Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer Music Festival Fashion Trends and Tips


      The key to having a successful time at an outdoor summer music festival is by creating the perfect balances between looking hot and staying cool. After attending my third consecutive Warped Tour I noticed a number of consistent trends among concert goers who were able to balance on the thin line between practicality and fashionability. 
Trends
Bandeau tops
These trendy little tops are great for avoiding those pesky tan lines at all-day festivals. They also look fashionable when paired with a loose tank top.
High-waisted shorts
The blast from the past has reemerged from obscurity and is here to stay. These chic vintage-inspired shorts are made for summer.
Fanny packs
Instead of lugging around a heavy bag on their shoulder many have opted for the fanny pack. It stays out of the way and you’re free to move around as you wish.
Crop tops
A crop top is a perfect way to show some skin and stay cool during a hot summer day.
Do’s 
1. Do wear proper footwear
Although stiletto and wedges make your legs look great they do not fair well in the elements and are far less comfortable than your favorite pair of sneakers.
2. Do buy cheap sunglasses 
Why risk breaking your favorite pair of sunglasses when you could settle for a similar alternative? Leave the Dior and Channel sunglasses at home and go for a cheaper substitute. 
3. Put comfort before fashion
Even though those super tight high-waisted shorts look so hip I bet you’d enjoy sitting and still having your reproductive organs intact after the show. 
Don’ts
1. Don’t wear jewelry
Spending the entire day in the sun will guarantee some funky tan lines and you don’t want your favorite necklace to leave its mark. Also, if it’s valuable jewelry don’t take the chance of breaking or losing it.
2. Don’t be a “just because”
Just because it is in style and just because it comes in your size doesn’t mean you should wear it. Wear what’s right for your body type not just what is stylish.
3. Don’t bring your winter wear 
Although this may seem like a no-brainer there is always that kid who decides to break out his skinny jeans and sweater for an all-day outdoor festival. If a concert goer wants to suffer from heat stroke then more power to them. At least they will look hardcore when they are hauled away on a gurney.

     Music festivals are a great place to enjoy yourself and let loose. Stay safe out there, remember to stay hydrated, and don’t forget your ticket!

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