BOHO: Dress for the fest
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.
“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.