30 Awesome Outfit Ideas Straight Out Of SXSW

Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
As much as we consider ourselves leaders and not followers, when it comes to daring style choices, it always helps to have a bit of encouragement before we try them out for ourselves. We’ll sometimes get that through the people we pass on the way to work, the fashionable women we follow on Instagram, or, you know, R29. But for the past two weeks, we found it in spades at SXSW. Real girls — tons of them — in daring, cool, sometimes not-for-the-faint-of-heart looks that have us planning a flattering case of imitation.

Together with Neiman Marcus, we’ve lined up the 30 outfit ideas we’re most excited to try. We’re not saying we’d jump off a bridge just because these girls did it first…but to be fair, we're liking the direction they're headed. Click on for all the best takeaways from Austin, besides the festival itself.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
We've heard of matching your shoes to your bag, but your sunnies to your dress? Perhaps that's even better.

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Photographer Chuck Grant and R29's own Piera Gelardi both showcase long silhouettes: one in the form of a knit, colorful maxi-skirt and the other in dark florals.
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Holographic handbags > most other handbags.
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Clearly someone's found her muse.
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Silky sleepwear as festival wear: We're into it.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
A refreshing one-strap-overalls look that doesn't instantly read as '90s.
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Photographed by Lauren Slusher for @bonnieandlauren.
We give props to anyone who can make a bolo tie look this glamorous.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
Stars and stripes leopard print forever!
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Photographed by Lauren Slusher for @bonnieandlauren.
DJs Leslie Kirchhoff and Hannah Bronfman in a body-skimming silhouette and a lot o' fringe, respectively.
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Photographed by Lauren Slusher for @bonnieandlauren.
Mega celeb, mega glowy Kate Bosworth might not be like every other real girl, but we're into any look that gives a rhinestone cowboy a run for his boots.
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Frilly cold shoulders, so hot right now.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
BRB, swapping our shades for round ombré ones.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
All it takes to recreate this effortlessly cool ensemble is a little something oversized, a little something ripped, and a little handkerchief.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
It's the cutoff vest and super-chunky heels that make this jumpsuit look next-level.
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Photographed by Lauren Slusher for @bonnieandlauren.
Something for the minimalist who also has a wild side.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
The perfect striped tee and cutoff shorts look goes a bit further with supersized sunnies.
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And a badass beauty look to boot.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
Besides serving a straight-up power pose, we love the billowy shape of her simple yet statement-making top.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
Even if you only swear by black clothing, take a cue from this oh-so-clever use of monochrome texture.
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Photographed by Lauren Slusher for @bonnieandlauren.
Piera once again shows us the art of artfully mixed prints.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
St. Lucia’s Patti Beranek's crop top and necklace lineup is pretty damn clever.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
Hat envy, 12 o'clock.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
Accessory game on. point.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke for @bonnieandlauren.
Becca McCharen slays in a Chromat bustier top and business-ready blazer. What else?
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