What better way is there to enjoy the last bit of summer time than at an outdoor music festival! With music being the treat for your ears (and my personal addiction), we at Addicted want to help you treat your eyes, and the eyes of the fest goers around you with our guide to music festival fashion. Some may think that festival fashion is just about floral crowns, second hand clothes and flip flops, but when it comes to real festival fashion there are three key factors to remember: Feel, function, and above all, FUN!
Feel: One of the most important things to consider when you’re getting dressed for your day of outdoor music loving is comfort. You want to feel light, airy and free, not bound and weighed down. Look for breathable, flexible fabric: you want to stay cool, while looking cool while you’re dancing your heart out under the hot summer sun. For me, a definite staple for any summer music festival are denim cut off shorts. They look great, keep you cool while giving you the freedom to walk, run, dance and do whatever with flashing the world!
You’ll need a top to pair with your fab shorts. I recommend either a comfortable and light tank, or if you want to play up your flirty and feminine side, try a flowy, floral blouse or cute printed tshirt.
Function: Here in Canada weather can change faster than Kanye West’s mood. Bringing a comfy cardigan or stylish hoody is your best bet against sudden changes in temperature during the day, as well as the inevitable cooling of the air that nighttime brings.
Along with a topper to keep your torso warm, consider your tootsies as well. Being out and about at a music festival means you’ll be on your feet for most of the day, and hopefully dancing well into the night. Closed toed shoes with a decent sole will not only stay on your feet all day and night, but will keep your toes safe from the feet of other fest goers, and keep you dry if it starts to rain and get muddy. Dr. Martens has been making boots for music lovers for years, so consider a fun pair of their boots as your festival footwear staples.
Speaking of staples, nothing is more important than the purse or bag you take with you! Make sure you pick something cute yet roomy to hold all your fest-essentials, like a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, lip balm, cell phone charger and whatever else you will inevitably need to make your day full of music all the more amazing.
And last but not least, your fest-fit needs to be FUN. The best way to jazz up any outfit is with fun and colourful accessories. I love a good arm party, so a set of bangles and beaded bracelets always finds its way on my wrist for any fest. And of course, no festival outfit would be complete without a gorge pair of sunglasses to keep your face looking fabulous while protecting your eyes from the sun.
So whether you’re headed to Osheaga, OVO, Caribana, Squamish or any other of the many amazing festivals across Canada over the next few weeks, dress happy and embrace the music around you!