How to Dress for a Music Festival and Not Look Like a Cliché

With the popularity of summer music festivals, a flowy bohemian style has developed for all the festival goers, especially women. Festival photos are filled with images of people wearing flower crowns and loose crochets tops or dresses. Every year attendees spend massive amounts of money on clothes that are going to get beat up, sweaty and muddy—or maybe even covered in beer.

At big festivals, it’s important to be both practical as well as stylish, so we have compiled a few hints for you to look good and have a fantastic summer season.

Avoid headdresses and tribal prints: People tend to go wrong with headwear in general. Avoid flower headbands as well as headdresses. Native American clothing and prints are more offensive than fashionable … and it’s pretty tough to rock out if you’re worried about your headband.

Layers: Music festivals can be sweaty and hot during the day, but as soon as the sun dips below the horizon, the air cools down. It’s great to have a jean jacket or some sort of long sleeves. You can tie it around your waist or carry it in your bag during the day.

Footwear: You’ll spend the entire day (and night) on your feet, possibly in rain and mud. You won’t be able to focus on the music if you’re having trouble with your shoes. Pick shoes that are both cute and danceable. In fact, if they are closed-toed like gumboots, you won’t have to worry about getting your toes stomped on or dancing in the mud.

Essentials: You’re going to be out away from your home base all day. It’s important to make sure you have lip balm, sunscreen and water. To carry these around, it’s great to have some sort of fashion backpack or side bag. These can even carry your layers for the evening.

In short, be stylish but practical – and don’t be a festival-going cliché.

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