You’ve already seen it – girls in flower crowns and crop tops are everywhere.
With spring and summer festivals rapidly gaining popularity, there’s an event out there that caters to almost everyone! Festivals are times of soul-searching, celebration, and surrounding yourself with friends and listening to great live music. Festivals are also a great time for self-expression, so attendees often dress up in bright or unique clothing in order to express their personal style in a new way.
Because these celebrations are becoming so popular, “festival fashion” might be breaking into the mainstream. Here’s why:
- Comfort is Celebrated
Going to a music festival can be tiring, and often attendees are camping for multiple days. So of course they will want to be comfortable in their outfits especially chosen for hot weather. What does this mean for mainstream fashion? It is no longer a crime to wear something comfy and cute out in public, even if it is a little bit different!
- Self-Expression is at the Center of Fashion Choices!
The mindset of music and culture festivals is self-expression and sharing joy with others around you. This means wearing whatever makes you feel the best about yourself! This idea counters the notion that we are required to “dress for other people,” or choose our outfits based on how we want others to see us. Instead, rock the look that makes you feel amazing!
- Cute & Cheap
A lot of the most common clothing items worn at festivals are handmade, found at thrift shops or modified by the actual wearer. These principles are great for mainstream fashion because shopping local and taking advantage of DIY (do-it-yourself) opportunities feeds local economies AND makes your style unique!
- All Body Types Welcome
Coachella and Paradiso music festivals portray their clientele as size 00 girls on the shoulders of ripped guys, but the principles of festival fashion transcend every body type. Bright colors, flowers, and matching makeup don’t discriminate!
- It’s Fun!
Bright colors, busy prints and retro t-shirts might feel like dress-up meant only for your closet mirror and your BFF’s fashion advice. But with festival fashion breaking into mainstream culture, wider acceptance of “fun” fashion makes it easier to wear what you want and feel free.
With warmer weather fast approaching, new trends for summer will be sweeping the market, and you should get in on the ground floor of these new trends!