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What to Wear to a Music Festival

by Jill Manoff

Heading to a music festival this year? Start planning your outfits now. Including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, the biggest fests now double as fashion events—crawling with models and street style photographers. Whether you’re determined to get snapped, or just keep cool (It’s bound to be hot!) without sacrificing your style, we’ve got your musts.

Music Festival Fashion

A Lightweight Scarf
Pick a high-impact, oversized style. It will provide that oh-so-essential outfit-making pop and double as a blanket; you’ll cozy up in it when the weather turns cool and sit on it between your fave bands.

A Hat
It’s equal parts fashion and function. This year, you’ll want to skip the fedora and block the sun with a cap or floppy hat.

You can’t go wrong with always-cool aviators or a pair of trendy sunnies, in a bold shape or color. (There’s no better time to brave cateye frames!)

are music festivals’ unofficial shoes. If there’s rain in the forecast, join the crowd. Otherwise, go for a motorcycle boot that’s every bit as cool. (But bring a change of sandals for when the heat really kicks in!)

Broken-in cutoffs go with everything—tanks, peasant tops, the list goes on. This season, consider changing it up with an of-the-moment colored style.

A Headband
Wear it across your forehead to get the look just right. For an indie concert, go for a floral crown. Rocking out? Opt for a bandana.

A Crossbody Bag
A handbag will quickly become a pain—that is, unless it’s sized for the essentials and leaves your hands totally free (to clap, hold a lighter, Instagram, you name it). A crossbody bag or small backpack is perfect.

Bold Jewelry
Take your shorts-and-a-tank to the next level with hyper-bright bracelets or shoulder-skimming earrings.

An Easy Dress
Avoid dresses that cling in favor of easy-breezy styles—like short sundresses and free-flowing maxis. In a tribal print or a look-at-me color? Even better.

A Romper
A romper is fashion-forward, fuss-free, the best of both worlds. Add sandals and a hat, and you’re set!

Your Makeup Bag
Now’s the time to experiment with color: Wear neon polish one day, electric eyeliner the next.

When you’re in full sun for hours at a time, you’ll want to protect your skin—and, of course, avoid crazy tan lines.