BY YUWA VOSPER
From floppy hats to cutoff denim, from fringe to round sunglasses, music festivals are a time to bring out your inner bohemian flower child. Festival season is about taking inspiration from ‘70s music festivals such as Woodstock and just being free. The look provides ease of movement to dance, move freely, keeps you cool, and is comfortable.
Denim and Fringe:
Fringe is a signature bohemian embellishment. For this look, I decided to use the denim shorts as the foundation piece, and paired it with a fringe cropped top and a floral fringe kimono as the building blocks. Weather is temperamental and constantly changing, so wearing a light outer cover will allow you to stay warm, but not hot when night falls and the temperatures drop. With this look, I channeled Zoe Kravitz. How would she wear it? It is great to always have style inspiration when creating a unique ensemble. Therefore, I choose fringe booties. Booties are a great alternative to a sandal because it keeps your feet covered and protected. If you step in something mysterious, well, at least your feet are covered. Finally for the finishing touches, I decided to add a cross-body fringe bag because when dancing you want to keep your arms free. Round sunglasses were the ideal frames because they are the chic, bohemian style of choice. The cuff bracelet and the wide-brim fedora are the punctuation. For music festivals, almost 70 percent of the female population will be wearing flower crowns. A hat will help you to stand out and protect you from the sun.
Flowy Dresses and Gladiator Sandals:
Instead of a maxi dress, I decided to use a short open and bell-sleeve boho dress as the foundation garment. The main reason for choosing a shorter dress was the practicality and cleanliness. It is difficult to figure out how to adjust a maxi dress in a portable toilet; plus, a long dress will drag around the soiled festival grounds. Shorter is better.
Another different component of this ensemble was the gladiator sandals. These sandals have been around since the Roman army and they are quickly becoming a new trend for spring. Gladiator sandals paired perfectly with this boho dress to create a luxe bohemian look. For the finishing touches, keep the wide-brim style but chose a floppy hat to make it more ‘70s inspired. Instead of a cross-body, I chose a bucket bag because you will most likely buy some swag and need some place to put them. Plus, if you are like me, you will stash the occasional food and forget about it until the next morning. Either way, the size makes it sensible. For the punctuating look, I chose to layer necklaces. With the large bell-sleeves, cuffs and bracelets will most likely not be visible and are unnecessary with such elaborate sleeves. As before, I kept round framed sunglasses. To me, they have a John Lennon vibe that I love for music festivals.
Music festivals are just as much about the bands as it is about the fashion. When you are dancing with your friends to your favorite songs, dress comfortable and fashionable to make it a music festival to remember.