Music festivals are good for a lot of things. Like spending full days immersed in art and the outdoors. Or discovering new artists. Or wearing statement pieces so strange you’d basically feel weird sporting them anywhere else. This last detail is, of course, tangential to the purpose of a music festival; the point is to enjoy music outside, not to snap the greatest Instagrams of your life. But the creative energy that tends to pervade music fests leaves them feeling particularly fit for a certain kind of aesthetic, one that fuels bold style choices, inspires unexpected outfit combinations and feeds off funky festival clothes.
There’s no single way to dress for success at a music festival. Your sartorial calculus should involve some combination of practicality (comfort, mobility, weather-friendliness, etc.), chic style and openness to experimentation. You could be the tee-and-shorts festival-goer whose chief concern is function, not fashion. You could be the hippie queen whose wardrobe resembles that of an OG Woodstock attendee, or a boho queen who’s outfitted in all Free People everything, or the hypebae who’s making streetwear festival-friendly. Or you could take full advantage of the opportunity to wear the weirdest shit you can get your hands on, because wearing butterfly crowns, fringy sequin jackets, and rainbow see-through dresses is not only accepted—but embraced.
Music festivals are, basically, an opportunity to unleash the sartorial beast within—the beast that tells you to disregard decorum and layer prints on prints, wear head-to-toe fringe, or sport statement accessories so head-turning you can hardly imagine an occasion to justify their existence. But this is that occasion. Now is the time to throw conscious caution to the wind and wear a crop top inspired by Paris Hilton’s iconic slinky chainmail dress over a pair of rainbow striped pants with an iridescent fanny pack and star-covered iridescent slides.
And if you’re not willing to go full festival maximalist, now is, at the very least, the time to stock up on one or two of these pieces and take ’em for a spin. You don’t have to wear head-to-toe statement pieces to justify sporting some funky festival clothes. This is your time—now go out there, and take it.
Who needs a flower crown when you could wear a straight-up butterfly crown, instead? (Who are we kidding? We need both.)
This dress is breathable enough to keep you cool in the midday sun—and covered-up enough to keep you warm once nighttime sets in.
Colorful organza dresses are having a serious moment—just in time for festival season.
I mean, where else would you wear a fringe bandeau?
Neon cargos have applications outside the festival sphere—but their application within the sphere is so damn on-point it can’t be discounted.
This flower- and fringe-covered bralette literally has “festival” in its name.
Because no festival wardrobe is complete without at least one pair of colorful AF sunnies.
This jacket is practically begging to star in all your festival Instagrams.
Because neon, tie-dye fishnet is 10 times cooler than regular ol’ fishnet.
Overalls, rendered in crop top form.
Sneakers are always a good idea—especially when they’re this vibrant.
Slip into this, throw on your favorite footwear, and you’re in funky festival business.
Plays well with swimsuits, joggers, shorts and basically everything else imaginable.
An enduringly trendy shell choker—taken to a whole new level.
It was only a matter of time before bike shorts got the rainbow treatment.
The only thing that could make iridescent belt bags more fun? Rhinestone embellishment.
This tie-dye top comes with matching joggers, in case one tie-dye piece simply wasn’t enough for you.
A floor-length, sequin-covered kimono is a festival fashion power move.
A different pair for each day of Coachella.
Because overalls are more fun when they’re rendered in four different colors.
Tropical print pieces aren’t going anywhere in 2019.
Colorblocked metallic anything gets a “yes” from us.
Stay comfy and cute all festival weekend long in these oh-so trendy slides.
A bodysuit that doubles as a dress—because, well, I have no idea why.
Well of course neon bucket hats are on the menu this festival season.
Wear this, and you’ll basically be a walking gift from the festival fashion gods.
Because you shouldn’t have to choose between rainbow clothes and see-through clothes if you don’t want to.
Were these joggers designed with music fests in mind, because I’m pretty sure they’re perfect for the task.
The edgiest swim cover-up on offer right now.
Keep the sun out of your eyes—without compromising your statement-making look.
Paris Hilton would be so proud. (And yes, it comes with matching pants.)
It’s rainbow, and shiny, and practical—need I really say more?
Bike shorts have officially gotten the romper treatment, and this one’s all kinds of fun.
Why shouldn’t camo come in every color of the rainbow?
Iridescent everything is a good idea come festival season.
The cutest way to keep track of your phone.
Quite possibly the most colorful take on the visor sunglasses trend so far.
I can see the Instagrams now.
Buy these for festival season, re-wear them to yoga class—sartorial multi-tasking at its finest.
Earrings that speak for themselves.
Because one bra simply isn’t enough.
It’s tie-dye and see through—really, what more could you ask for?
These shiny visors started gaining steam last summer, and they’re back to stylishly shield your eyes once again.
Life is pretty good when there are too many cute fanny packs to choose from.
Why DIY a rhinestone-covered bra when you could snag one from ASOS for $20?
Colorful, crocheted and covered in fringe—a festival fashion triple threat.
The cutest way to keep track of all your stuff this festival season.
OK, you could actually probably wear this one to a bar. (Probably.)
Possibly the weirdest pants on offer right now, but I’m here for them.
Maximalism, encapsulated in a single piece of clothing.
Shell crowns are officially on the menu, too. (Seriously, this will transform you into a mermaid queen within seconds.)
Who needs real clothes when you could wear a transparent bodysuit, instead?
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