Summertime is fast approaching and we all know what that means: festival season is almost here. With Coachella already in the books, it’s apparent that this season’s festival fashion has taken it to another level.
Sure, there were the classic bohemian babes (there’s no denying that the boho queen herself, Vanessa Hudgens, slayed this year), but a new wave of glam athleisure seems to be the move for the summer. You heard right; it-girls like Kendall and Kylie Jenner were seen mixing sequins with sneakers alongside fashion icon Rihanna, who wore a shiny Gucci mesh bodysuit under a white T-shirt and jean cut-offs.
Okay, so maybe we can’t all be as cool as Rihanna or the Jenner sisters, but here are some helpful fashion do’s and don’ts to follow in order to ensure you not only have the most fun festival experience this summer, but also look good while doing it.
Do: Dust off your mom’s old fanny pack
Maybe your mom’s fanny pack from the ‘80s isn’t the most stylish thing in the world, but hear me out; a fanny pack is the perfect mix of sporty, chic and practical. There’s no fear of losing a fanny pack in the massive crowds because it’s always attached to you. Best of all, it’s small enough that you can dance the day away without being restricted by a heavy backpack or shoulder bag.
Don’t: Wear a Native American headdress
Wearing a feathered headdress is a sacred tradition in the Native American culture and although it might have been a trend for music festivals of the past, it is time for that fad to die. Cultural appropriation is not cool. Period.
Do: Find a transparent vinyl raincoat
It’s not a surprise that the weather cooperates for no one – not even our favorite artists. The problem is, no one wants to cover up the outfit that they spent hours – or even days – curating. A transparent vinyl raincoat is the perfect solution for those who still want to show people what’s underneath while staying dry.
Don’t: Throw on a pair of gladiator sandals
I know they’re cute and you’ve been waiting all winter to show off that pedicure, but sandals are just not the way to go at a festival. There’s too much mud and far too many people to wear open-toe shoes at this kind of event. If you somehow manage to escape without squashed toes, you will still spend days scrubbing the dirt and mud from your nails if you don’t wear protective footwear, so swap out those sandals for a cute pair of sneakers for comfort and style.