Outfit Ideas for Your Next Music Festival

Outfit Ideas for Your Next Music Festival


If there’s one thing that we all missed in 2020, it was live music, and there’s no live music experience quite like a music festival.

But even though Coachella couldn’t grace us with its presence this year, that doesn’t mean this year’s music fest scene is a total wash. If you’re willing to travel a little farther and wait a few more months, you can hit up plenty of festivals. That means it’s time to pull out your best outfit ideas for your next music festival.

Channel the Artists

Music festivals usually feature multiple artists, but there’s usually one or two that we’re most excited to see. Why not nod to your artist of choice with your outfit?

Band T-Shirts

Band T-shirts are a no-brainer when it comes to crafting the perfect music festival outfit. It allows you to support your favorite artist loud and proud, and you can dress it either up or down. A few ways to mix up this look include:

  • Pairing a shirt with a leather or denim jacket
  • Wearing the shirt under flannel
  • Turning a shirt into a crop top
  • Tucking the shirt into boyfriend jeans
  • Tucking the shirt into a skirt

Even if you wear a shirt for an artist who isn’t at the music fest, band shirts are a love letter to music in general, so they’re right at home at any festival.

Embellished Jackets

But if your artist doesn’t have fan shirts that you like, you can always make an embellished jacket to honor your favorite artist. Start by procuring a plain denim jacket, and then collect fan-made or store-bought buttons, pins, or patches. You can add as many or as few as you like, and you can nod to as many of the artists performing at the fest as you want.

Dress for the Weather

As much as we want to look cute, we must consider the weather when it comes to dressing for music fests. But you can still strategize around the weather for a fashionable and functional look.

Watch the Sun

Music festivals usually take place during the dog days of summer. When you’re picking an outfit, look for light, breathable materials that aren’t too tight. Add a wide-brimmed hat or snapback to ensure you don’t squint at the stage the whole time, too. But avoid wearing flip-flops in your quest to beat the heat. Instead, opt for sneakers or walking sandals that are more forgiving on your feet.

Layer for the Cold

As hot as it is, the temperature will start dropping as the sun goes down, especially if you’re going to a festival in early autumn. The trick is to build layers into your outfit. Bring a light jacket or flannel that looks good tied around your waist. You can slip it on when it gets darker. Or simply bring a change of clothes.

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