The season of outdoors music festivals and parties is upon us so get your summer festival outfit ready. Everyone is looking to stand out with their Instagram-worthy #OOTDs. But between the fringes, flower crowns and feathers, it’s easy to look like you’re wearing a costume.
Avoid looking like a cliche. Here’s our guide on how to make a festival outfit that keeps it classy and functional.
Your headwear needs to be both practical and stylish. Make a bold statement while protecting yourself from the harsh weather.
For her: The scarf
Ditch the flower crown, and the floppy hats. Scarves are a versatile way to protect your hair from the sun. Not only are they useful for your head, it can double as a neck scarf or a cover up at the end of the night when it’s a little less warm.
For him: The classic snapback
Keep it simple, and stick with a classic snapback. It’s sleek and functional, and less likely to make you look like you’re trying to be Indiana Jones.
A good pair of sunglasses is necessary if you’re going to be out in the sun all day. These classics are sure to pair well with any outfit.
For a more vintage look, go for Clubmasters style glasses. They have thick top frames that run across the brow and extra-thin rims around the bottom half of the lens. The Clubmaster has been around since the 50’s, and has become a timeless piece that goes with most outfits.
For a more casual, summer look, the Wayfarer is another iconic style of sunglasses dating back to the 50’s. It’s stylish, and looks good on most facial shape and fashion styles.
Tops and Bottoms
The key to surviving a long day in a festival is to layer up! Keep cool with clothes in thin materials that can be layered under warmer layers later in the day.
A romper might seem perfect for a day long festival outfit, but you’re bound to use the dreaded portable toilets at some point, which makes them a nightmare. Instead, stick with a matching top and shorts, that are just as cute, but doesn’t require you to awkwardly maneuver out of your clothes inside a dark cramped space.
For a more boho look, go with a breezy cami top. Match it with a maxi skirt that gives your legs maximum coverage.
The Breton shirt is a kind of striped shirt with a nautical origin. It’s a staple in anyone’s closet and is perfect for hot weather.
If you’re feeling more bold, a fitted floral printed shirt in a muted tone speaks summer, without being too loud.
Pair either with a pair of shorts in a complementary color. A pair of shorts with a flat front and ends not more than an inch or two above the knee would flatter most body types.
For her: Espadrilles
Go for espadrilles. They’re summery and stylish, while being comfortable to walk in. Alternatively, you can go for wedge heel espadrilles. After all, comfy doesn’t have to mean wearing flats.
Comfortable footwear is a must in a festival setting, but comfortable doesn’t need to be boring. A pair of white sneakers are the quintessential part of any man’s wardrobe. Great for almost any occasion.
Alternatively, boots are also great, especially if you’re going for a more bohemian look.
Bring extra protection from possible rain and cooler weather at the end of the night.
For her: The Oversized Jacket
A slouchy oversized jacket in a solid color is a chic cover up over the rest of your printed outfit. Just make sure to not oversize everything. Oversized clothes are best worn with more fitted clothes underneath.
For him: The Light Jacket
Go for a light, stylish jacket. Getting one with a hoodie makes it extra versatile. Just make sure to coordinate it with the rest of your festival outfit.