Besides the practical aspects of what to wear for an actual outdoor music festival (which we’ll get to in a minute), ‘festival fashion’ is a whole thing in itself. A friend was invited to a hen do in Ibiza recently and had a mini panic over the dress code, which was ‘Coachella’, and this is not uncommon.
Now, for anyone who doesn’t know, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella) is an annual festival held at the Empire Polo Club in California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert.
The event features musical artists from many genres, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Coachella is one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music festivals in the United States and all over the world. And this is the type of event we’re dressing for with our ‘festival fashion’. Albeit on a SLIGHTLY smaller scale when we’re talking Body & Soul or Electric Picnic in Ireland… and often with more mud.
So, what is Festival Fashion?
Think boho, retro, hippy, flower power, loose and flowy, tassels and fringe, feathers, relaxed comfort, and of course, cotton crochet.
The trick to this is to take your own personal style and meld it with something bohemian or rock and roll, or something with a ’60s feel. Don’t go mad out of your comfort zone, but do push those boundaries a little with some festival flair.
We’re also seeing a sort of edgier style with ‘90s inspired details like graphic t-shirts, high-cut swimwear, sequins, and vivid bright colors.
Here’s some of our tips for wearing it well… nobody wants to be that coachella cliché.
Pick One Piece
Going for an entire rock ‘n roll themed outfit can look like you’re trying too hard, but if you pick one on-trend staple piece and mix it with summer basics from your wardrobe, you’re gonna look like you’re just that cool.
Accessorize with Fringe
You can head up to the salon for a haircut if you like – fringes are very flattering – but we’re talking leather or suede fringe on an awesome jacket, bag, or pair of boots. It’s a really easy way to add texture and edginess to your look, and if you’re worried about standing out too much, don’t… Fringe was everywhere on the runways this year, so we’re going to see a lot of it this festival season. You can find a fringe buddy and have a drink!
This one is more practical than fashion advice. Flip-flops are grand, but you’re going around in dirt, grass, and let’s face it, usually mud. You’re using portaloos that will not be a nice environment for your open tootsies. Your feet will look and feel gross; so stick to ankle boots, cute flats, or sandals that have a lot of coverage. Listen to the voice of experience here.