First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

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First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by elizrawr » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:51 pm


It's my first time going to Burning Man this year and I'm a bit lost on what to wear!
For EDC, I mainly dressed in t-shirts and leggings, which was fine and comfortable. Don't think anyone would care much what I'm wearing but I'm wondering if I would look too out of place if I dress too plain for Burning Man?

I want to partake in the self-expression portion so I'm looking for cool/creative but modest Burning Man outfit ideas. I'm sensitive to the sun so would need to cover up in some way or another anyways.
Any stores or websites I can go to for outfit ideas?

Thank you!

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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by Sham » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:01 pm

Welcome elizrawr. You're almost there.
I always like to tell people to dress like themselves. Wear what you feel comfortable with. If you feel like going a bit wild, you can always step out and go outlandish, but it's all up to you.
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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by Lonesomebri » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:15 pm

What do you usually wear when pounding rebar or picking up wind blown trash?

Don't worry about what you wear.
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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by BBadger » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:29 pm

It's more important to be comfortable. Nothing makes a person stand out more than looking uncomfortable.

You don't have to dress or undress in any particular manner at BM, and you're not going to stand out for not wearing the stereotypical "burner attire" people tend to expect from people who take selfies. The event does present an opportunity to dress how you want in ways that might not be appropriate in the default world. You'll have to figure out for yourself how you want to express yourself -- or not.

Wearing functional accessories can be a nice place to start. Holsters, hats, belts with pockets, a parasol, etc. They're useful but also add to an outfit, and can be worn with anything. Also handy in the default world.

You should bring warm and cold weather clothing, and make sure your clothing has enough lights on it at night so that you don't get run over.
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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by Token » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:59 pm

There is no dress code. Be comfortable, be yourself.

You will be surprised at how many people wear normal functional clothing most of the time.

Yeah, there’s costumes and looks and whatnot but most of the photos you see tend to be less than representative of daily-wear.

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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by Meat Hunter » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:13 pm

Once again - Be Comfortable.

You will see burners dressed to the EX-EXTREME, you will see burners dressed in the cloths that they wear at home and in between.

No matter what you wear, you will not be over or under dressed.

Once again and again - Be Comfortable.

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Post by Ratty » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:06 pm

Try thumbing through this book of photos. viewtopic.php?f=279&t=53078
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Post by kittyrodriguez » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:09 pm

The whole reason people wear crazy outfits is because they feel that's really an expression of themselves they can't show at home. Don't dress up for someone else, dress how YOU feel. T-shirts and leggings are perfect, especially if that's what makes you comfortable.

I plan elaborate coordinated outfits, and don't wear half of them because it's too hot or I'm too lazy. But planning them is fun for me, so I keep doing it.

The only playa uniform is goggles, masks, a bike, and water. Everything else is just icing on your body. :D

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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by Eric » Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:25 pm

I dress for comfort, even though my clothes tend to be bright. PJ bottoms, pantaloons, silk flowy pants for daytime, paired with a tshirt and a shit-ton of sunblock (I'm a ginger), keffiyeh for my head (double-duty head covering & dusk mask that fits over my beard), goggles. Good to go. Night-time is some variation of a suit, which I wear normally.

I'm modest in that my body is covered, I am not subtle. :lol: :lol:
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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by AntiM » Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:48 pm

Dress for comfort, and if you feel too plain, visit one of the many costume camps to pick up accessories or even a whole new outfit!

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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by Savannah » Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:37 pm

If you genuinely want some flair, hit a thrift store or a ROSS or a TJ Maxx and get something sparkly that won't shed. Or sometimes a huge, wide scarf or useful shemagh can pull double-duty as a pretty accessory, so if you have a favorite color, get some practical stuff that's pretty.

My first year I felt underdressed, but mostly just on Burn night when people had fun coats and hats, which are good bets because they can be worn every day (the nights can be cold). It wasn't that I felt outclassed or out of step--it's that I didn't realize I could be my usual, weird outlandish self. (This was a long time ago, before ePlaya was around to let me know.)

There are TONS of people who dress down at the Burn, frankly. Many of them are actually literally on a work shift to make the event happen! Many of the volunteers wear black, khaki and yellow uniforms that are pretty staid.

So--wear what you want to, but if there's something (or several things) you'd like to take a chance on, bring them. :)
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Re: First Time Burner & Modest Dresser

Post by lucky420 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:11 am

AntiM wrote:
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:48 pm
Dress for comfort, and if you feel too plain, visit one of the many costume camps to pick up accessories or even a whole new outfit!
Yes, I picked up a bright orange sun dress last year at a camp across the street. Ugly thing but with the excessive heat we had I ended up wearing it for pretty much a week straight
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

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