Music festivals always prove to be some of the best events for scouting some major fashion trends. This past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park did not disappoint on that front. Despite the torrential downpours and scorching temperatures, the fest attendees managed to give serious style inspiration. The acts are only part of the draw of a fest like this, the other part is all about the fashion. While some opted to keep cool in barely there ensembles, others took the chance to show off their unique personal style. From bright colors and interesting prints to bohemian inspired looks to chic simplicity, Pitchfork was the perfect venue for spotting amazing street style. Read on for some of my favorite looks from the weekend.
The Girl Gang: Katie, Jill, Anna & Caroline
When it’s too hot to breathe, what’s more comfy than cutoffs and a breezy top? Add in bright pops of color and you round out a group of totally stylish friends like Katie, Jill, Anna and Caroline. Even with temperatures reaching well into the 90s all weekend, denim was still a major force. The vintage, lived in feel as seen on these ladies hits just the right note. I loved that each put their own spin on classic cutoffs, from sheer stripes to a sunny yellow cropped tank. My favorite however has to be the whimsical palm printed two-piece set, complete with pom pom trim. Who wouldn’t smile wearing that?
Sleek and Chic: Kenya
Although color was everywhere, sometimes basic black rocks just as hard if you accessorize right. Kenya’s purple lipstick and orange sandals give her outfit a subtle pop of color while her cat eye sunnies and fringed bucket bag complement her basic top and skirt perfectly. The key to a look like this is simplicity. The shapes are all classic, but the small additions of bright sandals and lipstick really make the whole look come together. It’s both eye-catching and somewhat subtle all rolled into one perfect package.
Downtown Country: Logan
What I love about music festivals (besides the shows of course) is that they are the perfect opportunity to show off unique, fun outfits. Case in point, Logan’s splattered overalls and off-the-shoulder floral peasant blouse. Overalls have been hugely on trend this summer and they can be tricky to pull off but Logan nailed the look. The neutral colors and relaxed fit make this look grown up rather than kiddie. Add some heeled booties and it’s totally of the moment. This has to be one of my favorite looks of the weekend. It’s youthful with just a touch of edginess thrown in for good measure.
Hip Bohemian: Kristen
When I stumbled upon Kristen, I was immediately taken with her reflective purple sunglasses. The frame and lens color were perfection and the shape was just off kilter enough too keep them from veering into saccharine territory. With the sun beating down as it was, sunglasses were a must and Kristen’s were definitely eye catching. After I tore my eyes from what would surely be my next eyewear purchase, I noticed her boho shift dress and turquoise sandals. Topped off with a cognac suede messenger the outfit screamed summer.
Artsy Prints: Annie
If there’s anything having more a moment than cats, I don’t know what it is. Annie’s sheer shift showcases a graphic print that takes a moment to recognize, but once you do, you can’t help but love it more. Cat tees were all over the fest, to the point of saturation, but this artistic take stood out. The easy style is complimented by a chunky pendant, which is all that is needed. The point of a print like this is to showcase it, not drown it out by adding too many accessories. That’s just what Annie did. Minimalism makes this bold print pop.
Retro Cool: Krista
Fringe has definitely made a comeback, and Krista knows that small touches can instantly upgrade a simple, swingy dress. All of her accessories have a vintage look that give the striped trapeze a 70s vibe. I love that the long pendant and bag mirror each other in style, bringing the whole outfit together. The monochromatic color palette ensures that nothing competes, even though all of the pieces are standouts on their own. Topped off with oversized shades an a braid crown, Krista closed out the weekend on a high note.
Over all three days, I was pleasantly surprised that through the heat and rain so many fest-goers upped their style game. I came out of the weekend with a renewed appreciation for some of the trends that I’ve steered away from myself. Festivals are the perfect time to try new styles and take fashion risks. These ladies were only a handful of the many attendees that captured festival style at its best. I’ve definitely got a few ideas up my sleeve for the next music festival thanks to this past weekend. Until next year, Pitchfork.