10 Festival Outfits with Style

In the Outaouais, when September arrives, the festival season is far from over. Year after year, the very popular Riverside and Gatineau Hot Air Balloon festivals attract tens of thousands. Whether you’re a fashionista or not, this is the perfect opportunity to try out a colourful outfit with style.

Here are 10 trends that will make your festival look get noticed.

Neon has made the rounds of the big festivals in Montreal and Quebec City. For sweaters, pants, footwear or accessories — it’s going to be the craze in the Outaouais in the coming weeks. Thank you, 1990s, for the inspiration!

Here’s a shout out to animal prints, which are gaining popularity this season. These bold prints will definitely bring out your inner wild beast. Leopard, zebra, snake or giraffe — you’ll find the item of your choice at H&M.

Cycling shorts are a big favourite in the shops at Les Promenades Gatineau. With a solid sweater, a waist pack and a pair of colourful sneakers, they’re perfect for festival looks. Find the right shorts for you at Forever 21. Their collection is mind-blowing.


Back for a second consecutive year, waist packs are a very popular, essential item for festivals. Along with topping off your look, they also protect your wallet and phone. You could call it a combination of pleasure and practicality. For your new waist pack, go to Simons.

Coloured pattern shirts will be in the mix for men. A fashion centrepiece, they go perfectly with jeans, or solid or denim shorts. There’s nothing more fitting to add a touch of fantasy to any outfit.

If you’re into nostalgia or just looking for a more eclectic look, you should know that tie-dyes are making a big comeback this year. You’ll find that big, bright item to complete your look at H&M or Forever 21.

For a more conservative style, a jumpsuit is an option you shouldn’t overlook. In festival mode, it gives you total freedom of movement and is super comfortable. For a punchier look, try matching it with colourful or metallic accessories. You’re sure to find something at Dynamite or Garage.

Your dad was right in 1990: yes to long socks with sandals. Whether or not you’re into this trend, brace yourself — you’re going to see it everywhere. With sandals or athletic footwear, long socks rule!

Here’s another new trend for this season — checkered prints. You’ll find them in every length, texture and colour at H&M, Simons and Forever 21.

Finally, our favourites on the men’s racks are printed shorts. So how do you wear them? With a solid sweater and a pair of sneakers. Just like that! For the right printed shorts, make a trip to Jack & Jones. Want choice? They got it!

So now that you’ve got your outfit sorted out, we’ll see you August 29 to September 2 at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival and September 7 and 8 at the Riverside Festival.

Enjoy the festival season!

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