Festival fashion has become a style in its own, pushing boundaries and showcasing unique styling with wearable art. Whether you’re headed to a rock show, indie or country concert or electronic festival, check out our recommendations below that bridge comfort and style.
Comfort, Comfort, Comfort
Do it for the gram? You still can while wearing practical pieces! Don’t sacrifice comfort at a festival where you’ll be out and about all day. With proper planning, you can put together a killer outfit that lasts from leaving your campsite to bouncing around various stages.
Pack these easy staples that are as versatile as they are comfortable:
Lightweight tops – Achieve festival chic looks with structured and cropped tops that can be paired with textured bottoms, like faux-leather shorts or sequined skirts.
Breathable bottoms – Cargo pants made with soft fabric and stretchy bell bottom pants are comfy favorites that can be elevated with matching tops or graphic tees.
Flowy dresses and skirts – You’ll have no problem dancing the night away in a dress or skirt that allows the freedom to move! Style a maxi dress with a statement belt or opt for a flirty mini skirt with a flattering A-line shape.
Music Festival Styling and Trends
Retro or Vintage
Retro festival outfit ideas are a fun way to create nostalgic styles that pay homage to the decades of creative fashion before us. Lean into the era with authentic vintage finds or opt for trending pieces with retro elements.
Here are some decades that provide great festival inspo:
1960s mod and hippie – Geometric patterns, bold colors, flare pants, mini skirts and gogo boots.
1970s disco – Jumpsuits, bell-bottom pants, fringe, sparkles and platform shoes.
1990s minimalism – Slip dresses, mom jeans, crop tops, chunky shoes and choker necklaces.
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Flowy, relaxed, free-spirit – that’s the vibe when it comes to bohemian festival style. It embraces a creative take on inspiration pulled from many cultures.
Play around with the following elements:
Woven fabrics and crochets add a textural element to your look that pairs well with layered jewelry and accessories with metal details.
Florals prints are a staple of boho style that draw inspo from nature and can be found in muted tones or bright contrasts.
Flowy silhouettes for ultimate comfort. Pair a flowy blouse with fitted bottoms or vice versa for a modern twist, or embrace the hippie vibes and have your clothing move along with you.
Layering can be achieved with sheer kimonos, quilted jackets or floral-embroidered vests. To add a tailored look, cinch the waist with a statement belt.
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Urban fashion continues to make waves at concerts to challenge traditional norms, just like the music does. Our favorite rebellious styling elements are:
Asymmetrical pieces or combinations that play with outfit structure, like padded shoulders, cutouts, rolled sleeves and oversized, structural jackets.
Metal detailing can be found in studded jackets and bottoms, hat bands, boots and, of course, rock-inspired jewelry.
Leather and denim add a touch of badass to any outfit. The fabrics themselves are durable and look great next to contrasting fabrics, like cotton or even wovens.
Graphic tees showcasing your favorite band, bold slogans or nostalgic characters and brands add a personal touch.
How many opportunities do you get to dress like a disco ball? Take advantage! Or incorporate glamorous elements that will make your festival style shine.
Sparkle – Sequins, glitter and shimmery fabrics make for great photos and have no limits for creativity. Tone it down with a solid jacket or rock it with chunky jewelry and knee-high boots.
Fur – Nothing says luxury quite like fur. If it’s too hot for a faux-fur coat, look for pieces with fur collars or achieve the same vibe with feather-lined mesh tops and dresses.
Statement pieces – If you’ve been eyeballing a fun jumpsuit or backless dress, music festivals provide the perfect opportunity to wear them. No outfit is too crazy.
Form-fitting silhouettes – This style is also about showing off what you got, so experiment with bodycons and garment draping that accentuate your favorite assets.
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Layering Options for Surprise Weather
Any festival veteran will tell you that it’s a smart idea to bring a few layering pieces in case of changing weather.
Light jackets and cardigans come in handy at night. For warm-weather festivals, linen is a trending cover-up that also provides sun protection.
Wraps or shawls are an easy way to cover the shoulders at night and double as wrap skirts or hair wraps if needed.
Packable rain jackets take up minimal space and, even without rain, can come in handy for beer showers – just saying.
Music Festival Shoes
While stilettos and heavy boots create bold statements, they aren’t practical for music shows where you’ll be walking and standing for hours on end. Sandals don’t provide much protection when dancing in crowds and also provide no barrier to dirt. Luckily, there are plenty of other cute options.
- Low-top platform sneakers
- High-top lace-up sneakers
- Low-heeled cowboy boots
- Flat chelsea boots or booties
We also recommend breaking in brand new shoes before taking them (bandages are your BFF regardless of what shoes you plan on packing!).
The wonderful thing about festival fits is that you can be wearing the same thing as someone else and have a completely different look with accessorizing. Here are some our favorite ways to spice up an outfit:
Statement jewelry – Go western with turquoise, silver and chunky belts, or add minimal touches with stacked bracelets, layered necklaces, hoop earrings and midi rings.
Sunglasses – Gradient or reflective lenses, flower, heart, cat-eye, aviator, square and round shapes, metal or colored frames.
Hats – Structured straw or wide-brimmed hats, cowboy hats or street-wear inspired baseball caps.
Crossbody bags or fanny packs – Keep your personal items where you can see and easily access them. Waist packs can be worn traditionally or over one shoulder.
Creative nail designs – Trending nails include colored french tips, muted nudes, kaleidoscope swirls and shiny chromes.
Temporary tattoos and stick-on jewels – Add creativity to a simpler outfit with temporary tattoos of any kind, or incorporate press-on jewels into your makeup.
Embrace your inner creativity and fearlessness with your festival attire! With these recommendations, create a look that has you feeling comfortable and confident for a stellar show ahead.
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