Summer is overflowing with die-worthy bands playing at huge summer festivals. Coachella, Vans Warped Tour, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits… you name it! While you’re jumping along to the music of your favorite bands this summer, it’s important that you have an unforgettable experience free from wardrobe malfunctions and fashion no-nos.
First and foremost, come dressed ready to battle the sun. Don’t skimp on the sunscreen, and make sure to bring a travel-sized tube in your purse. Learn more on how to avoid the burn! Sunglasses are a must-have. Big, funky glasses are wild and fun, while Aviators are classic. You can’t go wrong with Ray-Bans, either! Also, it never hurts to invest in a stylish straw hat to block out the sun and still look cute.
Next, do not try to wear high-heels to a music festival! If you’re planning on battling with die-hard fans to get close to the stage, you will need to protect your feet. Gladiator sandals are cute and bohemian, but they do not offer much protection against the enthusiastic crowd, stomping their feet on the ground to the beat of the music. Try casual close-toed footwear, like Converse or some boots. If it looks like rain, it may be best to wear cute, colorful rain boots.
Maxi dresses are a music fest no-no! Although they’re flowy and casual, the crowds may stomp on them. If you choose to wear a dress, try a light summer dress or jumper. Something with pockets is even better! Try to avoid tight, form-fitting dresses. You will be sweating, and it is important to wear something breathable. The loose and billowy bohemian look is the way to go.
If you choose to wear bottoms, cut-off denim shorts are the perfect festival attire. They’re comfortable, sturdy, and stand up against all the elements of a music festival. You can buy a pair of jeans at Goodwill for cheap and cut them yourself if you’re looking to save! There is absolutely no going wrong with denim shorts.
Cute sleeveless blouses or tanks are very music fest friendly. Again, steer away from tight-fitting tops and try to find something breathable that will help you manage the heat better. Look for colorful patterns or something with a pop to make you stand out!
Purses are so hard to lug around a music fest all day. The best way to prepare is to pack light! Only bring along survival material like water, sunscreen, cash and of course your ticket. It is best to look for a small over-the-shoulder bag that has zippers or some sort of closures.
Don’t forget to accessorize! Feather hair extensions are a big fad at music fests right now. Instead of chunky jewelry that could fall off or break during a show, go for soft, leather tie-on bracelets. A nice accent necklace or earrings would do the trick as well.
Now that you have an idea what to wear, where do you start looking? Try scouring your local Goodwill for eclectic finds. Also try secondhand stores like Buffalo Exchange or Plato’s Closet. The next best bet is Forever 21, Target, or H&M.
For more summer music fest fashion ideas, check out photo galleries of fashion at this year’s Coachella and Glastonbury Music Festival.
Lily Angelle is a Radio-Television-Film major at The University of Texas in Austin, TX. She hopes to one day be a cinematographer or screenwriter. In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts, and often writes music reviews for the blog “30 Days Out.” Lily’s favorite bands are Weezer, The Beatles, and The Velvet Underground. You can often find her studying on campus in the Cactus Cafe, or around Austin at Home Slice, her favorite pizza place.