Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?

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Matt Oliver
Traditionally, raves are a place where people can be free to wear whatever they want. That's great! Except, not really, because they also make horrible fashion mistakes acceptable. And so you see Rastafarian colors mixed with nipple pasties mixed with Hello Kitty gear and tutus. You see Hindu symbols mixed with Native American headdresses, fuzzy boots and neon. And somehow people manage to be naked on top of all that.

Ack!

Below, we run down some specific raver fashion faux pas and tell you how to fix yoself.

See also: The Goosebumps-Themed Rave Is a Real Thing

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Timothy Norris
Slutty + Cartoons = Just Stop

At raves these days the sexualization of beloved children's cartoon characters is in full effect; everyone from Minnie Mouse to Mario and Luigi is getting the "sexy" treatment. (No, seriously, we've seen this.)

We're glad you have a great bod, but putting the faces of animated icons on your ta-tas sends a confusing message.

Maybe you were into wearing Hello Kitty tees as a toddler, but doing so in bikini form just makes it look like some perverted fantasy.

Our advice

There's a way to do this that's a bit more discrete. Check this outfit out. It says, "I'm whimsical and fun" and leaves it at that.




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19 comments
xxthejackalxx
xxthejackalxx

"Why Is Rave Fashion Such a Disaster?"

Because it's invented by people who take a lot of E?

grantavius
grantavius

Oh wonderful, yet another person with ideas on how people should live/act/dress. The freedom to wear whatever you want is just that; freedom. Measuring "fashion mistakes" is such a trivial and pointless act, and then to do such for rave attire and doubly so. What will be your next article, "Fashion Faux Pas' of Toddlers and Preschoolers"? While reading this, I was sure you were channeling the spirit of my dead grandmother, because she loved to tell people what they were doing wrong...by her standards.

Deirdre Benavides
Deirdre Benavides

Additionally, why is rave culture so culturally appropriating?

kellyosoy
kellyosoy

Though I think some of these  are true for bigger raves, such as EDC and Coachella, at Burning Man, people should be free to express themselves however they feel. And if that means putting on rasta and rainbows, then let them be, and put on your own perfectly coordinated outfit. I feel like this article expresses an elitist and judgmental view on a younger generation who is simply over saturated and uneducated on different cultures. 

Rush
Rush

White People wearing a native American Headress is as disrespectful as blackface I heard..

Jonelle Wilson
Jonelle Wilson

I'm an early 90's NYC raver and I am super glad that my Fresh Jive t -shirts and custom lifted Adidas shell toes, pig tails and kangol hats were all the rage... Oh, and plenty of Vics vapor rub... These kids look silly...I would hurt posers that look like this...

Karl Wolff
Karl Wolff

This lacks the urbane beauty of such heritage festivals like the Mermaid Parade.

Barry Polis
Barry Polis

Hope this columnist fads and dies before sick fades ever do !!!

nycgal0001
nycgal0001

Because raves aren't actually fashion shows and people are free to wear whatever they like.. I have actually seen more disastrous fashion "statements" in actual fashion shows...

wotevr
wotevr

i think your missing the point, reflectionland  , the look, some hit , some miss, it all adds up. and tomorrow it changes, but it doesn't really

thegreatinspiration
thegreatinspiration

@kellyosoy Wait wait wait - so it's ok to express yourself as you want to but only at places like Burning Man? Because you know, fashion and "taste" should trump self-expression elsewhere - right? 

Or maybe, and boy am I going out on a limb here but, I just might also be right - maybe the whole IDEA of these events is to thumb their noses at the restrictions people make about what you can and cannot wear and why. 

I mean think this through for a minute - WHY shouldn't you appropriate? WHY shouldn't you mix this with that? The answer is just that it offends someone else's sensibilities and you can keep going on and on with that till we all have to wear khaki and polos but even then, you'd be offending me so you can't win. 

If I were writing an article like this, the first thing I'd do is find a few ravers and festival goers and ask them some actual questions about their choices, because you look kinda dumb trying to tell someone that their hello kitty titties are "disturbing" when you find out that was the idea all along. 

ellencatalina
ellencatalina

@Jonelle Wilson Ah, this raver has fond memories of the Kongol hat too!

xxthejackalxx
xxthejackalxx

@What About New York Prolonging adolescence?

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