Music festival season is in full swing, and finding the perfect outfit for each day is more than half the fun. Today I’m sharing some of my own music festival style tips. Of course, there are many types of music festivals going to, but these tips mostly apply to broad genre festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Made in America.
Tip #1: Go Hard or Go Home
You’ve spent your hard earned money to get to this festival, you waited in an online queue just for passes, and you’re there to have the time of your life. You might as well go hard or go home! Stick to your own personal style, but make it fun and, well… festive. Go ahead and wear that over the top shirt with all the sequins that you secretly love but wouldn’t be caught dead in at home. I personally love frilly cardigans, sequin capes, and metallic everything. In these pictures, I’m wearing a shaggy cardigan from Missguided and a metallic bodysuit from Forever 21 that I bought last summer. And I’m totally planning on getting a cute fanny pack before I go to Lollapalooza this year!
Tip #2: Wear Appropriate Footwear
I’ve been going to concerts since I was a kid, and the first lesson I learned was to always wear close-toed shoes- booties or sneakers. Seven times out of ten, your foot will either get stepped on or something will get spilled on it (and you will have no idea what it is). To avoid any injuries and killing any vibes, wear close-toed shoes. A few of my wardrobe staples are comfortable but stylish sneakers and ankle booties in black and brown that I can walk around in all day. Bonus points if they’re easy to clean. Pairing them with socks is fun too, like the tulle socks with glitter stars I’m wearing (from Etsy).
Tip #3: ALWAYS check the weather
Check the average temperatures when you first start planning to travel to the festival. Then, check weekly the closer you get to the weekend. If you’re attending a festival during the rainy season, add a rain slicker and Wellies to your festival looks. Missguided and Forever21 sell some really cute rain slickers from time to time. If you don’t want to look the part but still feel prepared, get a foldable poncho from the camping section of Walmart or Target. If you’re going to a desert, bring a button down shirt to throw around yourself at night. Going to a festival in a hot, humid area, like Florida? Might as well wear a one-piece bathing suit as a bodysuit with some shorts or a skirt.
Tip #4: Water and sunscreen are your cutest accessories
Seriously, there’s nothing cute about having to be hospitalized for dehydration. A lot of venues won’t allow you to bring in a full water bottle, but you can clip one of your own to your backpack, or bring an empty water bottle with you to fill up at water stations. I like those water bottles that are really compact and can be clipped on anywhere. Yes, it’s annoying to use the bathroom, but that’s the small price you pay to fully enjoy yourself all weekend. Especially if you’ll be drinking alcohol at any point. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also crucial for sunny festival weekends, and there are so many options to choose from! Some of my favorite brands that sell sunscreen are Coola and Kiehls. As for sunglasses, I don’t like to bring my Ray-Bans to concerts because I’ll most likely lose them. You can opt for cheaper, but still stylish brands, like Quay Australia or Melt. Sunglass Spot is also a great, even more affordable option.
As for what bag to bring, it’s up to you and how much you need to fit in your bag. If you’re the type of person to be overprepared, definitely bring a backpack that isn’t too heavy on its own. I personally like being hands-free, so I’ll be sporting a fanny pack or cross-body bag this season.
Festival culture is all about the glitter, so feel free to pile on as much as you want! Use mermaid stencils and bright, shimmery colors if you want. But, please… there’s no need to add a bindi. As a person who has been asked if I am ‘one of those red dot Indians’ multiple times throughout my life, I’m really over seeing it as a ~festival makeup look~. Yes, it’s pretty, but there are so many other things you can do. You can encrust your entire face with rhinestones if you want! The same goes for wearing headdresses – you can definitely stand out and look ‘cool’ in more tasteful ways. It’s really fun to make a Pinterest board with your friends to pin over the top makeup looks you want to try.
Pro tip: If you’re attending a music festival where you’ll be hot and sweaty within minutes of the first musician’s set you see, use Milk of Magnesia for primer. Yes, it’s for stomach issues, but it works wonders as a primer. Take that from a seasoned Floridian 😉
Happy music festival season! I love seeing different looks from music festivals across the globe – I am always inspired by the creativity I see. Feel free to share any of your festival looks in the comments below!