So you’re heading to this year’s festival! Flight tickets, booked. Home for the festival weekend, checked in. Festival outfits, processing. Before you snap your festival garb, be on the lookout for what’s on-trend and which trends should already see its end. Tick them off your list as we give you some festival fashion dos and don’ts.
Weather You Like It Or Not
A rule of thumb when it comes to festival fashion? Let winter clothes stay out in the cold and let summer clothes see the heat of the summer. There’s nothing quite as uncomfortable than being stuck in a sea of sweat-laden, haven’t-bathed-in-three-days festival crowd. Now imagine being in that exact spot while baking in weather- inappropriate outfit. Be on-trend without breaking a sweat, literally, by picking your outfits based on the weekend’s weather.
For summer festivals, bask in the summer sunshine while keeping your cool in breathable, comfy clothes such as cotton and linen. For the cooler months ahead, invest in versatile weather-proof pieces that can go from sunny days to chilly nights.
Appreciate, Do Not Culture-Appropriate
Playing Pocahontas or Mulan is never a good look, unless you’re five and on your way to trick or treat. Be on-trend responsibly and avoid making a festival outfit out of other people’s culture.
Sure, that headdress looks IG-worthy, but unless you’re actually a respected chief carrying the honor of a Native American tribe, it’s best to leave it where it belongs. Mass-producing knock-offs do not only cheapen the significance of the headdress but also contributes to glamorizing the violent oppression Native Americans have suffered through.
You Wear Me Out
What’s worse than weather-inappropriate outfits and glamorizing culture for fashion? Wearing other people! While an outfit may look snap-worthy on that model sashaying down the runway, it may not necessarily look good on you. Instead of keeping to what’s on-trend, invest in pieces that look good and feel good on you.
For good measure, highlight your favorite features while keeping everything else muted. Got long legs? Let them shine by going for your go-to denim cut-offs. Toned stomach? Show off your hard work and go for a cropped top. Whatever cut, style, or color you choose, make sure that you are dressing for you.
Worth the Comfort
Move to the music better in outfits that allow you to be on-trend without sacrificing comfort. Instead of going for statement pieces you’ll be throwing out at the end of festival season, invest in basic, yet quality pieces that can go from festival to workwear with a few twists.
Take advantage of what’s on-trend this season and mix and match what’s already in your closet. For that full-on 70s look, go for a vintage band shirt and flared jeans, decked out in jewelry that screams glam rock. For a summer girl feel, frolic under the sun with a loose frilly dress and finish off the look with a hat to keep you safe from the harsh rays of the sun.
Pump Up The Gems
Want to instantly dress up your look without the hassle? Go for body and face jewels instead. With infinite styles and designs to choose from, play up your favorite features with a gem or two. Festivals are the perfect place to rock these babies without getting a side-eye.
To add some sparkle to your festival outfit, go for a black bodysuit with your denim cut-offs and adorn your face or necklines with some body jewels. For a more playful look, go for bejeweled tattoos instead. These gems are sure to add a dash of glamour to your usual festival look.
What’s better than being fashionable? Functional fashion that is! Invest in versatile pieces that can go from day to night and stay on-trend whatever the weather. A windbreaker can be a rocking piece during the day and keep your warm during chilly nights. A sturdy pair of rainboots can finish off your look and protect you from the muddy puddles on surprise summer rain shower.
For maximum festival experience, don a fanny pack and keep your hands up in the air while having your festival stash within reach. Go for one with a classic look that can last you a lifetime of hands-free partying.