What To Wear to a Festival On the Beach

We’ve all been ad-retargeted by the Gap’s selection of ultimate festival wear, but you’re not Kate Moss at Glastonbury and those rainboots won’t be much help in the sand. Today, festival fashions are often translated to be “whatever fashion companies pay celebrities to adorn themselves with in the luxury of the RV”, but for those on the Burner side of life, it’s time to go nuts! Costumes are the order of the day, and there’s nothing like finding the ultimate outfit that not only expresses the most inner part of your being, but is also practical and comfortable for wandering beach or playa. Gratitude Migration Art Director and Festival Fashion Fiend Debra Tigerlily Lin gives us her favorite trends for FESTYSEASON2016 aka Beach Festy Fashion 101:

1. Live Life on the Edge: Body Chains and Harnesses

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

This trend might be a bit too edgy for the office, but it’s perfect for the playa – and works on both men and women. Contrast your beachy vibes with the sexiness of harnesses and chains, the simplest way to dress up any outfit. Wind a chain around your bathing suit or use a harness to hold on to your water bottle or playa belt, and you’ve got an accessory that’s as practical as it is fabulous.

2. Beyond Borat: The Monokini

Image by Eraj Asadi

Image by Eraj Asadi

 When you’re festivaling it up on the beach, your bathing suits aren’t just about keeping cool and looking hot – they’re vital to your arsenal so a quick dip is never out of the question. Monikinis are a great part of any outfit and the perfect way to embrace the body confidence that is so plentiful in festival land.

3. Layer up: Sarongs & Kimonos

Photo by Eraj Asadi

Photo by Eraj Asadi

When it’s blazing hot during the day, the beach beckons, and the weather cools off at night, it’s hard to select the ultimate outfit combo – and who has time to head back to camp to change when there’s people to meet and music to dance to – not to mention an ocean’s worth of swim and play? Kimonos and sarongs are great layering pieces and beautiful pieces of artwork which gives you all the freedom to mix and match, shedding as you see fit according to the weather and our mood. Wear a sarong over your bathing suit by day or make a scarf out of it by night; add a kimono to your nighttime layers or slip into one for an easy breakfast ensemble, and fuse some hand-painted silk into your festival wardrobe.

4. Mermaid Fashion

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Image by No Fear of Missing Out

If you pranced around with a fork in your hair singing like Arial through your childhood, now’s the time to relive that dream, but this time with your voice intact. Mermaids are more “in fashion” than ever, and whether it’s a seashell bra or full mermaid costume dress, your seven year old self would be proud.

5. Not Your Grandma’s Crochet 

The ultimate costume-creating art project, crochet tops are always great and a sweet alternative to the average bathing suit. You can always rip off Grandma’s toilet seat cover and voila!

6. Bodypaint: The Ultimate Costume 

Photo by Tico Chango

Photo by Tico Chango

Our bodies are just costumes masking the divine soul, and we never quite forget it, constantly trying to look different when we already look more bizarre than our highest selves ever dreamed. Leave your clothes at home and get body painted for the ultimate in costume of costume – there will be five renowned body painters at the festival ready to dress you up in your birthday suit!