Calling all collegiettes™ who are pumped up for ACL! We all know how essential the music is to this weekend, but what’s a great festival without looking and feeling great too? I often get so caught up about the event that I forget to plan out what I’m going to wear! Now I’m sure all of you seasoned Austinistas have great fashion sense, but when it comes to a large music festival such as this one, there are certain things that you should take into account. Not to mention that many of you ACL first-timers won’t want to stand out as the newbies in the crowd. Here are 5 things to keep in mind so you can enjoy the ACL to the fullest and be the hottest one there.
1. Comfortable shoes: Your feet are your most essential asset this weekend so wear comfy shoes! Closed-toed shoes are the best, but if you dread the thought of getting your new Sperry Topsiders dirty, then opt for those worn-out Converse All Stars instead. If you can’t resist showing off your cutest sandals, then just make sure that they’re comfortable and that you aren’t afraid of getting your feet dirty.
2. Shorts: I will stress shorts, shorts, shorts. It’s going to be in the upper-90s so staying cool is a must. High-waisted shorts are all the rage these days, and with a cute crop top they are super adorable. Skirts or dresses will work, but with all the jumping around, body rubbing in crowds, and sitting on the ground, they’re not ideal. I would also suggest not wearing white shorts unless you plan on leaving with black ones.
3. Airy top: Many girls opt for simply wearing a cute bikini top or bright bandeau with their shorts, and this is great for allowing your skin to breathe throughout the day. However, this also gives you more exposure to the sun so for all you fair-skinned beauties out there: preserve that gorgeous skin by wearing a top! Don’t fret, for you have endless possibilities. Wearing a tank top generally avoids those dreaded pit-stains. Other than that, be sure to wear airy, light material. If you don’t want to go out and buy a top (because we all know us college girls are strapped for cash!), you can even take one of those free XL t-shirts you have lying around and cut it into a crop top or tank top. Pair it with a bandeau or bikini top underneath to avoid uncomfortable strappy bras. With a bathing suit underneath you can even take a dip in Barton Springs to cool off!
4. Hat: A feminine fedora, visor or UT baseball cap will protect your face from the sun and keep your hair looking cute no matter how sweaty you end up.
5. Shoulder bag: To carry all your necessities opt for a smaller shoulder bag or, ideally, a fanny-pack or Camelbak backpack. Camelbak’s are great for staying hydrated because they have built in water bottles and fanny-packs are great for holding your essentials hands-free! Last but not least, don’t forget your sunglasses!