It’s festival season and It started this past March at SXSW in Austin, Texas and it will trickle down until August with Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL. So, if the handful of perfectly curated squares of Coachella weekend 1 wasn’t what gave it away, maybe it was all the fringe, the cut-off jean shorts, the glitter, the crochet tops and dresses, and the list can go on.
However, after attending Coachella this past weekend, I noticed there was a new dress code in music festival town, one I didn’t get the memo for. And trust me, with my inbox overflowing with subject lines that read, ‘Coachella Must-Haves’ and ‘Coachella Style Trends’, and being that knowing every major and even micro-trend is my job, well I would’ve thought I knew what to expect clothing wise at the festival (besides cultural appropriation). But no, this time around, it was all about baring it all, and my all, we mean–full transparency–showing off your butts. I’m talking about how so many festival attendees were wearing swimsuits and underwear under sheer dresses or just by themselves paired with platform boots, body glitter, and chain belts and necklaces.
We’re not sure exactly what inspired the trend. Maybe it was Beychella (Beyonce is known for wearing bedazzled catsuits on stage)? Maybe it was because on the runways this was a trend, but where else could you reasonable wear the look aside from Coachella (and vacation)? Unless you’re Kendall Jenner, of course.
It’s safe to say that music festivals (and their respective fashions) have dramatically evolved since they began. But as the conversations revolving around the festivals start to change as well as the festival themselves, the variations of what everyone is wearing and ‘gramming shift as well. And we can thank Instagram and Twitter for its huge role in all of this. By calling out via social media how wrong it is to use someone’s culture as a costume, festival style has seemed to move away from obnoxious cultural appropriation and into a new trend, that is essentially to look (and feel) as free as possible. So, this barely there trend makes complete sense.