By Tiffany Baptiste
It is the time of year for the ultimate music experience. It is time for the Voodoo Music Experience. Starting out as a small weekend festival in City Park’s Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans has now grown to become one of the largest music festivals to rival Jazz Fest and Coachella.
With the growth of its popularity came the desire to be seen with fun fashion. And due to the festival’s tradition of taking place the weekend of Halloween, festival goers began to combine fall fashion, festival fashion, and Halloween costumes, giving Voodoo fashion its own style.
This year, with Halloween falling on Saturday, you can expect the merging of costumes and fall festival fashion to be in full swing.
One of the biggest trends to return is suede pieces with fringe accents. They made small appearances at Coachella this year in the form of vests and crop tanks. Now that fall is here, there are many more pieces available such as skirts and jackets. You can also find them in colors other than tan or camel. You can now get them in more fall colors, such as black or rust.
Is this the suede and fringe your mom wore in the 70s? Yes and no.
If you take a hard look, today’s festival fashion has taken a lot of cues from that of 70s music festival fashion. It’s more than likely because of the ease, comfort, and practicality of the clothing that these trends have returned.
Pair a cute suede fringe mini with a muscle tank, booties, and a floppy hat for a relaxed, comfortable but slightly edgy outfit.
Want to keep in the Halloween spirit for the weekend? Feel free to break out your best Halloween costume on Saturday. Nothing will make you stand out more. Just keep in mind the ever-changing weather of Louisiana. The last thing you would want is to have to be taken away from the festival by ambulance because Mother Nature snuck in one more 90-degree day, and you got overheated wearing an authentic medieval costume.
Try to keep it simple. Add small touches of Halloween or horror to your outfit to allow yourself to stay comfortable.
Many have gone for the Sugar Skull look in past years because there is no particular way to do it, and it doesn’t call for a complete costume to complete the look. Just add it to your outfit by ditching the hat and adding a floral headband.
I know some are getting tired of the floral headband look, but what is the Sugar Skull look without a flower headband? If you are one of those people who are over the floral headband trend, ditch the flowers for a top hat. Now your look will resemble that of a Voodoo priest.
If all of this is too much, there is nothing wrong with being simple. While some go to be seen, many go to just “Worship the Music.” But simple doesn’t always have to mean boring.
A simple pair of jeans or shorts can be complimented with a simple tank, kimono jacket, and a statement necklace or pair of earrings. Set the whole outfit off with a fun bright lipstick, such as a red or even a purple. For a hint of Halloween while keeping it simple, rock the vamp look with smoky eye shadow and vampy lipstick, such as a deep red or black if you’re bold.
In the end, the Voodoo festival is all about the freedom of expressing yourself while enjoying the music experience. So whether simple, bold, retro, or horror, show the world who you are through your style.