May 24, 2015

Fashion on Display at Outside Lands 2011

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler in a patterned shirt paired with an impeccably detailed black-trim tuxedo jacket.

While thousands of people swarmed Golden Gate Park for the lineup at Outside Lands this past weekend, there was another element in the mix–the style of both performers and the crowd.

If ever there was an example for how to navigate through a San Francisco summer with appropriate attire, it was this festival. Being outside most of the day required guests to bring layers for the morning fog which would later be shed during the afternoon and reapplied by the time one of the headlining acts appeared. It’s easy to adjust to temperatures with just a sweatshirt and zip-at-the-knee cargo pants, but most of the crowd brought their A-game with military jackets, long cotton skirts, patterned tights and breathable harem pants. A quick glance throughout the audience easily gave an impression of what San Francisco has to offer in terms of style and weather adaptability. Some performers even stepped away from the flannel button-down shirt and jeans look seen too often at these outdoor festivals and instead sported tightly tailored suits, vintage dresses and brightly patterned rompers reflecting the eclectic musical genres present.

Below are a few snapshots from the festival:

Ellie Goulding's bright red marching band jacket with gold trim and buttons stand out among her all black attire.

Black lace over a nude slip gives Hannah Hooper from Grouplove an elegant and edgy flair and makes her red hair pop.

Two concert-goers show off some hippy flair with patchwork jeans and a purple knit cap with a multicolored band that added contrast to an all-blue ensemble.

MGMT guitarist James Richardson adds a little class to his light green screen print tee with a white sport coat and matching pants.

A quick glance at the crowd revealed a variety of looks. This excited concert-goer sports a casually chic look with gladiator sandals, a maxi skirt and denim jacket to keep warm as the sun lowers.

Alex Turner, lead singer of Arctic Monkeys, gives off a pleasant Kinickie vibe with a black leather jacket, tight boot cut jeans and slicked up hair similar to iconic greaser's look.

A Major Lazer dancer tosses a little edginess into the bohemian crowd with a colorfully patterned romper and glasses.

Tim Nordwind from OK Go isn't afraid to show off his colorful personality with a yellow ensemble in tune with his bandmates' blue, green and red attire.

Vetiver frontman Andy Cabic keeps it casual with the basic button down flannel and fedora on Saturday.

Colin Meloy from The Decemberists gives off the folk-rock vibe matching his lyrical style as he sports thick Buddy Holly frames and a tailored jacket over a white button up shirt.

Photography courtesy of Gil Riego