Take the guessing out of what to wear to a music festival and follow this killer guide on the best festival fashion tips this year.
We’re on the brink of warmer weather and that means it’s time to bust out those sundresses, work on your tan and enjoy a cool beverage on a sunny patio at your favorite local watering hole. With spring and summer around the corner, we are also headed into prime music festival season. It’s time to take a weekend to indulge in some live music at one or more of the many music festivals set to take place in the next few months!
Being comfortable and feeling beautiful will only enhance the music festival experience, so I made a list of helpful tips and dos and don’ts when dressing for the weekend.
1. Wear Comfortable Shoes
This is hands-down the most important piece of your outfit! Why? Because your feet are your means of transportation when scurrying from one stage to the next and if your feet are hurting, it’s going to be a long day. My suggestions are either a sturdy pair of boots or some light sneakers (along the lines of Vans and Converse). Try and stay away from sandals because unless you’re going to be in sand, they don’t really protect your feet. If you prefer an open-toe, I would go with something that straps on in the back. And ladies, unless you’re performing, let’s avoid the high-heels altogether.
2. Dress in Layers
Most music festivals will be a warm and sunny jollity! However, even the sunniest days can bring an evening chill. I’m a big fan of wearing flowy, backless numbers, high-waisted shorts or strappy dresses, but I always make sure to have a jacket or cover-up with me. Also, make sure to pay close attention to the weather report and plan accordingly, especially for wet weather! Make sure to avoid fabrics that don’t breathe well or won’t dry quickly if they get wet, because there’s nothing quite like the cold, wet shivers to put a damper on great shows.
Stripes, Maxi Skirts, Boyfriend Jackets.
3. Be Hands Free
Us gals need to carry some sort of bag at all times for all of our accessories. Whether you prefer to carry a light load, or need to bring everything and the kitchen sink, just be prepared to hold it for twelve plus hours. A stylish, over-the-shoulder bag or backpack is the way to go. You can also a find fashionable fanny packs (they do exist!) or a belt purse if you prefer. Either way, you’re definitely going to need two hands at all times to bust out those dance moves you’ve been practicing!
Tie-dye, Wide-Wrap Belts, Flared Jeans
4. Don’t Forget to Accessorize
Sometimes the most basic look can be taken to the next level with the right jewelry, hat or shades. Don’t overthink it, just go with it!
5. Have Fun With It!
One of the greatest parts of a music festival is being able let loose and live free; in the words of Janis Joplin, “let your freak flags fly.” Have that vintage sequined romper or flowy hippie skirt you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Rock it! Have an outfit combination that you love but aren’t quite sure if it really matches? Wear it. If you feel confident and beautiful, then it’s the perfect match. This is a weekend about feeling good, letting go and listening to the universal language of love: music.
1. I used Polyvore to create these looks and it’s a great way to play with your outfit before making any purchases. Even if you can’t afford a Burberry jacket, it will give you some ideas and inspiration when putting together your look!
2. Just because you will probably be a hot and sweaty mess doesn’t mean you have to look like one! Make sure to use a makeup setting spray after applying your cosmetics for the day. My favorite is Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish.
3. Don’t spend too much time on your hair — chances are, it will probably be pretty messy by the end of the day! Go with a hat, pull it back, or even try this cool up-do with a headband.
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