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Fashion

the 15 looks that took sxsw by storm

festival fashion done RIGHT

Do you remember—back when we were young and bushy-tailed—SXSW 2015? We hardly do, even though it ended, well, yesterday. South By always presents the most interesting of challenges when it comes to style: For bands, they’ve been on the road for a bit. For visitors, they have to pack outfits in advance. And for everyone, the changing weather of Austin in March is a bit of a conundrum: One day, it is 70 degrees and skies are blue, the next, you are in the middle of a severe thunder storm. (Though, “severe” in Texas feels a whole lot different than it does in New York.) So when people nail the SXSW style, they really nail it. Ahead, the well-heeled festival-goers we spotted who traversed Austin with true aplomb.

Photos by Ben Sklar and Kara Smarsh

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Julie knows the secret to packing light: A retro-patterned jumpsuit. 

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Jane told us she was super excited to see Basecamp. We don't blame her!

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Just look at Alyssa's pants. They are magical.

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Erin takes a break from seeing bands like Keeper, and demonstrates that black doesn't need to be heavy or boring.

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There is so much right about Lucy's outfit, from the matchy-matchy red to the knee socks. (Knee socks are a powerful thing, and should not be used lightly.)

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Leah has the perfect South By trifecta: A short, flowy dress, some vintage cowboy boots, and a super-poppy wall to stand against.

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Meet Shyvonne, who is making a serious case for the two-piece.

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We loved her look so much we had to catch some details.

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Be Forest's Erica proves that the cool kids can wear bright colors. She told us she was thrilled to see Ibeyi.

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Dear Oh Land: Please send us your overalls. Thanks in advance.

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Scarlett makes her layers look light and ethereal.

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Ugh, Olivia is just killing it with the summer vibes. How lovely is her necklace?

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We mean, like, seriously. Those people who don't think that "perfect" exists have clearly never seen Nicole's bold and brilliant look.

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No worries! When the rain comes down, Melanie is all set with a toasty hat.

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If we could summarize South By Southwest in one look, it might be this bright number (with the shades and braids) worn by Nancy.