What to Wear to an Art Festival

Festival season is in full swing and on Long Island that means art. There was last weekend’s ArtHamptons, and there’s this weekend’s Market Art + Design and Art Southampton. Plus, there are tons of other art festivals happening all over the Island throughout the summer: East Hampton Antiques Show (July 17-19), the LI Art Show at Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards (July 25) and the Sagtikos Manor Historical Society’s Art Show on the Great Lawn (Aug. 16). In other words, chances are you will be going to at least one art festival in the coming weeks. But what exactly does one wear to an art festival?

The key, as it tends to be with summer fashion, is to look trendy and comfortable. Art festivals involve a ton of walking and standing (sometimes outside) as you take time to peruse the booths or galleries, so the effortlessly-chic look is a must (flat shoes are, too). Nail it by working one of these three summer trends.

Throwback Thursday, Even If It’s Sunday

Perhaps the quintessential festival look, 70s style was seen all over the spring/summer fashion runways. Light and swingy, a flowing maxi dress makes dressing for an art festival a breeze. This one by Free People puts a modern spin on the iconic trend with panels and side cutouts. In the mood for shorts? Show off your stems with a pair of paisley Free People shorts and a billowy tank. Complete the look with flat, strappy leather sandals and an arm full of bracelets. Don’t want to go full-on hippie chic? Throw on a fringe necklace. You can even get into the craft spirit by making your own.   

Command Attention

No camo needed for this summer’s take on the military trend. Designers from Gucci to Marc Jacobs showed the look can be luxe and soft. The silk fabric and tie sash lighten up Burberry’s military-inspired romper, and the loose fit is great for a sweltering outdoor festival. Keep accessories minimal so it doesn’t look like a uniform. A single gold bangle and stud earrings will do. Thong sandals in a neutral tone pair perfectly with the outfit and your need for comfort.

Lady in Lace

Delicate. Intricate. Easy. A casual lace dress just screams art festival attire to us. We love the fringed hem on this Lauren Ralph Lauren frock for an art festival. Can’t fully embrace lace? Opt for a lace trimmed romper. Make it look a little tougher with a leather jacket, great for air conditioned rooms or if you’re out past sundown, or go for that optimum mix of cute and sexy with a pair of knee-high gladiator sandals.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a Digital Editor of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.