Festgoers have a very fine sense of style and comfort. It is an art, yes, but it is also a survival tactic. Just like at sea, there are laws that exist only on the park’s notoriously shadeless slopes during ACL.Every year, we see more outlaws.
A full jean? Godspeed, soldier. What’s a pointy heel? We’ll remember you. An open toe? It sounds like a good idea, I know, but you’ll see. A jacket “just in case, for later”? You beautiful fool.
Having lived through this Instagram cycle for many years now, it’s my read that an optimal ACL outfit is comfort-driven at its core and embellished (mercilessly) with trending accoutrements. It’s like that Coco Chanel quote about taking one thing off before leaving the house, except if she instead suggested always adding a body chain. Yes to the fringe band. Yes to the sunglasses. Yes to the kerchief, the earrings, the body jewels, and yes, absolutely yes, to the hat—bucket, cowboy, or otherwise. Because if there’s one event a year that’s meant for saying yes to a hat, it is upon us.
ACL fashion seems most effective when it serves to remind you that it’s not all that serious. That’s why there’s at least one person each year dressed as a banana. But what about the non-fruit trends we saw in the field? Festers were determined to stay cool and opted for the unique breathability provided by crocheted pieces. Also, there were significantly more belly buttons this past year. Low riseIt is making a divisive comeback. The playful and exaggerated seventies-inspired looks that have come to adorn Harry Styles’s entire fan base ruled the park. The festival interpretation is loose and colorful with flared and stretchy sets featuring floral and abstract patterns. neon. Sometimes it’s mixed with a big ol’ serving of yeehaw. Festgoers were big in years past. Western wearIts many derivatives. At an event with both Chicks Kacey MusgravesCowboy hats were popular as headliners. fringe—or a cowboy hat with a fringe curtain.
Casual, custom were also big. Band T-shirts with a favorite lyric or performer’s name, sometimes worn long and oversized as a dress. Many fans had their hair in. bubble braidsI was told by a friend that someone had created the hairstyle (complete with glitter) on-site in one of the corporate tents.
However, festival fashion is about being able to wear whatever you want. You wouldn’t be able to walk comfortably across a long, dusty field if you didn’t wear what you wanted. You can add a body-chain to this situation.
Most excited to see the Chicks’ first Texas performance in six years, Kalee paired cow-print shorts with a “Goodbye Earl” T-shirt—a nod to what would be the band’s last song of the night.