The Crop Over Read-In is one of those events that has really grown in popularity over the years. I remember when I first started attending what used to be a rather small event but each year it has gotten bigger.
If you’ve never attended before, you may be wondering what to wear. In the earlier days it was mainly the literary arts community that attended and outfits tended to be very easy and flowing with some African wear thrown in. That’s still the case but now that more, and younger, Barbadians attend, there’s more variation in the outfits.
I still remember being a bit surprised the time I saw a girl in a very short and very tight dress. And it still seems out of place. The Read-In is far from being a fete so you probably shouldn’t dress as if it is.
Instead, here are some of my suggestions:
No matter what the theme is, I always get a “rootsy” kinda vibe at the Read-In and more than once I’ve worn earth tones. For some reason they just seem to make sense and they are quite popular among attendees.
If being unique is more your style and you’re not into dresses and skirts, go ahead and wear your jeans. Pair them with a graphic tee that stands out and throw on blazer to dress up your ensemble. Easy so.
And now for the really fun part, bring out those heels. You know… the ones you hardly wear because you can’t stand in them for long. As long as it doesn’t rain and you won’t find yourself sinking into the ground, this is the perfect event for them since you’ll be sitting for most of the night.
Of course, the normal rules apply, if you really can’t walk in them, don’t embarrass yourself!
Now it’t time to let me know your thoughts. Have you ever attended the Read-In? What is your outfit of choice?