Looks to Rock: Invaders’ Guide to Festival Fashion

We’re all familiar with standard festival fashion – think braided headbands and denim cut-offs – but this spring, break free from basic and embrace the beyond.

Festival season means great music and good times, but it also means asking yourself the dreaded question: what am I going to wear? Whether you’re headed to Jazz Fest, Coachella, or just to see your favorite band, skip the meltdown and check out this list of 15 must-have festival fashions.

Crop It

The ever-popular crop top is a must this festival season. Even if you wouldn’t normally wear a crop top, go ahead and bare your midriff – festival season is the time to get away with something a bit more daring. Paired with high-waisted shorts, this look screams festival fashionista.

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[Image via Forever 21]

The Short of It

Shorts are basically a necessity this time of year, but this season it’s all about straying from the norm. Rather than opting for the usual denim, look for more refined options like tailored shorts in cottons, twills, cotton-canvas, or jacquard blends. Combining tailored shorts with contrasting pieces gives off a bit of edginess.

FestivalFashion_Shorts[Image via Topshop]

It’s in the Bag

As any woman knows, a bag is a necessity (where else are we going to keep vital supplies like lip gloss?). With so much going on at a festival, keeping up with your bag shouldn’t be an issue. Cue the rucksack: the backpack-style bag is perfect for carrying anything and everything, and the fact that you can just throw it over your shoulder only adds to the bag’s appeal. Opt for a floral print version for a super chic look.

FestivalFashion_Bag[Image via Gravity Threads]

Fringe Benefits

Nothing screams festival more than fringe, and while last year’s fringe was synonymous with western wear, this year is completely different. The fringe of 2015 has received a high-fashion facelift making the trend much more posh hippie. Seen on everything from tops and vests to dresses, shorts, and even shoes, fringe is essential this festival season.

FestivalFashion_Fringe[Image via Forever 21]

The New Boho

The boho trend has been around for quite some time, but has recently been revamped with ultra-luxe fabrics, modern details, and a more romantic feel. With feminine appliqués, floor-sweeping, flowy silhouettes, vibrant color palettes, and kaleidoscopic prints, the romantic bohemian trend is a festival-goers’ dream!

FestivalFashion_NewBoho[Image via Wet Seal]

Crochet Creations

With everything ‘70’s making a comeback, it’s no surprise that crochet pieces are huge right now. Retro-inspired dresses made of crochet-like material are perfect for the warmer weather that comes along with festival season, not to mention look great whether thrown over a bathing suit or worn on their own as a dress.

FestivalFashion_Crochet[Image via Forever 21]

Suede Parade

Suede for spring? That’s right! The soft, supple fabric has received a warm weather makeover. The key to wearing suede is to choose the right pieces, and this spring it’s all about vibrant hues, simple cuts, and clean lines offering everything from daytime dresses to hippie-inspired coats to practical jumpsuits – all of which are perfect looks to rock at a festival.

FestivalFashion_Suede[Image via Topshop]

 

Top it Off

Sure, most girls will stick with floral headbands this festival season, but those willing to ditch the norm should go with the wide-brimmed fedora. Instantly adding a boho boost to any look, the fedora not only looks great but protects you from the sun as well, so how can you go wrong?

FestivalFashion_Sunhat[Image via Topshop]

 

MAXI-mize Your Look

Everyone’s favorite dress length is back. Perfect for the transitional weather that comes along with spring, the maxi dress is not only practical but totally stylish, especially when paired with a denim jacket. So, whether you’re staying at the festival all night or heading out for a night on the town, the maxi dress has got you covered.

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[Image via H & M]

Refreshed Denim

While jean cut-offs are a mainstay during festival season, this spring denim is taking on new forms. From chambray shirts to denim shift dresses to overalls, denim is no longer just for legs.

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[Image via Forever 21]

Just Kickin’ It

As every woman knows, the wrong pair of shoes cannot only ruin an outfit but can ruin your whole day with each painful step – and nobody got time for that. Spending the entire day on your feet doesn’t have to be brutal: all you need is the right pair of statement sneakers. Both comfortable and stylish, the right pair of sneakers can be paired with just about anything, from a dainty dress to an edgy romper.

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[Image via Anthropologie]

Bandanas

Think you need a statement necklace to complete your festival look? Think again! This season it’s all about the bandana. From the runways to celebrity sightings, the bandana has been spotted on necks everywhere. The best part about this trend are the limitless possibilities – with so many styles and patterns, there’s definitely something for everyone.

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[Image via Zara]

Down to Earth

Neon has been a festival staple for too long – but this season, neutral earth tones are stealing the spotlight. Colors like taupe, terra-cotta, and beige are set to be huge. The key to wearing these muted tones without seeming too drab is looking for pieces with eye-catching patterns.

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[Image via Forever 21]

Stylish Shades

Sunglasses are about just as vital to a festival as tickets. And while Ray-Bans have been the go-to sunglasses for the past couple of years, it’s time for something new. Enter mirrored sunglasses. The colorful mirrored lenses not only look great but also make for unbeatable hater blockers.

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[Image via Urban Outfitters]

Stand Tall

Gladiator sandals have been around for quite a while, but that doesn’t mean they’re going anywhere just yet. Seen all over the runways, tall gladiator sandals offer a much-needed break from bulky Birkenstocks. The strappy silhouette looks super chic and lets your toes breathe – a necessity for balmy days at the festival.

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[Image via Zara]