While my first goal will be to enjoy all of the great bands, my close second will be looking festival-appropriate and comfortable. Summer in Ottawa, Canada is normally a scorcher, so my clothing staples are shorts, breezy dresses, t-shirts, tanks and crops. One problem my friends and I normally run into though is looking “original”. Ottawa is such a small city with so-so shopping (unless you know where to go), you are bound to be wearing the same thing as someone else. I remember going to Bluesfest a few years ago and wearing a cute, frilly, orange romper from Forever 21. I thought I was safe from duplication since orange is typically a difficult colour to wear but nooooooo! I think my friends and I counted about 15 other girls wearing the exact same romper. FAIL. My friends still tease me about that one.
So, with that annoying experience in mind, I’m going to shun some of the festival fashion trends that are big right now such as fringe, the ubiquitious music festival flower crown, Hunter rain boots, and jean shorts so short that I’m ashamed to look (I would never wear those anyway). One trend that I will be completely embracing are knee-high gladiator sandals…just have to find a pair that I’ll be confident no one else will have!
Another thing that I want to be mindful of is price. I do not mind paying higher prices for quality clothing, but I just don’t think it is necessary to buy expensive designer items for music festivals. They are going to get wrecked in the rain, some boor is going to spill beer on you, you are going to get grass stains from sitting in fields under the sun, and if you are like me, you will inevitably dump your poutine down the front of your Novella Royales.
I got together recently with Katie Hession of YOW City Style (instagram: @yowcitystyle) for a little fashion shoot focusing on my ideal festival outfit in my “ideal” price range. I got lucky with this outfit last year, as I bought almost everything at the end of the summer season. The outfit featured cost well under $100 (*minus the shoes, watch and jewelry). Giddy up!
Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments!
Kimono – $5, Sirens
Braided belt – $2, Zara (no longer available)
Panama Hat – $14, Joe Fresh (purchased this year)
*Shoes from Aldo – $70 (similar here but $$$$)