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Art Basel Style Guide: What to Wear to La Suisse Fair
Whether you opt for bold prints, minimalist elegance, or sustainable fashion, the key is to wear som...
Art Clutch 11 Jun 2024

As Art Basel in Basel approaches, running from Thursday, June 13th to Sunday, June 16th, 2024, the anticipation is palpable. The event has evolved into more than just an art fair; it’s a cultural phenomenon where fashion and art converge. Attendees are increasingly conscious of the clothes they wear, blending artistic expression with sartorial sophistication. Here’s our comprehensive style guide to ensure you make a statement at this prestigious event.

Embrace Eclectic Elegance

The sidewalks of Basel during Art Basel come alive with prints, colors, and sartorial flourishes. Unlike the typical fashion week peacocks seeking attention, Art Basel attendees exhibit a more eclectic and personal style.

Bold Prints and Colors: Stand out with vibrant hues and eye-catching prints. These choices not only reflect the creativity of the event but also add a playful touch to your ensemble.

Unique Accessories: Statement jewelry, avant-garde hats, or designer handbags can elevate your outfit, making you a part of the artistic narrative of the fair.

Comfort Meets Style

Navigating the sprawling exhibitions requires comfortable yet stylish attire. Fashion at Art Basel is about blending practicality with elegance.

Footwear: Opt for chic flats, stylish loafers, or trendy sneakers. If you prefer heels, go for block heels or platforms that offer support without sacrificing style.

Outfits: Flowy dresses, tailored trousers with a sophisticated blouse, or a jumpsuit are perfect choices. These outfits offer ease of movement while ensuring you look effortlessly chic.

Layering for Versatility

June weather in Basel can be unpredictable, making layering essential. This practical approach allows you to stay comfortable throughout the day.

Outerwear: Lightweight trench coats, stylish blazers, or trendy denim jackets are great for adding a layer of sophistication. These pieces are perfect for transitioning between different exhibition spaces and outdoor activities.

Personal Touches

Many attendees at Art Basel choose to wear outfits that are deeply personal and often self-designed. This trend highlights the unique intersection of fashion and art at the event.

Artist-Designed Clothing: More than one artist has been seen in clothes they designed themselves, adding a deeply personal touch to their attire.

Style Photography Coverage: Publications such as New York Times, Vogue, and WWD cover the event with a focus on these eclectic and personal styles, akin to fashion week coverage, so make sure you are pap ready!

Practical Yet Stylish Bags

A stylish yet practical bag is essential for carrying your essentials, from your phone and wallet to the art fair catalog and notebook.

Crossbody Bags: These are perfect for hands-free convenience and come in various stylish designs.

Tote Bags: A sophisticated tote can carry larger items and also serve as an extra stylish statement piece.

Sustainable Fashion

With growing awareness of sustainability, many attendees support ethical fashion brands. Choose clothing and accessories made from sustainable materials and produced by brands that prioritize ethical labor practices. Or consider buying your outfit second-hand or even renting it for the occasion.

Wrap Up

Art Basel today is well and truly a celebration of art and fashion. Whether you opt for bold prints, minimalist elegance, or sustainable fashion, the key is to wear something that reflects your personal style and makes you feel confident. As you immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art, your outfit will be part of the vibrant visual experience that defines the renowned fair – enjoy!

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