Coachella is one of the most popular and talked about music festivals known today. Artists, both well-known and emerging, perform. People take note of everyone’s eye-catching outfits, including those of celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Austin Butler, and Kendall Jenner. Music festivals are happening all year round and all over the world, however. We’ve got the Sasquatch! Music Festival in May, Bonnaroo in June, ARISE Music Festival in August, and the list goes on. Festivals provide the thousands of attendees the opportunity to experience different genres of live entertainment performed by many emerging, new and popular artists throughout the day, usually on the weekend.
Music festivals are one of the places where all worries and creativity is unleashed—not only in the world of music but also in the world of fashion. Have an upcoming music festival but are not sure what to bring and/or wear? Here is a list of some packing essentials as well as some music festival clothing and accessory ideas based on the seasons, because you always want to keep the weather in mind!
Sunscreen: Make sure to bring sunscreen to protect your skin, since you will be outdoors for the whole day. Even if you might not see the sun, it doesn’t mean that it’s not there with its UV rays!
Cash for Showers: If you plan to camp out, you might want to look into ways to maintain your hygiene. A lot of campsites have locker room-style showers that you can use for $5 to $10. You can bring a pair of flip flops and a swimsuit if you would like.
Bio-Degradable Shampoo: If you plan to use the showers, bring some bio-degradable shampoo and leave-in conditioner to keep your hair clean and soft—eco-friendly style.
Eco-Friendly Baby Wipes: You might get a little sweaty. If you want to avoid feeling uncomfortable and sticky, baby wipes are a quick way to wipe away that sweat and keep you cool throughout the day.
Eco-Friendly Deodorant: Again, you might get a little sweaty and you will be spending a lot of time outdoors jamming out to your favorite music. Bring deodorant to stay smelling good.
Backpack/Bag: You should have a small backpack, a cross-body purse, or a fanny pack with you during the day and use it to store your phone, camera, cash, ID, keys, and other essentials. Keep in mind that a regular purse might not be the best idea because you want to be able to keep your hands free and not risk getting your bag easily stolen if you happen to set it aside.
Comfortable Clothes: Be stylish but be comfortable. Bring clothes that you would be fine with wearing an entire day and possibly getting ruined. You should also keep in mind that you should not bring anything too expensive because you may become a target for theft.
Backup Clothes: Always check the weather forecast so that you are wearing the right clothes. In addition, bring a pair of leggings, a jacket, and shoes that are fit for potential rain. This way, you will be prepared for any sort of surprises.
Miscellaneous: Bring some bandages or a little first aid kit, some aspirin, snacks, and couple water bottles to stay hydrated.
Clothing and Accessories Ideas
As mentioned earlier, it is important to dress comfortable and for the weather. Of course, your ideal music festival outfits should also depend on the location, type of festival, and the genre of music that will be performed at the event. Here are some outfits and accessories to consider and get inspired from, based on the seasons!Fall/Winter – A perfect time to wear and layer light clothing
- Lightweight mini dress: A long sleeve mini dress is perfect for comfort and staying a little warm during the colder weather.
- Bomber jacket: Mix and match a cool top with a patterned bomber jacket. It is lightweight and perfect for cooler weather.
- Overalls: Pair some overalls with a nice long sleeve top for a simple and comfortable look.
- Scarves: This is the perfect accessory that can be worn in many different ways. Wear it as a hairband or wear it like a normal scarf to keep warm!
- Oversized sweater: Expect it to be much colder? Rock an oversized sweater look. It’s both comfortable and stylish.
- Caps: Protect yourself from the sun during the day, keep warm during the night.
- Boots: These can be paired with a nice warmer look and, if it rains, you are covered!
- Kimono: This is basically a flowy cardigan, and there are many patterns to mix and match with just like a bomber jacket.
Spring/Summer – Lightweight and cool
- Crop top: A crop top is simple and looks great with shorts. It’s perfect to stay cool in the hot sun and avoid those tan lines.
- Boho top: They always come in cool patterns, are light, and are loosely fitted for comfort in the hot weather.
- Canvas Sneakers: Wear stylish, but simple shoes that are comfortable enough to stand in throughout the day.
- Bohemian maxi dress: A nice flowy and floral dress to dance in the sun!
- Floppy brim fedora: This is a perfect hat to showcase your chic style and protect yourself from the sun all day.
- Denim vest: Instead of layering a jacket, layering on a denim vest can complete a bold look.
- Sunglasses: Of course, this is a must if you are going to go out in the sun.
We hope you found these tips and outfit ideas useful! Remember to stay hydrated and let the good times roll!
Written by: Stephanie Tran