How To Dress for a Music Festival

Festivals are one of the many highlights of summertime. With warmer weather comes the sound of music floating in the air and the freedom of spending time outdoors. Festivals can also be a logistical nightmare. Whether you are attending the event for a single day or went all in for the weekend, some preparations are necessary in order to have the best time possible.

Clothing can be especially tricky for large outdoor concerts. You want to look festive while remaining comfortable. You can’t wear anything especially fancy or you’ll run the risk of ruining it. The weather each day may require you to deal with rain, excessive heat, wind and mud. Unless you plan on dragging a suitcase with you, the outfit you come in has to check a lot of boxes. Here are some suggestions based on the type of event you are attending.

Country Music Concert

You can’t go wrong with denim. Denim is durable and looks even better with a little dirt rubbed in. If it is hot outside, then go with denim shorts or a skirt. Country fans aren’t afraid of a little flair, so pair denim with a nice pair of boots or a western belt buckle for women. For your top, go with something sweet that will look good in pictures. A lace, floral or fringe shirt will balance out the more masculine jeans and boots. Finally, pick out your favorite flannel button-down. It will come in handy if the temperature drops and functions as an accessory when tied around your waist.

Jam Band Music Festival

Jam band festivals are more reminiscent of Woodstock, Coachella and Bonnaroo. These events usually last a couple of days and sometimes involve camping. Your outfit should be trendy and also practical. This difficult balance can be achieved through layering. Pair sheer flowing pieces over tight sexy ones. Top the outfit off with a blazer, denim jacket or chic raincoat. As the weather and your mood change, these layers can be moved around. Don’t forget a large floppy hat to shade your face from the sun.

EDM Dance Party

For those who plan to stay up all night and dance, fun clothing is a must. Channel your inner child with colorful light-up accessories. You can go as eccentric as you dare with your outfit, just wear comfortable shoes and be confident. Small backpacks or fanny packs are essential to carry around your belongings without cramping your dance moves. Self-expression is the guiding style at these events so don’t be afraid to mix patterns and fabrics.