Fashion wars: Boho vs. festival wear
If you pay any attention to Forever 21 spam email (guilty) or trending fashions, you may have noticed this popular look: festival fashion. At first glance, festival wear seems geared toward a throwback to the past, with fringe tops, high-waisted shorts, flower crowns and flowy jumpers with floppy hats galore. Basically, the style seems to mirror the fashion foundation the free-spirited trendsetters of the 1970s laid out.
…And I’m okay with that. I understand fashion just recycles itself over and over again. However, right now festival wear is everywhere. It seems to have started with the idea that music festivals should have more freely styled attire, but now fashionistas have almost made a contest out of it: No longer is it an ode to Woodstock, but a hybrid flowerchild on uppers. It’s like a hipster threw up on a hippie.
Don’t get me wrong, I was completely in favor of festival wear in the early days of the style, but by now, it has evolved to combine multiple genres: EDM, indie and rock… All at once. The overblown, pile-everything-on-at-the-same-time outlandishness just doesn’t do it for me. It is now practically common to see cropped fringe T-shirts paired with gold metallic high-waisted skirts and EDM kid fur boots. Just say no, folks.
In some instances, it is almost as if the trend took the cage dancer out of the cage and plopped her onto the streets. Festival wear has gone from being contained in music arenas to being seen on the average day.
Not to mention the often culturally insensitive essence of the style, which has normalized wearing feathered headdresses and bindis without understanding the symbolic meaning behind them and how they are staples in Native American and Indian history, respectively. Although it may seem free-spirited and cool to sport these, traditional garb should be treated with the gravitas it deserves.
If partaking in festival fashion on campus, try to choose one statement piece per outfit, be mindful of cultural taboos and keep it classy.
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