It’s officially music festival season, and sunny days have started bringing fans together in places like Indio, CA, to enjoy the occasion. With the last weekend of Coachella just a few days behind us and Instagram feeds full of the #takemeback hashtag from lucky concert goers, there is much to discuss. And it’s all about fashion.
For many, the biggest news after the two-week hype about Coachella was what the biggest fashion trends were and what the celebrities in attendance wore. Whether people keep their looks low-key or wore standout accessories such as flower crowns and bindis, the staples seen and photographed at music festivals are always talked and blogged about. They make us notice the fashion and we love it (or we hate it), we comment, and we even occasionally show up to class in outfits that makes us look like we got lost on our way to General Admission. We also spend our time looking through slideshows featuring “Why Selena Gomez Ruled Coachella Fashion”or “17 Coachella Outfits You Don’t Want to Miss”. I could tell you what my five favorite outfits were, what is now on my wish list and what I would never wear, but I cannot talk about the festival’s lineup, and that may be worth noting for the future.
These festivals have not only created an opportunity for music lovers to enjoy some of their favorite artists for the weekend, but also —and maybe more importantly— they’ve created an increasingly notorious fashion niche. They’ve become an epicenter of street fashion and fans put as much effort in their outfits as they do in making the travel arrangements. Perhaps it makes sense; if music festivals are a three-day celebration of music and music is in many ways a celebration of individuality, then it is only natural that the yearly rituals have expanded to be as much about what people wear as it is about who the headliners are going to be. There may not be blog posts about the “7 Best Coachella Performances”, but that does not mean that the music has become less important. It simply tells us that the festival performances are something that have to be lived and felt among fellow fans, and are nearly impossible to transmit through social media. The music is the experience. Festival fashion, on the other hand, is the souvenir that concert goers and their admirers get to keep.
Lorena Tamez is a staff writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org