When you think of music festival fashion, it’s easy to imagine Coachella-ready outfits complete with flowy fringe accents and lightweight attire. But here on the East Coast, even the spring festival season rarely sees that kind of weather, nonetheless in the fall! Boston’s major music event of the year, Boston Calling, didn’t hold a fall festival this September like it has in the past, but The Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York City filled that void with some great music and even greater east-coast appropriate festival fashion inspiration. These styles may not be still around come spring, but who says festival fashion can’t be incorporated into everyday wear? Catch up on some of the most prevalent styles at The Meadows, and how you can wear them this fall!
Fall weather can be unpredictable, but festival goers can teach everyone a lesson or two about how to layer like a professional. Prepared for any twist in weather while still looking great, monochrome and basics were the obvious staple. I personally added some inspiration to my outfit of staple pieces by wearing a bright, patterned jacket. To create their own statement pieces, many leather and denim jackets were embellished with patches, embroidery, fur or graphics to make it more personable. Even LOLAWOLF lead singer Zoё Kravitz recognized the importance of layering and rocked an oversized Alexander Wang denim jacket with a fur lining for her set at the festival.
Try it yourself: find some cool patches to sew or iron to a thrifted denim jacket to make more of a statement with a simple outfit.
(Photo: Instagram, @alexanderwang)
Bomber jackets have been in style for some time now, but they were definitely a weather-wise choice as temperatures dropped throughout the day. The festival certainly saw more urban than bohemian vibes, but many big jackets were layered over festival classics like cutoff denim shorts or flowy summer dresses to transition to fall in an edgier way.
Try it yourself: Pair your staple summer dress with some sneakers and a bomber jacket for some more urban vibes
The Meadow’s headliner Kanye West made headlines when he had to cut his set short for a family emergency involving his wife, Kim Kardashian. Unlike the Kanye himself, his style influence definitely did make a lasting appearance at the festival. Colors that are recurring in Kanye’s Yeezy collections, including nude and earth tones, were in full swing at the festival and are perfect for fall. And as a result of the hour-long Kanye West merchandise line, neon, lyric-emblazoned shirts began to look like the festival’s uniform.
Try it yourself: Replace black with nude this fall as one of your base outfit colors, if you’re a Yeezy fan. And if you’re a big fan of a certain band or artist, rep their merch!
While music festivals such as the Meadows are a good way to dress outside of your comfort zone, they’re also a good measurement of fashion: a little bit exaggerated, on-trend, while still remaining comfortable and wearable. Add some interesting texture, statement trend pieces, and lots of accessories and you can channel the same Meadows looks into your life. It isn’t about going to the festival, it’s about being in the spirit of the festival!
Do you plan on attending a festival, like Boston’s own Boston Calling, come spring? Are you going to include festival fashion into your fall wardrobe? Show or tell us on twitter and instagram @bostonpolished