These 7 Instagrammers NAILED Festival Style This Season
It is Festival Season, Yall! Music and art festivals are always the highlight of the summer for me. As a bonafide ambivert it's the perfect social but not too social setting. The music! The food! The weather! The Fashion! Especially the fashion.
Music festivals give us the permission to live out our fashion fantasies. Those outfits we would normally be too modest to wear. Maybe it's too colorful. Maybe it's too much skin. Maybe it's just not your “style”. But when you get to the festival… you have every reason to LIVE OUT LOUD! Why not? You're there to see your favorite artist, enjoy the music, and maybe get a little intoxicated (Your call, I am not judging). You need to make a statement.
Festival Fashion has elevated over the years. Trust me, I have seen some out of this world outfits. From the psychedelic to the bohemian to the Afrocentric, there are true moments of self-expression that I have appreciated dearly. Like I said before its the perfect time to live out your fashion fantasy. I pulled together some of my favorite looks from recent festivals so you can get inspired.
To start off, possibly the best known music festival of our time, Coachella. An annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This festival is huge. This year Beyonce was the headliner… So, you get the picture. Coachella is typically characterized for more bohemian, hippy fashions. This year I saw some looks that would have you think otherwise. Lots of ladies choose to be a lot less boho and a lot more grunge and sexy. Blogger Gabriela Sales went with camo pants, a black cut out bodysuit, and biker boots. I love that she added some unique elements with her two top knots and star-shaped earrings. This whole outfit was so hardcore but so alluring!
Going on to the FireFly Music Fest. Held in Dover, DE, the festival takes place in The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, a 105-acre (42 ha) festival ground, over the span of four days. This festival gave us the traditional boho looks we are use to seeing. You may think “Been there, done that”, but a lot of ladies added fun twist like showcasing a temporary tattoo, beautiful face paint, and accessories. My favorite at Firefly was Instagrammer Kate Lalone in her yarn two-piece. She was heartbreakingly cute adding a body chain and facepaint. What really pulled it all together though was her flower crown, a music festival staple.
A festival I have been dying to go to in the annual Essence Fest in New Orleans! Known as "the party with a purpose", the festival started in 1995 as a one-time event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Essence, a magazine aimed primarily towards African-American women.
Essence celebrates Black Women and Black style so the attendees express the culture via their outfits. And unlike most festivals, it's not located out on the muddy grounds of an open field so many don heels and classy styles. My favorite from this fest was the intersection of both! Instagrammer Joy Alicia took my breath away in this Africana print two-piece. You could tell in that hot New Orleans sun she felt easy, breezy in the light fabric. To complete the look, she wore black Birkins, an orange African print over the shoulder, hoops and an ankle bracelet. Also, I was extremely pleased by her “Feed-In” braids, half up in bun, half out.
My next look is from a festival I had never heard of. A friend schooled me. The Electric Daisy Carnival, commonly known as EDC, is an annual electronic dance music festival, with its flagship event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. Talk about psychedelic! The looks here were brought to you by your most far-out dreams. Faces bedazzled with jewels, glitter, and lots of skin! Okay to start off, Ma'am is that a money fan? Where do you get a money fan from? I love it! Blogger EM showed out in a checkered bikini bottom and a neon green tank bra with cool chains hanging from the bottom. Over the bottoms she wore a black leg harness from iHeartRaves. Insane! It's worth mentioning these accessories too. A studded choker, face jewels, and friendship bracelets. She made sure that glitter was stunning too!
5. Next we have a personal favorite style wise. AFROPUNK. Afropunk is an arts festival that celebrates and unifies the cultural cornerstones of afropunk culture through music, film, skate, and art. They actually hold this festival in Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Abroad. It was so hard for me to choose just one look from this festival. It is the mecca for style and culture and people SHOW OUT. I finally settled for the beautiful Instagrammer and photographer Jozif IV. Where do I start? Her white lace top and baggy pants whispered I can be feminine, masculine, and a bad ass all at the same time. In Afropunk fashion she donned high platform boots and added an afrocentric touch by overlaying everything in a light trench with African print trimmings. She wore her natural hair out with a sense of casualness that was heightened by her vintage sunnies.
Another festival I am just taking notice to is The Secret Garden Party. Often colloquially shortened to SGP, it is an annual independent arts and music festival that takes place in Abbots Ripton near Huntingdon in England. The U.K. is always my inspiration for out of the box style. I spotted Blogger Robyn Bevan in a outfit that blew my mind. She had on a pretty simple white tee and red track pants. She wore straight backs and made sure to have the standard festival season, dirty from the mud boots. But the highlight was that she adorned all this with this crazy shimmer jacket that I have never seen before in my life. It reminded me of the colorful streamers that I had on my three wheeler bike as a kid. I took of liberty of doing a little research for you and they are called Fringe Jackets (Missguided has some)!
I will end with the last festival I attended with my besties for our Girls Trip! Made in America in Philly. Made in America Festival was founded in 2012 by American rapper, record producer and business mogul Jay-Z, as a way to bring together music and culture. The inaugural event was held on September 1–2, 2012 on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. From first-hand experience, I can tell you MIA is definitely for the hip-hop, street official fans. The fashion sense follows with many ladies rocking ripped jeans, sneakers, graphic tees, and other trendy things. Blogger TheLifeofCake really stood out to me because she came with the streetwear elements but added a feminine flare. She coupled a beautiful sheer and Iron Maiden half shirt. Her long grey hair made her look so fashion forward and she completed look with Venice Oval Sunglasses. Go home everyone, she won the whole festival!
I am sure you are feeling inspired for your next festie and for that I say you are welcome! If you haven't planned one yet hit up your best friends and see if they're game. Or make it a solo trip if you're about that life (I once went to Dallas by myself just to see a concert). You never know if a festival adventure could lead you to meeting the one.