As mainstream media continues bring festival fashion into the limelight, we feel it is appropriate to briefly discuss what festival fashion means to us as we plan to head to some more under-the-radar music festivals this summer.
We believe your style is an extension of your self. Radical Self-expression, one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man, clearly explains what festival fashion means to us.
Afraid to let your inner weirdo out? Don't worry. These more under-the-radar festivals are safe grounds for you to experiment with dramatic costumes and exaggerated accessories and alternate styles you would never have dreamt of wearing anywhere else. If freaky costume isn’t your thing, feel free to chill out in your yoga uniform or pajamas. You're in control. Remember, it is a gift offered to others. So be mindful and kind to your festival-goers at the same time.
We recommend you keep these 3 practical things in mind when dressing for radical self expression at festivals:
1. Backpack or Hands-free?
Don’t lose track of your belongings! Where are you going to put your cell phone, camera, cash, ID, water bottle and other essentials? Some common choices are a backpack, fanny pack, holster or utility vest.
2. Sun protection
UV rays and melonoma is not a joke. There may be limited shade structure throughout festival grounds and even at your own campsite. Also most floaties don’t come with shade when you’re chilling in the river or the lake. Protect yourself with a shawl, sunglasses and ample sunscreen.
3. Fickle and extreme temperature
Usually festivals are set in remote places like the desert, open prairie, forest or by the Rocky mountain. Temperature may feel perfect during the day, but once night falls, you definitely need a piece of outerwear to keep you warm until sunrise. Catching a cold at a festival is a pain in a butt!
Here are some fun community looks that fall under the above categories:
Holsters like Carolyn's keeps you hands-free. Loose top plus galaxy leggings provide comfort and protection from the sun.
Transparent water-resistant backpack saves you from blindly rummaging through your backpack.
Akko's utility vest comes in handy when you don’t want to carry a backpack around while walking around festival grounds or dancing. Throw on a coat when temperature drops at night.
Store your phone and cash in a convenient neck travel pouch.
Who says guys can’t wear dresses? David Ross Lawn breaks conventional gender-apparel rules in his bright red dress.
Bodysuits are a practical choice because it helps your body cool off quickly and allows maximum body movement. Stardust’s scarf also helps fend off UV rays and transforms you into butterfly on the dance floor.
Our festival fashion correspondent Tessla pairs her metallic bodysuit layered with sequined kimono. Layering is important - it helps protect your skin when you're under the sun and keeps you warm when it gets chilly in the evening.
Wearing a heavy faux fur coat on top of a skin-exposing bodysuit may seem xx. Keep in mind that it’s not unusual that temperature can drop to as low as the 40s F (below 10 C) once the sun sets at festival grounds. However, once you squeeze your way into the dance floor, dancing with the sweaty crowd often feels like a hot sauna. The bodysuit keeps you cool in the middle of the crowd while the fur faux keeps you warm when you hop from one stage to another.
Now that you've got these tips under your belt, share with us your favorite festival outfits or what you're planning to wear to your next festival!