Ace the music festival look

Updated: Sep 21, 2019, 08:43 IST | Karishma Kuenzang |

As Ziro festival in Arunachal marks the start of festival season, here's how to make the most of music and fashion, while staying comfortable to dance for hours

llustrations/ Uday Mohite
llustrations/ Uday Mohite

RIFF will have performances by Sumitra Devi; while Magnetic Fields will see electronica artistes like Maribou State.


  • It's hot in the day but gets cold suddenly at night. So, layering is essential. Carry a stole.
  • Opt for flat Rajas­t­h­ani juttis, ankle-length boots or sneakers in fun colours.
  • Wear a skirt with banja­r­an work. Throw on stockings in the evening or opt for a jacket with ikat work.
  • Go for silver jewellery.
  • Don't wear a bodysuit as it's uncomfortable when nature calls.

On RIFF — October 10 to 14; Magnetic Fields — December 13 to 15

Goa will have electronic and tec­h­no music and fea­t­ure The Chainsmokers. Pune will showcase artistes like Kodaline and Nick Murphy.


  • Skip layers in Goa. Instead, opt for short floral dresses or a bikini top with a sarong or shorts. In Pune, stick to crop tops or rank tops and shorts or skirts, but nothing too tight.
  • Men can wear a pair of printed shorts with plain T-shirts or your fave band T-shirts.
  • Shell accessories will give it a beach vibe. Don't forget your shades.
  • When in Goa, opt for temporary body tattoos or use bindis for make-up.
  • These festivals are also apt for your glitter jacket or metallic shirts. Pair this with a statement neck piece.

Dates Weekender — November 29 to December 1; Sunburn — December 27 to 29

Echoes will have hip-hop acts like Prabh Deep while Monica Dogra and Candice Redding will spin their music at Mazescape.


  • Denim shorts and a tank top, paired with a jacket or cape for the evenings, work best.
  • Avoid anything translucent or transparent. You don't want to adjust your clothes every time you run.
  • Don't go OTT. Go for the casual, chic look, as it will be crowded.
  • Sneakers work best. You can also opt for wedges.
  • Avoid wearing shorts or skirts that are too tight as you'll have to sit on grass.

Dates Echoes — November 2; Mazescape — December 7 to 8

While Ziro will see psychedelic rock bands such as Acid Mother Temple from Japan and Ouzo Bazooka from Israel, besides folk outfits, Hornbill boasts of a line-up of local rock bands.


  • The all-black, peppered with red and white warrior look is ideal. A leather bomber jacket for men and women works best in this weather.
  • Bring out your winter boots — knee length works best, especially if you want to wander off. Avoid anything higher than knee-length as it may be uncomfortable; heels are a no-no.
  • Accessorise with local jewellery and trinkets in traditional weaves and feather. Funky woolen caps work too.
  • Hemp is ideal when it comes to layering; it's inexpensive and can withstand wear and tear.
  • If you want to go OTT, tie a local shawl on top and use a belt to cinch it.

Dates Ziro — September 26 to 29; Hornbill — December 1 to 10

Veterans like Om Prakash Nayak, Ustad Kamal Sabri and Pt Ajay Shankar Prasanna, and younger outfits like Neeraj Arya's Kabir Café will set the mood at the ghats.


  • Avoid apparel that's too bold or something that pops. Go for comfortable clothing that's not blingy.
  • A loose kurta with dhoti pants, salwaar or loose pants, work best for men and women. Go for a printed option, or plain whites paired with a colourful dupatta.
  • Wear juttis or sneakers.
  • Pair your desi branded dresses with combat boots. You can even go for a lehenga and wear tights under it.
  • Pair Indian wear with silver earrings and a denim jacket for a boho chic vibe. Carry a printed scarf or dupatta as it can get cold in the evenings.

Dates November 22 to 24

Inputs by stylists Indrakshi Meenakshi Malik and Anjali Sharma

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