Cute and practical festival outfit ideas


Just because Doja Cat launched a makeup collection this week doesn’t mean she has to be the most stylish person in Zilker Park this weekend. Okay, maybe it is, but you can still look pretty good.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival kicks off Friday, and you might be standing in a pile of your own clothes, wondering how it’s possible you’ve been browsing everything in your closet and always coming back empty-handed. Do not be afraid ! Austin360 is here with tips to help you create an outfit that is both practical and fashion-forward.

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The floor is lava. JK, that’s dirt.

So keep this in mind when choosing your shoes. Beat-up sneakers may be your safest bet (this writer is of the opinion that the Reebok Club C 85s just get cuter the dirtier they get), or you can go for something dark. and tough like Doc Martens. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing your shoes is that there isn’t a lot of seating at ACL (unless you bring your own chair), so go with something comfortable will save you a lot of foot pain. You also need to consider what type of spectator you are. If you want to stand in the back at the Phoebe Bridgers show the sandals will be more than perfect, but if you are planning on being in the mosh pit at Tyler, the creator, maybe reconsider yourself.

Flowers mark where the shoes were left in the mud at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on October 12, 2014. The right shoes are crucial.

October is always hot and sunny in Austin …

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is the “fall”. It’s still hot in Austin and the highs are expected to hit the 80s during the ACL. Dress accordingly: Cotton, linen, and rayon are the perfect fabrics for keeping cool in a sweaty crowd. Your shortest shorts and crop tops will be more than welcome among festival-goers. If that’s not your thing, knitwear, bandanas for shirts, wide-legged linen pants, and button-down tops (which you can make breathable by just doing one button, or none) are all cute options that will keep you cool.

Hot and sunny also means sun protection is essential. Make sure to stack the sunscreen, but you can also protect yourself and add a fashion touch to your outfit. Hats (bobs, cowboy hats of course) and sunglasses are often seen at the festival. For anyone who wants to go the extra mile, folding fans seem to be spending some time in the clubs.

Lauren Snider models chic sunglasses at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2013.

It’ll be cooler with the latest sets, and some people might suggest bringing a diaper, but it really comes down to the next question: Would you rather lug around a denim jacket all day to potentially wear it for an hour, or as a pair? wear less things and risk being a little cold for an hour?

… but it can also mean rainy.

Rain is a possibility for the first weekend of the festival. Friday and Saturday have a 50-70% chance of rain, with a chance of rain falling by Sunday, so don’t wear anything, you’d be devastated to get wet, and consider bringing a poncho if you don’t. don’t want to risk getting ripped off by the festival’s prices. Alternatively, ditch them altogether and just embrace the bad weather – walking around in the pouring rain for Miley Cyrus in rock days seems pretty sick.

Be sure to read this new bag policy three times.

There is a new city bag policy at ACL. This year, only two types of bags are allowed: small and / or transparent.

Small handbags and fanny packs of 4.5 “x 5.5” or less, which do not need to be transparent, but cannot have more than one pocket.

Any larger bag should be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and should not exceed 12 “x 12” x 6 “. Backpacks and multi-pocket bags are prohibited, so consider tote bags. , drawstring backpacks, handbags, etc.

You don’t have a PVC tote bag lying around? What’s wrong! I laugh. These bag requests are very specific, so we’ve rounded up a few options for you.

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Small Bags: Trusted backpack brands Jansport and Herschel both sell fanny packs for around $ 30. Everlane, Lululemon, and Zara all have trendy options, and FILA is selling a trendy one for $ 25. If fanny packs aren’t your thing, Urban Outfitters has a faux croc pouch on sale for $ 20.

Clear Bags: If you’re willing to spend the money on a durable, eco-friendly clear bag, the Truffle brand has plenty of options, including a plastic shoulder bag for $ 98. More affordable options include a light blue tote from ASOS for $ 32 and a basic stadium bag from Dick’s Sporting Goods for $ 13.

Or, save overnight shipping costs and go bagless. In that case, you might want to wear something with a few pockets, like cargo shorts or a dress with pockets. Even if you pack lightly, it’s still nice to have a place to store your wallet.

And be sure to bring a mask.

In addition to needing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend the festival, you also need to mask yourself, at least in the crowd. This is in line with new special events guidelines announced by the city on August 27, which require masks in areas where social distancing is difficult. This means you have to be prepared to hide in the festival shuttles, in the queues, and in the crowds that gather near the stages. Please don’t shoot a Lana del Rey and sacrifice safety for fashion, but as long as your mask meets sanitary guidelines, there’s nothing stopping you from coordinating your mask with your outfit.

OK mom, we understand. Face mask and waist bag. But what will make us cool?

I briefly scanned a Vogue article titled “The Ultimate Guide to Fall 2021 Fashion Trends” for help with this section, until I saw that they recommended stripes, laughed. and remember the 15 year olds on TikTok are in charge of everything now. .

So what are they wearing? Here are some ideas, courtesy of my For You page.

Take the cowboy hat, partner: Yee-haw fashion is all the rage on the festival circuit.

Yee-haw culture has become mainstream, which works well for us in Austin: think cow prints and cowboy boots. The ’70s are also present, which means lots of jewelry tones and warm colors, flared jeans and scarves – which can also be tied around the back and serve as a top. Slip-on dresses are a cute option, and the less cute and more practical version, the exercise dress, was absolutely a must-have this summer. And you can’t go wrong with the corsets, the plaid patterns, or the chartreuse and brown colors.


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