Festival Fashion: what to wear

| April 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The warm weather kicks in and we search the internet for the top music festivals in the country. Some travel across the country to see some of their favorite musicians rock the stage while others travel a few miles to see local and regional bands. College students around the country make up many of the attendees at these festivals and have been wowing fashion bloggers and magazine editors with the variety of styles and trends. While there isn’t an exact blueprint on what to wear to these festivals, they all have their own unique flair to them. Whether you are traveling far to the valleys of Coachella or simply driving a few hours to Merlefest, here are a few fashion tips on festival season.

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photo courtesy of emilydickinsonridesabmx

  1. Stay cool: With temperatures at their highest peak, it’s important to stay cool and shaded during hours of outside music acts. Loose fitting sun dresses, straw fedoras and strappy sandals are a must for festivals like Coachella, where the hippie attire of Woodstock seems to have had resurgence. Lightweight accessories in the likes of rose crowns and gold headpieces have also been spotted in many spring look-books for this season. Many Coachella inspired clothing can be found at Urban Outfitters, Nasty Gal and Threadsence.
  2. Support the band: At traveling festivals like Warped Tour and Bamboozle, grunge and punk fashion is a definite go to. With band tank tops from Hot Topic paired along with cut off shorts and sneakers, you’ll be sure to represent your favorite band as well as staying cool in the soaring temperatures.  If you want to stay away from the dark t-shirts then neon tanks, band jerseys and 5-panel hats are also a great way to beat the heat and stay with the trends.
  3. Neon Heat: At many outdoor festivals it is best to stay away from the dark clothing. EDM music festivals like Magnetic Festival in Atlanta fully embrace this idea. Neon tank tops, jerseys, hats and sunglasses are a must for Electronic festivals. And if you’re feeling super adventurous, you can even channel your inner ’90s kid and apply hair chalk that come in a variety of colors that would even put Lisa Frank to shame.
  4. Pack it up: At many of these festivals it is hard to keep all of your belongings on hand. Many festivals like Bonnaroo allow you to stay on site in designated camping areas, but who wants to go back and forth to the campsite and risk missing your favorite act? One way to keep all of your important belongings with you is to bring a backpack, and not just your ordinary JanSport will do. Brands like Herschel Supply and Sprayground are a great way to distinguish your bag from the regular school kid bags from the past.

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