WHAT TO WEAR: Festival

From the Editor, What to Wear

My next two weekends can only be described with one word: music. That’s right, I am hitting up Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, followed by Outside Lands in San Francisco the following weekend. That’s a whole lot of hip shaking, lawn sitting, loud cheering, fan girl singing for this Fashionista. Besides mapping my day-to-day music line-ups, charging my external battery and making sure I have enough sunscreen, I am still finalizing what I am going to wear for my jam-packed music festival weekends.

When I spotted this Fashionista, I thought, “Now there is a girl who is ready to rock out to some Mumford & Sons in style.” The key to the perfect festival approved outfit is finding the balance between comfort, practicality and fashion.

  • Comfort: While music festivals are fun-filled and high-energy, they are also exhausting. Three 10 hour days on your feet dancing, singing and soaking in the tunes can take a toll on your body, especially if you are not dressed appropriately. So follow in this Fashionista’s footsteps and opt for a pair of high-waisted denim cut-offs and a graphic T-shirt. The cotton in both of the garments is breathable and will keep you cool in the sweltering heat. Plus, you can personalize your look by opting for a T-shirt with your favorite band’s logo on it.
  • Practicality: Because when it is 90-degrees out and you are shoulder to shoulder with 270,000 of your closest friends, six inch heels is not only inappropriate, it is unfathomable. I love this Fashionista’s D’orsay flats as an alternative to sandals or sneakers. They are just as comfortable while looking far more put together and polished.
  • Fashion: Now just because you are there for the music, doesn’t mean you can’t bring your fashion A-game as well. When dressing for a festival, an easy way to incorporate trends into your look is through accessories. While flower crowns are sure to be popular at the festivals, I like this Fashionista’s more subtle turban headband. Already equipped with a few myself, a turban headband is easy to throw on when you want to pull your hair up while still remaining chic. Another great accessory for festivals is a cross-body bag. The cross-body bag allows you to carry all your festival-going necessities with you while keeping your hands free to wave and clap along.

Take these three keys and this Fashionista into account when getting ready to hit up Lolla or Outside Lands these next few weeks and I guarantee you will have a music and fashion full weekend!

One Simple Change: Heading to the beach for a little R&R? Swap out the flats for a pair of strappy sandals and throw on a swimsuit underneath for a look that has you ready to catch some waves.


Shop the Look


Explore the latest trends and fashion happening on college campuses around the world.
Hear from today's tastemakers and trendsetters. Get inspired. Style On.





Shop the Look