By Jenn Alberts
Do you love festival apparel but think the garments are underutilized and therefore not worth the price? I’ve been there. There was a time where I would purchase all of my rave wear online. Wear. Return. Repeat. For each festival. This was because I had too many shopping experiences where I would debate buying an item because I was unsure of whether it was worth purchasing only to wear for a single occasion. Eventually, there came times when I didn’t want to return items after wearing them because they were bound with memories from my amazing festival experiences. So, I decided to start keeping all of my items to find additional uses for them and attaching them to more unforgettable moments.
I began purchasing festival wear, proud of each purchase as if I was adding to a lifelong collection of memories. I spared no expense, I didn’t have to think twice about any of my purchases. I was on email subscription lists for numerous rave apparel sites and would enjoy buying the latest trends in festival fashion. I would purchase items without needing a reason to at that moment, but knew I would eventually find multiple uses for them in order to make it worth the money spent. Do I regret becoming a shopaholic and spending a lot of money on new rave clothes? Absolutely not. I now have a large wardrobe full of fun pieces that I can mix and match to my endless schedule of future festivals along with other occasions. With all of the festival clothes in my closet, I no longer need to spend as much on club attire or swimwear, and you don’t either.
Unsure of where to wear a chain bralette outside of the rave scene? Try the club. Think you can’t wear thong bottoms anywhere but a festival? Think again. Whether it’s bralettes, booty shorts, kimonos, mesh pants, or many other essential rave accessories, additional uses can be found. I have found further uses for each of my festival bralettes and worn them to the beach, pool, gym, or underneath tops that I’ve worn casually or for nights out. I wear booty shorts and thong bottoms interchangeably as swimsuits and also underneath mesh pants that I’ve sported to day clubs. Kimonos and body chains can be dressed up with nightclub outfits or dressed down to pair with basic denim shorts and a crop top. All in all, rave wear doesn’t have to solely be worn as rave wear. I think rave apparel might actually be the most versatile of all clothes and therefore doesn’t have to be a questionable purchase.
Festival wear allows you to feel free and be original in developing your ultimate look. We are all very creative when it comes to putting together our festival outfits, and we can do the same when it comes to club attire, swimwear, or even casual outfits. What’s best about wearing your rave apparel outside of a festival is that you won’t find yourself in the same outfit as someone else. Rave apparel is unique and so are YOU!