Burning Man Essentials: Women’s Fashion

I’ve been holding off on writing this post because of the TREMENDOUS undertaking that it is.

How to describe the fashion of women at Burning Man?

I classify the fashion loosely into five styles:

  1. Dystopian
  2. Hippie
  3. Rave
  4. Steampunk
  5. Tribal/Ethnic

First of all, let me preface this by saying YOU CAN WEAR ANYTHING YOU WANT AT BURNING MAN.

Channel your inner freak and GO WILD!

These are simply some ideas, organized into a blog post that might help inspiration to strike.

DYSTOPIAN

In a word? BLACK.  But not necessarily.  Think mesh, cargo pants, zippers, chains, holsters, thigh bags, combat boots, streamlined goggles, and sleeveless hoodies.  Contains affiliate links.

HIPPIE

This one really doesn’t require an explanation.  Think macrame, crochet, colorful skirts, tie dye, dread locks, flower power, bell bottoms, and fringe.  Contains affiliate links.

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RAVE

Think holographic, kaleidoscopic color, bodysuits and glimmer, see-through, neon and GLOW!  Contains affiliate links.

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STEAMPUNK

Think neo-Victorian, steam-powered aesthetic, black and brown, lace and leather, and top hats with accoutrements.  Contains affiliate links.

TRIBAL/ETHNIC

Think bright colors, Indian-inspired patterned leggings, chestplates, chunky necklaces, and lots and lots of unique statement jewelry.  Contains affiliate links.

Ultimately, Burning Man style is what you make of it. There are no rules and there are no limitations. So have fun and let you inner child out to play!

A special cause which is near and dear to my heart is plus size fashion on the playa.  I have a Pinterest board dedicated to all you curvy and thick ladies out there.  Check it out, if you’re so inclined.  100+ pins!


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5 thoughts on “Burning Man Essentials: Women’s Fashion

  1. Oh, I like the steampunk sort of styles! I also LOVE the hippie blue skirt. I’d need to shorten those things, but I love skirts! Fun fun fun!!! Good saves.

    • I think the hippie look works well for just about everyone. If someone doesn’t want to dress up then I say go for comfort – shorts with t-shirts, a good pair of shoes, and maybe a hat with attitude. It’s always fun when someone wears a graphic t-shirt that’s funny or provocative in some way. I have a bacon tee and an “orgasm donor” tee that I love! The thing about Burning Man is you get to dress however you want. There are no rules to wear what makes you feel good.

  2. I think the potential for mixing and matching and adding your own touches is limitless! Have fun no matter what age or size you are. 🙂

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