ACL is more than just a three-day concert—it's a runway. In fact, according to personal stylists Jennifer Young of Forever Styled and Edith henry, ACL weekends are the ideal time to dip your toe into the realm of fashion: those around you will be taking risks and if you don't like it, you can return to normal on Monday.
With T-minus seven days until you have to have your wardrobe prepared, here are some professional tips for you to craft the perfect festival 'fit. Remember, no outfit is complete without self-love.
"The bottom line is, if you feel good in it and you're gonna rock it with confidence, then that's all that matters," Henry said.
Let's get some hard and fast rules out of the way...
- Wear your outfit with confidence. According to Henry, carrying yourself with confidence "is a huge thing that helps people stand out" and therefore the ideal accessory.
- Try on all of your outfits beforehand. Henry, who is headed to Paris Fashion Week on Monday, said she is going to spend the day before trying on all of her outfits so there won't be any surprises when she's ready to take them out on the streets.
- Opt for natural fibers and loose-fitting garments. You're going to sweat, so you'll want an absorbent textile and according to Young, the tighter fitting, the more likely your piece is to trap the heat.
- Wear a brand new pair of shoes or a pair that you want to keep clean. This reason is two-fold, according to Henry: your shoes are going to get dirty and it is paramount to wear comfortable shoes that have already been broken-in (don't let blisters ruin the fun).
- Wear fabric that isn't breathable like latex, nylon or polyester. These fabrics will trap heat and sweat.
- Put on an outfit that doesn't make you feel like a million bucks—Henry said people will know if you don't feel comfortable in your clothes.
- Pile on the accessories. From a comfort perspective, Young said lots of jewelry will weigh you down and make you sluggish. Opt for lightweight accents like hats or bandanas.
- Finally, don't blend in. Take a risk, take some photos—you'll be glad you did.
First-timers, take note, there are a few staples that are essential to take to ACL, starting with hats. Not only does a hat protect your head and face from the sun, it can also take an outfit to the next level. Young said a hat will help keep your look consistent while you sweat and dance out in the elements. Feeding into the early aughts trend, Henry said bucket hats are a very popular option right now. Cowboy hats are always a viable option in Texas and floppy hats are timeless festival garb.
ACL's bag policy is strict: fanny packs that have one pocket only and are smaller than 4.5" x 5.5" or clear bags smaller than 12" x 12" x 6" only. That isn't much to work with and if you're planning on doing a full weekend, carrying a bag is going to become a burden. Grab a fanny pack that you can keep close to your body and doesn't weigh much. Bonus points if the fanny pack adds to your outfit.
How to hide the sweat
Despite predictions for nice weather and temperatures in the mid-80s, you're going to sweat and there is no preventing that. Breathable fabrics and patterns are your friends for hiding those sweat stains. Cotton and other natural fibers, flowy fabrics and mesh are good options for textiles. Tie-dye, floral prints, paisley and neon colors are some of your best bets to avoid looking sticky.
A message for the men
There might not be the same pressure to dress the part, so a little effort goes a long way. Henry and Young recommend trying something new—ACL is an event unlike any other in Austin, so if you don't like the risk, no one has to be the wiser. Tap into your sense of self, pick out pieces that make you feel your best and don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone.
Look to trying different bottoms than you might normally wear for the festival.
"Festivals are the perfect place to express yourself and typically there's very little judgment," Young said. "It's the best place to see people, and to people-watch, and to appreciate the uniqueness of who you are when you're in public."
What are you waiting for? Go try on those outfits!
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An Austin-based program manager for Apple Maps and one of two leaders for the #AppleToo activist movement said she has been fired after a suspension.
According to the New York Times, Janneke Parrish said she was put on suspension for several days while the company investigated her activities before she was fired by a human resources employee via phone call on Thursday.
Parrish was under investigation for allegedly leaking a recording of an Apple staff meeting to the media, which she said she didn't do.
