While social media sites rub the thrill of Coachella in the faces of those unable to attend, dressing the part of a festivalgoer has never been more in style for the average fashionista. From floral prints to denim basics, music festival season has begun, and the attendants’ looks have become a spectacle almost as big as the musicians themselves. Here are a few simple trends that can be affordable for a college budget.
Florals for spring are not necessarily the most groundbreaking idea, but they never disappoint and stay on trend. Placing a unique spin on florals in terms of silhouette is the best way to style festival-ready looks this year.
Rock a floral vest or sleeveless tank, like the ASOS Tank with Hawaiian Floral Print and Extreme Racer Back, to show some masculinity along with spring spirit ($23). For a more feminine look, try Modcloth’s Fest What You Need Dress with a pair of strappy flat sandals ($50). For a classic look, pair a floral jacket with a complementing top, long necklace, hot pants and booties.
The maxi dress is a go-to item for style and comfort among festivalgoers, and this piece can be a good decision for a busy student. Look for vibrant colors like cobalt or red-orange and pair with colorful, matching sandals in a funky material like rubber or PVC.
Denim has made its way back into the hearts of festivalgoers, and that is music to the ears of New York City residents combating chilly nights. No one can go wrong with a denim jacket and, when paired with a monochrome legging or skinny jean, it looks sleeker than ever.
Try H&M’s Denim Jacket and add some Miley Cyrus buns to your hair for an even bigger statement ($40). For a more casual look, pair a rolled up 1969 Destructed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans from Gap ($41) with a graphic tank tee, like Forever 21’s Free Spirit Knit Tank ($14); a simple sneaker, like Converse or Keds; and retro cat-eye sunglasses. Another basic is jean shorts. When worn with an animal print top and a vibrant shoe, this look can be a total hit.
Accessories are all the rage with festival style, too. Floral headbands are a bit too literal and somewhat overdone, but the bangle frenzy is just starting. Stacks of bangles on one arm are a great way to keep your looks fresh and young while adding some eccentricity. The only rule is to make sure to match all metals on one arm.
Stone rings have returned as well to add pops of color to monochromatic apparel. From emerald to turquoise, these stones add an organic yet chic feel to any look. Stop by Monk Thrift Store on MacDougal Street for an endless assortment of jewelry.
As for bags, the most festival-functional companion is the bucket bag. Simple and reliable, this bag is an instant winner. Old Navy’s Faux-Leather Tasseled Bucket Bag ($25) and Sole Society’s Coco Small Bucket Bag ($20) are affordable and hip options.
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, April 23 print edition. David Bologna is a staff writer. Email him at email@example.com.