South by Southwest was lame for me this year, especially compared to last year. This time, over 30,600 paying attendees and about one billion random people who felt like basting themselves in free booze convened to turn the city into a loud, gridlocked, wonderful and terrible week-long party. One truth holds each year: SXSW is a great place for style watching. Here are a few trends I spotted on cool girls waiting in lines and looking lost:
Cutouts have long been the sexy detail of choice for dresses and tops, but they’re especially perfect for the premature swelter of spring in Texas.
2. Twee Minidresses
1960s styles are enjoying a thorough replay lately, and I love it. Peter Pan collars, straight cuts and short hemlines are going strong.
Usually I roll my eyes when prints are called a trend. (You know what else is in style? Clothes! And colors are having a moment!) But prints were the focal point if not the whole point of outfits. Festival goers wore them on tops, bottoms or both.
4. Open-back tops
I spotted this breezy style on several girls. Give your stomach a break from crop tops and try showing a little lower back instead.
5. Embellished shorts
Spikes, patterns, patches, colors and fraying jazzed up the music festival staple.
Basically: Minimalism is nowhere to be found. Pile it on, mix it up, and maybe even power clash.