Insomniac – that’s the company behind EDC – likes to point out that the fans are the headliners. That sounds pretty awesome, but it also means you’ve gotta bring it. Of course by “it” we mean the look, the vibe and the overall aesthetic that screams, “I have come to EDC. Look upon me and be wowed.” You don’t have to be quite as megalomaniacal as we went with it. But you should look good. So here are some tips to get your EDC outfit ready to wow.
The traditional looks
The standard EDC look has become what most non-ravers think of when they picture an EDM fanatic – minus the pacifier that a lot of people still think are still a thing. Tutu with a tiny top is a timeless classic. As you can see, it works for guys too. Bright colors are a must. Flower power is always fun too. If you can find a way to make your skin glow under black light all the better. If you want to walk amongst the ravers and totally fit the bill, this look never fails. It’s something close to what we’ll be sporting – though we have it on good authority (his wife) that our photographer will be in a T-shirt and chucks. This is where we all collectively shake our damn heads at him.
The not so traditional looks
If, for some strange reason, you don’t want to go out in just your bra, fuzzy boots and a frilly skirt, don’t hesitate to get creative. EDC is the place to express yourself through whatever attention-grabbing, wholly-indulgent creation you can concoct. Body paint is popular, though you have to be careful in the heat. Nothing makes your cover-up run more than sweat. And you’ll still need to throw on some pasties under your primer coat. Wings are always fun. So are feathers. Zentai suits are hot in several ways. And themes with your friends will help you stick together. We’re intentionally avoiding too many specifics because we want to see what you come up with. Just promise us one thing, no more headdresses. Be respectful with your picks.
Get skimpy if you want
We sometimes feel like we have to constantly remind people that they’re in the desert. This time, however, we’re doing it with an approving wink. EDC is one of those adventures in Vegas where you can let loose and look your best wearing less than usual. You do have to keep it within reason, and that means covering up the more tingly bits. But skin is for showing at EDC and we’ve all got lots. No body shaming. No reason to hide. Absolutely no pressure. You can blame the heat for taking it off or you can embrace it and keep yourself covered. The artistry of EDC means you can feel free to be free – whatever that means to you.
No wink this time, you have to dress for the weather. Giant costumes with lights and fur and a helmet that weighs 30 pounds and has built-in Sailor Moon pigtails look awesome in your bathroom mirror. But you do not want to be carrying them around all night while you’re trying to bear the heat and push through crowds. A lot of the more elaborate costumes you’ll see are actually a part of the show. Those performers have lockers and changing rooms they can go back to when their shift is over. We lowly party-goers have to lug our outfits home eventually. So whatever you decide to wear, plan for hot weather and lots of walking and dancing. Flow free and look great doing it.
Where to buy
We’ve got so many high-end shops in this town that you’d think there was a fashion show down the Strip every night. But they’re not exactly the kind of thing you’d wear to EDC. We can’t remember the last time we saw a dress in a shop window that lit up with LEDs and glow sticks. So to get your rave gear on, you need to look past the big name shops. If you want hot costumes that will tick that classic box, Halloween Mart has a large selection. You might have to take a cab from the Strip, but you’ll find what you want. If you’re more crafty and willing to put in the work to make something magical, Williams Costume Shop is a Las Vegas mainstay selling everything from showgirl feathers to beads and sequins. You might spend more and you might end up doing some sewing in your hotel room, but the final look will be worth it. We’ve also got a store on Industrial Road called Showgirl Supplies. If you want something closer to the Vegas look, it’s your spot. You can also get some unique and eye-catching accessories at shops like Deja Vu and Adult Superstore. There’s always Etsy too, but if you’re already in Vegas, wouldn’t you love to say you bought your ensemble locally?
We never want the creativity to end, so we’re just sort of going to trail off with this one. Here are a bunch of pics from EDCs past. You can also get more info on all things EDC on our EDC page. We’re absolutely giddy to see what all you wonderful monsters come up with for this year.