8 festival outfit ideas to take you from show to show

Gov Ball, Coachella, Lollapalooza and many other music festivals are finally back for 2022, and your favorite singers and rappers are going to show off their A-games on stage. As you run from stage to stage at whatever event you find yourself at, you’ll need insanely good festival outfits to take you from show to show. Planning a festival outfit isn’t as simple as putting something on and stepping out; there’s a surprising amount to keep in mind when it comes to your fashion and accessory choices at your next music festival.

Festivals are incredibly sweaty business. More often than not, the sun is beating down on you, you’re on your feet all day, and you’re close to other music fans. Staying cool and comfortable through it all isn’t easy. So you need a festival-ready outfit that won’t leave you totally waterlogged at the end of the day. Think: mesh fabrics, breathable pants, shorts, crop tops and shoes that can withstand the elements no matter what the day throws at you.

Beyond the practicalities of your outfit, you’ll also want to look super stylish. Festivals are a melting pot for maximalist fashion. Psychedelic prints, matching sets and cutouts are all over the festival stage. You can even pull out sportswear to double as festival fashion to keep you cool and airy. Whatever your vibe, having so many options can feel debilitating, so check out some fashion inspirations below and feel inspired for what your next festival look could be.

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Festival Fashion: cute and crocheted

Festivals often involve a lot of time in the sun and it can get very hot. The best way to stay cool throughout the day is to wear a shirt like Forever 21 Crop Crochet ($30, forever 21). While it’s graphic and cute, it also has a very airy fabric for the perfect balance of look and cool feel.

Festival Fashion: perfect prints

If you want to be the belle of the festival, you need to get your hands on PrettyLittleThing Abstract Combination ($13.50, pretty little thing). It’s made with a lightweight fabric to repel heat and the cover will help protect your skin from the sun. Beyond the practical reasons that make a jumpsuit a festival staple, the psychedelic pattern is perfect for your weekend vibe-y.

Fashion festival: opt for the agreements

You can never go wrong with a matching set. And since you’ll be up all day dancing and ranging from performance to performance, you’ll want outfits you’ll feel completely comfortable in. That’s why it’s great that Tunnel Vision Tissue Pack ($54, Tunnel vision) features a skort. You won’t have to worry about constantly pulling your skirt down in this number.

Festival Fashion: clever cutouts

Cutout pants have been a festival staple ever since Maddie wore them in season 1 of Euphoria. Although you can get the trendy whale tail cut, SHEIN Flare Pants ($8, SHEIN) feature a funky little flower cutout on the hip for an almost 70s vibe.

Fashion Festival: Go Graphic

To add a streetwear edge to your festival look, you can’t go wrong with an oversized graphic tee. You can pair it with bike shorts and wear it loose or tuck it into your favorite jort. It doesn’t get much more comfortable than an oversized t-shirt.

Fashion Festival: Feelin’ Fringe

With all your jumping and dancing, you’ll love wearing a top that floats with you like Akira Fringed Crop Top ($15, Akira). You can even go for the rave-inspired western look by adding matching biker shorts.

Fashion festival: such a sport

Take a sporty approach to your attire with Fashion Nova Ruched Shorts Set ($21, Nova Fashion). The stretchy fabric is snug but won’t leave you feeling rushed after a day of sweating. The gathers also make you feel like you’re at a concert rather than going to the gym.

Fashion Festival: Cheeky Chaps

For a daring look, you can always smash the guys with no ass. By pairing these daring peek-a-boo pants with a funky bodysuit or patterned shorts, you can create a really daring look that will make all the other festival-goers jealous of your fashion skills.

Now that you’ve got your tickets and some of your sartorial inspiration, all you need to do is stock up on some sunscreen and maybe grab a bob.

About Catharine C. Bean

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