Question: What should I wear to a concert?
Answer: Music festival season is finally here—whether you’ll wander the hot desert in fashion at Coachella or camp out at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza or the Governors Ball later this summer, there’s so much fun (and partying) to be had over the next few months. While grooving to your favorite musicians, the last thing you should be concerned about is what to wear.
When it comes to festival fashion, anything goes. From boho styles and cutoffs to combat boots and backpacks, we’ve got you covered (literally)! Here’s our style guide to keep you festival-chic while standing out in a crowd of music lovers. Can’t make it to California this month to chill in the grass at Coachella? Don’t worry. These trends will transition just as easily when hanging out at the beach or grabbing coffee with your friends this summer.
Embrace the four F’s: Flowy, flats, florals and fringe
Signature boho styles and flowy pieces are a must-have when dealing with hotter temps. You can keep it simple with ‘70s style-inspired pieces with fringe detailing; a white maxi dress serves as the perfect backdrop for bright accessories. Either way, solid-colored long skirts and dresses will keep you cool and protected from the sun. Pair your maxi or long skirt with a fitted top to contrast the flowiness. You can even break up the shape and make it more proportionate with a woven belt.
Dare to go bare with a crop top
With temperatures nearing the 100-degree mark, why not kick things up a notch with a crop top? You’ll not only beat the heat, but you’ll look effortlessly stylish at the same time. And since festivals allow you to be more risque when it comes to fashion, crop tops work perfectly. Not comfortable rocking this trend? Pair a crop top with a high-waisted long skirt or jeans or a matching crop top and skirt combo. For daring fashionistas, you can be a bit more revealing with a bustier-inspired crop top or pastel bralette paired with a lower-waisted skirt or high-rise cutoffs. Just keep those shoulders, tummy and legs protected with sunscreen.
Leave the heels behind (really—trust us on this one!)
The last thing you’ll want to deal with when there’s dancing to be had? Uncomfortable shoes.
Resist the urge to wear heels and keep it casually chic in flats. Strappy sandals, sneakers, boots or moccasins are perfect for festivals. Just make sure you find darker colors to complement your outfit, as you’re sure to be kicking up dust rocking out to your favorite acts.
Florals are the go-to print when it comes to spring and summer, but this season they’re brighter than ever—so go big or go home with this trend. Because there will be hundreds of like-minded style mavens wearing the same floral print, you can stand out in a pleated floral skirt or a floral top and shorts combo.
Keep it classic in the standard festival uniform
The most popular, foolproof head-to-toe look for music festivals are t-shirts, shorts and boots. This is the time where daisy dukes or shredded cutoffs, worn-in vintage tees and combat boots are absolutely appropriate and super comfortable. You’ll look like a rocker without even trying.
Beat the heat with practical accessories
Wayfarer or cat-eye sunglasses. Check. Wide-brimmed sun hats or fedoras. Check. Piles of bracelets for arm candy. Double check. The only thing missing is a comfortable bag to lug around those beauty items and necessities. Clutches and big, bulky bags don’t work well at crowded festivals so opt for backpacks because they hold everything and require minimal effort to carry around. For something a bit more stylish and carefree, vouch for a fabulous crossbody shoulder bag.
Music festivals have become an American tradition for summer. Perhaps more than the music and celeb sightings, festival-goers have come to appreciate the fashion just as they enjoy the cool acts hitting the stage. So whether you embrace your inner bohemian wildchild or experiment with different outfit ideas, you’ll be sure to survive this summer in style.
What are some of your favorite concert outfits?