It’s my favorite time of year! Well, of course, besides Christmas, Halloween, autumn and the Oscars. I love festival season because it’s all about the music, the dancing, the people watching, hopping around in the sun and….the fashion!!! I have always loved planning my attire ever since my very first music festival; Coachella 2008. I wore this fabulous and sexy American Apparel one piece with denim shorts, a light scarf and gladiator sandals. Ugh…that weekend was a total frigging blast! Myself and three girlfriends went out to dance in the desert and play in the sun. It may have been one of the best weekends of my life. We also met up with my husband, who was just a make out partner at the time, so that of course added to the fun! Besides the amazing art installations and artists, I learned quickly fashion was almost, if not, as important as the lineup. I’m a true hippie at heart so I don’t need to dig too deep to get the look I want to frolic at festivals, however there are some essentials any festival goer should consider. Now, there are several different looks one can go for. If your thirteen and your parents allowed you to go to a festival, you’re probably wearing tiny shorts and little itty bitty tops and perhaps flowers in your hair. I’m past that – not the flower part – the itty bitty top and shorts part. Actually, I was never at anything like that at thirteen because my father had a super tight leash on us and shit like that was forbidden. No way, no how. If you’re a raver and hanging out in the DJ tent you probably want to look like neon colors barfed all over you and you may be wearing a tutu. Then you have some metal heads, a few Emo couples here and there and of course your super hippie been going to festivals since Woodstock music lovers. It’s often a melting pot of all sorts of different concert goers and that’s what makes festivals so fun; the diversity. This year we will be going to Pitchfork and Lollapalooza, both in Chicago and both completely different from one another. Pitchfork is much smaller, more intimate and Lollapalooza, well, Lolla is frigging gigantic. There’s tons of walking and lots of Chicago sun. It’s a blast, but super long days so it’s important to be comfortable. I cannot wait to see what our Chicago concert goers will be wearing this season…
Here are my essentials for this years festivals.
Typically I vote no heels for fests, BUT if you’re just stopping by to check out a set or three and then head to an after party or indoor venue, these can do the trick! (Mossimo)
For me, hats are a must at this point. I love the sun, but the sun loves to age skin and I’ve had my fair share in the sun as it is. (Michael Stars)
Sunglasses are a must! I prefer a pair I can push my hair back with when needed and an easy spot to keep them when I want them off my face for a few. Ray Ban wayfarers are the perfect ones for a festival. Don’t forget your case to keep them from getting lost when you’re buzzed or if you happen to smoke some really good festival funny tobacco. Love these Ray Ban and Tom Ford ones as well!
A denim vest is a super cute way to layer for any music festival, I want this one. Now. (Madewell)
Denim shorts are perfect to play with during a weekend at a fest. Especially if you’re camping and bringing limited clothing, this is a good way to switch up tops with the same shorts for two days or so. (Rag & Bone)
How cute is this crochet top? I think it was made for summer festivals. (Asos)
Metallic temporary tattoos are such a cute and festive way to add some art to your gorgeous body. Just do it!
If it’s not muddy, I’m all about cute Toms to keep my feet clean, cute and comfortable for walking a ton! And, of course, anything leopard print is a go.
I have totally rocked the American Apparel fanny pack at fests, it’s basically beyond convenient and perfect. A little bit nerdy too, just like me.
The more fringe the better in my book. I wore these fringe boots all over The Gorge for Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington and they saved my feet and make any outfit adorable. They’re a must. (Minnetonka)
If you pack less for the day, this cross body fringe Rebecca Minkoff purse is perfect!
If you like to pack a bit more for a day at a festival you may need a little backpack. This vegan one is adorable, affordable and roomy enough for glow sticks, toilet wipes, a light sweater and whatever else you may need.
Last year Birkenstock sandals came back with a vengeance. I have these in taupe and LOVE them. So comfortable for walking and they’re super cute.
TIP 1: Every year in the efforts to avoid losing members of our group because once lost they are rarely found, I bring glow stick bracelets for our friends. Yes, I know, we’re in our thirties. But guess who rarely loses and keeps most of the group together? Yours truly. It’s my signature move…you’re welcome to steal it. They also make for good trades with other festival goers.:)
TIP 2: Hide your greens in your bra…they don’t check there.
Have a happy and safe festival season!xoxo