Each year thousands of music fans look forward to the warm days of summer for the beautiful weather, the fashion, and outdoor activities. Occasions comprising of these summer components are the various outdoor music festivals that take place worldwide each weekend. One of the more notable summer festivals that took place this year was the annual VELD Music Festival. There was a lot of traditional, nostalgic, and costume fashion present amongst the guests. The variety resulted in an array of colours in the crowd that could be seen from the two stages and the elevated Bacardi VIP area.
Traditional festival wear seemed to be a favourite this year at VELD. The outfits put together was the standard tank top or sleeveless t-shirt in bright colours including pastel and neon hues. An abundance of logos ranging from memorable quotes from classic TV programs such as Batman or Spiderman to just symbols or artist logos were found across most tops worn by both females and males. Bottoms were just standard gym, jean, or beach shorts as it was very warm and humid. Accessories included traditional festival flower or double headbands as well as baseball caps in various neon colours with sunglasses with matching coloured frames. Colourful jelly bracelets and temporary gold and white sticker tattoos were visibly a favourite this year with the females. Shoes comprised of a variety of sneakers and platform sandals.
EDM music festivals worldwide are known to have quite a few guests dressed to impersonate or represent their favourite childhood program character. At VELD, some were dressed like their favourite anime cartoon character while others had only T-shirts representing a cartoon animation. Cross-body bags with ‘My Little Pony’ or ‘Strawberry Shortcake’ could be seen and some backpacks with ‘Carebears’ or ‘Thundercats’ were worn. Items like ‘Rubix Cubes’, ‘Rocket Lollipops’, as well as ‘Candy Bracelets’ could also be found in the hands of festival goers throughout the festival site.
Many VELD festival goers proved to have a unique and creative sense of style when it came to dressing up for a full day of dancing outdoors. Some were dressed in tribal-themed attire in honour of Native American Indian, Aztec, Inca, or Mayan tribes whereas others just blended tribal attire with traditional festival attire. Some guests were dressed in urban chic wear and accessorized with glitter. There were a few females who wore the Japanese Harajuku styles and had their make-up done to fall in line with the fashion. One of the festival costumes that remain popular each year and attract a lot of attention are the ‘Sailor Moon’ costumes worn.
VELD music festival attracts thousands of EDM fans each August long weekend. The fans have consistently brought festival fashion consciousness to each other whether their style was traditional, nostalgic, or animated. Aside from the warm weather and outdoor events, festival fashion seems to always be the highlight of the summer season.
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