For music buffs and bohemians, the Spring Equinox means one thing: Festival Season. From Coachella's free spirited garb to Bonnaroo's southern seventies style, each music festival possesses its own unique dress code. And perhaps the most eccentric, anomalous festival in terms of deciding what to wear is Electric Daisy Carnival. The festival's name alone suggests a hallucinogenic quality to the event's proceedings, and from Electric Daisy's fairground rides to its eclectic amalgam of performers, attendees aren't disappointed in that regard. However, it is the array of elaborate costumes adorning guests which truly sets Electric Daisy apart from other festivals.
Whether partaking in the festival's Las Vegas revelry, celebrating amongst like spirits in New York City, or competing with Glastonbury in the UK, patrons of EDC are in a league of their own where fashion is concerned. Pasties and bikinis are considered proper clothing, neon tutus are a must-have item, and anything one might wear to a rave in Amsterdam is regarded as utterly haute. Needless to say, EDC is perhaps the most challenging festival to prepare for, unless you happen to possess your dress-up clothes from kindergarten and a healthy supply of neon face paint. No matter what your style, EDC's sartorial code is about self expression, so read on for five festival-ready looks that are as chic as they are comfortable.
1. Vintage Bohemian
If displaying copious amounts of skin isn't your jam, slip into a bohemian maxi skirt and cropped tank instead. Paired with a rose gold watch, a hat to keep the UV rays off your skin, and a fringed crossbody bag, you'll be perfectly outfitted for dancing, dallying around the carnival, and appreciating EDC's array of art.
2. Dark Neon
Triangl Lily Bikini, $89 / Miss Selfridge Printed Mini Skirt, $35 / LUCLUC Black Metallic Heels, $43.99 / BCBG Max Azria Floral Ear Cuff, $48 / LUCLUC Leather Jacket, $44.99 / Ray-Ban Black Denim Wayfarers, $190
Neon accents lend tropical warmth to an urbane leather motorcycle jacket in this edgy ensemble. Sport denim-enhanced Ray-Bans during the day, and exchange them for a cozy leather jacket when the temperature drops.
3. Lovely Lace
Needle & Thread Top, $180 / Chicwish Crochet Shorts, $33.92 / Jeffrey Campbell Rodillo-Hi Sandals, $149.95 / Rebecca Minkoff Rectangle Ring, $58 / Michael Kors Sunglasses, $99 / Calvin Klein Lana Messenger Bag, $185.99
A handful of EDC-ers likely won't be inclined to sport vibrant splashes of color. Enter this peach and beige ensemble, whose intricate detailing adds interest to a neutral palette of hues. Wedge heels will keep you dancing all day long, while a handy satchel keeps essentials such as sunglasses and snacks close at hand.
4. California Dreaming
Billabong Bears Republic Tee, $23.95 / Chicwish Cropped Sweater, $44.97 / Rag & Bone Denim Cut-Offs, $165 / Pieces Black Leather Sandals, $67 / BCBG Max Azria Cora Woven Bucket Bag, $198 / Gorjana Mika Pendant Necklace, $85 / Eloquii Gold Aviators, $29.90
Those dreaming of Southern California's laid-back style need look no further than this relaxed look. Black leather sandals are ideal for running to catch a live performance, while a layered tank top and cropped sweater are ideal for layering on a cloudy day.
5. Cheeky Chic
Mara Hoffman Cami Printed Bikini, $240 / Vintage Levis Cut-Offs, $48.50 / Converse Chuck Taylors, $24.99 / Kate Spade Love Birds Wink Clutch / Goldtone Stacking Bangles, $20.97 / Equipment Lana Sunglasses, $228
Those who adore the true spirit of EDC show their eccentric colors in an array of bright, cheeky accessories and intricately patterned bikinis. Try an audacious clutch with matching sunglasses with a requisite pair of denim cut-offs, and foot-friendly Converse Chuck Taylors to polish off the look.