Outdoor music festivals: the epitome of one’s youth, where you’re never going to be younger, have more energy, or have fewer responsibilities than you do right now. The ‘60s saw the flower children packing as they head to San Francisco. The ‘90s bore witness to a surge in well-organized, blockbuster music festivals outside of major cities in the US, which were embraced by yuppies, grunge kids, and new hippies alike.
A major pop culture phenomenon that transcends beyond music, outdoor festivals also became a playground for fashion influencers to test out fashion’s next big trend as they wear the latest music festival outfits. While most outdoor festivals are usually held under summer’s sweat-inducing, sweltering heat, some choose autumn’s chiller, crisper air. With maximum comfort as well as weather conditions to factor in, it is always best to plan your festival outfits ahead for the full festival experience. Below is a free for fall guide to no-fail festival fashion.
Give the summery sandals the boot and slip into fall fashion favorite, boots. A versatile piece that can take you from daytime rocking to after-sun after-parties, choose from an array of styles—from ankle to leather boots. Pair with your go-to denim cut-offs and vintage band shirt for a chic rocker vibe or go for a relaxed, classy look with a pullover then tuck your jeans in your boots. Whatever look you choose, boot will give you comfort and style.
Pack on the festival fun with your fanny pack of choice! These hip-hugging, shoulder-slinging bags combine comfort and style without breaking the bank--or your back. With the fanny pack making a long-awaited comeback, fans of functional fashion prepare to pack it on as these now come in various styles—denim, leather, suede, or even velvet. Choose a studded leather number and pair with an all-denim outfit or pair with velvet one with pinstripe suit for a playful take on office wear.
Put your head in the game and play around with headwear. Keep warm in style by topping off your festival look with your headwear of choice. For a chic chilly look, choose a headwrap instead of your usual beanie. Craving for a French connection? Go for a beret and pair it with your oversized sweater for a comfy chic look.
Tees the season to pile it on with layered tees. Perfect for the in-between weather, pair your basic t-shirt with a long sleeved one for a warmer take on this style staple. Play around with different cuts and prints for a style that’s uniquely yours. Pair with a high-waisted denim skirt for a ‘70s retro look or go for Parisian chic and pair with dark jeans—top off with a beret for a look that’s très chic.
Prepare for an army of onlookers when you rock this military-inspired piece. A versatile piece that can take you from day to night, lend some toughness to your festival wear with this jacket in tow. With different cuts to suit your taste, pair a structured number with a loose sweater dress or go for a coat-length style for that certain je ne sais quoi attitude. Sling over your shoulder for a chic casual vibe or tie around your hips for an on-trend look.
Cozy up to your favorite acts at the chilliest season of the year with an oversized sweater. Perfect piece for lounging around, dress it up with layered gold jewelry or dress down by pairing it with boyfriend jeans. Cuff it above the ankle and finish off the look with a pair of leather boots for a functional festival wear. For a more polished punk look, pair your oversized sweater with faux leather leggings.
Have your bases covered with your favorite pair of basic sneakers. A go-to for comfort and style combined, take your sneakers from day to night with a few outfit touch-ups. For a day out in the field, go for the on-trend chunky sneakers to give you some leverage while stomping on the festival grounds. Up your favorite sweater dress and jacket combo by finishing off the look with a pair of platform sneakers.