Burning Man is the perfect place to show your true self. If you want to wear combat boots with a pink tutu- rock it! The playa requires a dress code of fun, funky, and downright exotically fabulous . Check out PHOTOS from previous years to get costume ideas, and hit up these local shops for affordable vintage, recycled, custom and one-of-a-kind clothing to complete your Burning Man ensemble. From dresses to jumpsuits, from faux fur coats to masks, these places have it all for you to be the most stylish – and YOU – on the playa. Don’t forget, it’s going to be hot, hot, hot, during the day – so plan accordingly!
Here are a few stores top stores in the Reno Tahoe area to complete your Burning Man experience:
Junkees Clothing Exchange – 960 South Virginia St. – 775-322-5868
The Melting Pot World Emporium – 1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445
Polyesther’s Costume Boutique – 655 South Virginia Street - 775-420-5050
Menagerie Costumes – 1999 South Virginia Street, #B - 775-322-5427
Prism Magic Clothing & Imports – 2161 Pyramid Way – 775-356-5577
No matter what Burning Man look you decide, here are some essentials you’ll want to add to your costume:
- Lights: A flashlight is helpful, but you need more than that to be seen at night. Wear glow sticks, flashing lights, EL wire, head lamps… Anything and everything glowing!
- Goggles: Essential for keeping the dust and dirt out of your eyes!
- Shoes: Going bare-foot may seem like a good idea… I mean, you’re channeling your inner nature, focusing on self-expression, right? Unfortunately, going without shoes results in what is known as “Playa Foot”- a painful drying, cracking rash caused by prolonged contact with the alkali lake bed. Burning Man suggests bringing rubber Birkenstock clogs or boots that won’t get trashed by the alkali.
- A broad brimmed hat with a cord: You’ll no doubt need a head covering… and having a hat with a cord will keep it on your head during gusts of wind.
*Also, don’t forget to leave out those decorations and costume items behind, keeping in mind the Leave No Trace mantra.. Feathered beaus may seem like a cool idea, but when you’re spending all your time picking up all the feathers you shed, you may want to reconsider.