RIP Flower Crowns: Festival Fashion Gets an Upgrade

Death to flower crowns. That was my story on 12th & Broad's Broad Style and I'm sticking to it. Hangout Festival wrapped up Sunday in Gulf Shores, Alabama with another killer lineup. Hangout has quickly become one of the most anticipated festivals of the season, but what's up Gulf Shores? You clearly did not get the flower crown memo. I saw so many photographed that I shutter to think about how many were really there. I have a feeling Bonnaroo won't be much better, so I'm holding out hope those ridiculous flower bands won't be front and center at my dear Lollapalooza in August. While I love a good boho moment, it's just not very interesting when something flared and flowing is paired with a fringe cross-body bag and a flower crown. Spring trends are so wearable this season, it's easy to translate bold florals, gingham, prepster chic and classic denim into a new and updated take on festival fashion. Coachella nailed it this year with looks that were functional and cool. Here are a few of my favorites.

Coachella collage

Coachella collage

Photos by Craig Arend

Let's step it up this season. What do you think? Use this shoppable collage and lookbook as you pull together your best festival looks.

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The gray tunic is from Nashville designer Elisabeth Suzann. Her gorgeous linen tunics, tops, pants and dresses are literally perfect for every occasion. I'm obsessed. Visit her website to see the full collection.

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Trend: Fringe

Of all the summer trends, fringe is the toughest one for me. Living in Nashville, I tend to see a lot of vintage fringe jackets and bags, and while I think they look great, my personal style doesn't really lend itself to many fringe-worthy outfits. (I'm more of a sequins girl.) I figured there had to be something fringe-tastic out there for the gal whose style isn't always boho chic. Thanks mainly to the Kate Moss TopShop collection, I found several pieces I wouldn't mind adding to my wardrobe. The Kate Moss dress reminds me of a gorgeous fringe dress Amanda Valentine created for one of her first collections. That dress could move and I'm sure this TopShop version looks just as sexy and cool when you walk. The Rebecca Minkoff cuff and Steve Madden handbag are both under $100, so one of those could be my first fringe purchase. Click on each of the items below for more info. How do you wear your fringe?

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