Now that we've cycled through our summer wardrobe about 100 times over, whipping up innovative outfits for the rest of the season is proving to be a fruitless endeavor. But right as we were about to say "eff it" and throw on the same denim-skirt-and-espadrilles combo, the style gods heard our prayers and delivered endless bouts of inspiration in Brooklyn last weekend. Yep, we're talking about Afropunk Fest, NYC's mega-music party featuring the sounds of Grace Jones and Lenny Kravitz — and some of the best fashion of the summer. Be warned (and relieved): The outfits that graced the event grounds are not your festival-101 floral crowns and denim cutoffs. With blingy septum jewelry, colorblocked sneakers, and pleather mini skirts, they're alternative, opinionated, and undeniably epic. Scroll ahead to see how you can get the looks with pieces from H&M. Following these alt chicks' lead, the dwindling days of summer have nothing on your style spirit.
This printed mini is proof you don't need a lot of fabric to make a big statement. Keep the look low-key and ready for anything with a neutral wide-brim hat and colorful sneaks. If your everyday shoes need a playful pick-me-up, swap in bright laces for a quirky touch.
While this gal's swirling frock garners lots of attention, it's all in the details here. The bandana tied around her ankle, the fringe booties, and the circle choker are all effortless accessories that take this look beyond the typical summer ensemble.
Combat boots, loose cargo pants, and a black halter channel a tough military look without feeling gimmicky. Add in stylish touches like bold frames, a ribbon choker, and a printed shoulder bag to balance out the tomboy aesthetic.
If there's one place you can find a fresh spin on all-black everything, it's Brooklyn. This festivalgoer knocks the trend out of the water by expertly layering a dark denim button-up and ribbed turtleneck. Pointy-toe booties and short shorts tie it all together.
The color play between this gal's green curls and patent-leather blue skirt are undeniably rad. She tones it down with a white scoop-neck but keeps it edgy with a statement septum ring and bubblegum-pink lips.