The hottest festival wear for 2019

The snow is melting and the sun is reemerging from its months long hiatus which can only mean 2019 festival season is fast approaching. With dozens of major festivals around the bend, it’s time to begin essential preparations. There’s nothing like the month or week leading up to a festival – creating a playlist with songs from your favorite artists performing at the festival, hyping up your crew with daily reminders about how soon the festival is and, of course, planning what you’re going to wear.

On a day-to-day basis, I’m more of a roll out of bed and throw on the first outfit I see that smells clean kinda gal, but I am a firm believer that a good percentage of the fun of festivals is playing dress up. I’m also a huge advocate for self expression at festivals, so whatever you’re feeling, WEAR IT! But if you need a little guidance and want to know what styles will be hot this festival season, I’ve got you!

Crazy eyewear

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Yes, it’ll be sunny and it’s important to protect your eyes etc. etc., but the most fun eyewear has no functional purpose whatsoever. There are so many ways to dress up your eyeballs this season – SO MANY. I know I’m personally copping a pair of kaleidoscope lenses this festival season.

Bring on the (environmentally responsible) glitter

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Image from @guiltfreeglitter on Instagram

Yes, you read that correctly. You can now sparkle and shine without worrying about the damage glitter puts on the environment. Earth-conscious glitter isn’t made of microplastics, as regular glitter typically is, and is biodegradable.

Sequins! Sequins on everything!!!

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Image from shopmollyinthesky on Etsy

If pouring glitter on the floor and rolling yourself in it doesn’t fully fix your craving for sparkles, sequins will certainly do the trick. I’m talkin’ big sequins, I’m talkin’ itsy bitsy little sequins, I’m talkin’ sequins on your shirt, your shorts, your shoes, your fanny pack.

These boots are made for raving

dollskill combat boots
Image from dollskill

Combat boots are the perfection combination of comfort, style and safety. There is nothing worse than having your toes crunched by crowds of dancing feet when you’re just trying to enjoy your favorite artist. Rave in pain no longer!

Tie dye

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Image from TheBohipstian on Etsy

The iconic pattern that never fades out of style has been a staple at every festival since Woodstock, is fun to make and adds an instant pop of color to any outfit.

Reflective shiz

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Image from GlitterRomance on Etsy

Breaking news: reflective clothing is no longer solely for people jogging at night! It’s now also for ravers who want to ruin every flash photo of them with their friends by being the only thing the camera captures. Jokes aside, reflective stuff is all the rage this festival season, hitting the shelves in the form of pants, hats, bralettes and everything in between.

Don’t forget about the hair

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Image from Gorgeous Nightmare

When it comes to festival outfits, hair is essentially the cherry on top, the thing that ties together the rest of the look. The hair is a blank canvas with the ability to lend itself to any style. Wigs, extensions, hair dye, braids – the list could extend forever…

Something you could sleep in

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Image from Motel

Let’s face it – by day 3 you’ve lost all of the energy you had the first few days to dress in anything socially acceptable. And festivals are really no place to be acting socially acceptable. It’s time to break out the baggy T shirt that you probably packed just to sleep in and pretend you’re making a fashion statement by wearing it in broad daylight. When you need the effort to be minimum but without sacrificing style, opt for an oversized T-shirt.

I’ve linked to some great rave shops here! Did I miss some of your favorites? Let me know!

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