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The Fashion Doctor: Music festival fashion

For all you music junkies out there, you know what the end of semester brings: endless amounts of music festivals. Whether it is across the border at ones like Coachella or Sasquatch, or low-key venues here at home, the coming of warmer weather is a definite signal of the festivals fast approaching. So for those of you going, here are a few ideas on how to look stylish for the occasion with what I like to call music festival fashion.

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By Jasmine Proctor (Contributor) – Email

Print Edition: April 10, 2013

For all you music junkies out there, you know what the end of semester brings: endless amounts of music festivals. Whether it is across the border at ones like Coachella or Sasquatch, or low-key venues here at home, the coming of warmer weather is a definite signal of the festivals fast approaching. So for those of you going, here are a few ideas on how to look stylish for the occasion with what I like to call music festival fashion.

Now depending on the music genre you’re most interested in, you could be wearing different outfits to different venues. It all depends on who’s in the lineup, really.

Likewise, you want to take into consideration the weather conditions when putting together your look. Don’t wear a crop top and maxi skirt if it’s going to be pouring buckets. Dress accordingly, my friends. With that being said, remember to wear comfy shoes (heels are a no-go) and a hat of some sort, to keep you from getting overheated if the temperature is high. As well, sunglasses are a must, especially if you’ll be in the sun for the entire festival weekend (or weekends, in some cases).

If you’re more of an indie or alternative rock fan, you’ll definitely want to be wearing something upbeat with a little bit of edge. Look for pieces that are distressed, studded or even acid-washed. My recommendation would be some high-waisted jean cut offs with a cropped band t-shirt. This look works because it’s casual and comfy, yet it still has that rock feel to it. You could even play up the look with some funky accessories, like a spiked headband or some bangles.

For all you hip-hop lovers out there, you want to be funky. Think street style: beanies, bright colours and hightop shoes are all a big must. Don’t be afraid to wear loud prints, cheeky graphic tees or out-there sunglasses. Hip-hop is all about being different, so why not channel that vibe with your outfit? You could even add some costume jewelry to add a little extra to the look.

When it comes to more folk style music, light and flowy is the way to go. You want to seem effortless and natural, so try a neutral maxi dress or skirt, alongside a basic floppy hat. These all have that earthy, bohemian feel to them, which is perfect for this type of music genre. I would even do a neutral maxi skirt with a black and white striped crop top or tank top, just to bring a little structure into the outfit. Accessorise with anything brown and rustic to complete the look that is both airy and grounded.

Wanting something you can wear to all venues? Try keeping your outfit basic, but on trend. A comfortable, light-weight sweater in a solid colour, tucked into a high-waisted skater skirt can act as a great basic look, which works for all types of concerts. To spice it up, put on a straw fedora and some gladiator sandals, plus a cross-body bag to hold all of your things while you’re on the go.

Remember: festivals are no longer just strictly about the music; fashion is a major portion, too. It’s a time to play with colours and textures, and to express yourself through music’s influence. So have fun with it!

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