Festivals are back! Festival fashion, with its colors, sequins, flower crowns, and looks that show a lot of skin are back. The best thing about festival fashion is that it gives you the opportunity to have fun and experiment with fashion. Anything attention-grabbing goes.
After a two-year hiatus, Coachella, the California desert-based music festival, returned last weekend attracting 250,000 music fans. The festival is the fashion event that marks the beginning of the festival season and is known for trend setting and musical performances. The trends for the rest of the year’s festival fashion are often dictated by the Coachella looks worn by celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Katy Perry, and Gigi Hadid.
Music festivals have always influenced fashion–just think of the impact that Woodstock had on the hippy aesthetic in 1969. Or, recall the photos of Kate Moss or Sienna Miller at Glastonbury, making wearing Hunter boots with mini-skirts or short dresses fashionable. And we can’t forget the most controversial looks like when in 2017 people wrongly considered it “fashionable” to wear indigenous-style headdresses—an act that received backlash for being cultural appropriation. Recently, festival trends have included crochet pieces, crop tops and bike shorts, which have now been incorporated into mainstream summer trends.
In 2022, we’ll see vintage-inspired looks from the 90s and 2000s: skirts, bodysuits, bucket hats, dresses with floral prints, cargo pants…etc. And of course, we’ll sell transparencies and lace–tops and dresses that leave little room for the imagination: flowing robes and garments studded in rhinestones. The best thing about festival looks is that they give you an opportunity to have fun and experiment with fashion. Anything that gets the crowd’s attention goes. The more extravagant, the better. The dress code for festivals will always be: more is more.
Minimalism is not the way to go for a spring/summer of music, so don’t forget to apply this in your beauty looks as well. In 2022 the focus is on eyes and on being able to recreate the kind of makeup we see in Euphoria: mascara in funky colors, fun eyeliner, and rhinestones, beads, pearls, and metallic eye shadow. There are options for all styles and skill levels. And, don’t forget your nail art, which is another of the focal points when talking about festival beauty. Now you’re ready to hit the festival scene!