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Written by Jessica Moore
Sun’s out, bum’s out, now where’s the music?!
So you’ve practically got your tickets and wristbands permanently attached to your body (good job!), your car is stuffed with gear and Guinness, and you’re ready to set up shop and scope out the scene with your squad.
Well, you know the drill. Crochet bralette: ✔ Short-short denim shorts: ✔ and shorter than ever.
So what really sets you apart from all of those other festive gals wearing pretty much the same stuff? Well, besides your glowing personality (duh), the correct answer is festival accessories.
Just like in life outside of fest life, how you accessorize can completely change an outfit and even your mood, and make you stand out like the gorgeous unicorn you are.
Probably one of the greatest aspects of going to any music festival is how the space and experience welcome you to be whatever YOU want for a few days. And whether that means channelling your alter-ego that is obsessed with all things performative (we’re talking steampunk garb with peacock headdresses and glitter corsets, no less), or escaping your day job by living in a zebra onesie embellished with gaudy body jewelry for a weekend, festivals are a place where being extra is encouraged and celebrated.
festivals are a place where being extra is encouraged and celebrated.
With that said, go wild with it! Layer those necklaces up to your chin, flaunt those face jewels like the treasure you are, dress from head to toe in all faux leather, or cover yourself in everything iridescent. Whatever look you’re going for, we want you to get extra with it.
Here are our favorite festival accessories we’re bringing with us on our festival tour this year, and our favorite ways to style them.
Give us all the chains. All of them.
Layering metal necklaces and choker necklaces can create significant depth and intricacy to your outfit. Mixing metals like gold, copper, and silver emits an industrial, harder look that can contrast well with both dark and bright outfits. Plus, breaking “fashion rules” is chic AF.
Mixing and matching styles like metal charms, rhinestones, tassels, and weaving the antique with shinier jewelry makes for a more complex, thought-out yet effortless look.
This is how to do it: start from the top with your daintiest choker, and work top to bottom, increasing the size with several necklaces until you reach your clavicle. The 8 Other Reasons Good Luck Gold Charm Choker with the First Class Gold Charm Layered Choker, which truly lives up to its name, is a fantastic place to start.
At the start of your clavicle should be your best and largest statement collar piece, like the Straight Shot Silver Statement Necklace; interlocking chains and straight metal accents meet the stunning metal arrowheads that will easily make you feel like the queen you are.
Tuck in a few long drop necklaces embellished with crystals or metal beads behind your statement necklace, like the Thai Gold Layered Choker Set and voila! You’re a piece of metal art. Don’t worry about necklaces overlapping or covering each other–the goal is for your jewelry to look chaotic and chic all at once.
Not into statements? Replace the statement necklace with something more on the subtle yet fun side, like the Live it Up Silver Chainmail Bandana Choker. We’re in love with this metallic bandana. It may be less intricate, but it’s totally festival-aesthetic goals.
Go one step further and adorn your body with body chains. TheDazzle Me Body Chain wraps around you like sweet armor. You’ll shine in the sun and it will help highlight your best features.
Ain’t that the truth. We absolutely worship the sun. However, we realize we have to be careful of it, especially at summer festivals like Coachella, where temperatures can reach over 100 degrees quicker than you think. Protection is paramount.
Bring on the sunglasses and hats.
Go for the classic aviator look or large mirrored sunglasses for total coverage. If we had to choose one, our current favorite is the Cross My Mind Gradient Aviators: the orange-yellow tint looks straight up like a perpetual sunset in your eyes.
Did you get the memo? If you really want to stand out, tiny sunglasses circa the early 2000s are totally back in. Side note: when anyone mentions tiny sunglasses, are we the only ones who immediately think of AJ from the Backstreet Boys?
Or maybe Kylie Jenner is a better point of reference.
There you go, much better. Pull a Kylie and wear tiny sunglasses! She’s wearing the Quay X Kylie Purple Honey Gold Sunglasses. It’ll brighten any outfit with its liquid gold finish and darling frames.
Keep it cute and feminine with the Quay X Kylie Starstruck Sunglasses. We’re officially captivated by the beautiful pink smoke color–it’s summertime sweetness perfected in shades. Throw on one of your colorful mesh tops, and you’re set.
On to the hats. Oh, we got some options.
