August 14th, 2012
Color Clash, Concert, Style Inspiration
Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the AfroPunk Festival
By The Fashion Bomb Staff

Candace R. writes, “Can you do a post on what to weart to the Afro Punk Festival in Brooklyn. I’m going and well I want to look like I belong.”

Hey, Candace! Funny enough, I was supposed to attend this festival last year. However, Mother Nature was not seeing it for this event (remember Hurricane Irene?).

At any rate, while researching what the scene typically looks like, I noticed a strong sense of personal style with hints of African influences.
The first look is for the bold.

I’m living, I mean, living for this Thakoon Addition ikat-print jersey maxi dress. It is everything. Since the dress does a lot of talking, you should aim to keep the rest of the ensemble muted. A set of bracelets will work great with simple button earrings. How fly are those Stella McCartney shades? They add the perfect finish to the ‘fit.

For the next look I chose a pair of  embroidered denim cutoffs from Topshop.

The busy pattern on the shorts should encourage you to go neutral on the top; a look that can be achieved with a basic white tee. To add a little fun I incorporated a neon cross body bag from ASOS that’s currently on sale for $40. You can keep your feet nice and comfy with a pair of brown strappy flat sandals. Don’t forget a mean pair of shades (I’m currently digging this pair), and a vibrant mani.

Look 3 features a pair of Current/Elliot leopard print skinny jeans that I paired with a cobalt blue top.


I wanted a piece of jewelry that would make a statement, and decided to choose this  Belle Noel Mini Dagger Collar Necklace. Go for a darker pair of shades, and a pair of black peep toe wedges. A yellow manicure complements the blue top and adds extra fun.

I was also able to find some street style images from a previous Afro-Punk Festival over at Get some extra inspiration from these looks.



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16 Responses to “Style Inspiration: What to Wear to the AfroPunk Festival”

  1. rania says:

    love the first two looks LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.

  2. Katie says:

    I like the first two as well. Ii also love all the hairstyles the ladies are wearing in the pictures provided by Essence.

  3. uh huh says:

    I’m so torn on the one hand I hate damn tryhard hipsters (and LBR this place with have them crawling) on the other hand I just like free music. Damn damn damn.

    I’ll slit my wrists if I see too many camo jackets, docs, and high waisted jeans.

  4. Taj says:

    I can’t wait for the Afropunk Festival and I am going both days so I can enjoy the music and the fashion. Ilove the first look the best because that is something I would definitely wear.

  5. Ebonykittykat203 says:

    These are definitely great outfits for the occasion. Love love love

  6. Alima says:

    These are all totally my style, love em!

  7. binks says:

    the first 2 by far are my fave.

  8. Indigo says:

    Right on time… BK Afropunk Festival on the 25th.

  9. y says:

    where can I get a less expensive version of those Marni Round sunnies?

  10. endESQ says:

    Thakoon Panchigul, I love you!

  11. itsjustme says:

    love the first 2!!

  12. krystel says:

    Some really nice options here!

  13. Keisha says:

    I like the 2nd option!

  14. Marthe says:

    Claire, please let Cliché stay at the fashion bomb, she’s having such a great style, you should never let go of her!

  15. Nicole says:

    I definitely wouldn’t recommend wearing heels tho, unless you’re a thug! lol I wore some cute wedge sandals to the fest in 2010, and by the time I got home I was crawling. If you plan to be there all day for both days, please dress comfy. ;)

  16. Candace R says:

    Thanks for responding Cliche!!

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