven at its core and embellished (mercilessly) with trending accoutrements. It’s like that Coco Chanel quote about taking one factor off earlier than leaving the home, besides if she as a substitute urged all the time including a physique chain. Sure to the perimeter belt. Sure to the sun shades. Sure to the kerchief, the earrings, the physique jewels, and sure, completely sure, to the hat—bucket, cowboy, or in any other case. As a result of if there’s one occasion a 12 months that’s meant for saying sure to a hat, it’s upon us. 

ACL vogue appears simplest when it serves to remind you that it’s not all that severe. That’s why there’s at the least one individual every year dressed as a banana. However what are a number of the nonfruit tendencies we noticed on the sector? Hell-bent on staying cool, loads of festers opted for the distinctive breathability provided by crocheted items. There additionally have been notably extra stomach buttons this 12 months. Low rise actually is making a divisive reappearance. The playful and over-the-top seventies-inspired appears to be like which have come to adorn Harry Kinds’s total fan base dominated the park. With flared and stretchy units in floral and summary patterns, the pageant interpretation is unfastened and all the time colourful, if not neon. Typically it’s blended with an enormous ol’ serving of yeehaw. As in years previous, festgoers have been huge on Western put on and its many derivatives. At an occasion with each the Chicks and Kacey Musgraves as headliners, there was loads of cause to don a cowboy hat or fringe—or a cowboy hat with a fringe curtain. 

Additionally huge have been informal, customized band T-shirts with a favourite lyric or performer’s title, generally worn lengthy and outsized as a costume. Many followers had their hair in bubble braids, and I heard from a pal that somebody was creating the coiffure on-site (full with glitter) in one of many company tents. 

Clearly, although, the purpose (and pleasure) of pageant vogue is carrying no matter you need; something goes. Except no matter you need would hamper your skill to comfortably stroll the size of a giant, dusty discipline a number of occasions over. During which case, add a physique chain.