The temperatures are heating up and daylight is now extending far into the early evenings. Guess what that means? It’s festival season! I put together a music festival style guide that’s perfect for long hours outdoors. Admit it, part of the fun of festivals besides enjoying great music with your best friends is dressing the part AND documenting it along the way. Comfort is key in order to stomp around the grounds all day long. Even if Coachella is not (and will never be) in your plans, these outfits will be on repeat during the spring/summer.
Don’t forget sun protection with lots of sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Here are blog posts about my sunglasses collection and the basics of SPF. Keep reading for my realistic but sartorially-minded interpretation of festival gear.
I am packing this outfit when I head to Stagecoach in a couple weeks. Denim shorts are a staple in my warm weather wardrobe. This high waist pair provides coverage so I can indulge in all the food while remaining cool at the same time. Any airy top will pair well with shorts. I like this crisp, white eyelet blouse that can be worn over-the-shoulders or off-shoulder on one or both sides. To complete the look, I added the perfect lace-up espadrilles. I like that they do not have a platform or heel so that I can easily walk around in them. I’ll be pairing them with plenty of breezy dresses and light wash denim all season long.
This one is my favorite look in this edit! It’s chic but whimsical which completely echoes the sentiment of festival style. All-black is still what I naturally gravitate towards. The high-neck halter and distressed denim shorts are great base layers. The cut of this top is one of my favorite cuts; it shows off the arms while remaining relatively modest. And of course, these metallic booties have been worn to death ever since I’ve gotten them. They’ve been featured countless times on the blog and my Instagram.
The star piece of this outfit is a recent addition to my collection…a vintage Paula Sweet silk fringe jacket. The material is lightweight, providing coverage from the sun in the day and warding against evening breezes. It has that just-right oversized, slouchy way of draping off the body. Similar pieces may have fringe, tassels, pom poms, and other textural details.
When I think festival fashion, I imagine an outfit like this; a white cotton dress, sandals, and layers of necklaces. Personally, I love vintage pieces, because the details, craftsmanship, and history are creatively interesting and inspire countless styling options. Each item is one-of-a-kind. I bought this vintage 60s dress many years ago and was thrilled to find it. I love the carefully detailed embroidery on the bodice, the double straps, the ruffle hem, and the buttons that run down the entire length of the dress. This piece can also be styled halfway buttoned down and casually tucked into a pair of light denim shorts.
Anyone going to any music festivals (big or small) in the next upcoming months? Who are you excited to see?
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