SXSW is an amazing mashup of conversation, innovation, and, of course, music by breakout bands. Attendees departing Austin right now have been left with a whole lot to think about. If they're returning home to a place where spring is just starting to take hold, reinvigorating their wardrobes with some of the festival style they just spent two weeks taking in is probably top of mind. We were there, and can attest that the style moves being employed were just as inspiring as the panels and performances we paid to see.
Had you asked us a couple years ago what a festival wardrobe looked like, sheer layered skirts, cutoff shorts, and rough-uppable boots would have came to mind first; next, we'd guess overzealous festival-goer fare, like fringed vests and bra tops. The 25 ensembles that follow prove that SXSW — and its fashion-forward fans — have come a long way.