SXSW Music + Street Style by The MidWasteland
As someone who has had the opportunity to shoot street style at music festivals for the past 5 years, I started feeling like once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Though, after traveling to Austin for the SXSW Music fest (my very first!), that sentiment has changed. Compared to the others I have been to, including Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, SXSW is not gated off. You are free to roam the streets, which makes the experience more exciting than confining. You can go from venue to venue within the 3 mile radius of downtown and find a show that suits your mood. One minute, you’re at the Hype Hotel checking out the indie band you’ve been dying to see and the next minute, you’re running over to a dive bar to catch an up-and-coming hip hop act your friend won’t stop texting you about.
While music is definitely the star of the festival, street style is right behind it, providing all the personality. Like the broad range of musical genres, you’ll find as much differing personal fashion. It’s not just the “rolled-out-of-bed-and-put-a-fedora-on” look, either. There are some of those, but for the most part it’s a very trend driven group of music lovers.
After hitting the streets for the last few days, we spotted gals sporting maxi skirts, prints (and more prints!), bright colors, and tons of denim. So much inspiration for our spring wardrobe.
Monica Dimperio won the NM@SXSW contest. She shoots and writes full time at The MidWasteland.