Top 4 DIY Rave Outfit Tips for EDM Festivals [Pictures]

DIY Rave Outfit Tips for EDM Festivals

One of the best parts of an EDM festival is the unique rave outfits.  Many of these outfits start as simple “Do It Yourself” (DIY) projects. Festival fashion is made up of an endless spectrum of materials that can be worn for the sole purpose of self-expression. There are no rules that dictate what is and isn’t “festival appropriate”. The general rule of thumb is to dress comfortably and express yourself with your style.

As far as appearance goes, a rave outfit is only limited by one’s imagination! Most people browse through online shops in search of the perfect rave outfit to wear at a music festival. When planning out your festival weekend wardrobe, you can easily expand your outfit to match your personality and style. This will add to the enjoyment you get when starting from scratch and craft your own look.

If you’ve been thinking about creating your own outfit for EDM festivals, then keep reading to see some of our tips for DIY rave outfits.

Tip#1: Research trending rave outfit styles.

Take ideas off the internet and find ways to make them your own. If you’re not sure where to begin, some popular styles you can search for are:

Search by Rave Themes:

  • alien rave outfits
  • galaxy rave outfits
  • tie dye rave outfits
  • psychedelic rave outfits
  • neon rave outfits
  • kandi  kid outfits

Search by Rave Fashion:

Mix and match any of these search terms to find thousands of different outfits to help guide your creative process.

Tip #2: Choose your colors wisely.

Colors are the first thing people notice in an outfit. Choosing the right color scheme can make an outfit look much more visually appealing. If you’re unsure of what colors to wear, you can always refer to a color wheel and select your colors based on color harmony.

To play it safe, it’s never a bad idea to incorporate achromatic colors to emphasize certain features of your outfit and prevent it from getting overcrowded with colors.


Some styles such as neon and tie-dye also embrace broader and brighter color palettes for a fun and energetic look.

Tip #3: Get lit.

EL wire catgirlThere are so many ways to incorporate LEDs into rave outfits, and nothing completes an outfit like a pop of light! Some of the more unique outfits we’ve seen use EL wire to bring attention to a specific area of the body for artistic purposes.

It can be used as a necklace, bracelet, or even a belt!  Combine multiple colors of wire for a truly unique look that is sure to turn heads.

Other ravers prefer to line their favorite article of clothing or accessories with wire.  Light Up Glasses are always a popular choice and the only limit is your imagination. Experiment by lining your shoes, hat, backpack, bra, pants, or jacket.

Tip #4: Accessorize your outfit.

rave_kandi_kid_outfitYour entire body is a canvas for self-expression, so don’t be shy with your accessories. Finding the right accessories can be tough sometimes, but the search is worth it in the long run because they can add a lot of pizzaz to your rave outfit. Some ideas for rave accessories include:

  • fluffy leg warmers
  • bandanas
  • eyewear
  • kandi
  • suspenders
  • pendants
  • chokers
  • shawls
  • festival hoods
  • fanny packs

Rave outfit accessories enhance your look because it offers greater levels of expression and can make your outfit truly one-of-a-kind.

Combining colorful accessories with black outfit makes them pop out more. A fun part of making your own rave outfits is seeing which accessories and clothing garments compliment each other well.

You should have enough resources to be able to come up with a killer DIY rave outfit this festival season! Now all you have to do is get that festival body looking sharp for when it’s time to gear up. Remember that no matter what you wear, your personality will be what people remember you most by, so don’t take dressing up too seriously. In the end, they’re just materials after all.

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