The Best Festival Outfits for Style and Function

Festival season is almost here, the time of year to see our favorite musical acts live and to kick back with our friends under the summer sun. Even though the music always takes center stage, it’s also fun to pull together the perfect outfit for a festival, one that will let you express yourself while also making sure you’re protected from the elements.

“Festival fashion” calls to mind boho-chic attire inspired by the flower-child counterculture of years past, but since this style has become ubiquitous, standing out from the crowd can be a bit of a challenge. Not to mention that festival fashion should be functional as well as stylish! After all, you’ll need to be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions, whether you’re traipsing through mud and rain or beating the heat in the desert.

Self-expression and function don’t always go hand in hand. That’s why cotton is key: breathable, durable, and fashionable, these cotton outfits are perfect for your individual festival style—however you decide to express yourself.

Rocker

Are you more into classic rock than Top 40 hits? You’ll probably want to show up to a music festival expressing your vintage rock aesthetic. The perfect festival outfit for you is a rock tee ensemble, complete with cotton canvas sneakers that will be a pinch to clean and simple denim cut offs. Accessorize with sunglasses that will keep the sun at bay.

Bohemian

If you’re still enamored with the 60s, you’ll definitely want to go the bohemian route. White, flowy pieces are the perfect go-to, or layer up with this tribal-print romper and a romantic, off-white “kimono” on top. For functionality, add a hat and sunglasses, and remember that boots will keep your feet dry and/or dust-free all weekend.

Effortless & Cool

Don’t want your outfit looking so much like a costume? Look effortless and cool at the same time with a simple combo of a white lace dress (still on-theme) and a cotton utility jacket on top. Utility jackets are definitely in right now, and the juxtaposition of the delicate lace and the edgy jacket will definitely keep you looking and feeling cool. Simple canvas sneakers complete this look. Accessorize with a few layered necklaces and you’re done!

Vintage-Inspired

Into the Swingin’ 70s? You can’t go wrong with denim, especially when they’re a modern take on the classic bell bottoms. These high-waisted, embroidered pair are a definite upgrade, especially when paired with a white crochet crop top. Don’t forget a sunhat and these embellished canvas sneakers!

Trendy

Off-the-shoulder dresses are in for spring and summer, making it the perfect choice for a festival. Opt for a floral dress that will match the festival scene, and accessorize with a bandana as a headband. Finish the look with an accent cardigan, complete with some trendy fringe. And of course, don’t forget the sunscreen!

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