So you’re going to a music festival. No longer just about the music and the star-studded lineups, outdoor festivals have become opportunities to show off your personal style. Don the standard crop top and cutoffs, or go completely EDM and rock an animal hood and tutu: it’s entirely up to you. We’ve compiled a guide to some of the basic types of music festival fashion you’re likely to see at your next festival, whether it be Coachella, Lollapalooza, or Electric Zoo.
The Classic Uniform
These girls are in crop tops and cutoff denim shorts. Footwear varies depending on the festival venue, but generally you’ll see ankle booties, cowboy boots, or sandals. Lace and fringe are very common in these ensembles. This is the classic music festival fashion type that you’re likely to find at just about every festival in some form or another.
Seen at: Coachella, Lollapalooza, pretty much everywhere
The Blonde Abroad
A variation on The Classic Uniform, this festival style adds more hippie-inspired elements to their outfits, like flower crowns and feathers. You’ll see a lot of sundresses, long wavy hair, and maybe even some tribal or animal inspired patterns. Many of these elements will be from thrift shops or DIY’ed.
Let’s face it: music festivals can get grungy fast. Many festival-goers forgo expensive hotel rooms in favor of camping in tents outside (which some may argue enhances the whole festival experience), and they dress accordingly. You’ll see layers and more strategic ensembles, and you’ll also see boots. Lots of boots. Especially at festivals like Glastonbury and Sasquatch, where the weather doesn’t always cooperate with the outdoor festivities.
Seen at: Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Sasquatch
On the other end of the spectrum from the indie, hipster styles are the ensembles sported by attendees of electric dance music festivals. Fans of EDM tend to choose outfits that are more eye-catching and neon. You’ll see a lot of neon, tutus, glitter, and plastic beaded bracelets. Girls also wear lavishly decorated bandeau or crop tops, and many people also don headgear like animal hoods.