With South by Southwest in Austin, Texas kicking off music festival season this past week; festival go-ers, music enthusiasts, junkies, and fanatics will be looking for their festival outfits. Usually, these festivals run for more than one day, therefore one will need a few different outfits, where better to put together a music festival wardrobe than at Goodwill. You won’t have to sacrifice style, and you’re being eco-friendly by purchasing donated clothing and helping the community with your purchase.
Music festivals are occurring all over the nation from now through the fall and I’m excited to bring you five looks for various genres of music festivals and the many soirees that will be happening during these festivals. I stopped in a RARE by Goodwill and pulled looks from neon-centric, to cowgirl chic, to poolside goddess; I’ve created looks for Ultra Miami and Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, Stagecoach, Governors Ball, and Outsidelands.
RARE by Goodwill
411 W. Broadway, Suites C-H (Find the entrance off the Center Street Promenade)
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone- (714) 786-6642
M-Sat: 10AM-8PM, Sun: 11AM-6PM
NEON DREAMS – Ultra Miami and Electric Daisy Carnival
It is no mystery that this look is very loud and bright, but I must say it’s not as over the top and skin-baring as the usual ‘rave’ outfits you will see at the electronic dance music festivals such as Ultra Miami and Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC). I wanted to fit into the color scheme of neon hues and bright lights that will take over Ultra and EDC, but also still be comfortable since attendees will be dancing all day into the late evening, hence the comfy, printed t-shirt and fun, colorful Nike sneakers. I don’t want to be taking much with me while on the festival grounds so this blue clutch also serves as a cross body bag and holds the bare essentials.
COUNTRY STRONG – STAGECOACH
Grab your cowboy boots and hats and head over to Stagecoach, a country music festival in the Indio desert. RARE had a treasure trove when it came to Stagecoach outfit choices; so many daisy dukes and cut off denim shorts, graphic tees and crop tops, lace blouses, and boots. For this look, I didn’t want to wear just any ol’ denim shirt and therefore chose a dainty, floral printed chambray shirt that paired quite well with the flirty and frilly Zara ruffled lace skirt. We were able to tie in the awesome cowboy boots I found, by cinching my waist with a belt of the same color palette; various shades of brown and a washed out grey. The bag can be held by the top handles, or worn as a cross body bag. This feels more like an approachable outfit compared to the ultra short cut denim shorts and crop top, or the bikinis and boots I’ve seen street snapped during the festival last year.
INDIE IN THE CITY – GOVERNORS BALL NYC
Governors Ball may not actually take place on Manhattan in New York City, but attendees still get the magnificent city views as a backdrop while they jam away. This entire look was too fitting for this festival which yields a mix of super stylish city inhabitants and socialites as well as the more free-spirited, hippie-chic festival go-ers. I found this amazing plaid vintage dress that had a great ruffled neckline, and the off the shoulder detail gave the dress that special ‘oomph’. The purse is made from an old cigar box, and you just can’t go wrong with the sequin embellishment that spells out ‘Let’s Rock’. Extra touches were added to the look with a medallion wrap around belt (which also gave the dress a bit more shape), and these jaw-dropping Jeffrey Campbell glitter platforms. Although the festival grounds may get muddy, the shoes can easily be switched out to a flat style. I would definitely wear this entire look, outside of a musical festival, it’s my favorite!
Every year, Coachella festival attendees arrive in their fashion-forward boho/hippie/gypsy-inspired outfits to dance, sing, and lounge the day and night away with the beautiful desert backdrop of the Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. I wanted to step away from the usual floral crowns, fringe bags, floppy hats, and bohemian flair with a more ‘Coachella Day Party’-inspired look. This festival occurs right in the middle of Spring and this outfit screams Spring from the gingham print of the top and cheery light blue colors, to the sunny yellow flower embellished Topshop heels. If you don’t like to wear crop tops or show much skin, wear a colorful top or a blouse with texture like lace. The white top was used as a wrap and gives the look a cool, yet sophisticated look.
Festival go-ers cozy up for Outside Lands which takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It’s quite a bit cooler than the festivals that take place in the desert, but it is still warmer during the day and then chilly in the evening, so past attendees have been spotted with utility jackets, flowy pieces under structured pieces like a leather or suede jacket, and sweaters and wraps. I wanted to pay homage to 90s rock music with this ‘Nirvana’ tank and incorporated the layers and nature-feel of the festival park grounds with a faux shearling vest with an amazing print. The Topshop heels complete the outfit, but if you don’t want to walk in heels grab some sneakers or flat ankle boots.
I’ve visited RARE by Goodwill before and was thoroughly impressed, now with my second visit, even more so; there was such a great selection for every look that I was putting together for music festival-inspired outfits. And I was able to come up with unique looks that gave a sense of my personal style. Stop in and shop for yourself!
Photos taken by Andrew Nguyen