It is with a burgeoning aggression that the flood of summer music festival lineups have mercilessly drowned my Facebook and Twitter feeds. Setting aside the fact that I am a broke undergraduate who held back real life tears upon seeing some of those ticket prices, I still dream of the summer months where I freely bounce from concert to concert.
While there are still months separating us form the official commencement of music festival season, us Wolverines are in luck. God bless Ann Arbor’s proximity to great live music venues which can easily tide us over until we all break out the crop tops and ironically patterned leggings for those summer concerts. Dressing for concerts can be difficult, especially this time of the year when campus feels less like a winter wonderland and more like a Siberian prison. With this in mind, it’s important to bring up one of our favorite sartorial tropes: layering.
I know, I just got chills. They were probably caused by a passing arctic breeze, but let’s not dwell on details.
This Fashionista does it right. The graphic T-shirt, button-up cardigan and colored denim are both simple and standout ways to survive both a brisk walk or sweat-fueled show. Graphic T-shirts are making a comeback, and before you reminisce on the ones you wore in middle school that had sassy sayings bedazzled on the front, let me clarify. Ones like this Fashionista is wearing or this one from Zoe Karssen demonstrate the sophisticated revamp to the graphic tees of our pubescent pasts. Simple, eye-catching and only has as many words as someone is able to read while
walking sprinting by.
Her cardigan is also a valuable addition to the concert look. If you’re not in the mood to drag a parka around with you throughout the night (although I’d have nothing but respect for your decision to engage in that kind of commitment), a cardigan is a more suitable and fitting alternative. And never feel ashamed to embrace the revival of ’90s trends and wrap it around your waist if you need to. Cher Horowitz would think you’re, like, a total Betty.
One Simple Change: Easily make the transition into festival season by switching out the jeans for a leather mini-skirt.