Yes, it’s summer… but more importantly, it’s festival season! All kinds of popular music festivals take place during the summertime including Bonnaroo, CMA Music Festival, and Lollapalooza. There are also countless other music fests taking place across the country that feature everything from electronic to hip-hop to country music—something for everyone!
It’s a sort of unspoken code for festival-goers that what you wear is a big part of the experience. Your festival outfit should be playful and functional, and also say something about who you are. Some bright spirits opt for colorful ensembles, whereas others go for an edgy, grunge look. No matter your personality, here are some tips for dressing for your summer music festival.
Know your environment
The first thing to ask yourself is what kind of music is at this festival. Is it indie? Country? Rap? Usually, a certain genre of music has its own “style,” so to speak, so you should definitely take that into consideration when putting together an outfit. There is a wide variety of dresses trending this season, so rest assured you’ll definitely be able to find what you need for whichever event you attend. A flowy, floral dress is great for folk music shows, while a special “festival print” dress is perfect for energetic pop events. Of course, if you’re heading to a rock show, you’ll want to channel some cool grunge vibes for your look, complete with combat boots and a don’t-mess-with-me choker necklace. It’s all about dressing for the occasion and having fun with your fashion!
Check the weather
The majority of weather forecasts are pretty unreliable until the day-of, which gives you all the more reason to be prepared for just about anything. Most music festivals are outside, and summertime is notorious for thunderstorms. Don’t ruin your experience by being stuck without a paddle (or raincoat) when the weather changes mid-performance. One tip to be prepared for the mess that comes with festivals is to “wear non-sandals that you could stand to throw away.” With most events being outside, one patch of grass can quickly turn into a slop of mud, and you’d hate to ruin a pair of brand new shoes.
Don’t wear it just because everyone else is
Festival fashion has a way of becoming extremely trendy and pigeon-holing a few certain styles. Within just a couple years, flower crowns became a go-to hair accessory, so much so that it died out just as quickly as it emerged. Don’t feel like you have to wear a style simply because it’s a popular “festival trend.” In fact, wearing something that doesn’t fit the mold will be way more satisfying! You can look through this slideshow for inspiration, but remember to pull style cues that you can work into your own look. No one likes a copycat! No matter what you choose, just make sure it matches who you are—that’s perfect festival style!
When it comes to choosing your outfits for any summer music fest you’ve got on the calendar this season, remember to keep comfort in mind while adding some spice to your everyday style. These events last a long time, and the last thing you want is to be miserable because of what you chose to wear. Happy festival season!