SXSW Fashion Report

This post’s question came from myself –

What should I wear to South by Southwest (SXSW)?

Most folks know that SXSW has a film and music festival, but not nearly as many people know that it also has an interactive festival, where ideas about social media, technology advancements, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and design converge. There is a commonly accepted uniform for the ladies of SXSWi, and that is denim shorts, tank tops, and cowboy boots. This year’s festival was marred by torrential rain storms, so the uniform was augmented by hefty sack ponchos and looks of panicked horror as people darted through the flooded streets.

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Rules for a Big Night Out

I was collecting questions for BuzzDeb on Facebook, and Cheryl piped in with a question about formal wear:

How do I choose the right style for the right type of occasion, and how to flatter different figure features?

Wedding? Star studded movie premier? Let’s sit a while and talk about how to totally nail your big night.

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Ad (wo)men

I’ve been in the advertising and design industry since high school, and twenty years into this rodeo, I’ve learned that clients have a fantasy about agency life. There is a belief that “creatives” work in an environment that is supremely intelligent, sexy, fun, surprising, and slightly magical. No cubes, no TPS reports, no “grind.” They think that agencies are full of  misfits, artists, and heavy drinkers. Everyone is one step ahead of fashion trends, and none of us vacation because we’re too busy traveling.

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Mess with the bull, you get the horns.

I’m on the hunt for the perfect knee-high boots…I’m having no success. Can you please post a blog about this stat? Many Thanks! Medium heel to flat-like riding boots. Black, Brown. from Jessica M.

Whenever I tell people that I moved to Seattle from San Diego, they get this concerned look on their face and say something sad about the weather. I’ll pull my coat in a little tighter and say “it rains more in Miami, you know.” and they quietly pat me on my shoulder and say, “I’m sure it does.” The awesome thing about living here is that I can finally wear boots. I have six pair of boots, and I wear all of them! Yay cold weather!

Make a Knockin' Boots joke. You know you want to.

So – back to Jessica’s question. Let’s all agree that The Breakfast Club has been our fashion guide at one point or another. We’re each a brain, an athlete, a princess, a basketcase, and a criminal, right? I let our favorite gang of detainees help me decide what Jessica wants. What say you, you ragtag pack of misfits?

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