If you’re planning to visit a rave music festival or party for the first time, there is a whole new world for you to explore out there. A world of absolute freedom, enjoying the moment, wild dancing, and fantastic fashion like no other.
So – before the event arrives, we are here to present you with a brief guide to raving – the things you need to know about the club culture, the pink sunglasses, and the top-line music festival outfits that will skyrocket your experience. Ready to check it out?
When you’re out to create good experiences and happy memories with friends, you will be expected to grasp the fundamentals of rave music culture and its people. Your EDM know-how starter pack for raves includes:
First and foremost, don’t forget to open your mind to freely expressing yourself and accepting how others express themselves. Remember that raves are more than an event or a venue – they are the mere idea of enjoying life to the fullest and sharing the experience with each person around you. Freely, respectfully, individually, and all together.
The rave garments you wear are the vibe that you share! Rave fashion is all about standing out with your own style – yet there are some essential specifics that all rave outfits usually share. These are bold colors, vivid patterns, comfortable design, and a bold bodycon look that is sleek, polished, cheeky, and often provocative to a certain extent.
Respect is a 100% must when you’re in line to check some rave festivals, an EDM show, or a house party. Having fun and listening to your favorite DJ’s tracks can take all your troubles away and make you feel like the best version of yourself – as long as you have a safe, easygoing, and friendly type of fun where a mutual feeling of acceptance is a norm for everyone on the dance floor.
Now that you are aware of the basics of attending a rave event, we can take you touring through the list of best rave clothes to check out for your upcoming festival time.
First on the list come the full-body costumes of one piece, made of flexible spandex or lycra. Usually, these are all-over printed, form-fitting, and designed to match a particular motif: futuristic, mythological, steampunk, or even horror. One-piece costumes are cosplay-friendly, Halloween-friendly, and definitely jaw-dropping enough to make you stand out in any night crowd.
Another option to consider as a fast, easy, and effortless way to look epic is a matching rave set of two pieces – a top and a bottom. Here, you have all the freedom to pick the designs that you’d want – short or long, cutout or oversized, monochrome or spectrum-colored. Again, there is no guide for right or wrong here – all you need to do is determine the concept, pick the pieces, and go dance your worries away like the raver you are.
If you prefer to hand-pick the pieces of your raving outfit, you can easily combine a printed pair of leggings with a patterned top or vice versa. Remember to mind the basics – try not to mix motifs and patterns, stick to the dominant color, and match your vibe with the thematic festivals you’re visiting. It would be a wise idea to check out pictures from previous events in the venue or do your homework by researching the vision of the festival you’re going to visit.
The so-called “shortalls” are cheeky, comfortable, and stylishly universal one-pieces with a short leg finish and a couple of shoulder bands on the upper body half. You can wear them with different tops as a basis – including boob tubes, bra tops, crop tops, or long-sleeved bodysuits in a suitable color. You can buy the basic top and the short overall as a pack or combine pieces from different retailers, depending on your preferences.
A guide to raving is never complete without mentioning a mesmerizing dress – be it bodycon, cutout, oversized, or a skater model. Depending on how much you’d want to leave to the imagination, you can choose between multiple cuts and designs – long, short, knee-length, or even fully open, with a pair of booty shorts as a basis. To make your outfit truly spectacular, pack yourself with the proper pair of shoes and leave no bit of doubt about your raving glory!
Let’s not forget the first fundamental of raving culture and ravers – freedom is above all. And while fashion trends come and go, your own style is always here to stay. So – don’t let anyone sell you their guide to raving for your own! Know yourself, love it, and show it off proudly – in your comfy pair of jeans, your oversized tee, or your prom dress if you’d like to.
The only must be having a good time – so make sure you remain the special someone you are and go prove that a raver can be anything. So check in, bring your friends, and ask for no more than raving at its purest – wild, divine, and unforgettable.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.