Get ready, everyone! Music festival season is upon us, which means we can expect a huge influx of kimonos, denim cutoffs and other boho-inspired pieces on our Instagram feeds (and IRL). 

Here’s the thing, though: as much as we love festival fashion, we can’t help but feel a little bit tired of the same old, overdone looks. We mean, there are only so many #OOTDs featuring flower crowns, peasant tops and fringed accessories we can take. But luckily, there are plenty of just-as-cool (if not cooler) alternatives to replace your typical festival fare with this season. 

So whether you’re planning on attending a music festival this summer (or just wanna channel out-of-the-box festival style), here are the trends you should steer clear of...and what you should replace them with, instead! 

Ditch: Suede booties
Replace: Comfy kicks

For 2017, festival fashion trends are veering away from the typical bohemian flair of the ‘70s, and instead going towards the more sporty street vibes of the ‘90s. That means putting away your suede booties and packing a pair of cool kicks to go with your athletic-inspired ‘fit, instead. If you’re feeling extra daring, try a sneaker in a mule-style, like these Supergas available at Urban Outfitters — they’re easy to slip on and off in case you want to run barefoot in the grass. 

Superga Mule Sneaker, $74 

Comfy Kicks

Ditch: Flared jeans
Replace: Track pants

In keeping with the athleisure vibe, try wearing a pair of track pants, like this Constant Astad Pant available at Aritzia, as opposed to those vintage flares from seasons’ past. They’re much more comfortable and will look great with your kicks.  

The Constant Astad Pant, $98

Track Pants

Ditch: Peasant-style tops
Replace: Bodysuits 

Off-the-shoulder tops were arguably 2016’s hottest trend, which means it’s time for an update this season. We suggest a bodysuit as it’ll go perfectly with your track pants. Want to still keep  a bit of that boho vibe festival fashion is known for? Try a crocheted version, like this one from Topshop

TOPSHOP Crochet Detailed Bodysuit, $48


Ditch: Distressed cutoffs
Replace: Denim shorts with patchwork

Trade in your ripped denim shorts for a more refined pair with custom patches and pins. The Levi’s Tailor Shop will help you customize your Wedgie Fit shorts into a one-of-a-kind pair that will stand out from the crowd. 

Levi’s Wedgie Fit Short, $79.95, customization from $12.

Highrise Cut

Ditch: Flower Crown
Replace: Flower Headscarf 

We hate to break it to you all, but the flower crown has been passé for a few seasons now. That’s not to say you need to ditch florals entirely, however. Instead of a crown try a floral print headscarf, like this one from Aldo. It’s a more chic, refined headpiece that can be worn several different ways (we suggest changing it up throughout the festival!) 

Aldo Teiri Scarf, $12

Flower Headscarf

Ditch: Chokers
Replace: Layered chains with charms

Chokers (a.k.a the “new flower crown,” according to Taylor Swift), are unfortunately as overdone as their predecessors. Rather than be like every other festival goer wearing the ‘90s-style necklace, opt for dainty, layered chains with festival-inspired charms, all of which can be found at Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani Chains and Charms, from $18

Layered Chains

Ditch: Fringe bag
Replace: Structured crossbody 

Enough with the slouchy fringe bags — this season, it’s all about structure. We’re particularly into geometric silhouettes in fun colours, like this millennial pink Matt & Nat version available at Simons

Matt & Nat Obe shoulder bag, $130

Structured Bag

Ditch: Gladiator sandals
Replace: Cool slides

Like we said before, the whole overdone boho look is out this festival season. Instead of rocking those gladiator sandals, try a pair of cool slides, like this metallic version from Zara, instead. 

Zara Slides with Silver-Toned Bow Details, $35.90

Cool Slides

Ditch: Flash tats
Replace: Tattoo stamps

We’ll admit it: we went crazy over flash tats when they first came out. But this year, we’re all about the tiny temporary tattoo, particularly in star form. Rather than draw them on with eyeliner, try using Milk Makeup’s tattoo stamp (available at Sephora) for easy application. We’ll be placing them around the eye area for a celestial look that’s out of this world.

Milk Makeup Tattoo Stamp, $14

Tattoo Stamps

Ditch: Matte lips
Replace: Glitter lips

What’s a music festival without a bit of glitter? This season, try added some glitz to your lips and replace your matte lipstick for a glittery pout. Get the look with MAC Glitter and seal it all in with MAC Lipglass — the colour options are endless! 

MAC Glitter, $24

MAC Glitter

MAC Lipglass Clear, $18

MAC Lipglass


Madelyn Chung

Madelyn Chung is a fashion and beauty writer and editor based in Toronto. Formerly Style editor at HuffPost Canada, she specializes in written and video content surrounding the latest trends, industry news and celebrity style.