South By Southwest is easily the trickiest festival on the circuit: Austin can be sweltering during the day and rather chilly at night, attendees find themselves walking for miles
, and the music portion lasts six days. Packing for such an excursion — plus still feeling psyched about an outfit five days in — is a challenge. Yet, the most difficult adventures often reap the greatest rewards.
From sleek stage style to the local who just gets Austin's flavor, we scoured the streets of the 512 to find the most colorful, laid-back, and breezy festival styles this SXSW. Warning: Festival jealousy is imminent....
Photography by Nina Westervelt/MCV Photo