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If flower crowns are to Coachella as cowboy boots are to SXSW, and tutus are to Electric Daisy Carnival as goggles are to Burning Man, then we're pretty sure that the hallmark of Rhode Island's Newport Folk Festival is a can't-quit smile framed under a wide-brimmed hat. We've never seen so many pure, wholesome, we-let-the-music-move us grins as we did in a couple days at one of the nation's biggest folk festivals — the kind of happy faces the disaffected showgoers at other fests can't muster without chemical refreshments.
Like the musical stylings courtesy of Jenny Lewis, Jack White, Band of Horses, Conor Oberst, and more, the style at the festival embraced novelty just as much as tradition. Sure, you'll find your stable of bell bottoms, prairie dresses, fringe, and jean jackets, but you'll also get matching sequined dresses, creative layering, and those aforementioned wide-brimmed toppers. Click through to see the charming ensembles our fellow folk fans sported last weekend, and just try not to leave with a Newport smile plastered on your face.