What to Wear to Music Festivals: A Guide for Style and Comfort

One of my favorite parts about music festivals is shopping for them. But I remember my first festival…I decided to wear my knee high suede moccasins. They were SO cute and screamed festival fashion. ButI did not think about how muddy music festivals can be, or how freaking HOT suede moccasins are. I’m never making that mistake again.

So I wrote this post to help you avoid the mistakes I have made. Let’s dive into the world of festival fashion and find out what to wear and why!

Introduction to Festival Fashion

Festival fashion is all about finding the perfect balance between style and practicality. It will be hot, it will be muddy, weather can be unpredictable, and you will be on your feet a lot. You need to keep all of these things in mind when picking your festival looks.

Express Yourself: Dress Outside the Box

It’s a festival! It’s not about dressing how you would dress in your everyday life. Music festivals provide a unique opportunity to express yourself. Take this chance to dress a little “out there” and step out of your everyday style. Experiment with bold pieces, bright colors, and fun jewelry!

Consider the Tan Lines

Without a doubt, every “day two” of a festival, I will always see people with insane tan lines from criss-cross bralettes, strappy sandals, etc. While wearing sunscreen is essential, some tan lines are unavoidable. So be mindful garments that might leave their mark.

Imagine Sitting Down

At a music festival, you won’t be standing the entire time. In fact, you’ll probably be sitting on the ground for a good chunk of it. So when you’re picking your outfits, consider how easy they would be to sit on the ground. Maybe avoid super tight or excessively short clothing, and opt for styles that allow for freedom of movement and hassle-free sitting.

The Power of Biker Shorts

If you decide to wear a flowy dress or skirt, pair it with some biker shorts underneath. From windy weather, to chafing, to sitting on the ground more comfortable—the benefits of bike shorts will help you stay comfortable throughout the day.

Choose Comfortable and Secure Shoes

When it comes to footwear, wear shoes that are comfortable and won’t slide off your feet. You will be walking and on your feet ALL day, and through asphalt, grass, gravel, mud. Do you know how many stray shoes I’ve seen stuck in the mud over the years? I only wear shoes that are physically strapped to my feet. My Tevas are my favorites for festivals!

Pick the Right Bag

For packing efficiency, select a purse/bag that goes with all your festival ensembles. I look for a purse that is cross-body, zips shut, and ideally one that is waterproof.

Before purchasing a bag or purse for the festival, carefully review the event’s guidelines. Most festivals have a size requirement, some have a “clear bag” policy. So be sure that your chosen bag meets the security requirements.

My “Coolest” Accessory

Every time I pull out my paper fan at a festival, I always hear at least one person in my vicinity go “ohhh that was so smart”. Unlike battery-powered fans that can be heavier and bulkier, I opted for a lightweight option to ensure convenience and ease of carrying, especially considering the limited space in my purse.

How to Wear your Hair

Most music festivals are HOT, so I always like to wear my hair off my neck and out of my face. Either in a ponytail, pig tails, or braids.

Hats are also a great accessory to include in the mix. They keep the sun off your scalp, face, and neck. And a good hat can really pull together a look.


Anything You’d Hate to Lose or Get Muddy

Music festivals are not the ideal setting for wearing expensive jewelry or precious gems. The risk of losing or damaging these valuables amidst the festival atmosphere is simply not worth it.
Same goes for your outfits. Don’t wear anything you’d hate to ruin. It’s a festival! There’s mud! So maybe skip the designer labels.

Wear White at Your Own Risk

If you wear white, it WILL get dirty.. Opt for darker or patterned garments that can better withstand the inevitable mud, grime, and sweat.



By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be ready to enjoy your festival while looking and feeling good. Most importantly, have fun and create unforgettable memories at the music festivals you attend!

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20 thoughts on “What to Wear to Music Festivals: A Guide for Style and Comfort

  1. I love that you wear something different every day! I never really take the time to choose the best outfits, but maybe I should in the future!

    1. Thank you! I made enough mistakes at my first music festival – nothing I wore was practical, only cute. So I always plan everything out piece-by-piece now! Knowing I have everything planned calms me down on trips lol.

  2. Oh my gosh! I absolutely love that bralette top! Sadly, I don’t think I could get away with it. I wear an F cup. 🙁

  3. I love this post…great tips and outfit ideas! Though I have not yet been to a music festival (I am dying to go) I love planning out different outfits for each day, especially for vacations. My fave pieces you selected are the lace shorts, the hat and the crop top!!

  4. Ooh so many great and helpful tips in year. Dressing for a festival is often such a confusing thing – especially if you don’t attend that many haha. Will keep this in mind when I have an upcoming festival 🙂

  5. Your list of recos really makes sense — wearing white, accessories, shoes etc and I really love the new insights — tan lines. I never thought of that before.

  6. I love music festivals, and you definitely nailed the music festival fashion! Love that you pointed out considering tan lines!

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