While a large group of our friends spent this past weekend at Bonaroo, us nuts are waiting in anticipation for Canada’s summer festivals and the fashion that will ensue as a result! I know that Jess will give you the full run through of Ottawa Bluesfest when the time comes, and I will definitely post highlights from Montreal Jazz Fest, but this topic deserves attention right about now. Apart from the music and the drinking in the streets, music festivals bring a whole new angle to day dressing. The shortest of jean shorts, flowing maxi dresses, feathered headbands and more satchel bags than any one place has ever seen- it’s a cornucopia of Woodstock-inspired style.
Festival dressing is all about pushing boundaries; throwing on your most outlandish pieces because you know there’s no other place they can be worn. I can’t think of another setting where I would stick a feather in my hair and rock a head-to-toe look straight out of the 70’s. While I may opt to channel this era, there are plenty of trends that have emerged both in the summer season, and as a direct result of these festivals, here’s a quick look at those:
Feminine festival-goers will opt for a little white dress and cut-off booties topped off with dainty accessories. This look is perfect for a hot, sunny day when only white linen seems acceptable. Free-flowing locks are a must, and on that note, how do we feel about Whitney Port’s Princess Leia-esque buns? (far right). Like I mentioned, this is the place to experiment with things you wouldn’t normally wear out in the real world- it’s all about channeling your inner groupie.
Evidently, the staple during festival season is the ripped, shorter than short, pocket-peeking, jean short. These are truly the easy solution to day dressing on a breezy day. They’re comfortable, cute and let the sun shine down on those stems of yours. Layer on some tribal neck-wear or an adorable brimmed hat like Elin Kling (far right) and you’ll be ready for swaying to those alternative tunes.
The Maxi. After several summers of only celebs and those few daring girls sporting it, the maxi skirt has officially become a summer staple in my opinion. This look screams festival; it’s flowy, care-free and requires little to no thought. Gladiator sandals, a light crop top paired with your maxi, aviators, and you’re all set- looking glamorous and festive in mere moments.
Finally, here is my Shopping List for the city-dweller heading out for a music fest in the coming months. While I highly suggest rummaging through your closet for some dusty pieces that can be reworked for this one occasion, there’s always room for a little shopping. This outfit is low-key, tribal-inspired and comfy. After all, most festivals involve a great deal of standing and walking, so a romper and a flat sandal seem ideal. Obviously these festivals are all about the exceptional musical lineups, but if you’ve got a camera out anyway, you may as well look your festival-best…in a nutshell.
1 – Forever21 F1271 Sunglasses, $6.80
2 – Old Navy Mixed-Media Necklace in Olive Green, $12.50
3 – H&M Cuff Bracelet, $12.95
4 – Forever21 Trival Woven Romper in Brown/Olive, $23.80
5 – Banana Republic Semi-Precious Ring, $45.00
6 – American Eagle Embroidered Bag, $48.25
7 – LOCALE Tessner Leather Sandals in Cognac, $80.00