SXSW Style Essentials for Guys and Girls
Trekking to Austin, TX for South by Southwest soon? Before you jet towards the festival, make sure you’ve got these SXSW style essentials packed in your bag! With the city’s notoriously quick changing weather, you have to both dress to impress and dress for the elements. So cool kids of SXSW, whether you’re primarily there for Film, Music, or Interactive sessions, bring these essential fashion items with you to the festivities!
When the sun is at its peak and you don’t have the convenience of an indoor venue, how else are you going to avoid blindness? Sunglasses don’t just protect your eyes from intense sunlight, they add style points to your outfit too. Guys, you’ll appreciate this Ray-Ban’s folding frame; no more hanging sunglasses on your collar when not in use.
Looking for a shield to the Austin sun, or a cover when the weather gets wet? Need something to hide a messy hairdo when you don’t have time to style your hair to get to earlier events? A hat takes care of all that.
Applause to the fashionistos and fashionistas who can wear awesome-fitting pants or flowing maxis to the festival! Inevitably though, the Austin temperature will reach highs on some days of SXSW that will just be too hot to not wear shorts. Let your legs cool down! We just love this adorable high waisted shorts from ASOS for the ladies.
Lightweight Jackets (because there are high chances of rain for the weekend)
Do yourself a favor and put a lightweight jacket inside your SXSW luggage right now. When the rain starts pouring, or when the temperature drops below 45°C, a lightweight jacket will be a treasure for you. No need to bring coats; they’ll be too warm for the trip!
Be strategic when it comes to your festival footwear. Keep in mind, you’ll going from one venue to the next and will probably be standing or walking for good chunks of the days. This burgundy low-top from Vans is a great choice for guys; it’s comfier than leather shoes, and can be easily dressed up or down. Ladies, feel free to don shoes without heels, no judgement here. If you have to wear something dressy, be nice to your feet; go for chic sandals and other low-heel alternatives.
Hope this SXSW style guide helps you out for the next week! Need ideas on what to wear to different events? Want to get your hands on the upcoming season’s trendiest items? Get your shopable fashion inspiration on Wantering.
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Fresh Face: Soft colorful eyes with “POP” lips
Who says you have to wear neutrals with bright lips?
Just keep things soft and luminous, and you can get away with almost any color.
Here, I’m demonstrating with a soft peachy beige and soft lavender on the lids. I kept the cheeks very luminous and soft (just a radiant pink tinge) and on the lips, I show 2 options that both work with the eye makeup.
Pairing a warmer shade (peach/beige) with a cooler one (soft violet) is a way you can make your eye makeup work with any warm or cool lip color you want.
To prove that, I’ve used 2 lip shades on opposite ends of the warm/cool spectrum!
Base: MAC Face and Body Foundation N2
Concealer: Lancome Le Correcteur Pro concealer palette
Powder: RMK Kaleidoscope powder 02
Brows: VDL Festival Brow Pencil in Grey Brown + Canmake Coloring Brow Mascara 01
Peachy-beige shadow: Urban Decay Moonflower
Violet shadow: Urban Decay ACDC
Metallic brown pencil: Urban Decay Corrupt
Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black
Soft luminous pink blush: Dior Diorsnow Fresh Cheeks 001 *Asia- and Nordstrom-exclusive
Salmon-coral lips: VDL Festival Lipstick 607 Jared
Matte bubblegum pink: L’oreal Colour Riche Matte in P501 Sakura Petal