I’m sure some of you out there can relate to that frustrating experience of having your hair and make-up ruined in less time than you spent them getting ready… Or the experience of going to a festival and having your favorite fluffies accidentally stomped on over and over. One of the highlights of the festival experience for me is dressing up and planning my outfits, but at the same time, I know it can create a lot of stress if things start to go wrong. Here are some common outfit-related problems I’ve encountered at festivals, and the simple solutions to prevent them from becoming a full-blown fashion fiasco:
It seems like everywhere you go, someone is waiting there to step on your fluffies. Again.
Nothing puts a damper on a great night more than when your new $30 fluffies get completely trashed when you’ve only worn them once. You can preserve them a little longer though if you keep them off the ground. I once went to a festival where it rained and I wore my fluffies over converse high tops that only have maybe 1″ of sole. It wasn’t long before it became hard to tell what color they were originally supposed to be. I’ve learned that if I wear boots, which give me an extra 1-1.5″ height, my fluffies don’t stay completely off the ground but the extra height keeps them from being stepped on as often, and they’re not so destroyed by the end that they can’t be cleaned up and worn again another time.
You realize your outfit was a bad idea…too late.
Have you ever arrived at the venue, started dancing but then immediately had that awful realization that your outfit just isn’t going to work out? It could be because of something like a strap that keeps slipping, or maybe something needs to be adjusted or pulled back into place every time you move a certain way…No matter what it is, it’s annoying, and either is an ongoing distraction or it can even lead to situations that are downright embarrassing. To avoid this potential awkwardness, try giving your outfit a test run before you leave home. Dance around a little or do something that involves a lot of physical movement to make sure everything stays where it’s supposed to…especially if you’re wearing something for the first time, or wearing something differently than you normally wear it. It might feel weird dancing around alone with no music, but it’ll be worth it. Remember: just because it looks secure doesn’t mean that it actually is going to stay secure.
Apologizing to people all night long because you’re constantly running into someone with your purse.
If you’re like me, you don’t like the idea of being at an event for 8+ hours without some essential things. For me, it’s stuff like my cigarettes, phone charger, gum, etc., so the thought of carrying some kind of purse with me is tempting…but then at the same time, nobody wants to be that awkward girl who is out there in the crowd trying to dance, carrying a purse, and banging into everybody. Some people solve this with fanny packs. If you’re not the fanny pack type of girl and prefer to leave those in the 90’s there’s still another option for you. Just wear boots. The right boots can double as a purse, as long as they have laces that can be loosened and come up at least to your mid-calf. I have a pair of combat boots, for example, that I can fit my cigarettes, lighter, phone, money, phone charger, and gum in easily without becoming bulky. Just make sure everything is secure so you don’t accidentally lose anything!
It’s the last day of the festival and someone throws up a peace sign to initiate the PLUR handshake…but you already ran out of kandi on day 1
I’m aware of the controversy that’s come up in the last year with wearing kandi at festivals, but to me the making and trading of kandi is a symbol of what PLUR is all about, and it’s how we connect to one another, so it’s a bummer when I run out of kandi at a festival. It’s really easy to underestimate how much kandi you’re going to need for a 2-3 day festival. I know I for one have run out by the end of day 1 more than once. I’ve learned to always make more kandi than I think I’ll ever possibly be able to trade in one weekend, because sometimes I actually need it…and if I don’t, then that’s just less time it’ll take for me to make my kandi next time.
You spent hours putting your makeup on, and it’s gone after a couple hours of being at the festival.
I learned this trick from dancing in my studio’s dance recitals for 9 years, where girls would spray their faces with hair spray after putting makeup on to keep it intact while they’re performing. I’ve heard some people don’t approve of this tactic because it can clog your pores, but as long as you’re not doing it on a daily basis and just save it for festivals/rave nights then your skin will be fine. Think about it. You’re already going to be coated with sweat and dirt and who knows what else by the end of the night, so it can’t be that much worse. Plus, it’s very effective.
If you follow these tips, you could avoid many of the problems that are often seen at music festivals…Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and not have to learn the hard way like I did!
Since my first rave experience, I've been hooked on raving and never could get enough of my "group therapy". I love the EDM community and am all about spreading the PLUR! Becoming part of unique and beautiful culture is the best thing that ever happened to me. :)