The wildest costumes at Burning Man

Business Insider/Aly WeismanYou see it all.

When it’s nearly 100 degrees in the middle of the Nevada desert, clothing is limited, and sometimes even optional at Burning Man – “an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.”

But for those who do choose to wear clothing, it’s all about the costumes.

And the ornate outfits have become a huge part of the festival.

Bikinis, body paint, tutus, masks, headdresses, wigs, floral crowns and feathers – it’s all there!

Often all worn at once.


Everyone uses bikes to get around the Burning Man desert.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanKeeping this headdress on while biking must have been a challenge.

But that doesn’t stop people from breaking out their best costumes.


Fancy hats are common.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanGreat pose too.

He would be hard to miss among the crowds.


Like this creative dog-in-a-cage one.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanYou would think his head would get pretty hot in there all day.

We love this outfit’s unicorn vibe.

Getty ImagesThe heart sunglasses are cool, too.

The floral shirt adds a nice touch.


Couples often coordinate.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanSegways seem like an ideal way to get around.

This pair went all out.

That’s a bold dress to wear in the desert.


These guys certainly won’t lose each other in the crowds.


Umbrellas are used more as a fashion accessory than to keep the sun away.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis lace umbrella certainly wouldn’t work in the rain, but it’s great in the sun.

It’s hot at the festival, so any shade is more than welcome.


Braided hair is big.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanLook at those furry boots.

Both long and short.


The headgear gets pretty wild.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWe’re not exactly sure what her ‘hair’ is made of.

This costume features some great colour coordination.


This group had matching feathered mohawks.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanA good-looking bunch.

This feather mohawk was cool too.

Getty ImagesLet’s hope there’s a zipper on those boots, otherwise we’d never take them off.

The detail on her top and skirt is awesome.


You’ll come across all kinds of sunglasses.

Aly Weisman/Business InsiderThese look like they’re from the future.

Feathers are always a trend…

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThe purple cape really completes this costume.

Scarves and goggles are used to keep the dust away.


Whether as part of a showgirl costume…

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis festival-goer looked straight out of Vegas.

Or skirts….

Business Insider/Aly WeismanYou can never have too many feathers.

Or as crowns.

Getty ImagesThis skirt is quite eye-catching.

Headdresses are a fave year after year.

Aly Weisman/Business InsiderShe’s basically carrying around two birds on her head — and we’re here for it.

This one is especially eccentric.


So are wigs.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanSome wigs were varying shades of one colour.

Wigs of all colours to match every outfit.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis is a unique shade of red.

Some people get creative, like this guy who made a hat out of straws.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis is creative.

Recycling is always a good strategy when putting together a costume.


Or this star-shaped one.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWe’re guessing this one was inspired by a starfish.

Truly, the headwear at Coachella is innovation at its finest.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWe’re not sure what the white one was made out of.

Body art is common.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThe horns are an interesting addition.

And painted faces.

Members of the Trash Kan Marchink Band perform at Burning Man in 2016.


Like most festival scenes, floral crowns are everywhere.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWe’re obsessed with this watermelon motif.

Girls just love ’em.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis crown is nice and bright.

Genie hats had their moment.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThat’s quite the hat.

The rest of this group didn’t seem to get the genie hat memo.


Who wore it better?

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis guy really leaned into the genie theme.

Tutus are also popular.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanSo cute.

For both genders.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanAnything goes.

You’re never too old to attend the festival.


This guy channeled Jim Carrey’s character in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis tutu adds some much-needed flair to this outfit.

This guy spread the love in a red tutu.


Some tutus are more sinister.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanCreepy.

This devil really decked out his bike.


But they all look awesome against the vast desert backdrop.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanIt’s truly a festival unlike any other.

Some festival-goers make their bikes look as crazy as their costumes.

This fur-trimmed unicorn bike was a favourite of ours.


This guy decided to deck his bike out in fur.


Masks can be frightening.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWe might have nightmares about these.

But also whimsical.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis outfit had a masquerade theme.

Some wear wings.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThis was a pretty costume.

Others wear vegetables.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWe’re not sure what inspired this carrot costume, but we approve.

Groups of friends tend to dress in themes.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThese outfits are like a less-PG version of Disney’s Zenon.

Like these guys.

Aly Weisman/Business InsiderToo funny.

These ladies nailed the pink theme.

Aly Weisman/Business InsiderThey also nailed the fanny pack theme.

It’s hot, so people wear as little as possible.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanBathing suits and bras were popular.

The less you’re wearing in the desert, the better.


Swimwear is everywhere.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanYou’re guaranteed some good tan lines.

Some add flair to their swimwear.

Aly Weisman/Business InsiderThe antlers are awesome.

It’s really just a giant costume ball.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanVests as shirts are a thing too.

Water guns seem like a great idea for this festival.


The more colour, the better.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanA fanny pack is a great addition to any costume — and it’s practical.

This lady was a rainbow unicorn.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanHer shoes give her quite the boost.

In fact, unicorns seem to be a reoccurring theme at Burning Man.

The mystical creature has appeared in many a festival-goer’s costume.


This couple coordinated their brights.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWe love her necklace.

Others kept it all-white.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanWho says you can’t wear snow boots in the desert?

Feathers and fringe? Check.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanFriends or sisters? We can’t tell.

No beach? No problem.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanNot all bathing suites were bikinis.

This lady was … hungry?

Business Insider/Aly WeismanThey look like they’re having a good time.

You pick up quite a few friends along the way.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanLiterally.

And people of all ages get in the costume spirit.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanAdorable.

And like everything else at Burning Man — from the bikes to the art — even the costumes light up at night.

Business Insider/Aly WeismanIs this even a person?

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