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Gig ready: The new music festival wardrobe

Crop tops at music festivals are so 2015. We get a celebrity stylist to put together new looks, and dos and don’ts for this year

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Nov 11, 2016 17:31 IST
Manali Shah
Manali Shah
Hindustan Times
HT48hours,Music festivals,What to wear at a gig

Crop tops at music festivals are so 2015. We get a celebrity stylist to put together new looks, and dos and don’ts for this year.

This has been the music festival starter kit for women over the last few years: a crop top, shorts, sunglasses, a floral tiara. But as the lineup changes every gig season, so should our festival wardrobes, right?

Take cues from the international style icons: the Kardashian sisters and the Hadid siblings. “Bodysuit dresses, quirky slogan tees, and denim jackets with fun patchwork. Concert essentials range from slip dresses with thigh-high boots to oversized denim bombers and chunky belts,” says celebrity stylist Archana Walavalkar. Slogan tees, which were a part of the recent athleisure trend, are still in vogue. Actors Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma have often been spotted wearing cheeky tees that say “I speak fluent sarcasm” and ”Girls bite back” respectively.

Girls bite back ! 😜😘

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The patchwork denim jacket is a recent unisex trend that can be incorporated in your festival wardrobe this year. We’ve seen Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez and singer Rihanna sport them and, among the men, DJ AFTA-1 (American musician) wore a fun patchwork jacket while performing at Coachella this year.

Your feet are bound to hurt by the end of the concert. To lessen the pain, it’s a good idea to pick from flat bottoms, sneakers or comfortable ankle-length boots, says Walavalkar. As a trend, white sneakers are still going strong. Sneakers also help tone down an outfit that’s heavy on the glamour. Besides, if Bella Hadid can wear them at Coachella 2016, you can too.

Tips and looks by Archana Walavalkar, co-founder of, a personal styling platform

One of the biggest fashion trends we’ve seen emerge in 2016 has been chokers. Flaunt one (metal or fabric) at the next gig you go to. After all, Bollywood actors such as Sonakshi Sinha and Sonam Kapoor, too, have taken to it. As for make-up, “Experiment with military braids, unicorn eye shadows, metallic tattoos and even glitter bindis,” she suggests. “Pin irreverent badges to your top or jacket to add an element of fun.”

The men can take some inspiration from musicians Zayn Malik Justin Beiber and Drake. “A relaxed, not-trying-too-hard look works best. Statement go-to pieces include botanical short-sleeve shirts, slogan bombers and textured joggers. Studded backpacks are utilitarian and funky at the same time. Go a little further and experiment with man jewels, quirky caps and buzzed haircuts,” Walavalkar recommends.

Tips and looks by Archana Walavalkar

Moreover, if you have a tee of your favourite band, by all means, wear it proudly. Nothing says music lover better than a fan T-shirt at a festival.

Also, be prepared for the after-party. “Go from day to night by tying a light layer around your waist, so your hands remain free and you’re covered for the slightly nippy air,” she says.

First Published: Nov 11, 2016 00:00 IST