What To Wear: Your Guide To Festival Fashion

What To Wear: Your Guide To Festival Fashion

How to decode your boho look from your dubstep get-up.

By Emmy-Lou McKean | 6th February 2018

Although summer may be coming to an end, it seems that the Sunshine State’s weather has other plans.

It’s no secret that Queenslanders love a good summer festival and with only a few weeks of the festival season left, you can bet that we’re trying to squeeze as many in as possible.

After photos from festivals like Falls, Field Day, Lost Paradise and Woodford Folk filled our social media feeds over the holidays, it’s no surprise that by the end of the season we are well versed in festival fashion.

We take a look at the festival fashion trends that took Brisbane, Byron and beyond by storm to help you coordinate what to wear to the upcoming music festivals.

festival fashion Laneway

Image: Sabo Ozara wrap playsuit $72, Poppy Lissiman Flaming Rose $140, Sixty Six Studio, Marine hat $150, Le Specs Last Lolita white $119, Alice Mccall Just Like A Woman top $85, Zimmermann Painted Heart Lace Up Short $450, Vans Black Sk8 Hi $119.95


St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Known for delivering an epic lineup of the best local and international acts every year, Laneway Festival sees a crowd of music lovers, creatives and fashion-savvy punters assemble for good tunes and even better vibes. The Brisbane leg of Laneway Festival will be held at Brisbane Showgrounds, which means there is a 100% chance of being in the sun. This means one thing: sunnies and hats are essential! Belt bags and backpacks have returned in a big way this year, too. If you’re not willing to commit to the trend and invest in designer, stores like Sportsgirl or Verge Girl online can sort you out with the quick fix just in time for the weekend. Plus, with your wallet and phone on your hip or on your back, you’re free to hold a cider in one hand and a twirly potato on a stick in the other.


festival fashion Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

Country Road summer denim slouch jean $119, Seed silk cami $89.95, Verge Girl After dark bum bag $55, Zomp 2steel201 Nero $255, Zimmermann Double ring star $260, Calexico Rockins Shooting Stars classic skinny scarf $389, Image: @jacquiealexander


Mountain Goat Valley Festival
Although this festival may not be an all-day affair, you can bet there will be at least 20% of the crowd covered in a sprinkle of glitter due to the word festival being in the event name. Glitter aside, the Valley crawl has garnered a reputation for producing a line up of emerging acts that you can guarantee will be on the bill at the next Splendour or Falls Festival. With a timetable structure similar to Big Sound, the third instalment of the Mountain Goat Valley Festival is set to impress crowds with the likes of Ninajirachi, Hatchie and Midas.Gold performing on seven stages across the Valley. This means comfortable footwear is essential. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. You can’t go wrong with a killer jeans and boots combo; comfortable and appropriate in any venue. This pair from Zomp have the same price tag as a pair of Dr Martens but instantly elevates a grungy outfit and makes it rock chic.


festival fashion Hot Dub Wine Machine

Image: Spell Flower Child Denim set, Topshop Moto denim Pinafore $74.95, Aje atoll blouse $355, Alias Mae Nickel Black Nubuck $169.95, Poppy Lissiman Dakota torti orange $95, Dylan Kain Romy backpack gold $540, Image: @mimielashiry


Hot Dub Wine Machine
You’ve heard it through the grapevine, Hot Dub Wine Machine is one of our favourite events on the Australian festival circuit at the moment. How could it not be when there is live music and great wine involved? Said to deliver the best chardy ever, Wine Machine has stepped it up a notch this year with the likes of Sneaky Sound System, The Kite String Tangle, Touch Sensitive and Luke Million (you know the Stranger Things intro, yeah?) featuring on the lineup. Taking place at O’Reilly’s Winery in Canungra Valley, you can expect to find yourself in a sprawling meadow-like location with a carafe of wine in hand. This means white pants should be avoided at all costs. You can’t go wrong with denim pinafores and floaty dresses that will be sure to give you enough wiggle room to boogie the day away. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than the endless wine on offer, take your festival fashion to the next level with fresh flower crowns, hair braiding, glitter and a beauty parlour on site in the cellar door. Haven't got your tix yet? We're giving away a double VIP pass!


festival fashion Bluesfest

Alice Mccall Gemini child blouse porcelain $95, Glassons Wool beret $19.99, Bardot Web choker drop necklace $19.99, Poppy Lissiman Starman clear $115, Solana Eddie Boot 3 Black Western $269, Spell & The Gypsy Collective Etienne fitted pant $95, Image: Verge Girl Animal instinct midi skirt $99


Byron Bay Bluesfest
Showcasing international and local acts every Easter long weekend since 1990, Bluesfest has become a right of passage for lovers of all things blues and roots. This year the festival will host HUGE acts including Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Lionel Richie, Kesha, Seal and Lauryn Hill of The Fugees alongside a number of Aussie favourites such as Tash Sultana, Holy Holy and Harts. Bluesfest is known for its laidback vibe and that easily translates into the fashion seen in the crowds. Floaty skirts and blouses act as the perfect canvas for over accessorising with jewellery, sunnies, hats and embellished boots. At Bluesfest, more is more and it’s never looked better. Style tip: don’t forget your gumboots and poncho!


Festival Fashion Touch Bass

Images: Pinterest, Poppy Lissiman Eye Heart You Bandana $30, Violent Green Good Times Tote Bag $25, Sandro top with fine straps $55, Laced Good Worth 6 panel $70, sass and bide rulers in charge shorts $220, P.E Nation X Reebok classic nylon black $110


Touch Bass
If you’re anything like me, the FOMO is real when it comes to live music. But, running between Byron and Brisbane for two completely different festivals over the Easter long weekend is nothing to be ashamed of. However, wearing a Bluesfest get-up to Touch Bass will probably have you sticking out like a sore thumb. We can’t all afford the latest threads from Supreme or Off White, but you can stay on trend by opting for a black and red themed outfit. Touch Bass will be taking place outside at the Eatons Hill Hotel, so a hat is a must. Plus, it’s the perfect hide-y accessory for post-Bluesfest hair that has been dry shampooed for three days. In the case of Touch Bass, switch your straw hat for a cap. With Slumberjack, Getter and Excision all on the bill, you can guarantee you’ll be dancing you’re socks off and sneakers are more than encouraged.

Feature Image: Pinterest
All prices correct at time of publishing

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Article by Emmy-Lou McKean

Emmy-Lou McKean is a Journalist at Style Magazines. She is a self-confessed pyjama enthusiast and on her weekends when she isn't in said pyjamas you'll find her enjoying live music, sipping Matcha lattes and eating her way through Brisbane and beyond.


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