If you’re a fan of dresses, you’ll know that there’s nothing better than wandering around town and seeing all of the pretty dresses that your fellow fashion lovers wear. However, you may have noticed a little somethin’ somethin’ is different with the short dress trend this year. More and more people seem to be wearing bicycle shorts under their short dresses, but have you ever wondered why that might be?
There’s nothing worse than experiencing chafe when you’re totally feeling your outfit and your short dress, and one of the main reasons why everyone is wearing bike shorts under their dresses is for this reason exactly. Creating a protective layer between your skin can be the difference between a fun-filled afternoon and hobbling back home an hour after you leave the house because the chafe is real.
Although it was once pretty strange to wear shorts under your dress, we’re here to tell you that it’s now pretty cool. Layering has always been fun, but layering dresses are a new style sensation that can add a new depth to your outfit. It’s even more fun when your shorts have patterns or frilled edges on them. Everyone loves a frill.
Despite the fact that short dresses are super cute, they can also make you feel slightly uncomfortable. After all, one gust of wind or one cell phone falling to the floor could spell disaster, and you don’t want to flash yourself to the rest of the world. By wearing bicycle shorts underneath, you can be satisfied with the comfort it provides.
So, are you convinced? Will you be joining the many people women who have already joined the bicycle short trend? Just give it a go, and you’ll see what we mean.
This stunning blue-haired beauty is enjoying the spectacular sunset after an exciting first day at the Burning Man desert festival in Nevada, where thousands of adventure-seekers head each year for a week-long festival and celebration of art, community, expression, and freedom. As a festival regular, she knew exactly how to prepare, rocking an outfit with her favorite color as the theme.
Under My Umbrella
Umbrellas can be the ultimate accessory for both men and women attending the Burning Man festival. Not only will they protect you and provide some shade from the harsh desert sun, but they will also come in handy in the unlikely scenario that rain is in the forecast. If you’re like this Burning Man participant, you can even use your umbrella as a fashion statement and figure out a way to customize it to fit your outfit.
Look Mom! No Hands!
There’s no better way to get around in the desert and see all the fantastic things Burning Man has to offer than by bicycle. This incredibly smart Burning Man participant decided to bring her own bicycle to the festival because she didn’t want to waste valuable partying time by walking from place to place. Her decision paid off in the end as she had the most amazing Burning Man experience. It was really everything she dreamed it would be.
Soaking In The Sun
If you ever find yourself packing for Burning Man, make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen. In the desert, the skies can be incredibly clear. This means that there won’t be any clouds blocking the intense heat of the sun. While everyone can appreciate getting a nice tan, it’s important to remember that a sunburn can quickly ruin an otherwise incredible weekend getaway. This girl may have made a mistake when she traded her sunglasses for that pink scarf, but at least she looks great.
Prepared For The Elements
Rocking a custom-made furry vest and a sleek pair of black Mad Max-inspired goggles, this Burning Man guest came prepared for any element mother nature could throw her way. Her vest is the perfect combination of comfortable and trendy. It keeps her warm in the cold desert nights, while at the same time giving her some air while the sun is out. Not to mention its the centerpiece for her incredible desert apocalypse-themed costume, and compliments her blue hair extensions wonderfully.
This Burning Man visitor was particularly happy on this day that she came the festival decked out with her bug-eyed goofy goggles and her red bandana around her neck. That’s because, if you look closely, you’ll notice a small dust storm occurring in the background as this photo was being captured. If you’ve ever been to a Burning Man celebration before, however, you would know that not even the sandiest of sandstorms could stop the fun atmosphere and good vibes from prevailing!
Into The Wild
Animal print is a must-have at Burning Man. This girl spent months searching for the perfect costume and all of her hard work paid off in the end! She started by finding the leopard skin boots on sale at Macy’s. Next, she used eBay to find the swimsuit. For the cape and glove accessories, she fashioned them by hand. Now all that was left was some beautiful gold and silver jewelry, which she found at a local thrift shop.
I Can Bearly Hear!
