What to Wear | Unique Festivals
There’s no denying that unique festivals have grown in popularity in recent years offering an alternative, more niche experience to large-scale commercialised festivals. Personally, I am an advocate of smaller lesser known festivals and I know I am not alone as people grow tired of forking out for overpriced large events that sometimes (not all) lack creativity and originality. Having said that, Coachella is still high on my to-do list.
These smaller boutique festivals are attracting a wide variety of people as they offer a more individual and memorable experience compared to the often impersonal nature of bigger mainstream festivals. Niche festivals are popping up throughout Australia and one in particular that attracted me is the Cherry Harmony Festival.
The Cherry Harmony festival is organised by the South West community in Manjimup and celebrates the local area and the natural produce, cherries. If you’re like me and love cherry season then this festival is for you. The festival now in its 14th year and runs over three days with a line-up not to be missed, including a fun pip spitting competition, vintage car show, cooking demonstrations and a beautiful long table luncheon under the cherry trees.
Festival goers have the perfect opportunity to take in the natural beauty and cultural delights of the region as small businesses come together and the community gets involved.
For me, half the fun of attending a smaller festival like Cherry Harmony is choosing an outfit to match its unique spirit and style. Today, festival dressing has evolved into its own sartorial identity where bohemian dresses, tie dye tops, distressed denim, John Lennon glasses, flower crowns and metallic transfer tattoos reign.
For the Cherry Harmony festival, I’ve decided to show you two looks steering away from the typical festival looks mentioned above.
The first is a modern take on the classic maxi dress. This ASOS strappy split front maxi slip is the perfect festival outfit as it’s dressy, on-trend and easy to wear in the heat. This dress is ideal for small, summer festivals like Cherry Harmony and would also be perfect for a pool or beachside event. The split detailing on the front of the skirt allows the dress to billow back in the wind creating a beautiful fluid silhouette, revealing a hint of leg. The deep navy colour and strappy neck and back detail exudes a refined yet confident feminine look.
To add a little more of a festival vibe I accessorised with the ASOS matador felt hat to shade from the Australian sun. When it comes to footwear I would always choose a shoe that is comfortable so that you can spend the day on your feet, however, this dress does look very glamorous with a heel if you wanted to use this look another time.
You can read my second ‘What to wear to unique festivals’ look here
Are you attending any unique festivals this year? I would love to hear about your festival tips and as always you can chat to me on my social media channels below
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*ASOS dress gifted for my review. All opinions are my own