Festival Fashion 101: What to Wear to Summer Music Festivals

Bring on the summer heat and good tunes, because we’ve got the outfit to match. From crop tops to DIY denim, you’ve got to beat the heat in festival fashion that’s comfortable, versatile and totally functional — and we’re telling you how to do it at some of the biggest music festivals across the nation.

Coachella, Indio, CA
April 13-15, 20-22, 2012

Just because you may have missed out on Coachella doesn’t mean it’s not trending anymore. Coachella made festival fashion a widespread phenomenon, and its supermodel-turned-hippie vibe exhibits California style at its best. We’ve all seen the bralettes, high waisted denim hotpants and biker boots, but this year, festival-goers were a little more clothed than we’ve seen in years past. There were the typical maxi-length skirts and dresses as well as mullet-cuts all around, but the it-look was found in a mixing of lengths: leather jackets or military anoraks with short shorts and boots. Throw on a pair of circle-shaped or dramatically cat-eyed shades and your favorite vintage jewelry, and you’re set — and we’re only half joking about the feather headpiece.

Get The Look:

Denim Zip Bralette, $26, Topshop
Bar III Anorak, $74, Macy’s
BDG High-Rise Studded Cheeky Short, $69, Urban Outfitters
Peacock Feather Crown, $60, Asos.com
Carmel Delight Sunglasses, $39.99, Modcloth.com
Prague Combat Boot, $78, Nastygal.com

Vans Warped Tour, Nationwide
June 16-August 5, 2012

Revisit your high school days at the Vans Warped Tour, where you might just have to pull out your favorite band tee (the one you got all of Fall Out Boy to sign) from nearly a decade ago. Feel free to try a new hair color, pull out that spirit hood you never expected to wear after your last Halloween as Ke$ha, get a new tattoo or wear large bracelets emblazoned with phrases like “Make Love, Not War.” Or, just DIY that band tee into a loose-fitting crop top that’ll show off a cute lace bralette.

Get The Look:

Love is the New Hate “Hello Goodbye” Tank, $25, Junk Food
Skinny Jeans, $35.90, Zara
Lace Trim Bandeau, $28, Free People
All Star Flag Shoe, $65, Converse
I (Heart) Fun Rubber Bracelet, $7, Hot Topic