Cut-off shorts are to festival season as florals are to spring—not exactly groundbreaking, but kind of requisite. And what you choose to pair them with can leapfrog your look from basic to bawsy.
Start with a bag. One that’ll stay tethered to your body with zero effort is key for the festival circuit (because how else can you throw your hands up when they’re playing your song?). Cross-body styles are more compact than ever, ranging in size from medium to minuscule, but can still make a big statement thanks to trendy gilding. A backpack will never disappoint; look for the latest batch dressed up in fresh colours or the season’s omnipresent embellishment (aka embroidery). Want to lead the pack with something more unexpected? Consider a hip pouch in sleek leather that will follow your every move.
Whether you’re dancing through back-to-back sets, standing in line at the beer tent or strolling the grounds, festivals demand foot work. Choose shoes that make comfort your primary objective. Streamlined sneakers are the white tee of footwear—they’re visually neutral enough to work with any outfit. Need a little lift? Step right up to sandals with flatform or chunky lug soles, which operate as wedges’ edgier sister. And you can certainly rock on in a pair of booties. Upgrade to ones with hefty buckles, a rich colour or a textured finish—those tan booties are so 2016.
Sunglasses, hats and jewellery may seem like sartorial back-up performers, but the right ones can easily steal the spotlight. The hottest sunnies of the season blend classic silhouettes with an infusion of colour. Artisan details, like brightly coloured thread, lend a delicate wanderlust touch to the best jewellery finds. And topping things off with a hat featuring a playful touch, by way of a print or band of ribbon, deserves a standing O.