Osheaga Style Guide, What To Wear And How To Wear It
The days of counting down are coming to an end. This weekend, thousands of Osheagans will take over Parc Jean Drapeau for Montreal's largest music festival. If you haven't already gone shopping for your outfits, we've got a few tips for you when it comes to putting together those fabulous Osheaga ensembles.
This music festival is packed with thousands of people from all around, the diversity is insane- so pretty much anything goes. You can expect to see the Osheagan that forgot his pants at home, the one that "lost" her t-shirt and dozens more crazy fans that thought clothing at Osheaga was optional. In reality however, keeping a fresh appearance while dancing in the scorching sun can be difficult- so keep your look easy and breezy (and no, that doesn't mean you should show up half naked).
Osheaga is a perfect place to flaunt your street style- here's how we suggest you do so:
Prepare to dance, sweat and spill. Forget about designer pieces and heavy materials. Ladies, show off that tan you've been working hard on all summer and sport your shear crop tops, light tanks and colorful bandeaus.
Guys, shop around for tanks with cool prints and crazy graphic tees. Since accessories aren't really your thing, add some personality to what you wear through patterns and designs on your shirts.
Show off your love for your favorite performers with rad band tees. Nothing's cooler than standing in the front row of the crowd listening to Neyla Pekarek of The Lumineers while wearing a t-shirt with the band's name written across your chest. Urban Outfitters has quite a selection of band t-shirts, but if you can't find one- make your own! You can buy a fairly cheap solid tank or tee at any store and iron on anything you want with iron on printing paper.
Get creative! jeans, short sorts, maxi skirts, mini skirts and jasmine pants make great options.
Ladies, match those crop tops with a pair of high wasted jean shorts or a breezy maxi skirt. Pull out those jasmine pants with the crazy print that you were hesitant about wearing to work- Osheaga invites all those wild patterns. And don't be afraid of mixing prints!
Guys, as long as you've rocked that wicked t-shirt, you've got leeway with your choice of pants. Remember to keep the materials light, however. Refrain from heavy cargo pants, and look for lighter shorts. Don't be afraid of color! Rock those mint green shorts that you thought were too bright.
As tempting as it seems to complete your look with the raddest platforms- keep the sake of your feet in mind. Dancing to Icona Pop, twirling around to Ellie Goulding and stomping to Imagine Dragons is bound to tire out those feet. Wearing the right shoes is key to survival at Osheaga. No one wants to be the downer who ends up sitting on the side of all the action because their feet hurt.
Guys, unless you've got a pair of super comfortable Birkenstocks, we suggest wearing secure closed toed shoes, like a pair of classic converse, or some super stylish boat shoes. As a matter of fact, Crocs recently released a line of stylish beach line boat shoes that are comfortable without a doubt.
Ladies, we know you'll be dancing up a storm all day long, and doing so on the grass, definitely isn't something your high heeled pumps will condone. A pair of combat boots gives a stylish edge to any outfit. Or to stay simple, top off your ensemble with a classic pair of kicks.
If you're concerned about showing off your brand new pedicure and would rather wear an open toe shoe, we suggest a pair of Australian born Orthaheel sandals. Invented by Australian podiatrist, Phillip Vasyli, Orthaheels comprise a technology that support the foot and provide relief to pain in your feet, knees and lower back. Orthaheels are super trendy as well, and come in many different styles. The shoes can be bought at several retailers around Montreal, including Ballini Shoes, Tony Shoes and Foot Solutions. Check out Orthaheel online to shop and explore the brand.
Don't be caught squinting. For both guys and girls, a trendy pair of shades is a must have. Snap backs, fedoras, head scarves and floppy hats are also key. If you've got pockets that are deep enough to hold your smokes and your beer money, we suggest you forget about bringing a bag. But if you insist on carrying one because your skinny jeans are too tight or you mini skirt is too mini, keep the size of your bag minimal. Guys, any lightweight knapsack works. Ladies, shop around for a small cross body shoulder bag, or a belt purse- the more fashionable version of a fanny pack.
Rock your outfits and stay stylish, Osheagans.
For those festival goers that know they'll be looking super sexy in their Osheaga ensemble, make sure to to upload a picture of your OOTD to instagram and hashtag #MTLBLOGFASHION to see if you've made it on the best dressed list at this year's festival!