Rebecca Tay | Date posted: April 19th, 2011
Is it spring break? Sure, but that’s not all. Every year, around this time of year, stores start selling what “festival fashions”—cutoff shorts, flowing, boho-inspired tops, and flat, stylish footwear that is, yes, perfect for a spring fling, but also ideal for dancing in.
Last month, SXSW took over Austin, Texas, and earlier this month saw acts like Arcade Fire, Chromeo, City and Colour, Broken Social Scene, Duran Duran, Kings of Leon, Kanye West, and The Kills grace the stage at Coachella in California. Up next? Sasquatch in May; Bonnaroo in June, and of course, Lollapalooza in August-all festivals that remind us of 1969s legendary Woodstock Festival. Listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll,” the festival brought 32 acts to 500,000 fans who braved often-rainy weather and lots of muddy ground to see performances by the likes of Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, Santana, The Who, and of course, Jimi Hendrix.
There are also those festivals happening across the pond, too—at the end of June, Glastonbury will take over a green space in southwest England, bringing acts like Janelle Monae, Anna Calvi, The Chemical Brothers, and Friendly Fires to hundreds of thousands of screaming fans. There’s also Ibiza Rocks and its sister festival, Mallorca Rocks, which feature mostly-British bands like Plan B, Dizzie Rascal, and Tinie Tempah in a bumping hotel in Spain’s Balearic Islands.
But what does this all mean for fashion? Luckily, where there’s music, there’s almost always nice weather—at least where festivals are concerned. Dig out those perfectly-worn 501 cutoff shorts and pair them with a colourful, tiered tank that will move when you do. As you work on your tan (and don’t even try and deny that you will!), switch it up and match patterned bottoms with a simple, white tee that will show off your golden skin. Rompers and fringed pieces are also cute, easy pieces popular on the festival circuit, and while you might want to pack like Kate and throw some good ol’ Hunter Boots into the mix, don’t forget fun accessories like retro sunglasses, flat sandals and a colourful, geometric necklace.
What are you packing for festival season?