The Random Fashion Trends of ACL 2013
Oh, is it now? We like to think it's about the fashion, too.
Photos by Angelica Leicht
Wanna know the best thing about festivals, aside from the music? The random fashion, of course. Where else can you find folks sporting questionable headdresses and capes, without earning a second glance? Nowhere, that's where.
And when it came to random festival fashion choices, this year's ACL festival sure delivered the goods. Our favorites -- everything from bare hippie feet to cheeky shorts -- are below. We expect you guys to up the ante next year, though, and perhaps throw in a spirit animal or two for good measure. It's the least you could do.
Taking a more laid back approach to the suit and tails is an approach even I can appreciate. I mean, more muscle, less material, am I right? These dapper gents are well aware of how to wow the crowd with their penguin inspired skills. I think it works here, and so does the lady in blue. She's obviously enamored with their sense of style.
Capes are an obvious necessity at a festival like ACL, where one moment it's so hot that everyone's shirtless and shameless, and the next they're wrapping up in whatever fabric they can find. It can be difficult to wrap up all snuggly in a half-shirt, but not in a cape! A cape: it's breezy and fancy free when you're sweating your face off while dancing to Passion Pit, or it's a makeshift pashmina to comfort you while you cry during The Cure. Smart move on this dude's part. Bonus for the matching bandana.
Hey look, it's an emoticon cutout shirt! That's the only kind of emoticon we need, and it's in shirt form. Makes those silly iPhone faces look weak, eh?
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Why are there always so many of these Native American headdresses at festivals? It's quite perplexing. Also, what happened to sporting spirit animals at festivals? We quite prefer the fuzzy foxes instead.
Seriously. That leopard headband is everything it needs to be ever.
Cheeky shorts were everywhere, y'all. Everywhere! We think she did them right, though. Not too much underbutt, and she avoided that whole mom jeans mess that goes hand in hand with them. Bravo, cheeky shorts rocker. We like 'em.
Who needs a shirt when you can trick people into thinking you've already got one on, courtesy of that massive chest tattoo? Keep on rockin' the shirtless and shameless, sir. No one will ever be the wiser.
So, this guy isn't entirely fashionable, considering he's dancing like crazy and also stripping off his clothing while doing so, but we can appreciate his enthusiasm for, uh, life. And stripping.
Wanna know what the biggest shoe trend was that we saw at ACL this year? No shoes, that's what! Bare feet are all the rage. And we must say, the grass was pretty soft, so we totally get it.
More bare feet, and a pink parasol. Parasols are a necessity when you've got bare feet to protect from the sun's harmful rays.
If you happened to lose your shoes after you, well, lost your shoes, we found them. We also found someone who desperately wanted to pose with your shoe, which was perfect because she's sporting that whole half-shirt trend we saw everywhere this year. Lost shoes and half-shirts.
Those who weren't brave enough to ditch the arch supports were rockin' some sweet boots. Red rain boots? Why, yes please.
Trumping every shoe or bare foot ever, though, was this pair of insane Converse. The knee socks put it over the top into untouchable territory. We will find these leopard Converse. Oh yes, they will be ours.
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