If you ever go to a Burning Man festival, you’re bound to see some pretty interesting fashion statements that you wouldn’t necessarily see in the real world. For example, the girl on the left in this photo is wearing a unique headdress that gives her the appearance of having a pair of bear ears. We’re not quite sure if she is wearing them for style or for warmth. In either case, her interesting costume choice made for some awesome pictures!
Burning Man Pros
If you’ve been looking for inspiration for your costume for next year’s Burning Man festival, look no further, because these ladies appear to be experts on the topic. Let’s start from the bottom up. You can never go wrong with a pair of high boots. Also, notice how they incorporate jackets, jewelry, sunglasses, and other accessories into their outfits. Lastly, the blue umbrella is the perfect final touch. It provides shade, while also fitting the girls’ ensembles impeccably.
Rocking The Rainbow
This girl decided to rock a stunning rainbow-colored outfit to Burning Man. When she first arrived in the desert, she had a matching scarf to match her top but she soon realized that she should’ve brought sunglasses instead! Lucky for her, she was able to trade her rainbow scarf for a pair of shades that matched her ensemble just as well! If you go into it with the right mindset, Burning Man can truly be a magical and wonderful place.
Here’s a guy we all want to be friends with. This clever Burning Man participant needed to prepare his outfit weeks in advance. First, he needed to make a shirt with his picture on it. Then, he needed to take a picture of himself wearing the shirt with his own picture on it and print that onto a shirt. Then he needed to take another picture of himself wearing that shirt, and print that onto a shirt. By now, we think you get the idea.
Pretty In Pink
Sometimes, a simple Burning Man outfit can also be the best Burning Man outfit. This girl demonstrates this by wearing a beautiful pink dress with a matching vintage hat. Her white boots and old-school sleeves also fit her look perfectly! Just look how happy she is as she spreads her arms wide and soaks in the magical Burning Man atmosphere. It’s clear to anyone who sees this photo that good vibes are it the desert air!
With the intense heat of the desert sun beating down on Burning Man participants all day long, and with no sophisticated building or shelters available to escape the rays, it’s extremely important for Burning Man visitors to bring some kind of head protection. Some decide to bring a simple baseball cap or hiking hat. But other visitors choose more extravagant head garments that match the wild costumes they wear as they embark on the spiritual journey.
When this girl needed inspiration for her Burning Man costume, she looked no further than Black Swan, the 2010 psychological horror film starring Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. To match her black dress, she put together a headdress using fake bird feathers. She even fashioned them to appear as wings. During her first day at the festival, she acquired a pair of futuristic goggles and a unique piece of forehead jewelry. Hopeful she doesn’t get too hot with all that black!
Better With Friends
The Burning Man festival can be an awesome solo experience, but it can be an even better experience when you share it with friends! The group in this photo has been best friends since childhood. Unfortunately, two of them are moving to a new city soon, so they figured the best way to celebrate their friendship and have one last adventure together was to get spiritual in the desert and head to Burning Man wearing matching animal print costumes!
This woman’s costume is all over the place. It looks like she went to a thrift shop and bought as much as she could in as little time as possible. Up top, she’s rocking an old-school Viking’s helmet with some vintage sunglasses from the 1980s. She’s also wearing a bright red graduation gown and some strange goggles around her neck. Even though her outfit might not be as well-coordinated as some of the other festival-goers on our list, it’s clear she’s having a good time.
This woman’s Burning Man outfit looks like it could be worn at a high-profile fashion event. We’re not quite sure what to call the feather-filled accessory she’s wearing around her neck, but whatever it is, it goes perfectly with the sequin-covered bikini top she’s sporting and the circular sunglasses on her face. We also love how the colorful rhinestones on her forehead work to contrast the rest of her lovely ensemble. She clearly planned her costume ahead of time!
These women look like they’re about to drop the hottest mixtape of 2018! Their costumes are fierce and the camera absolutely loves them. That’s probably because they are all real-life models. Burning Man is the one place in the world where they don’t feel completely out-of-place wearing the ridiculous catwalk outfits that designers make for the runway. So every year, they pick their favorite over-the-top designer outfits and show up in the desert ready to party and take pictures.
