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Summer arrived early in Austin, so locals have been doing their best to beat the heat in style. At recent high-energy concerts by Cut Copy, Holy Ghost and Yelle, girls threw on rompers, dresses (especially in stripes and florals), vests and short-shorts. And being Texas, belts and boots were almost as necessary for entry as were tickets.

 

Every kind of boot — cowboy, equestrian, ankle, buckled, lace-up and punkish — crunched the gravel courtyard at Stubb’s BBQ, one of the city’s legendary, outdoor concert venues. If not boots, shoes skewed toward casual with brands like Tom’s, Vans and Top-Siders.

 

Other de rigueur accessories included cross-body bags in rustic leather and fringed knits, Summer of Love headbands and twisted rockabilly kerchiefs.

 

As for the bearded blokes, tanks or dress shirts, fitted denim shorts rolled up just above the knee and slip-on shoes sans socks dotted the male sea of plaid like cosmopolitan clones. Unfortunately, Cut Copy’s frontman sweated buckets in his tour costume of an oxford shirt and shoes in an Eighties homage. Yelle also channeled the decade’s iconic Grace Jones in a glitzy leopard mini and then a red hooded jumpsuit. As a breeze finally rustled the live oaks, Holy Ghost’s lead singer mused aloud, “Austin, I love your food, your weather, your Barton Springs Pool. Why do I live in New York again?”

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