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South by Southwest Fashion WINs and FAILs 

A poignant commentary on the fashions of SXSW 2009 as spotted on the streets of Austin, TX. PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS BY ANDREA GRIMES
At first glance, this guy could be a WIN. The shirt’s cool, the shades are well-sized. But it was upwards of 80 degrees outside, and a white leather jacket and a sweaty forehead are a FAIL.
Cute jeans and a purple tank work. But bringing your mom in white cotton pants is an accessorizing FAIL.
This may be Texas, but we’ve discovered shirts. And we wear them. And so should this guy.
Being English and being in a band (ladies and gents, meet Angry Vs. The Bear) is no excuse to pop the lenses out of your neon shades. Somewhere in 1998, a rave is missing all its jewelry.
Being old and metal is FAIL.
What you can’t see is the tight, red rubber band that adheres this dude’s glasses to his greasy, greasy head. White sneakers? Irony FAIL.
Pot belly, short shorts and flipped brim are an epic “We just discovered VICE magazine” FAIL.
Dude is distraught, but it’s hard to say why: the sagging shorts? The hair? The unfortunate skate shoes? Maybe he knows he’s a FAIL.
Maybe the reason she could pull off the bull nose ring is ‘cause she’s foreign; or maybe her adorable hair flower just demands more attention.
Comfy tee, cute vest and a sweet little straw hat are a night on the town WIN.
Cowboy boots are a SXSW must-have, and with a minimal amount of accessories and this belted dress, this blond pulls off a serious WIN.
Who can rock a nautical blazer, skinny jeans and sandals? This girl, who WINs.
The shirt is too loud, the belt is tacky, and the accessories are overdone. But she’s a teenager at SXSW. What were you doing when you were 16? Hanging out at rock clubs? Or sitting at home crying? Yeah, she WINs.
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At first glance, this guy could be a WIN. The shirt’s cool, the shades are well-sized. But it was upwards of 80 degrees outside, and a white leather jacket and a sweaty forehead are a FAIL.
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