So I’ve never been to a rave and writing about what to wear to a rave is pretty damn difficult for me. On a Saturday night you can expect to find me watching episodes of Breaking Bad (how amazing is it that the guy is the dad from Malcom in the Middle?!) and baking cookies while other twenty somethings are at Ruby Skye listening to a DJ they discovered from a friend on Facebook.
Amongst these twenty somethings is my friend Libby who’s also the graphic designer at Chictopia. Instead of telling you guys what to wear to a rave (doing the market research is, like, hard guys), I ask concert-frequenter Libby about her rave attire and expert tips.
So what do you normally wear to a rave?
“It depends on where the rave takes place. You don’t have that many outdoor raves in San Francisco. It’s usually indoors right? That means I wouldn’t have to worry about getting cold. Cut offs or high waisted shorts, bright colored crop tops, bright colored accessories, and comfy sneakers are a must!”
What’s something you would never wear to a rave?
“HEELS!!! Why would anyone wear heels to a rave? It doesn’t make sense.”
What would you recommend guys wear?
“You’re going to be dancing a lot so wear something lightweight, like a T-shirt or tank top. There will be a lot of sweating. Going to a rave is like working out.”
How is the…smell? Lots of deodorant then?
“Yeah, it can definitely smell like teen spirit in there! Seriously, eew. Deodorant = MUST. You wouldn’t want to be stuck dancing behind a shirtless 16 y.o. boy with back-ne and BO."
Lol. (Aww about the back-ne). I feel weird saying “rave”. What are some raves you’re going to?
Ooh, Kaskade. Is Deadmau5 considered rave music? I feel like EDM doesn’t seem ravey enough (to me).
When I think of a rave, I usually think of British people listening to techno and lots of glowing lights.
“Your inner raver is in denial. You can find that crowd at places in the city like Mighty. You get a more “grungier” crowd there. My raves are usually more mainstream.
So what kind of accessories do you recommend for girls?
“Wear a small cross-body or a backpack for bags. Headbands and crazy sunglasses are also really popular. You don’t go to a rave to be a wallflower.”
Ah, okay. And any tips for the pro-drug people?
“Security doesn’t make you take off your shoes. Ahem. Lol. STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS."
Hahaha. Do you love/hate Skrillex?
“Skrillex is awesome! I saw him at Outside Lands last year. I couldn’t believe how good he was.”
Oh nooo I hate Skrillex!! But I do not mind his popular songs. :[
“His remix for Benny Benassi was whoaaaa. I thought I’d hate Skirllex too, but he was really good. I watched him in 50 degree weather. My body warmed up after all the dancing.”
I think I just don’t like his look (superficial). Also his moves. “Moves”.
“Wait googling his look. Ahahahaha. Wait there’s a little bee?”
Yes. He moves like he’s having a seizure.
“It feels like I’m getting a seizure every time I listen to his music. Oh, stay hydrated! You know those Camelbak backpacks that have straws sticking out of them? There’s a pouch you can insert water in it.”
Oh wow that’s hardcore. Do you have one? That is hilarious.
“Hell yeah. It’s for snowboarding (excuse)."
Mmmhmm. So I think I learned that I have little interest in raves (Soundcloud will do). Any final things you can say about what to wear to a rave?
“Don’t be afraid to express yourself. Nobody judges you at raves.”
Oh that’s actually really nice.
“Yep. One time I saw a guy in a tiger costume wearing a tutu. People will actually want to be seen with you the crazier you dress.”
Fashion peacocking! Except in a nice way.
“It is the ultimate fashion peacocking. You have to stand out.”
It sounds like fashion week.
“Minus the labels.”
Are there people who don’t dress crazy because they’re, like, too cool for school?
“People who are too cool for school usually are too cool to go to raves, but yeah. You still see people wearing jeans and T-shirts and that’s fine because nobody judges. FEEL THE LOVE.”