25 Outfits To Try This Spring, Courtesy Of SXSW

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.
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The boxy-top-meets-boxy-skirt outfit on Erin Fremder gets interrupted by a generously high slit.
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The new way to do festival sheers is with quirky prints and utilitarian accessories.
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The wear-a-million-ways cutoffs look gets a bit of lace trimming and calf-length boots (hey, fall '15!) on Tracee Fedi.
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Ashley Langham shines in a matching set with a big, bold print. Her look stays festival-casual thanks to low-cut oxfords.
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Damn. We never even thought of matching a backpack to our skirt.
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Tennessee Thomas expertly employs the not-Wall Street pinstriped suit.
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Yet another brilliant white-tee outfit on Nadeska Alexis, because great statement pieces don't need much else.
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Naami Phanchaiya shares an important reminder: One mustn't skip the sunnies when attempting to color-coordinate from head to toe.
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The wear-what-your-wheels-wear look.
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Dalila Shannon's T-shirt dress, black sneaks, and backpack make an anywhere, any time kind of outfit.
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LaMonica Guyton and Veronica Jones do the match-your-buddy approach to street style — classic yet effective.
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Edei, in the "today, it's clear liquids and white foods, only" pairing — unless she's much more careful than we are.
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We're obsessed with Tope Eletu-Odibo's colorblocked raincoat, and planning to attempt her ready-for-anything sundress look when the April showers hit.
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The cozy-as-PJs twinset, seen on Jennifer Kemal, may be our favorite sneaky seasonal move.
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Alaina Mendoza is ready for anything with slightly dressed-up accessories, walkable boots, and a just-in-case long-sleeve.
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The head-to-toe black look by Lo Woods is especially cool because of the hint of sheer.
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The takeaway here is that we now know we need an oversized moto jacket to wear with leggings.
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Rose-colored lenses are fine, but Dani Miller's iridescent ones look a lot more fun.
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The creative-crop-top spring look is about showing skin in unexpected ways, like a small triangular peek or a sporty bra paired with a sheer tank.
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Statement headgear is not a new idea, especially on the festival circuit, but that doesn't mean it's not worth an attempt ASAP.
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Tove Nilsson — AKA Tove Lo — shows off one of the season's must-try trends, and she has us seeing the style's fringe benefits, too.
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Eleanor Petry's look is quite tough — lug-sole boots, mesh-like tank, deep colors — but the silky pants help to soften it up. Consider it the opposites-attract approach to style.
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We're calling this look the morning after, because Mira Mednik's ladylike pastel pencil skirt could have easily been worn to a formal affair last night. For daytime, it's paired with a denim tote, sneakers, and a loose tee.
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We'd keep our eyes on a bag this magical-looking, too.
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And finally, we've got Jo'lene Henry in the "my eyes are up here" power-frames look — most effective when you're keeping the rest monochrome.
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