If you’re going for an athleisure-meets-vintage-meets-fest look (that was a mouthful), a simple denim cap will stylishly keep the sun out of your eyes. Go with the Take Me Out to The Ball Game Medium Wash Denim Cap for some serious 90s and street style feels. When paired with a sexy, strappy bodysuit and distressed high waisted denim shorts, you’ll be ready for anything.
We’re feelin’ western vibes this year. The Jamie Black Suede Hat features a sexy wide brim lined with a thick braid that will fit so well with pretty much any outfit: we envision a crochet dress with combat or Chelsea boots and layers of jewelry; or a plunging embroidered romper with bohemian-inspired fringe boots. Whatever you feel, this hat will shade the way.
What’s a festival without a lil diamond dust?
Well, nothing really…they’re a festival fashion staple! Our face jewel designs range from simple to especially decorated.
Let’s go with especially decorated first. The Just a Fairy Tale Face Jewel Stickers will surely turn heads. A mix of large and small jewels are arranged in a beautiful pattern fit for a space goddess. These will be shimmering all day and all night long–this set has a strong yet gentle adhesive so you won’t have to ever worry about losing one of your precious gems.
If you’re looking for just a touch of cosmic sparkle, the Body Bauble Opus Silver & Gold Face Jewels accentuates your eyes with both circular and teardrop face jewels that twinkle in the light.
If you’re into perfect combos, the Be Amazed Multi-Face Jewels and Head Piece Set not only includes silver and blue rhinestone face jewels, but also a stunning chain headpiece that can adapt to literally any festival outfit.
Stacks on stacks on stacks. Stacking rings is such an uncomplicated way to achieve boho greatness. Similar to layering necklaces, mixing and matching metals, stones, styles, and sizes can add such complexity to your ‘fit.
We make stacking easy. Think of the Put a Ring on It Antique Silver Ring Set like your starter pack: with 9 rings ranging in size (regular and midi) and style (hammered and smooth bands), your hand will feel exquisitely decorated–vintage-style.
The Into Your Heart Gold Ring Set can be your second layer of rings, creating a metal clash that is oh so enchanting. The majority of rings in this set are simple bands. We’ve also included a gorgeous open ring that keeps things a little interesting.
Oh, so you thought rings were just for your fingers? Feast your eyes on our French Kiss Metallic Star Hair Cuffs, perfect for adorning those cute braids with a touch of magic. At night, with all those crazy festival lights, the cuffs will reflect it all.
We can’t forget about belts, and how could we, with the captivating Cowgirl Fringe Midi Belt? This belt is made from the stuff of fringe dreams! Imagine dancing in this western skirt to your favorite song, swishing and swooshing your way to the middle of the crowd. When paired with a plunging black bodysuit, it’s a sexy, playful outfit that’ll attract like a magnet.
Keep the chain theme alive with the Stephanie Gold Waist Chain. It sits pretty at the waist, perfect for showcasing those dancin’ hips of yours. This waist chain looks great with denim shorts and with maxi skirts as shown above!
If you’re going for a more western, maybe even steampunk theme, the gorgeous Beverly Double Buckle Belt is a great vintage-inspired accessory that’s sturdy, chic, and can instantly beautify any basic high waisted shorts you may have on. We’re suckers for the double buckle belt and wide brim hat combo…ultimate western feels right there.
So we got three stellar options for luggin’ your festie goods around.
Let’s start off with the classic: the mini backpack. It’s lightweight, compact, and totally easy to dance with. Bringing a mini backpack will give you ample space for everything you need on the go. Mini backpacks are perfect for day-to-night transitional outfits. Festival hack: always carry a pair of leggings with you come afternoon to avoid another campsite trip.
One of our current favorites is the Holly Silver Transparent Mini Backpack, which is an iridescent must-have for festival season. Pack it in with cute kandi, feathers, beads, anything that will give it an extra pizazz. Another backpack we adore is the Fuzzy Feels Backpack. This tiny cutie is soft to the touch!
Backpacks are a great option. But for those who don’t have to lug a ton of stuff on festival grounds, it’s better to go with a fanny pack.
Our two varieties adapt to day and nighttime activities: the Band.Do Swag Fanny Pack is a classic fanny pack that hugs fitted at the waist. For something more compact and colorful, the Mytagalongs Holographic Fanny Pack adds an iridescent touch of trippiness to your outfit. Dancing just got a little easier.
You can find all of our other gorgeous festival accessories on our Festival Accessories page. And make sure you read up on all the festival essentials you need to feel totally comfortable and prepared for the best party of your life.
And remember babes: put on some damn glitter.