San Francisco’s biggest music event, the 3-day Outside Lands extravaganza, is finally upon us. And by now, you’ve already made the decision on whether or not to shell out on tickets to see over 72 top-notch bands (Arctic Monkeys, the Decemberists, MGMT, and Best Coast included!) while chowing down on grub from some of the best vendors in town. But the bigger question still remains: What on earth are you going to wear? Well, for one thing, it ain’t Coachella, kids. In fact, it's looking like a high in the early ‘60s all three days. So, the traditional festival wear of denim cut-offs and a flimsy tank are pretty much out of the question. Instead, cast your eyes on our fool-proof suggestions below, that are not only practical, but super-stylish and void of any hippie-dippy Burning Man references. Because, let’s face it, there will be plenty of that at going on, anyway. Get to shopping, and we’ll see you in the park!
Yes, there are some subtle (haute) hippie references in this look, but the modern touches of a wide-brimmed fedora, bright coral nail polish, and a slouchy-yet-structured carryall (in which to stash your sweater and sunscreen) give it an instant upgrade.
Hitchhiker Convertible Bag, $58, available at Nasty Gal. Becca Tangerine Dream Nail Color, $15, available at Becca. Wide-Brim Fedora, $43.10, available at Asos. Ecote Platform Crisscross Sandal, $49, available at Urban Outfitters, 80 Powell Street (between Ellis and Eddy streets); 415-989-1515. Santa Croce Maxi Dress, $368, available at Free People.
For those of you not feeling the skirt idea, these cropped trousers in an eye-catching hue are similarly adorable. We like the idea of mixing shades of blue to ground the look, then adding bursts of unexpected color (pink! orange!) along with an in-the-know fashion-y tank for an all together stand-out ensemble.
J.Crew New Café Wool Capri in Yacht Blue, $118, available at J.Crew, 845 Market Street (in the Westfield Mall); 415-434-2739. NARS Angelika Lip Gloss, $24, available at NARS. Canvas the Neighborhood Wedge, $89.99, available at ModCloth. Blood Is The New Black By Brian Lichtenberg Margiela Wig Tank, $20, available at Blood Is The New Black. Warby Parker Jasper Polarized Lens Sunglasses, $95, available at Warby Parker and The Perish Trust, 728 Divisidero (between Fulton and Grove streets). Chester Wallace Waxed Canvas Tote, $150, available at Unionmade, 493 Sanchez Street (at 18th Street); 415-861-3373.
The perfect length for an outdoor festival in sometimes-foggy/sometimes-clear Golden Gate Park, this midi-skirt provides just enough warmth and breeze. Plus, hello, leopard print and pretty pleats! Jazz it up with a shocking pink top, rock 'n roll-worthy necklace, crazy-ass nail decals, and some comfy Keds to get you from stage to stage. Hot tip: If you're staying for the night shows, packing tights is a must.
Sam & Lavi Pink Kelsie Tank, $55, available at Les Pommettes. Rossmore "Teeth" Necklace, $100.88, available at Rossmore and Mira Mira, 3292 22nd Street (at Valencia Street); 415-648-6513. Mary Meyer for Shoe Market Keds Champion Custom Print Sneakers, $44, available at Mary Meyer. Sally Hansen Salon Effects, $10, available at Walgreens, 1333 Castro Street (at 18th Street); 415-826-8533. Verty Hot Spots Leopard Skirt, $40, available at Tobi.