Need a little summer style inspiration for the upcoming MUSE launch party at Alfie’s? Or, maybe you’re attending a music festival this summer and looking for an outfit that will beat the heat and let all the other concert-goers know just how chic you are? Either way, even if you aren’t attending Coachella, treat those grass fields like a runway (Osheaga raffle winners, I’m talking to you!) Here are some ideas to get you started on creating the perfect boho-chic look, inspired by the fashion savvy guys and gals at music festivals like Coachella and Gastonbury: they have the whole I-swear-I-just-threw-this-together look on lock. The eclectic, unpredictable vibe of concert outfits make fashion look fun and fuss-free—as it should be. And because there are seriously no rules to festival fashion, outdoor concerts are the perfect opportunity to try something different and daring. Go wild and unleash your inner hippie (I know it’s in there!) Mix and match colors and prints, layer everything, rock a feather headdress, take some risks, and have fun with it! Oh and gentlemen, don’t worry. I got you covered.
Ankle boots of any kind are definitely the footwear staple for music festivals. No matter what the outfit, ankle booties will automatically make you look that much cooler. If you didn’t already notice their presence in almost every outfit…take note!
What better way to show off a pair of bronzed legs than with a little white dress? There’s something about the color white that just screams summer…
Crotchet is the ideal summer material. With earthy appeal and a breezy feel, it’s easy to breathe in a netted frock. Or, simply incorporate a piece with crotchet details (like a crop top) into your outfit for a more understated version of this trend.
Denim cutoffs are the ultimate summer must-have, so it’s no surprise that they rule concert style too. Looking good at a festival is as easy as digging out your old faithful denim shorts, or chopping up a pair of jeans. High waisted styles are especially in tune with that signature vintage feel found at concerts.
Power to the flowers! Taking a cue from the 70’s (who knew!?), festival fashion’s favorite print is of course floral. Try floral on the bottom and keep the rest simple.
Shield yourself from the sun in style with a floppy, oversized hat or fedora.
If you’re looking to add edge, a loose graphic tee is the way to go for those grungy, rocker girls at heart.
Feathers are found everywhere at concerts from patterns to jewelry. If you’re feeling extra bold and free-spirited, try a feather headdress; you’ll be guaranteed to stand out! And seriously, when else will you ever get a chance to wear a feather headdress…?
Channel your best 70’s flower child and accessorize with a fun flower crown over tousled waves: the definition of hippie chic.
These free-flowing numbers look so relaxed and comfortable, and the lightweight material keeps you cool even on the hottest of days: perfect for free spirited, minimalist girls.
The best way to accessorize during the summer is with a pair of attention-grabbing sunnies – these whimsical flamingo and palm tree shades will up the fun in any outfit.
An airy, kimono-inspired piece is great for layering, adding a pop of color or pattern.
O.K., we all know that men will use any excuse to wear something low-key and relaxed. Luckily, they’ll be right in their element at music festivals. Yes boys, you heard me: you can look laid-back and fit in with the “fashionable” crowd at the same time. Baggy cargo shorts, sleeveless shirts, plaid button ups, hats, shades, graphic tees, bandanas, Birkenstocks… you get the idea. Do your thing gentlemen.
Abi Conners, First-Year Representative
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