We know your dilemma. You want to go to Lollapalooza, let your hair down, hang out with your friends, and not collapse due to heat exhaustion. But any outfit you can come up with that accomplishes these goals makes you look like an American Apparel ad gone terribly wrong. We feel your pain. Like a double-edged sword, there are no rules about music festival style; you can stay true to what you love without crossing over into the dark side, and, with our handy tips, we'll make sure you don't get tossed out of the front gate. We've pulled together three festival-ready outfits that don't involve feathers, neon, tie-dye, or body paint. You may even want to wear any of these looks on any old summer weekend. Who says you need a festival to rock on a little, anyway.
We love this classic summer look. Light fabrics and sunnies are a festival-goer's best friend. Bright-red nails are an easy way to make sure your beauty routine doesn't totally fall by the wayside during the festival, and a cross-body bag with a lock at the front keeps all your Lollapalooza essentials safe.
This look has all the components of a comfy-but-cute summer outfit, and keeps things classic for those not into rocking a tribal-print romper and vintage ankle boots (etc., etc.). Each piece in this outfit is versatile, meaning you'll be wearing everything for many fun summer weekends to come.
Baby Rugby Stripe Crop Pocket Boyfriend Tank by Wilt, $74, available at Revolve Clothing. Wavell cut-off denim shorts by Aubin & Wills, $115 available at Net-A-Porter. Balenciaga gladiator sandals, $318 (originally $637), available at Matches. Swap Meet bag, $138, available at Anthropologie. Illamasqua nail varnish in Collide, $14, available at Sephora. Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses $120, available at Macy's.
This look focuses on keeping you cool during what promises to be a scorching Lollapalooza weekend. Shade can be a hot commodity, so bring the shade with you and wear a light hat with a wide brim. A great Top-sider will keep your feet feeling good and out of festival grime, and a super-light playsuit is perfectly minimal for sticky summer weather. Just remember your SPF!
Dern broderie anglaise playsuit by Twenty8Twelve by S. Miller, $139.97 (originally $349.93), available at The Outnet. Large Brim Womens Hat, $16.99, available at Tilly's. Floral Metal Keeper Detail Satchel, $15.52 (originally $25.86), available at ASOS. Montauk 1-Eye by Sperry Top-Sider, $87.50, available at Zappos. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, $23, available at Sephora.