Spring and summer mean a lot of things to a lot of different people, but when it comes to avid music lovers, there is nothing that trumps the festival season. Yes, music is of the utmost importance, but in the recent years, what you chose to adorn yourself in as you fight to be in the front rows to see your favorite performers has gained equal, if not higher significance. Festival attire is a movement in its own right, and it has become more creative ever since street style photographers became enchanted with capturing the essence of the festival style. However, as all things in life, festival fashion is constantly evolving, and while a certain bohemian vibe will always be present, we are expecting a strong runway influence on this year’s festival looks, so let’s discover these new rules together.

In with the new

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For a brief moment there, we had forgotten all about the animal print, but Tom Ford came out with a new line to show us that the iconic prints will always make their comeback. So, in the sea of slouchy off-the-shoulder tops and leopard print leggings, we have no doubt in our minds that at least one animal print will be spotted at this year’s festivities. If you think about it, it makes for a nice shift from the traditional fringe vests, so we highly advise you to bring a bit of high-fashion on this upcoming adventure. It’s bold, it’s fierce, and most of all, it’s festive.

Easy and breezy

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The festival look is one that is supposed to be loud and even sometimes over the top, that’s the entire point – let yourself be playful in every way, style included. Now, aside from wanting to achieve the wow factor, you also want to feel free and unconstructed, which is why gorgeous and colorful gypsy clothing is always a great festival choice. You can go with a bohemian print top and cut-off denim shorts, or unleash the bohemian goddess in one of the gorgeous long and breezy kaftans. These will go wonderful with ankle strap flat sandals, which are incredibly trendy now, but you can always go with an oldie but goldie – the gladiator sandals.

Color blocking

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One of the absolute biggest spring and summer trends is color blocking, and if you choose the right path and not go with something too ‘French Riviera’ and polished in the manner of Carolina Herrera, you might just be able to translate the trend and make new festival style traditions. Festivals are all about color, so why not take a cue from the latest spring lines and mix the familiarity of the evergreen festival fringe with a splash of color? As you can see, the rules in fashion are made to be broken, so if you’re afraid of rain, you can pair your glam festival dress with rain boots, and even throw on a PVC jacket – a spring must have – into the mix and channel your couture vibes altered to suit your festive spirit.

Mix and match

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The sheer bohemian dresses were always a festival staple, but it wouldn’t hurt to leave the crochet kimonos rest for a change – they are becoming a tad passé and embrace the sheer dress trend that is fresh from the runway oven. It still goes hand in hand with the effect of the older version of the sheer dress, but in a slightly more elevated manner. It’s your chance to be bold and even frisky, play with day-glow underwear if the mood strikes you, and the best part of all – thanks to the rise and versatile nature of the athleisure trend, you can give your feet a break and opt for sneakers instead of sandals or ankle boots. Trust us, you are guaranteed to catch the attention of a street style photographer.

The satin goddess

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If you can’t bear to part ways with your flared jeans and huge belts, why not skip the crochet top and take a slightly more elegant route, that will only serve to elevate your festival look? Consider for instance the equestrian-inspired line by Calvin Klein, specifically the satin cowboy shirts. You can always leave a few buttons undone and tie the shirt at the waist to minimize on the ‘polish’ effect and maximize the festive vibes. You can put your hair in a messy bun or fill it with endless boho braids. You will stand out, that much is certain. Of course, if you want to go full equestrian, and add to the western vibes, the iconic festival fedora is probably already hanging in your closet.   

Bonus: don’t forget that fanny packs are back and better than ever, which is incredibly convenient as you want your belongings to be safe, and your hands free, so this accessory is one to beat as far as we’re concerned. Go wild with glitter – that’s what festivals are for, and choose good long-lasting makeup that will stay intact all night long. We hear good things about UD’s All Nighter setting spray, so look into that.

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