Summer music festival style 0
The music is hot at open-air music festivals – an annual rite of summer – and the fashion is always cool and easy.
Dressing casually and comfortably is important and often starts with shorts or cut-offs, a hat, comfy shoes and, of course, a t-shirt or two.
“Take sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and … comfortable clothes, which should always include your favourite t-shirt,” suggests Michael Fhima, co-owner of Lucky 7, a lifestyle brand that’s known for its music-oriented tees. Lucky 7 is also creating customized t-shirts for the Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez concert tour, which kicks off this weekend.
Women want to be comfortable but also to look their stylish best. This can be challenging with varied weather conditions and when camping out for two or more days as part of the fun.
“When going to open-air festivals you need to pack light, take only necessities and wear the most comfortable and breathable clothes and shoes. I personally take an extra t-shirt as with the crowd and the heat, mine gets wet quickly,” says Sergey Stepanov, a Montreal-based independent music journalist and contributor to Rolling Stone magazine.
Other fashionable options beyond tees and shorts include lightweight flowy tops and pants, maxi skirts paired with tank tops, and shoulder baring sundresses and jumpers.
“While a summer dress is a festival classic, my favorite item is a jumper. Jumpers are flattering and functional and make cute alternatives to dresses. The ones I design are great for light packers as they can fit in your purse,” says Jude Feller, the Vancouver-based designer of Lifetime Collective.
Giving some serious thought to your footwear may be one of your most important considerations, especially when you’ll be on your feet for hours at a time -- or away from home for several days.
Open sandals made of leather with comfortable and moisture-wicking insoles and lightweight shoes with flexible soles will keep you in good stead.
“Fila Skele-toes are the latest flexible and lightweight shoe that can easily be packed … With a stretch nylon design, flexible rubber sole and combined 4th and 5th toe for comfort and stability, Skele-Toes are perfect for outdoor activities such as music festivals and concerts,” says Stephanie Smith, a marketing manager for Fila Canada.
If the weather is wet and the ground muddy, a pair of plastic slip-ons or waterproof boots, along with a rain poncho or hat, are other musts.
Other takealongs to help you stay fresh include maximum-strength deodorant and a fragrant body mist. One-step beauty products such as oils that moisturize the face and body and provide anti-frizz hair control can be of good service.
“If you’re staying overnight on the fest grounds, bring some toilet paper as it always runs out quickly in public restrooms, along with Band-Aids … a lightweight blanket and ground cover,” recommends Stepanov.
“Festival style is all about fun in the sun and letting your freak flag fly,” says BuenoStyle and Oak designer Christi York, who sells her one-of-a-kind jewelry at festivals, including this weekend’s Vancouver Folk Festival.