Music festival season is here and while watching the bands with a bunch of hot (both literally and figuratively), like-minded people seems like a blast, many times we’ve seen people miserable from easily avoidable fashion fails. Girls often forget the music festival mantra: It’s all about getting dirty, dancing, sweating , hanging out with sexy people and having a good time!
You can’t have a good time if your shoes are falling off or you are wearing a black wool jumper in hundred degree weather. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks that are both fashionable and functional–perfect for a fiercely epic festival experience!
Light-Weight Brightly Patterned Rompers, Shorts & Mini Dresses
Stand out from the crowd with this sizzling-hot neon yellow number from Obesity & Speed. You might look as bright as the sun, but this tiny ’80s-inspired pop art masterpiece is a breathable cotton blend.
Want a little more coverage? This trippy, hippie pastel romper from Joyrich makes us so, so happy. It’s light, has easy access, and hearkens back to Woodstock days, but keeps a modern edge.
This adorable dress from VANS is the perfect option for the girl who is camping, wants to look cute for two days straight, but needs to travel light. It’s reversible!
Jumpers! Festivals are the perfect time for the heavily-detailed, brightly-colored jumper that you might not be brave enough to rock on a normal trip out of the house–as long as you can get out of it easily. This fancy frock from Dolce Vita easily zips open in the front. With styling like that, you wont have to worry about any piece of your clothing being out of place or getting lost.
These patterned terry cloth shortie shorts from Joyrich show off your legs, soak up sweat without leaving embarrassing stains (like on solid material), and are just adorably wild.
Breezy Maxi Dresses
We love this fierce, sexy leopard print maxi dress from Nasty Gal. It’s got a light, hippie silhouette, but still would look edgy with a pair of black platform booties and a acid wash denim jacket.
Need another reason to embrace your wild side? This snake-print sweetheart from Style Stalker has the sexiest cut-out details which are perfect for both breathability and va-va-va-voom!
Want something a little subtler and more refined? This sheer dream from Modcloth is dark, classy, and will show off your nicely tanned shoulders.
Blend into the beautiful desert sunset with this hazy, lazy ombre number.
Colorful, Strappy Sandals & Flats
Give your outfit an ethnic dash with these strappy Jeffrey Campbell sandals. Sandals with straps like this are perfect festival wear because they won’t fall off when you are dashing from stage to stage.
We might have to snap up these Jamaican styled oxfords from Osborn before they sell out! Vibrant and comfortable, these are a perfect option for people who want to dress up their feet a little and keep their toesies from the desert dust.
Gold reptile boat shoes! We love these stunners from Libby Edelman. Plus, they look like they are both super comfortable and they give you a tiny bit of height for the vertically-challenged.
Want something a little more subdued? These bronze strappy sandals from Seychelles are winners.
Cross-Body Bags & Tiny Purses
This sexy, studded camera case from Obey is a stylish way to carry your camera around with you, as well as your phone, some money, and other tiny little odds and ends.
Alternative Apparel came up with the hardcore festival attendees dream bag. It’s a holster, it’s a backpack, it’s a cross-body bag. It’s streamlined! It’s cute! It’s everything you want and more.
Don’t want to be a bag lady? This fancy little belt would be a great accessory to cinch a flowy maxi dress and it can hold money, a tiny little tube of sunscreen, and the worlds smallest phone! OK, so you might also need some pockets, but this is a great alternative to lugging a bag around.
This tiny little leopard print cross-body clutch is the perfect amount of jungle goddess for wild days and even wilder nights.
Wide-Brim Straw Hats
OK. We admit this black Spanish conquistador head topper from Twist and Tango! doesn’t provide maximum coverage, but it does give maximum cuteness!
What a perfect, lightweight hat to beat the blaring desert sun! The floral ribbon detailing is to die for.
Go big or go home with this wide-brim chocolate skin-saver from Delux.
Once you go black, you never go back. We know you aren’t supposed to wear black in the heat, but some girls, ourselves included, can’t get away from their urban couture–which is why we love this glamorous but utilitarian black straw hat from LA Boutique.
Slather on some sunscreen, throw on some frayed denim shorts and douse yourself with bottles of water all day long! What? Seems like it would ruin your spendy festival outfit? If those shorts are paired with this sexy animal bustier swimsuit from Insight, you don’t have to be afraid of getting wet and you won’t look like you are wearing a swimsuit in public!
Want to wear a colorful maxi-skirt? This striped, halter swimsuit from Lolli would look divine with a primary colored cotton skirt, a floppy black raffia hat, and some groovy ’60s shades.
Hello sailor! This naval-inspired bikini top from Fables by Barrie is the perfect accompaniment to a retro a-line skirt like it’s styled in the picture.
Save your retinas (and prevent future wrinkles) with these clear, futuristic darlings from Cheap Monday.
You can wear your heart on your face and still be a shady little lady with these Look of Love sunnies.
Not only are these shades from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Quay[/lastfm] weirdly adorbs, they also have a chain on them so you can’t lose them unless you take them off from around your neck. And, if you can manage to part with these cuties so easily, that’s your fault.
A huge Spring 2011 trend is headband scarves and turbands. This one from Pretty Pennies is a great way to hold back your hair without sacrificing style.
More of a punk rock girl? This spiky, headband from Gold Saturn is fun, functional, and might poke out someone’s eye when you are crowd surfing, so be careful!
Show off your sweeter side while pushing your hair to the side with this ’20s inspired bow headband.
Lightweight, Protective Make-Up & Sunscreen
This kit from Supergoop! has everything for a sun-drenched weekend away from sunscreen, lip balm, and sunscreen wipes, all in a strong SPF 30.
Planning on dancing (and sweating) up a storm? Get a super-strong, water-proof sunscreen like this one from Shiseido.
Stick with a light tinted moisturized instead of full-on coverage like this one from Philosophy.
Just because you sacrificing a full face of make-up doesn’t mean you can’t have a little tint. This gorgeous lip balm from Fresh can double as a lip stain/balm and a cheek stain. Plus, you can just throw it into your pocket!
A Well-Hydrated Epidermis
It doesn’t matter what you wear and what you look like: Keeping hydrated at festivals is your best beauty bet. This foldable bottle from Target comes in a pack of two and fits perfectly into your tiniest bag when you are finished with it.
Don’t forget about your complexion! Rosewater spray is a great way to moisturize with a few fragrant spritz, plus it makes you smell like a rose garden–a plus when you’ve pressing up against sweaty people all day long!
- Are you going to any major music festivals this summer? If you are, what are some of your tips to stay both chic and comfortable? Let us know in the comments!