Although electronic dance music, the soundtrack to classic raves, began in America, it was actually Britain that created the rave culture in the late 1980s. Since then, it’s exploded and became popular across Europe, America, and Canada, just to name a few.
Of course, music and dancing are only half the fun. Deciding what to wear to a rave is a long-anticipated event for many. While you may know what to adorn to raves in your home country, do you know what to wear to a European rave?
If you’re from America, you may be surprised just how different rave fashion is throughout Europe. You likely don’t want to show up in your go-to rave gear.
Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover what you should wear to a rave when you’re traveling to Europe.
Don’t Go Too Crazy
In America, the crazier your rave outfit, the better. It’s not unusual for ravers (both men and women alike) to show up in itsy-bitsy skin-revealing outfits, costumes, and/or furry leg warmers.
However, you don’t want to go too crazy with your outfit when attending a rave in Europe. Most ravers wear everyday casual clothes, so leave your neon, bikinis, and Kandi bracelets at home.
Instead, choose comfortable and weather appropriate clothing. T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and tank tops are all common rave-wear in Europe.
Go with Delicate Flowers
Of course, there are some styles that carry over to European raves. Flower crowns and hair pieces are common amongst ravers in Europe.
However, you’ll want to go more “delicate hippy” and less “large and bold” here. When choosing a flower crown, you want the flowers to remain small. Opting for one where you can see the “vine” is always a good bet.
Flowers can also be worn as hair accessories as well as pinned on shirts and purses. But again, you want to stick with a small, delicate flower.
Add Some Fringe
Nothing goes better with that delicate flower crown than a touch of fringe. This is the best way to embody a relaxed hippie-vibe.
Again, you don’t want to go too overboard here. A fringed vest, cardigan, or bag is perfect.
Opt for Crochet
If you love the hippie style, but fringe really isn’t your thing, consider going for crochet instead. Most crochet tops are tan, so you can embrace your inner hippie without going too crazy.
Plus, crochet is often light and airy, making it the ideal top to keep you cool during hot raves. Of course, your top isn’t the only place where crochet can be used. Purses and vests can also incorporate this style.
Denim is a staple both in casual European fashion and at raves. Denim shorts are a great way to stay cool and enjoy summer music festivals. In cooler weather, jeans and denim capris are great options. Don’t forget to read more about styling capris to ensure you look your best.
Show Your Pride
Although Americans have quite the reputation for being patriotic, many Europeans love to show their pride during raves. For example, Scottish people sometimes wear kilts and the Swiss have been known to wear a red bodysuit with a white cross to look like the flag.
Now, you may not want to go all-out here either (you are raving in a different country, after all). But a little pride never hurt anyone. Consider bringing a hat, purse, or t-shirt with your country’s flag on it.
Go with a Flowy Crop Top
If you’re used to showing a lot of skin at American raves, you may be a little disappointed to learn that’s not the style in Europe. But that doesn’t mean you have to be completely covered up, either.
Consider wearing a flowy crop top with a pair of jeans or shorts. You can still stay cool and show off a little skin while still fitting in with European fashion trends.
Include a Fun Accessory
Since much of European rave-wear is casual and subtle, ravers sometimes use their accessories to add a fun element into their outfit. This is the perfect place to incorporate some of your favorite rave accessories from your home country.
A bright purse, big hat, fun sunglasses, printed fanny pack, or a fringed cardigan are all great options. You can even use a touch of bright lipstick or nail polish to add a little more color.
When in Doubt, Wear a Jumpsuit
Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with all these options? If you don’t have a bunch of extra room in your suitcase, consider wearing a romper or jumpsuit.
Not only are these easy to pack, but they fit in well with the rave style. You can find jumpsuits that incorporate a print or fun color to add a little extra interest. Although, you should avoid anything too bright or bold.
Plan to Match
Are you attending a rave with your partner or best friend? Why not have a little fun and plan your outfits to match?
Now, you don’t need to wear the exact same outfit, but you can plan ensembles that are similar or complementary. You might wear the same shirt with different pants and accessories, or you may both decide to wear the same fun accessory with different outfits.
What to Wear to a Rave in Europe
If you’re planning a long trip to Europe, don’t forget to include a rave or two! But if you’re not from Europe, you may not know what to wear to a rave in the cities you’re visiting.
Just follow this guide to pick out the perfect outfit. From denim and fringe to crop tops and jumpsuits, there are a lot of possibilities to consider.
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