It’s been about a week now and I am still recovering from RBC Bluesfest, Canada’s largest music festival. Always a good time, the festival never fails to deliver great acts and great people watching.
Lipinski Dress -Aritzia (similar here) | Sandals – Chinese Laundry (similar here) | Finger Bracelet – T’s Crochet Shoppe | Carlyn Sunglasses – Framed Sunglasses Boutique | Break 4 Love – Deborah Lippman
Every year, I attend with my hubs and a bunch of friends and this music festival’s start pretty much marks the beginning of summer. My girlfriends and I plan out which shows we are going to see and that’s how it had always been…until recently.
Along with planning out which stages we had to be at and when, we also started planning outfits, obviously. Not only had music festivals become so huge (a perfect way to see as many great bands as possible in one place), it also became a roving fashion show – a sort of contest to see who can look the most dazzlingly boho as possible, who can buy the most from Topshop and Forever 21’s festival fashion capsule collections, who can boast the biggest flower crown, flashiest Flash Tattoos and most intricate festival braids.
Personally, I love it. I block out my husbands pleas to just “enjoy the music and focus less on what you’re wearing.” I mean, where is the fun in that?
This year, I took a different approach. I was sick of turning up to Bluesfest and Osheaga wearing the same Forever 21 dress as 17 other girls. This year, it was time to freshen up the look. I packed away my high-waisted vintage Levi cut-offs (too “everywhere”), shunned Forever 21, packed away the reflective aviators and banished the fringe to the back of my closet.
I decided to go a little more feminine this time around. For the first night, I reached for my little chambray dress. Too short and a little too swishy, it was perfect. It was the polar opposite of the ubiquitous butt cheek-baring, too-tight mom shorts most girls were wearing with little black, cropped tank tops. I also reached for some giant Chloé-inspired sunglasses from the Framed Sunglasses Boutique and my adorable little finger bracelet courtesy of my sweet friend Tanya.
Tanya has her own Etsy shop (T’s Crochet Shoppe) featuring an array of really unique and beautiful crocheted items. When I saw Kay and Lacey of Country Meet City wearing the Barefoot Sandals, I quickly emailed Tanya to see if she could make me a version for my hands and voilà!! My festival style officially got the “Festival Factor” it needed.
While rocking out that night, I was stopped a bunch of times by festival goers asking about my “finger thingy” and remarking how awesome it was. It’s awesome, indeed…mainly because it is totally unique!!
How do you make sure your festival outfit has that special “Festival Factor”? It’s not too late to get your own T’s Crochet Shoppe piece for the upcoming Osheaga, City Folk 2016, Lollapalooza and Afro Punk festivals!