If you’re anything like me, you probably plan out your festival outfit themes way in advance. For example, months before EDCLV, I knew I wanted a USA theme and a camo theme. But with creative rave outfits a dime a dozen nowadays (which is AWESOME – don’t get me wrong), it’s hard to stand out.
So what I’ve started doing is focusing on a comfortable outfit with one element that helps me stand out and complete my look. For my USA outfit, I found a flag lip tattoo, and for my camo outfit, I had the perfect mini camo backpack.
With a bunch of September festivals right around the corner, here are 9 simple (and affordable) tips you can add to your outfit that will take it to the next level!
1. Lip Color
Bold lipsticks and glosses are in right now. Regardless of skin, hair, or eye color, there is a bold color that looks great on everyone. I just bought a bright purple for Electric Zoo next week! Lip color is a great way to add a pop to your outfit and tie everything together. You can get a cheap one at your local drugstore, or spend a little bit more and head to Sephora or Ultra (I’ve noticed that with lipstick, you get what you pay for). If you’re feeling a little bit bolder, you can also look into actual lip tattoos with a pattern or flag on them. I found my American Flag one on yandy.com!
Lots of personal rave shops are coming out with different types of belts to accessorize a pair of booty shorts, bodysuit, or skirt. They range from coin to fringe to jeweled belts, and come in all types of colors. I especially like the Ofisa belts on OceanxMoon added to a simple outfit just to give it some sparkle and pop. They’re also great to give you a little more coverage while you’re jumping around and dancing the night away.
3. Leg Wraps
Leg Wraps are one of my absolute favorite accessories. You can add one or two, and you can almost always find a color that matches the rest of your outfit. I found a great brand on Yandy.com for only $7 that stayed up for the entirety of EDCLV! They come in neons, metallics, and even patterns, and are another cool way to accessorize!
4. Flash Tattoos
I touched on flash tattoos in one of my first articles. Since then, they seem to have gotten more popular! They now come in all shapes, colors, and styles, and available for purchase at most boutiques and online outlets. In my experience, they stay on extremely well, and even for multiple days of a festival. I already have mine packed for EZOO and TomorrowWorld in the themes of my outfits! My favorite outlet to purchase them is Easy, just because they have a great variety, but they seem to be everywhere I look! Also check out Flastat: http://www.flashtat.com.
5. Body Jewelry
Body jewelry of all types became the hot accessory for the summer. Whenever I’m at the beach or a pool party, I see girls with the coolest body chains. If you dance and move around a lot, make sure you get one that doesn’t slip off your shoulders, otherwise you’re going to be stuck pulling it up every time the beat drops! Body jewelry has expanded, though, and now includes foot jewelry (cool alternative to wearing shoes), headpieces, arm cuffs, and small waist chains. Again, Etsy is a good place to browse if you don’t have something specific in mind.
6. Body Paint
This one’s a bit risky, simply because if you don’t have a friend who’s artistically inclined, it could be a nightmare. But, on the flip side, if you have a friend who’s a makeup artist/artist in general, this could be one of the coolest additions to a festival outfit yet. Neon body paints are readily available at places like Party City, and if you’re confident enough you won’t sweat it off throughout the day, I say go for it. I bought some neon blacklight paints for EZOO – I’ll let you know how it goes!
Hoods have recently appeared on my rave wear radar, and are appealing for a couple of reasons. First, they’re cool and different, and come in all types of patterns. Second, they’re pretty reasonably priced (sides like Disco Cheekz make them for under $20). And third, they’re easy to take off and put around your neck if you want to head bang. I’m not one to wear headbands, flower crowns, or cat ears, just because they fall off the minute I start getting into the music, so a hood is the perfect alternative.
At festivals, sunglasses are a must. And if you’re smart, you’ll never risk bringing RayBans or any other type of expensive sunglass. In no way is it worth it to have them fall off of your head and stepped on. So, instead, find cool, cheap sunglasses that go with your outfit. You can even find diffractions glasses that will make looking at lights extra special. Stores like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe often have heart shaped glasses for $5 that are perfect to store in your rave arsenal.
9. Mesh Layering
Initially, you might think layering will take away from your outfit. But especially when you get into camping festivals in September (like Nocturnal and Tomorrowworld), it can get chilly once the sun sets. If you layer your bra or crop top with a mesh hoodie or your booty shorts with a mesh skirt (iHeartRaves) you can add another dimension to your outfit while still keeping warm. They also just look really awesome – I wore an iHeartRaves open front mesh skirt to Mad Decent Block Party last weekend and LOVED it.