Dressed Up Ducks Takes MusicfestNW 2015: Festival Style

This year, I attended the MusicfestNW 2015 festival to report on the rad festival style. While the fashion isn’t as crazy as Sasquatch! (sadly, there were no astronaut costumes), Musicfest is a great way to get an understanding of the unique Pacific Northwest style. Here are some of my favorite looks from the festivals- from both the fashions and musicians alike. As we get ready to head back to campus, it’s fun to bring a touch of festival style to school.

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If the ’60s aren’t your thing, this cute, vintage two-piece is a fun ’70s throwback, especially with the trendy halter-top.

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The ’70s proved to be a definite theme. This baby blue jumpsuit is the perfect alternative to the dreaded tuxedo of the same color. The magenta handbag is a nice pop of color for the otherwise monochrome look.

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Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr.) had a lot going on (his look was a somewhat wannabe health goth Kanye West) but he pulled it off.

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This look combined a ’70s print aesthetic with a ’90s design.

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So much respect for the people who rocked all black looks during the hot August weekend.

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So did Foster the People’s Mark Foster.

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Others played it cool in simple menswear-inspired denim dresses.

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Another version of this trend was worn by Sarah Versprille, who is the lead singer of Pure Bathing Culture, a local Portland band!

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A lot of the best looks combined various eras, like this incredible vintage butterfly blouse paired with black skinnies and work boots.

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Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch looked like an adorable sailor in a striped shirt and bright blue pants.

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Of course a lot of the looks were thoroughly modern, like this graphic trapeze dress with white platforms.

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This rad elephant necklace is a total statement piece.

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MisterWives’ lead singer, Mandy Lee, perfectly matched the group’s poppy ska music in a galactic cat bomber jacket, white skater skirt, and Keds.

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Black and white was also a common trend, like this couple, who were actually modeling new shoes for Keen, which all marketing aside, are pretty cool.

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DSC_8172Some of the best looks came in duos (and triplets!) like this group of friends who despite their diverse styles, all wore black tanks.

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White, flowy dresses were a trend and definitely stood out when worn by a group.

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Seattle-based group Beat Connection also wore matching outfits.

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Other friends clashed/mashed, like these two who both rocked very different maxi skirts and jackets combos.

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Or these two friends, one of whom wore a ’70s hippie tie-dye look and another a minimalist ’90s outfit.

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This couple could have fit in at any summer festival.

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Accessory wise, backpacks were definitely the practical choice with many chic leather ones (just look at that travel Sriracha!)

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The Fjall Raven Kanken is still one of the most popular picks, but many customized their Swedish bags.

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Of course fanny paks, often in pastels, were perfect for the lighter traveling festivalgoer.

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Practicality was also the name of the game for footwear, from booties to sneakers to sandals.

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Loved these Dr. Martens paired with socks.

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Although it was dusty, shoes were still the statement piece of many outfits, from these vintage, heeled booties to these animal skin printed sandals.

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Beauty wise, colorful locks stood out in the crowd, particularily in purples, blues, and pinks.

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Which looks were your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK, @HSTEINKOPFFRANK

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