If you’ve ever been to a music festival before, you’ll know there’s a special kind of fashion involved that you don’t see anywhere else. That’s why it can be challenging to dress for a fest when you’re a beginner, whether you’re heading to Coachella or a small local event. Either way, don’t sweat it—I’ve got you covered. From quirky pieces to head-to-toe trend-driven ensembles, here’s how to nail music festival fashion and stand out in style.
Consider the Occasion
First things first, you need to know what exactly you’re going to. If you’re new to a specific festival, research past events to get an idea of what attendees wear and how fancy or laid-back to go with your outfit. For instance, a popular music festival full of fashionistas and influencers would call for a dressier look than a grungy rock event in a nearby park.
Check the Weather Forecast
Next up, you need to know what exactly you’re dressing for. Will you experience warm sunshine all day long? Sunshine and showers? Or constant cloud and chills? Needless to say, if you’re heading to a weekend affair, you’re probably going to want to pack for all weather types (just in case). That said, for one-day events, the general rule of thumb is to take items you can layer up. For example, a plaid shirt can double up as a cover-up over a cute cami if it’s windy, or as a chic accessory tied around your waist with denim shorts and rubber boots. On the other hand, wearing a dress with thick pantyhose isn’t a bad idea for changeable weather as you can simply take them off when the temperature rises.
Come Up with a Theme
Once you’ve got the event and weather forecast in mind, it’s time to decide on what kind of look you want to go for. Would you prefer to wear designer-inspired pieces? Would you rather follow the latest influencer trends? Or how about going for something completely out of your comfort zone? For instance, the aforementioned cami, denim shorts, plaid shirt, and rubber boots combination is renowned as casual festival cool. You could also opt for 1970’s boho vibes, party-girl sequins, or a 1990’s grunge feel. You could even mix and match different styles to create something completely unique. Either way, experiment and play around with different options to find out what works for you.
Accessories Are Everything
Finally, a fashion-forward festival aesthetic isn’t anything without a few bold accessories. In fact, accessories often make or break a good festival outfit. I mean, have you ever seen a festival style maven without a floppy fedora hat, big earrings, body glitter, or statement boots? Exactly. My advice is to go as simple as you can with your outfit—and then use accessories to make it into a masterpiece. And it goes without saying that however you decide to dress for a festival, always remember that all you need is confidence to shine.