Bonnaroo 2014: The four festival essentials

In case you haven’t already heard, which you probably already have thanks to my dearest friend Twitter, the lineup for Bonnaroo 2014 has been released.

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Located in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo is a four-day music festival, occurring June 12 through the 15, where 80,000 music lovers come together to camp out and jam out to over 150 different performances.

Some of the most famous artists that will be gracing the stages of Bonnaroo include Elton John, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, and Wiz Khalifa. What’s even crazier is that these are only some of the performers, as the concerts occur practically 24/7 on this campsite.

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With this many performing artists, it’d be stupid not to purchase a ticket to Bonnaroo. Here is the link to the Bonnaroo site to check out just exactly what you’ll be doing over the 4-day weekend.

So, now that you’re thinking about concerts and summer and everything right with the world, let’s talk what you’re wearing to these music festivals from Bonnaroo and beyond.

Deep down, when it comes to concerts, we all crave to embrace our inner-hippie. Clothes that flow with the breeze and with every dance move you make. An ensemble that is comfortable enough so you can surf a crowd, but also one that is lively, unique, and even pretty.

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When it comes to music festivals, it’s hard not to become an insta-hipster. (I just made that word up. Insta-hipster: someone who dresses like a hipster and Instagrams it. Defines itself, right?)

Now that we have visions of flower headbands and tie-dye tees dancing in our heads, let’s break down the music festival essentials.

The Fringe Factor – It’s no surprise that the fringe trend has made a return for Spring. Designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, and Derek Lam are just a few that embraced fringe for the 2014 runways. Fringe is perfect for music festivals because who doesn’t want fabric moving against your skin as you dance the night away? Embrace your inner hippie and work fringe into your outfits. Below are some fringe pieces to inspire you.

Muchachos Embroidered Dress from Gypsy Warrior for $110

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Steve Madden “Bmocha” Fringe Crossbody Bag from Nordstrom for $68

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Sabbath Moto Fringe Jacket from Gypsy Warrior for $168

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Cool Kimonos – Kimono jackets aren’t just for Mila Kunis on “That 70’s Show”. Kimonos are the perfect addition to any outfit because they literally can be added to any outfit. Whether it be a tee and jeans, a sundress, cutoffs, or even a maxi-skirt, kimonos look good with just about everything. Throw a kimono over your shoulders and put the “easy, breezy, beautiful” into the Covergirl slogan. Check out these options to get you thinking.

Kimchi Blue Scarf-Print Kimono Jacket from Urban Outfitters for $69

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Knit Tassel Gypsy Jacket from Gypsy Warrior for $54 (Bonus Points: check out the fringe sleeves and bottom.)

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Print Chiffon Lightweight Jacket from Nordstrom for $48

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Spectacular Sunglasses – If you’re going to a music festival, you’ll be in desperate need of a groovy pair of sunnies. I’m talking cool shapes, colors, and even mirrored lenses. Here are some sunnies for your visual pleasure.

Canyon Sunnies in Peach from Gypsy Warrior for $20

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Classic Fox Deluxe from WildFox Sun for $179 (Even better, these sunnies come in many more colors such as red, cream, purple, and tortoise shell.)

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“Classic Wayfarer” 50mm Polarized Sunglasses by Ray-Ban from Nordstrom for $200 (Can’t go wrong with the classics, right?)

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Layered Jewelry – Nothing screams concert more than layered jewelry. Layered necklaces, rings, and bracelets are perfect for concerts because they are fun and easy to wear. You could basically wear every single jewelry item you own and it would look cool and put-together for a music festival. Leave those chunky New Years necklaces behind and lighten up this Spring with delicate layering.

“Initial” Adjustable Wire Bangle by Alex and Ani from Nordstrom for around $28 each

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12-Pack Rings from H&M for $4.95

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Rock On Necklace from Gypsy Warrior for $18

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My Melody Hand Chain from Gypsy Warrior for $60 

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All of these pieces can be worn together for a costume ensemble that has the perfect mix of relaxed and stylish. So buy a ticket for a music festival or a concert this upcoming Spring and Summer. Make your own Woodstock!

Now on that note, here’s a picture of a little girl dancing at Woodstock to really inspire your inner music freak.

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I hope you all look like this at whatever concert you attend this upcoming summer. Along with the festival essentials featured above, obviously. 

-Alex Cooper

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