Viking On A Segway
This has got to be one of the most random costumes ever worn at Burning Man. First of all, this gentleman is wearing a kilt, and we’re pretty sure he’s not Scottish. In addition, he’s wearing what appears to be some kind of military jacket from the civil war. To make things even more unpredictable, he’s rocking a coonskin cap with two horns on his head. To top in all off, he’s riding a Segway through the desert.
Coming In Hot!
This mysterious biker’s costume is literally on fire! For this year’s Burning Man festival, she chose to wear a skirt and top with a matching flame design, symbolizing the intense heat of the desert. She also decided to wear a very unique pair of wide goggles and a stylish pair of black platform boots. While we certainly can’t deny that she looks fantastic, we have no clue how she manages to ride her bicycle with that footwear!
Burning Man has been an annual tradition for these two best friends for over six years now. Ever since they graduated high school, they’ve been coming to the desert to let go of their worries and to abandon the consumer-driven economy of the outside world. While they usually decide to wear matching costumes for Burning Man, this year each girl decided to do her own thing and wear what she wanted, without feeling constrained by the guidelines of a group outfit.
Peanut Butter And Jealous?
We have no clue what kind of costume this couple was going for, but they sure look adorable! It appears as though they might be wearing a fake slice of bread on their heads. Perhaps they were attempting a “peanut butter and jelly” theme for their outfits. But for whatever reason, they’re also wearing a pair of kitty-cat ears, which only leads us to conclude that this partner Burning Man costume is as random as they come.
Anyone who tells you that unicorns don’t exist has clearly never been to a Burning Man festival. If you ever have the privilege of attending one of these surreal events, you’ll find plenty of men and women dressed up just like the woman we see in this photo. With lots of glitter, a pair of knee-high boots, tons of accessories, and a custom-made headdress, she really stole the show at last year’s celebration. We can’t wait to see what she’ll wear this year!
Dressed To Impress
These girls decided to wear an outfit with a practical purpose to Burning Man. The girl on the left is rocking a pink fanny-pack to match her shirt. When it comes to festivals and concerts, a fanny-pack is a much more comfortable and less-bulky option than a backpack. The girl on the right is wearing some kind of tool belt. This looks like the ideal place to keep essential Burning Man-specific items such as sunscreen, water bottles, and chewing gum.
This woman was on her way to to the dance party tent at last year’s Burning Man desert festival when a cameraman requested a quick photo of her. In her knee-high black boots (which at this point were covered in sand) she faced the camera and struck a beautiful pose as other visitors rode their bikes in the background. Once she saw how the photo came out, she knew right away that it would be her new Facebook profile photo.
Mannequins and Models
This mannequin is very modest. She is covered by tons of tattoos, and then she topped it off with a beautiful flower reef. However, she is not the only fashion icon attending Burning Man. Check out the daisy vest on her puppeteer. It takes a very secure man to rock that! His buddy is also very brave, with those striped socks and tribal skirt. The whole trio definitely makes for an interesting group.
I Just Flew In!
Part of the fun of Burning Man is letting your creativity run free when getting a costume ready. The imagination of the Burning Man attendee is the only thing that limits the outcome. This participant wanted to channel a dragon and a demon to create their own unique look. What really makes this look is the gold paint. Although, it will probably be gone as soon as he gets into the music and dances the night away. Hopefully, he doesn’t poke any eyes out with his wings.
Caged and Dangerous
Some participants of Burning Man try to look amazing while getting a message across. That may be what this Cruella de Vil looking gentleman is doing. Pulling this look together with a tie makes this an outfit that can easily go from day to night. Although, he should have probably matched it a bit better so it went with the rest of his fur. The only major question to ask is, how he is going to stay hydrated?
Grab the Bull by The Horns
One of the cool things about Burning Man is that it is enjoyed by all ages, from young to more mature. This gentleman’s salt and pepper beard plays well with his very tribal headdress and steampunk goggles. Perhaps not the combination most would think of, he then added some very medieval-looking gauntlets. He is clearly not afraid to sweat. Though with this fancy getup, his hands and noggin are going to be all that really sweats.
