So you’re planning to go to your first rave or festival. We hope you’re excited! But before you head out for the party, it’s crucial that you know what to wear. Rave wear is truly unique and is central to rave culture. If you want to be a part of the good vibes, you need the right outfit! Here’s a basic breakdown of the most common elements of a rave outfit.
Face Mask or Bandana
Ravers were wearing masks before it was cool! Of course, the reason for this is quite simple. Outdoor raves and musical festivals involve a lot of people dancing around and kicking up dust—literally. You don’t want to be breathing that in all day for days at a time. A face mask or bandana that matches your outfit is a must-have for any raver. And if you’re going to multiple days of the music festival, make sure to bring multiple masks or bandanas, so you have one to match every outfit!
You’re probably thinking, “Why would I bring earplugs to a rave or festival? I’m there to listen to music!” While this is true, the music is often at an incredibly high volume, which can damage your hearing in the long term. Bring high-fidelity earplugs with you to the party. These reduce noise and protect your ears without compromising the quality of the music.
Now that we’ve talked a bit about often-overlooked accessories let’s get down to the outfit itself. Bright, reflective materials are a staple of rave clothing. They’re fun, vibrant, and look fabulous in those party lights, especially at night. If this is your first rave, make sure you have at least one reflective or metallic piece of clothing in your outfit.
Clothing that Breathes
Music festivals and raves get very hot very quickly. The last thing you want is to be sweating it out in a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved shirt. While rave clothing for women is frequently very revealing, there’s a good reason for that: It breathes better! High-waisted booty shorts are a common choice and are often paired with crop tops or even bikini tops. Fishnet materials are also popular because they give the look of coverage while allowing you to keep cool.
In your efforts to look your best, you might be tempted to reach for those high heels. Don’t do it! After a couple of hours on the dance floor, you’ll regret your decision. Raves are all about dancing the night away, and you need comfortable shoes to do it. Boots are a trendy choice for women, so find a cute but comfy pair that coordinates well with your rave outfit.
Finally, don’t forget to wear some kandi! If you’ve never been to a rave before, you might be wondering what on earth that is. Kandi is a key part of rave culture and are fun, colorful, often homemade accessories. Beaded or woven bracelets are a popular type of kandi, and they’re designed to be worn and traded with friends you meet throughout the festival. So make up a few dozen pieces of kandi to give to the friends you make along the way!
If you’re looking for the perfect rave outfits to wear to your first rave or music festival, Rave Fix has exactly what you’re looking for. Check out our online store to find the pieces you need for the perfect weekend of music, fun, and excitement!
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