This year’s biggest festival fashion trends you need to know
It isn’t spring without the resurgence of live music. From the iconic Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne to the eclectic Laneway Festival in Auckland there is a plethora of live events to choose from, with each offering a unique musical experience and accompanying dress code. In this guide you’ll discover the hottest trends, from festival favourites like western-inspired attire, sequins and rhinestones to recent runway looks adapted for the vibrant music scene.
So, whether you have already purchased the tickets or are still assembling your friends, let’s explore seven of the best music festival outfits of 2023, as well as some essential tips for dressing in wet weather and day to night.
Mesh and mixed metals
Stand out in the crowd with sparkly styles that will shine bright! This year, festival attendees are rocking outfits that combine shiny metallics like silver, gold, and chrome with mesh elements, creating a futuristic and rebellious look. But don’t let mesh’s barely-there appearance deter you; it’s actually more versatile than it appears. If you are feeling bold, you can make a statement with a long-line mesh dress over a metallic bodysuit or create the ultimate base by layering a sheer mesh top under a tee. Complete the look with chunky boots, a cross body bag and statement earrings from <insert retailer, insert retailer and insert retailer>.
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This year, Barbiecore has taken the world by storm and dominated our wardrobes. At music festivals it’s no different, with Barbiecore – especially Margot Robbie's pink cowgirl Barbie look – given a cosmic twist. This trend embraces a playful combination of sequins, metallics and retro-futuristic elements for a look that is out of this world. To re-create this festival trend, opt for metallic fringe jackets, rhinestone-encrusted cowboy boots, and glittery space-themed accessories. Discover cosmic pieces at Lovisa, Dotti, Farmers and Mirrou.
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One of the most charming trends you will see at this year’s music scene is crochetcore. With designers giving crochet their tick of approval, it’s become the epitome of summer style and, of course, we are seeing it pop up at festivals all over the world. With a touch of bohemian nostalgia, crochet tops, dresses, and even two-piece sets are making a big come back in a wide variety of colours and patterns. Find knitted pieces at Max, Sportscraft, Decujuba, Cotton On Body and Jay Jays.
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Fringe and modern western
Let's face it, fringe never truly goes out of style at music festivals. Over the past few years, the cowboy and western styles have been gaining popularity and 2023 is the perfect time to ride the wave and create an outfit which is perfect for dancing the night away under the stars. If you feel drawn to the effortlessly cool vibes of this trend and are wondering how to emulate it without looking as though you are wearing a costume, a good place to start is with fringing. Think fringe-adorned jackets, vests, and skirts paired with a comfortable set of cowboy boots and wide brim hat from Kmart, Portmans, Decjuba, Farmers, Mi Piaci and Amazon.
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Calling all athleisure lovers! Wearing activewear to a music festival is all about remaining comfortable without compromising on style. This season, you can find active pieces in vibrant patterns and bold colours, making it an excellent choice for those who want to stand out while staying ready for any dance-off that may come their way. For your outfit base, look for breathable leggings and bike shorts in buttery soft materials or try something that’s on trend, such as a tennis skirt or co-ord set. Pair this with logo sports bras, lux sneakers and a cross body bag from String Sports, Foot locker, Nike and Platypus.
If haute sportswear is your vibe, discover the paired back trend of sporty lux and 4 other must know spring trends here >
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Sunglasses have always been a festival staple, but this year they're taking centre stage. Think bigger, bolder, and more eclectic. Supersized shades that cover almost all your face have replaced previous year’s slim look frames and offer up the perfect disguise while you hit the dance floor. From futuristic shield-style shades to colourful frames, you can really let your personality shine through with sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, Sunglass style and Glassons.
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The early 2000’s are back in a big way! Embrace the nostalgia of the late '90s and early naughties with outfits inspired by pop culture icons like Paris Hilton, Kate Moss and Christina Aguilera. Think low-rise jeans, crop tops, platform sneakers, and plenty of colourful accessories. This trend is all about bringing the early 2000’s vibe into the 21st century and you will find all the inspiration you need at Lovisa, Glassons and Mirrou.
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Don’t forget these music festival essentials
Once you’ve picked and perfected your festival look, the only thing left to do is tick off the festival essentials to ensure you're ready to dance the night away.
Let’s start with non-negotiables: Sunscreen is a must! These days, finding a sunscreen that is lightweight, blends well and doesn’t ruin your makeup is a breeze with brands like Sun Bum and Bondi Sands at Farmers. Plus, don’t just protect your eyes from the sun – you’ll also want to pack a hat which fits your festival outfit aesthetic.
Rain gear: Let’s face it, our weather can be a bit unpredictable. Keep an eye out on the forecast and if it looks like it might rain, make sure you pack a lightweight rain jacket or poncho. Opt for transparent styles from Macpac and Kathmandu to keep your festival outfit visible.
Boots: Sturdy boots will protect those toes in wet weather. They'll keep your feet dry and provide better traction in case the festival grounds turn muddy. Find boots at Hannahs.
Layer up: It’s a good thing shawls and scarfs are currently in. For nighttime, bring extra layers like a scarf or lightweight jumper (bonus points if it can fold into your bag) because even in warmer months, temperatures can drop significantly after dark.
Portable charger: After a long day recording videos of your favourite artists and snapping selfies with your friends, the last thing you want to find is a flat battery as you go to order an Uber. Ensure your phone stays charged with a portable charger from Mobie.
Glow accessories: If you are heading to the festival with friends and don’t want to lose each other in the crowd, illuminate your nighttime look with glow sticks, LED jewellery, or accessories that light up from Lovisa. Not only is it practical, it’s also fun and nostalgic!
Finally - something to pack it all in: A reliable suitcase is a must for travelling to festivals this season. Pick a size the suits your airline requirements or space in the car and something aesthetically pleasing to match with your outfit for the perfect insta-worthy moment! Pick yours out at Strandbags, Kmart, Farmers and Sam Michelle.
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Westfield and Live Nation are bringing the rhythm to you!
Now that we’ve covered the best festival trends for the season, don’t forget to add Westfield to your 2023 live music lineup. We’re thrilled to announce that Westfield, together with Live Nation Entertainment ANZ, will be bringing free live music performances to selected centres across Australia and New Zealand from September, with 20 performances at Westfield centres featuring local legendary acts such as Coterie, Amy Shark, Thelma Plum and ILLY! See the artists coming to a Westfield centre near you here >