Why I’m Embracing Festival Fashion (And Maybe You Should Too) with American Eagle

Festival Season has taken the fashion world by storm. Everyone from top tier designers to big box retailers are bending over backwards to market their fringe loving, boho inspired, and 70s revival gear. 

But as far as fashion fads go, I think this one’s a winner. 
Festival inspired fashion is the easiest trend for creating affordable editorial fashion looks. Keeping a few simple style tips in mind you can create a couture look for next to nothing, combining truly practical pieces that will carry you through spring and summer in stylish spendthrift glory…
1. Find Fringe Details
Fringe booties, sandals, bags, jackets, and skirts are everywhere right now and will ensure that outfits looks modern and not like it smells of moth-balls.
2. Comb Vintage / Second Hand Shops
There is nothing better than finding a hidden gem in a thrift store. The excitement of the find and the steal of the deal sometimes outweighs the actual piece, however finding something vintage from the 70s to add to your outfit is sure fire way to look and feel authentic. And don’t be afraid to revamp the piece: Try cutting up some old cowboy boots and folding them over, securing them with an old belt wrapped around the ankle to make decorative cool booties. Take an old layered necklace and fasten it to a barrette to make a head piece or hair jewelry. The possibilities are endless.
3. Buy a Big Hat 
Not only does this protect from hours in desert, beach side, or high mountain sun, but it covers up tired out, and even day old dirty hair. No need to spend a fortune on these either as you can snag them at some many retailers for under $20 and they do tend to get beat up so I wouldn’t recommend investing. Plus hat styles tend to change every year.
4. Sport a Crossbody Bag
This is essential for hands free festival dancing. A crossbody bag also limits you from carrying too much around, which can be exhausting after hours walking and standing, so I like it better than a backpack.
5. Get a Graphic T
Perfect for a hot sunny day but equally awesome under a fitted blazer, skinny jeans, and heels for a night out. Go for classic band logo prints, sayings that appeal to you, or neon printed scenes or patterns like this one (pictured above) from American Eagle Outfitters.
6. Statement Necklace
Sky is the limit when accessorizing for festival season. Try finding unique pieces with feathers, electric colors, and chunky stones. Can’t find the right piece? Stack multiple necklaces to create your own couture collar, or shop my favorite statement necklace brand Mignonne Gavigan for award worthy festival fashion jewelry. 
Today I’m posting from my road-trip to Tortuga: that’s Tortuga Music Festival, Florida’s ultimate country music festival taking place this weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Getting into the music festival spirit is a unique opportunity to grab some girlfriends, pack up the car with tailgating, beach picnic, or camping out essentials, and hit the open road in search of completely surrendering to good music and the great outdoors. Like many of you, my work sometimes keeps me in front of the computer for hours on end throughout the week, so I’m truly thankful to be one of Tortuga Fest’s official bloggers. Follow me on Instagram to see all the sites, sounds, sun and fun in real time direct from this years festival this Saturday & Sunday.
If you’re looking for tickets, there’s still time! Visit www.tortugamusicfestival.com to purchase. Proceeds this year aid Rock the Ocean, an organization dedicated conserving and saving the world’s oceans.
Embrace Festival Fashion by visit the TSM FESTIVAL SHOP (or click “Shop” in toolbar above)
Graphic Palm Print T, American Eagle Outfitters // Denim High Rise Shortie, American Eagle Outfitters // Hat, American Eagle Outfitters, similar // Neckpiece, Mignonne Gavigan // Booties, H&M, love these & these // Shades, QuayxShay // Crossbody Fringe Bag, Zara , similar

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