Rubber Ducky You’re the One
This crew took their hat game to all-new levels. We’re not sure why they chose to ride around in a rubber ducky, but it could be a good getaway vehicle and they are all fairly incognito, too. Other than the hats, though, this crew is very tame and may stick out a bit against some of the other more elaborate Burning Man attendees. That’s okay, right? It’s more about the experience and the music, right?
Steampunk is one of the biggest cosplay genres out there, so it shouldn’t shock anyone that some take it to Burning Man. Most of the time, however, the cosplayers don’t have as many clothes on as this person. Honestly, this is going to be hot! Plus, that carriage is a bit scary and a little crazy to bring with them. How are they going to get it through all the crowds?
Some Say It’s a Religious Experience
There are a lot of groups of attendees that theme their costumes and then set up their site to reflect their theme. This cavalcade of party-goers looks like they are some sort of Victorian fashion meets Alice in Wonderland. They clearly are feeling themselves, and that’s okay. After all, it’s Burning Man! It’s all about creativity, expression, and some awesome music, and that is what this group is ready for.
Everyone is Welcome
Burning Man has been held in the Nevada Desert for years. That, coupled with Nevada’s famous secret military base, makes it no wonder that the aliens decide to check out the party. This attendee thought that they would do an art installation that paid homage to the festival’s host. They get dressed up as their interpretation of what our little green visitors from beyond the skies may look like. They will fit right in with the rest of the unique alien looks that dance and party through the desert every year.
Isn’t That Just Sweet
In a festival where there may be a few people who have had some contact with questionable substances, perhaps dressing as the food was not such a great idea. These friends all decided that they didn’t want to be the lone men and women out, so they invested in these motorized muffin and cupcake costumes. If you ask me, they are taking their life in their own hands, but at least it will be a memory they will never forget.
Unicorns and Bicycles
Ma’am, can you pull over? It seems your unicorn was going a bit too fast. A lot is going on here, not only with the Egyptian queen in platform shoes riding a unicorn bike, but also the steampunk cop or postman behind her. It’s amazing how much time and thought goes into these costumes – but it looks like all that hard work paid off!
A Magical Place
Before going to a Burning Man festival, you would probably think that unicorns didn’t actually exist. However, anyone who’s ever been to the wild desert retreat will tell you that you’re just plain wrong. Burning Man is a magical place where you’ll find magical things. You just have to look hard enough and have the right mindset. Once Burning Man participants can let go of their worries from the outside world, they can start to enjoy the true meaning of community.
This girl knew she would be doing a lot of bike-riding in the desert this year, but she didn’t want her bike helmet to cramp her style. So, she decided to incorporate her helmet into her colorful costume by adding a line of flowers that split her helmet down the middle, appearing as some sort of fun mohawk. She even brought along goggles to protect her eyes from dust. Now she is staying safe on her bike, and looking great while doing so!
These fabulously dressed friends decided to come to Burning Man with a group-themed set of costumes. From this photo, we can see how each girl brought her own unique style to the group, while still maintaining the overall group theme. One girl wanted to wear something shiny, while another wanted to go over the top with jewelry. The other two girls had their hearts set on simple yet fun outfits. Of course, their costumes wouldn’t be complete without a chic pair of sunglasses!
Lady In Red
Goggles are really the perfect accessory to any Burning Man costume. Not only do they serve a practical function, protecting this woman’s eyes from the wind and dust of the desert, but they also look great and can pretty much match any creative outfit you can come up with. This burning man participant cut her own one-piece swimsuit into a stylish leotard with a matching red bandana around her neck, and another one on her left arm.
Recognize these two? The girl on the right is Paris Hilton, and the girl on the left is British model Cara Delevingne. That’s right- even celebrities can’t resist the appeal and intrigue of Burning Man. In this photo we see both girls wearing gladiator-themed outfits. Hilton looks great in her all-gold ensemble, while Delevingne looks stunning in her classical body armor-inspired outfit. Of course, no Burning Man costume would be complete without some platform boots and a pair of shades!