A Non-Basic Guide to Festival Style


51068898 Celebrities at Day 3 of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Coachella, California on April 14, 2013. Celebrities at Day 3 of The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Coachella, California on April 14, 2013. Pictured: Solange Knowles FameFlynet, Inc - Beverly Hills, CA, USA - +1 (818) 307-4813 Music festival season is in full swing and events like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and The Governors Ball are centerpieces for fashion inspiration. Millions tuned in to Instagram to see what their favorite celebrities wore to Coachella this year, creating the incentive for brands like H&M to launch Coachella clothing lines and cash in on the festival style craze.

Although we at Your Mag can get behind the idea of looking fabulous while attending a music festival, (hello photo opps!) we think festival style has gone a little too far the last few years. Unfortunately, the point of these events, which is to enjoy live music, gets lost in the mess of wacky and offensive getups that festival goers concoct.

We want to move past the overzealous fringe, tie-dye, and face paint. Not to mention the rampant cultural appropriation of festival participants who wear Native American headdresses and Hindu Bindis because they look "cool."

If you've committed these fashion faux pas in the past and would like to repent, we forgive you. But only if you’re willing to try these fresh outfit ideas for any upcoming gigs you're planning to attend this summer.

Shift Dresses

Easy to slip on and easy to lift up and...what? Get your minds out of the gutter. Simply lifting up your dress to go to the bathroom is a lot easier than fumbling with a shorts' button in time to catch Drake perform at the next stage. They're cute and easy to dance around in. We recommend pairing a colorful, graphic print shift dress that falls mid-thigh with cool Nike sneakers and funky sunglasses.

Denim Jumper

Both cheeky and classic, and probably not what your basic festival goer would wear. Not to be confused with denim overalls, a denim jumper is essentially a denim mini dress. Wear a sleeveless jumper and a sheer button up with bell sleeves, or an off shoulder crop top underneath. Don't forget sandals and a floppy hat for the sun.

Silky Shorts

Wearing flouncy, silk or chiffon material shorts is the closest you can get to wearing pajamas to a concert without looking ridiculous. Brandy Melville pairs are extremely comfortable and do not suffocate your legs in the summer heat. They look great with a vintage band tee and strappy gladiator sandals that stop below the knee.

Palazzo Pants

While skinny jeans can be too restricting, with palazzo pants, you can feel the breeze swish around your legs as you party it up to your favorite band. Because they’re so loose and wide-legged, you get the look of a maxi skirt, but with the flexibility of pants. A pair of high-waisted floral palazzo pants with a flared hem are deliciously retro. They look great with any type of crop top and comfortable wedge heel sandals.