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Ah festival season is upon us! Secondary to who’s playing and which festivals you will be attending this summer is, ‘what in the hell to wear!?’ Gone are the days of the beater and short combo mashed with a bit of the dreaded fluoro – eek! Having just returned from Falls not long ago one thing is abundantly clear; when it comes to festival fashion almost anything goes, and this is a chance to be creative. These days festivals are a variable catwalk of trends, with a plethora of fashion dos, and, (let’s face it) a few don’ts. Needless to say we’re pretty lucky in Australia; we have loads of festivals to pick from and awesome weather to frolic in. No wellies in sight here, instead here are some festival trends for you to contemplate before your next festi!
Festival (please) do’s
Wear silver, wear gold – wear it all together. These days it’s all about piling on as much as your fingers and wrists can carry. Coco Chanel once said, ‘before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.’ Well, there’s little chance of running into Coco at the BDO, so let’s do the opposite.
2) Head wear
Festival headwear is both stylish and practical. A headband will not only keep your hair out of your eyes but will also hide the dreaded end of day sweaty hair sins. Put one on and commence head banging.
Another practical trend, skip out on the bruised feet this year folks and put on some heavy duty boots. You can be front and centre in the mosh; without having to limp home!
Are you a stud muffin? Or do you prefer a bit of carnage? Remove your mind from wherever it just went – I’m talking about shorts here! Not only are shorts, well short – they have also developed a mind of their own. They are stud(ly) they are ripped all over and they are comfy as hell to groove in.
Festival (please) don’ts
1) Maxi dresses.
There is a place for these, and it ain’t at a festival. While maxi dresses mean you can save some money on fake tanage it’s highly likely the dress will be ruined by the end of the day, from many (including you) stepping all over the thing. Save the maxi for the hung-over recovery BBQ the next day.
Ok, so I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, it’s a free country and festivals are open air, so smoke away. But please don’t smoke in the middle of a crowded mosh. You will thank me when you’re not thrown in jail for burning someone’s eye-ball with one wayward dance move.
It’s never in fashion. Remember Karma? Well, word on the street is that she can be a bit of a bitch.
In my experience festivals are what you make them. So, even though this may seem a little hypocritical having just essentially written an article about what to wear; I’d like to end by saying at the end of the day, everyone looks a mess. So let your hair down, be creative, smile, laugh, dance. It’s only acceptable for us to keep going to these things for only so much longer. Above all else (yes, even fashion) have fun!
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