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ACLFest 2014 Fashion: Of flash tats, hot pants and flowers

American-Statesman Staff

Austin City Limits Festival hits a weird spot in the world of festival fashions – not as wild as Burning Man; not as chic as Coachella; and not quite as unpretentious as festivals of yore like Woodstock. Somewhere in the middle is where ACL fashion can be found.

The new hotness for 2014 was flash tats – sparkly gold and silver temporary tattoos worn on any exposed piece of flesh, from ankles to eyebrows. Everywhere you looked, flash tats were winking in the sun – and vendors in the ACL Fest art market were adding to the numbers.

And while the ever-popular flowered crown remains the top accessory of ACL Fest, beaded headbands and chains that run along the hairline and forehead are the up and comers looking to challenge the mainstay.

High-waisted hot pants and crop tops topped with fringed kimonos were popular among the younger set, while vintage flowing tops and maxi dresses could be found on the fashionable ladies late-20s and older. Teal and hot pink warred against basic black, white and beige for most popular colors, and hair that could be braided was likely to be braided.

Looking around Zilker Park also gave the impression that the 90s were making a reappearance among festgoers, with plastic chokers, halter crop tops, belly chains and sunflower prints abounding.

But the key to looking great at ACL Fest is balancing practical weather concerns (whether it’s blistering heat or drizzling, chilly rain) with looking effortlessly cool.

Here are some of our favorites from both weekends. See our photo gallery for more.