Of the many fun things to do during summer, festivals have to be at the top of the list! The music, the lights, the atmosphere... These are all classic summer and worth a trip to experience. There are some unique fashion options that are right at home at a festival, which make them all the more fun! Festivals usually have a very chill, bohemian vibe, and you are welcome to dress for the occasion!
There are some staples of festival outfits that work for basically every combination. These accessories will serve you well during a long summer day outside.
First, there are hats. Wide-brimmed hats are something you see all over summer festivals, and it makes sense because of how much time you are spending in the sun. The brim protects your face and gives you at least some shade to call your own. Cowboy hats, fedoras, bush hats, and floppy hats are great options.
Along the same lines are sunglasses. It is going to get bright out there, even under your hat. And, since it's a festival, you can break out some of the larger, more retro styles. Round sunglasses are a great nod to Lennon. And you can't go wrong with a pair of classic mirrored aviators. But in the end, it doesn't matter as long as you love them and they cover your eyes.
Boots are another festival favorite. They are comfortable enough to wear all day, they can keep you warm during a summer evening chill, and they protect your feet from fairground surprises. Combat boots, mid-calf boots, ankle boots, and even cowboy boots are ideal footwear to complete your outfit. Knee-high, lace-up boots are starting to make an appearance as well. If you aren't a shoe person, flip-flops or flat sandals are also good finishers at a festival. Just make sure you are careful about where you step!
The last accessory on this list is belts. You will probably be standing up and sitting down and moving all around, so it's good to make sure you have an anchor in your outfit. That way, nothing goes amiss. Plus, it is a fantastic opportunity to show off thick brown belts with giant buckles or that sleek black leather belt with studs that don't quite work at the office. Whether you wear your belt with jeans or over the top of a dress, every outfit is enhanced with a belt.
Now that we have the accessories down, it's time to look at outfit combinations! Here are four of our favorites.
Think a pair of ripped, cut-off jean shorts with that belt we were talking about combined with a light-colored tank top or lacy bralette under a loose, gorgeously patterned kimono wrap ending in a fringe that flutters in the wind. The kimono wrap is a light piece of breathable overwear that allows enough airflow to keep you cool — an excellent summer choice. Whether it is a see-through lace, a paisley design, or a soft solid peachy color, this is made for the bohemian in us all.
Another awesome piece is the maxi dress. You will see these around any summer festival. Many are usually light-colored like white, salmon, or light goldenrod yellow, some with florals here and there. Others are boldly patterned, like cheetah print, or have a lace design from top to bottom. Whatever dress is your style, working a large buckle waist belt and boots with this combination makes an absolute statement. Make sure you choose one that is light enough to keep you cool when the music heats up!
If you know you will get too hot in a maxi dress, go for a shorter dress instead! A crocheted or knit dress is right at home at a summer festival since the fabric will allow for the breezy air to reach your bare skin directly. Psychedelic and ethnic print dresses are other great choices, especially since they often come in lighter, breathable fabrics. All are super cute. These dresses also expose enough to let you show off statement jewelry pieces or display your tattoos or fancy henna patterns to the world!
Having a loose, billowy women's blouse or tunic top with big sleeves works so well with the overall feel of a festival. Choose sheer pieces in light colors to match with bold, paisley patterned shorts or with flared fringe pants if you are in a colder climate. You can also flip the look and put the pattern on top with wild florals or a zany aboriginal design and pair it with bell-bottom jeans and that belt we love. With these outfit ideas, you can look as free as you feel as you sway with the music at your summer festival.