Affected by Festivals

Coachella, Shambhala, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo! What language am I speaking? I’m speaking music festivals, maaan. We’ve all been to one, and we’ve all earned that piece of clothing we wear proudly like a badge.

A band T-shirt is something that will forever be in style. I’ve saved all of mine so my kids can one day be guaranteed hip in high school.

The first band shirt I ever rocked was a 3.75-inch-sleeve baseball shirt with a picture of Paul Stanley on the front. It was so cool.

Plus a band T-shirt is an instant conversation starter, and who doesn’t like to talk about one of their favourite bands?

When I go to a music festival I always like to go wearing my most recently earned band shirt. That way I can attract other folks who like the same music as me and voila! Instant friends are made for the weekend.

For this month’s FashionHorse, I chatted with a couple folks who earned some wardrobe items while music-festivalling (yep, that is a word now).

Where did you get each item you’re wearing?

Rosie Stuckless:

Overalls and sweater: And Again (consignment store in Whitehorse)

T-shirt: Music Festival in Anchorage

Converse shoes: Athletes world

Gary Bremner:

Shirt: Vancouver somewhere

Jeans: Calgary

Shoes: Los Angeles

Belt: a gift from a friend

Is there an interesting story to something that you’re wearing right now?

RS: This T-shirt. We drove to Anchorage to see the Yonder Mountain String Band and ended up missing the turnoff at Tok.

So, we drove all the way to Fairbanks and then over to Anchorage – it put like an extra eight hours on the trip. But we made it in time for the show!

GB: My shoes. We went to Los Angeles and then down to Palm Springs for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. We ended up having some extra time on the way home so we stopped at the Vans outlet store in LA and I picked up these shoes.

If you could choose a theme song for your life what would it be?

RS: Eileen Barton – “If I Knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake.”

GB: Monty Python – “Always Look on The Bright Side of Life.”

What is the most important article of clothing in your wardrobe?

RS: My 22 hole, red, Doc Martens. (22 hole meaning there are 22 holes for the laces to go through, typically a calf-high boot.)

GB: I have a Navy military sweater that I got at a thrift store in Victoria. It actually came with the stripes still on the shoulders and everything. I’ve had it for many years; it is so durable it still looks brand new. I’ve definitely had a couple people try and kill me to steal my sweater.

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