From risqué pasties to furry headdresses and mind-boggling wigs in every color, we’ve seen some outrageous outfits and accessories in the music festival circuit. But wouldn’t you rather be comfortable amidst the heat and activity than spend your days being self-conscious, not to mention extremely hot and downright frustrated?
Fret not, festival goers. We’ve got a few tips to help you look your most stylish while still keeping your cool.
Pick light materials
When choosing your ensemble, reach for something that doesn’t just look smashing—your fashion choices need to help you stay cool, too. A lightweight and comfortable maxi dress that shows off bare shoulders and an easy-breezy crochet tunic are perfect for long days spent rockin’ out (and will keep you cool despite a long line for the bathroom under the noonday sun).
Go for an all-natural look
Bonnaroo or Austin City Limits might not be the best places to test out your smoky eye or maximum-coverage foundation. Instead of opting for heavy makeup, focus on creating maximum impact around the face and décolletage with eye-catching earrings and with boho jewelry faves like this statement layering necklace.
Please, wear a hat
Sunscreen and sunglasses, check. Hair tie, check. Hat, check!
Anyone who has made yearly sojourns to Indio, Manchester or Austin in the summer months can attest to how important a hat is—and not just for your overall boho look, but for sun protection, too. Wide brimmed sun hats, floppy hats and rancher hats work double-time as the ultimate Desert Trip or Lollapalooza accessories, and wearing hats is a stylish way to keep your face and ears out of direct sunlight.
Dress for varying temperatures
It can get pretty hot and dry during the day at these music festivals, but at night, temperatures will drop a few degrees, which means a light jacket or cover up is essential. Reach for on-trend duster vests, extra-light jackets and summery scarves, and master the art of layering as the temperature gets cooler when night approaches.