If Festival Style in your 20s is about trends and comfort, your 30s are about full-on glam. Since you might be gainfully employed (this is Austin after all), SXSW means tons of nighttime shows, so dressing for longevity isn't such an issue. There's no better time to pull out the pieces in your closet that you haven't worn because you didn't have a place to wear them. Festivals are the time to be a little over the top!
Bold prints, blousy crop tops and layers of jewelry are all good places to start, as are the awesome thrift stores in Austin-stay tuned for my guide to the best local shopping! My 30 year old model and friend, Amelia, embodies the show-stopping style that will get you noticed (and photographed?!) all week long.
Amelia is a master at pairing high and lower-priced pieces to create unexpected looks with a lot of detail. Below, she paired a Free People dress with Quay Sunglasses, a choker from Forever 21 and an awesome ethnic necklace from World Market. If you haven't checked out World Market for jewelry, you should!
Backpacks are essential for SXSW, and Amelia found the cutest metallic one from Borsettas. Along with a fedora from her favorite hat brand, Goorin Bros, she found the black lace crop top at Express, patterned bells from Novella Royale and a drop necklace from Forever 21.
1. Printed Dress
2. Cropped Pants
3. Metallic Backpack
4. Tassel Necklace (Now on sale for $12!)
5. Black Cami