If you have been on any social media platform in the past couple of weeks, then chances are that you’ve been flooded with pictures and statuses of people’s music festival plans. Even I’m guilty of Snapchatting my successful attempt at scoring four-day passes to Lollapalooza this year. As anticipation for the overly priced and insanely crowded concerts starts to settle in, people are also beginning to talk about fest fashion. And while you’re bound to come across a couple of flower crowns and high-rise cutoff shorts, you’re also sure to see some culturally insensitive outfits, too. We’re not quite sure why these “looks” picked up steam as the It fashion trends, but they’ve stuck around for longer than they’ve been welcome. News flash: Appropriating other cultures should never be a fashion statement.
Celebrities definitely spearheaded a lot of the controversial garments that you’ll see floating around in a crowd while you’re trying to enjoy Radiohead a block away from the stage. Everyone from Khloé Kardashian to Vanessa Hudgens has been guilty of donning culturally valuable articles of clothing or accessories to look “cool.” Perhaps they didn’t understand the gravity of what they were doing at the time, but we’re hoping that they don’t become repeat offenders in the future. Just because they have millions of followers doesn’t mean that they get a free pass to sport a traditional item and turn it into a fashion statement. They’re just as responsible as everyone else when they are stealing from the oppressed minority and turning it to a hyped trend.
While anyone technically has the right to wear whatever he or she wants, it's important to be cognizant of the line between appropriating and appreciating. We've rounded up six items that need to be retired from the festival scene.