The report said the company told Parrish, who is 30, that she was being fired for having deleted files off her company-issued phone and computer before handing them in for examination. Parrish said the files she deleted contained her personal and financial information.
Among the files she deleted were the Robinhood app, which she said was to keep Apple from seeing "how much money I lost investing in GameStop," the Pokemon Go app and screenshots of programming bugs she was fixing.
Parrish said she believes Apple was retaliating against her efforts in organizing #AppleToo, a group of employees working to expose the company's "culture of secrecy" that has been "faced disproportionately by our Black, Indigenous, and other colleagues from minoritized racial, gender and historically marginalized groups of people."
Parrish had been publishing weekly accounts of workplace problems that had been shared anonymously with her from other employees, though she did not verify employment on all of them. The accounts she received were in the hundreds, so Parrish said she was hopeful her termination would lead to some justice within the company.
Employees at tech giants have been more outspoken than usual in recent months—with former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaking out against her former employer—and Parrish said the company's desire to keep under wraps has eroded trust by discouraging employees to come forward with issues like harassment or wage disparity.
Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock commented on the matter: "We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters."
Additionally, the email detailing her termination, which was obtained by the New York Times, said Apple had determined that Parrish "engaged in conduct in violation of Apple policies including, but not limited to, interfering with an investigation by deleting files on your company provided equipment after being specifically instructed not to do so."
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Republic Square Park has turned into a Ford-themed fiesta for its Built to Connect pop-up experience, complete with test drives, off-roading and an inside look at the Tesla-rivaling electric vehicles that the motor vehicle company is planning to integrate over the next decade.
The outdoor driving event is free, open to the public and will stay in the park from now until Oct. 24, offering rides on Bronco Mountain, a 0-40 mph zip in the 2022 all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning and a chance to win an original Ford Bronco.
The event kicked off with a panel of speakers, including Austin Director of Transportation Rob Spillar, Ford General Manager Darren Palmer and engineering specialists discussing Ford's goals to make it so that 50% of the vehicles on the road are electric by 2030.
As an eco-conscious city, Spillar said that around 4,000 vehicles, or 22% of the Texas electric vehicle market, as well as over 15,000 plugins lie in Austin, meaning driving electric just got accessible.
"Austin, as you know, is a fast-growing modern city that is committed to protecting the long term health and viability of our communities and strategies that reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve the drone quality of life here in Central Texas for all of our residents," Spillar said.
And Ford's electric vehicles are putting up some steep competition for newly-Austin-based company Tesla. The new electric Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lighting offer amenities that used to be exclusive to Musk's brand, such as the BlueCruise self-driving network. The cars also boast a 300-mile range on a single charge, assisted reverse technology and access to the biggest charging network outside of the home.
Plus, Ford's got affordability on its side. The F-150 Lightning starts at $39,974 and the Mustang Mach-E starts at $42,895, while the cheapest Tesla model, the Model 3, starts at $41,990 and averages 262 miles on a single charge.
Speaking of price, the numbers on the electric vehicles may look like a little more than you'd like to pay for your transport, but Palmer promises it will pay off. In addition to a $7,500 tax credit you can earn for your sustainability, you'll never have to buy a pricey tank of gas again.
"Personally, I have not found one customer ever, who would go back to gas so that says something," Palmer said. "I realized, at $51,000, that car outruns every childhood hero car I ever had."
Texas buyers: take note. The Ford Lightning can power your house for three to 10 days, just in case the statewide power grid fails. You can take it glamping with you, so you don't have to leave the comfort of modern life behind, and in a pinch, Palmer said he's even seen a wedding party powered by the truck.
Ford is investing $30 billion into the U.S. market to meet demand by 2025 and the new electric truck already has over 150,000 reservations.
"I think they're going to take off much faster than you expect—they're going to be extremely, extremely popular next year," Palmer said. "With the incentives that are available today, this is starting to become more mainstream and viable for more and more families. We couldn't have done that before, we didn't have the technology, or the technology at that price."
The event is ongoing through next weekend from 12-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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