A few weekends ago my friend Alex (who also writes for Her Campus, go check out her articles!) and I made the pilgrimage to Columbia, Maryland for the All Things Go musical festival. With headliners including Lana Del Rey, Boygenius, Maggie Rogers, and Mt. Joy, some have jokingly referred to it as a “festival for sad girl music.” With that being said, the demographic of people there was mostly teenagers and 20-something women (although I promise we were ecstatic to be there and not sad at all) and maybe a handful of men. With this demographic of people comes some pretty cool outfits. So without further ado, here are a few of the trends I observed at the 2023 All Things Go Music Festival.
- Denim on denim on denim on denim
Vests, skirts, shorts, jackets, corsets, shoes, and bags, it seemed as if most people included a unique denim item as part of their outfit for at least one of the two days. If the wearer had an outfit that included two denim pieces, the washes often matched. My look for day one of the festival featured a jean midi skirt and a jean vest. So needless to say, I am on board with the Canadian tuxedo trend.
- Maxi and Midi Skirts
Longer skirts are a trend that has been at the forefront of fashion for a couple of years now. With the amount of people that I saw wearing them on both days of the festival, it is clear that they are here to stay. These long skirts being worn included ones that featured multiple tiers, patchwork, and oftentimes an A-line silhouette. If you are interested more in the rising popularity of long skirts, consider reading my article on the hemline index.
- Tattoos as Accessories
It is no secret that Gen-Z and Millennials are embracing tattoos. Considering that these were the age groups most present at the festival, we saw a lot of body artwork. Specific placements that seemed to be popular included the back of the upper arm as well as the side of the ribs and spine. Many were smaller pieces made up of line work and no color. Those with tattoos seemed to be wearing clothing that showed them off, such as an open-back top for a spine tattoo. Overall, while I have no tattoos myself, I am a fan of them on others and can appreciate the art as well as the accessory aspect they bring to an outfit.
- Cowboy Boots
With the rise of the “Coastal Cowgirl” aesthetic over the summer, it is not a surprise that cowboy boots were a popular footwear choice. We saw them in many colors including black, white, brown, pink, metallic silver, and red. Red leather is projected to be a popular material choice for shoes this fall and winter and the girls at the festival may have convinced me that red leather boots should be my next shoe purchase. I’ll be on the lookout for a pair that catches my eye.
- Doc Martens
No one should be surprised by this and I do not think I even need to explain why. If there was a Venn diagram where one circle was people who listen to the artists performing at the All Things Go music festival and the other circle was people who wear Doc Marten shoes, it would basically just be two overlapping circles. If I was brave enough, I would have donned my boots but I fear they were not broken in enough for a 12-hour day of walking.
- Ribbons and Bows
Lastly, everyone had ribbons on something. Ribbons in their hair, ribbons on their clothes, ribbons as their shoelaces, ribbons on their bags. They were everywhere and I was very happy about it. This was a trend Alex and I both participated in. Whether they are silk ribbons or neon green string, it is a cute little feminine touch to add interest to an outfit. I am not certain if Gracie Abrams brought this into pop culture, but she is known for having a ribbon in her hair during concerts. So, I am going to give her the credit and thank her for this trend.