BOHO: Dress for the fest

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Now, whether you’re plan­ning on at­tend­ing a fes­ti­val or not (Folk Fest, per­haps), it is ap­pro­pri­ate to wear “boho chic” out and about and to the of­fice.

The same things that fes­ti­val­go­ers are sport­ing have el­e­ments that are com­pletely ap­pro­pri­ate out­side the fes­ti­val venue. ing a layer back on or swap out one of the pieces for some­thing that cov­ers a lit­tle more.”

Kristi Hill, fash­ion di­rec­tor of Free Peo­ple, pointed out that rompers and over­alls are huge this year, and can be paired with boots which may al­ready be in your closet (per­haps left over from an event just a week ago?).

Ac­ces­sories can def­i­nitely help pull the whole look to­gether and can add an el­e­ment of fes­ti­val style to any out­fit. Body chains are in fash­ion, but if you’re not com­fort­able with wear­ing one dur­ing the day, any del­i­cate jew­elry can add some­thing spe­cial to your look. Hill em­pha­sizes that “the key is pick­ing one or two key pieces that feel true to your per­sonal style and styling them with items that ex­ude a sense of ease.”

Lanier from Get Plenty adds, “I al­ways think that you should wear ac­ces­sories in two of three places — wrist, neck and/or ears. If you’re wear­ing jew­elry in all three ar­eas it can get over­whelm­ing. My only ex­cep­tion to the rule is sim­ple, small stud ear­rings in some sort of metal­lic tone or a di­a­mond — then you can still get a lit­tle cre­ative with neck­laces and bracelets. If you want to wear longer ear­rings, then nix the neck­lace and just go for some bracelets. If you’re go­ing for a sim­pler out­fit, then go bolder with your ac­ces­sories!”

And don’t for­get your head when you think about ac­ces­soriz­ing for the fes­ti­val sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to Rima Saoum­maa, prod­uct de­vel­oper for ALDO Ac­ces­sories, “flower crowns or braided hair­pieces are the per­fect com­ple­ment to any fes­ti­val out­fit.”

Of course, for those who aren’t into the flower crowns, hats need to be added into the wardrobe and Aldo Ac­ces­sories is your goto store for that, too. “Floppy hats and fe­do­ras pol­ish and top off any look in­stantly. They are des­tined to be the go-to ac­ces­sory this sum­mer and will def­i­nitely el­e­vate any jeans and tee combo,” says Saoum­maa.

At the end of the day, re­mem­ber that there is such a thing as be­ing too trendy. Hill re­minds peo­ple to “pare your look back to one state­ment fes­ti­val piece. Whether it be a cow­boy hat, state­ment neck­lace, car­ryall bag, or the per­fect boot, use a key fes­ti­val item to keep things cool and per­sonal with­out go­ing over the top.”

Less is al­ways more, and al­though peo­ple tend to pile on the ac­ces­sories come sum­mer, re­mem­ber that you def­i­nitely don’t have to do that to be fes­ti­val­ready.

DO make things look ef­fort­less. Even if it took you four hours to get ready to go out, the re­sult should be sim­ple and high­light your nat­u­ral beauty. Plus, it’s sum­mer — don’t pack on the makeup, show off your sunkissed glow!

DO wear sun­screen! If you’re go­ing to be out­side for an ex­tended amount of time, pro­tect your­self ac­cord­ingly.

DO make sure you stay hy­drated.

DON’T dress to the nines — dress com­fort­ably. Most fes­ti­vals are held out­side and a lot of walk­ing or move­ment is in­volved. Yes, you want to look good, but don’t wear a silk dress or tight leather pants, or your “cab-to-curb” stilet­tos out and about for these events. If you want to go a lit­tle dressier or fem­i­nine, then try to keep it on the more ca­sual side of things. Keep your out­fit ma­chine wash­able — no dry-clean-only clothes here!

DON’T be afraid to try new things. Whether it be a new food or tak­ing on some salsa danc­ing in pub­lic, don’t be afraid and just im­merse your­self in the cul­ture. That’s why you are there.

Free Peo­ple

“Boho chic” works at the of­fice and on week­ends, too.


Add the right hat and you’re ready to hit any fes­ti­val.

No girl should be with­out a flow­ing maxi dress this sum­mer.


Get cre­ative with neck­laces and bracelets.


Don’t for­get sun glasses when you think about ac­ces­soriz­ing.

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