I spotted this Fashionista at Lollapalooza, and although there are still a couple more festivals in Chicago before the summer is over, I focused on this festivalgoer in particular because her outfit was amazing both in the context of a festival and everyday wear. The typical signs of a festival outfit are all present in this Fashionista’s outfit: floral headband, bandeau top and sandals. However, where this Fashionista sets herself apart from most of the others is her dedication to building a detailed outfit rather than simply throwing on a bikini top and booty shorts.
I love the emphasis on black—a color usually shunned at outdoor festivals. Wearing items that are lightweight and allow the breeze to keep you cool, such as shorts and a bandeau, counteract the heat-retaining properties of the dark color. What’s especially brilliant about this outfit for a festival is her sheer cape. The thin layer helps to protect her shoulders from burning under the sun, but is light enough not to make her sticky and hot.
I’ve always been drawn to the aesthetics of capes, especially ones made of chiffon as they effortlessly tie looks together and always make the wearer look super regal when they walk, with the wind lifting the bottom of the cape with their steps. Outside of the festival setting, capes are great additions to outfits when you want a more dramatic look. This Fashionista paired her cape with sandals, but booties are great alternatives because they give you a little more height and prevent the cape from sweeping the ground.
Lastly, I love her floral wreath. As mentioned before, I like things that resemble crowns, but I also like the one standout color against the all black ensemble. While usually standout colors have to be bright, by keeping the rest of the outfit muted the baby pink can be subtle and striking.
If you don’t see yourself wearing something similar to this entire outfit outside of the comfort zone of a festival, try incorporating some aspects of it into your wardrobe. For instance, throw together an all-black ensemble in the summer and note that you didn’t melt, or add subtle colors into your summer looks.