Music, Crowds, Beer…and Waders. The Fashions of Bonnaroo.


When I think of outdoor music festivals, I think of a large expanse of space with campsites, drunken crowds, mud, sweat, and lots and lots of music. Not once did I consider fashion at these events other than style decisions that pertain to, “What can I wear that is cool and comfortable and that I don’t care if it gets ruined by mud and spilt beer?”

However, that opinion of mine was recently dashed after reading the reviews of the fashions throughout the recently concluded Bonnaroo music festival held annually in Tennessee. The overall trend seemed to be this: waders, mini shorts, loose dresses, and lots of shoulder slouch bags. Drew Barrymore fit this Bonnaroo look perfectly in an LnA shirt with skirt, gypsy skirt waders, and the finishing touch of a feather headband.

Drew Barrymore at Bonnaroo 2009

Many festival attendees sported the typical concert fair of loose and comfortable—but with just enough edge—yet there were a few looks that I thought were more fitting for sauntering city sidewalk versus schlepping around an outdoor music festival. However, seeing shows at a safe distance away or being the lucky holder of a backstage or VIP pass may not have resulted in ruined attire (but then the question remains, why would you go to a music festival and choose to stand in 
the back?).

Festival guest Emily Leonard in vintage Jantzen skirt and Giovane top

Singer Annie Clark (performs under name St. Vincent) in Steven Alan 
top, Lewis shorts, and Opening Ceremony boots

Singer Shea Rose in Urban Outfitters dress and vintage boots

Festival guest Katie Lambert in Forever 21 dress and Justin boots

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– Rachel Yeomans

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