ACCESSORIES REPORT: Festive for Festivals

From Coachella to Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball to Lollapalooza and for the EDM fans, Camp Bisco and Ultra, summer is prime time for festivals. Spending hours upon hours hearing band after band and building camaraderie with the other crazy fans that like you, subject themselves to some potentially embarrassing tan lines. What could be better?

It seems that recently festivals have been followed closely by a greater number of people than ever before; not just for the music and performances, but the festival style. Instead of simply dressing for comfort and longevity, festival-goers have concentrated on their wardrobe more—as their bohemian-inspired wares are sure to be photographed by some street-style, or in this case festival-style, photographers.

Different festivals seem to draw somewhat different crowds and subsequent different styles. Instead of wearing those neon tutus and furry legwarmers to Ultra, (not hating — if you can rock it, go for it!) there are ways to dress comfortably and stylishly.

Celebrities whose festival style has been commended have been Sienna Miller, Vanessa Hudgens and Kate Bosworth. The reason their style is so highly regarded at these musical gatherings is they are aware of what works not only for their bodies, but also for the crowd, heat and longevity.

Although we would like to think festivals will always be sunny and clean, for health reasons going barefoot should not always be your go-to. Especially if there is some less-than-ideal weather (as festival-goers of this year’s Governor’s Ball can attest) boots may be your best bet. This pair from Frye are great, as they are an ombré style, which gives a more relaxed feel than traditional leather.

Another popular festival accessory is the ever-present flower crown. If you aren’t daring enough to wear the full-on crown, H&M has made some adorable flower clips that can be combined for a more dramatic effect, or used sparingly if you are looking for a more demure, wearable look.

As for functionality, this Fashionista knows the benefits of having a large bag, as you will have many important things with you on festival day. This Fashionista’s bag has the ability to be cross-body, leaving her hands free—a definite must. If you would like to take another route, fanny packs and satchels are gaining popularity. Try this one from American Apparel to ease your way into the fanny pack world.

Spotted: Many choose to go the vintage or thrift store route, but recently, the more mainstream designers are emulating the vintage and laid-back feel. For general festival style, I don’t think there is a more perfect representation than Isabel Marant’s spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection. From contrasting prints, to casual leather belts and the laid-back boho vibe, this collection emulates the ideal festival style. Satchels and even fanny packs could be spotted all over the runways recently, most notably Louis Vuitton, DKNY spring/summer 2013 and even Hermès. As for the flower crowns, Diane von Furstenburg was obviously quite ahead of this festival style staple, as most of her models in her spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection wore the headdress.

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