Summer is slowly creeping up on us, and we’re not complaining! As the weather warms, Paris becomes a European pitstop for many music, fashion, and lifestyle festivals. In July, Afropunk is coming to Paris. It’s a two day festival on July 14 and July 15 that brings popular artists from the continent of Africa and the diaspora in an effort to celebrate Afrocentric culture, music, and art. There’s still time to get your tickets!
We’ve created a guide for you to look your quirky best. Psstt, don’t forget to give us credit for the look when you end up featured on the front page of a magazine for your unique look!
Before we get into the fashion, we must settle what we’re going to do with our hair. Afropunk is an opportunity for everyone to try a new hair color. If you’ve been itching to bleach your hair, I recommend scheduling your appointment one day before the festival–this way you have no way to back down or hide inside your apartment after the bleaching is done! If you don’t want to commit to permanent hair dye, try adding some colorful extensions to your hair.
Once the hair is taken care of, it’s time for the makeup. Remember, the goal is to be spotted from a mile away! Now is not the time to advocate for neutral makeup. Although we loved bright lipsticks, it’s important to remember to have a lip liner in hand or stay away from plastic and overly light pastel lip colors. A classic red or purple, or even a simple nude lip is enough to grab attention without giving off a clownish look.
Now, it’s time for the main course- the outfit. The festival is going to be a long day and so although you may think about putting so much effort into your outfit, I advise against it. A simple chambray or linen ensemble should be comfortable and yet fashionable enough for you to get through the Parisian heat while also grabbing the eyes of photographers during the festival. Pastel and stripes are in this season!
If you still want to be extra at Afropunk, befriend your local florist and have them create a beautiful bouquet that will go hand in hand with your colored hair. Et voila! You are ready for Afropunk Paris 2018.