What You Should Actually Pack For A Music Festival

Year after year, as spring rolls around, you're bombarded with visions of fringe, daisy prints, and tie-dye galore. Yep, it's "festival style" season. And while there's nothing necessarily wrong with flower crowns and all crochet, all the time, if you're heading to Coachella, Bonnaroo, or any of the other major music happenings this spring, why wear exactly what's expected?

Forget denim "diaper shorts" and tutus: It's time to take the notion of festival wear up a notch. Since we've never been ones to play by the rules, we're rounding up clothing and accessories that are guaranteed to stand out among everyone else's boho-overload. The unexpected picks ahead (you won't find any neon or glitter here) are all you need to take the circuit by storm.
1 of 20
Find yourself a one-piece swimsuit that's multi-functional: Wear it solo to shower or chill poolside, or let it double as a bodysuit underneath shorts to a show.

Marysia Venice Maillot, $372, available at Garmentory.
Advertisement
2 of 20
You'll be glad to have a trusty, comfortable boot when things get muddy.

Rachel Comey Brahma, $391, available at Rachel Comey.
3 of 20
Forget the super-short jorts that leave your backside hanging out. Levi's shorts version of its famous, butt-lifting Wedgie jean will become your warm-weather go-to.

Levi's Wedgie Fit Shorts in Golden West, $98, available at Levi's.
4 of 20
A unique topper is both stylish and functional — because you can't put a price on sun protection.

Valdez Cara Hat, $415, available at Valdez.
5 of 20
A sharp military jacket is the kind of layer you need for unpredictable weather.

Veda Man Repeller Military Jacket, $295, available at Veda.
6 of 20
A cotton scarf can be worn a million different ways: Throw it on as a headband, around your neck, or around your mouth and nose when the dust gets serious.

Clare Vivier Cotton Scarf, $20, available at & Other Stories.
Advertisement
7 of 20
Instead of a crochet maxi that's bound to get pulled and muddy, try a tougher leather pinafore to layer over your bathing suit or T-shirt.

Mango Pocket Pinafore Dress, $79.99, available at Mango.
8 of 20
A metallic slide is a party-ready addition to any day or night ensemble.

Zara Flat Laminated Sandals, $49.90, available at Zara.
9 of 20
Tack an enamel pin onto any piece of clothing to give it some cute festival flare.

Pintrill
Pineapple Pin, $12, available at Pintrill.
10 of 20
A creative crop top will be your go-to for evening shows where you know you'll be going hard but don't necessarily want to rock a muscle tank.

Proenza Schouler Off-The-Shoulder Cropped Printed Crepe Top, $1,150, available at Net-a-Porter.
11 of 20
Try using a Jane Birkin-esque basket bag to carry all your festival musts.

Doên Market Carry-all Basket, $28, available at Doên.
Advertisement
12 of 20
Bring some sunglasses that are neutral enough to go with everything, but rad enough to stand out in a sea of Wayfarers.

Carla Colour Lind Sunglasses, $165, available at Carla Colour.
13 of 20
A sporty, long-sleeved tee is a must for when nights get chilly. Plus, it can add a fun layer to your look when tied around your waist in the daytime.

Adidas Originals 3-stripes Long-sleeve Tee, $45, available at Urban Outfitters.
14 of 20
You'll never take this day-to-night, wear-with-everything crystal choker off.

Ella Maximillion LL Cool Bae Chain, $280, available at Ella Maximillion.
15 of 20
Opt for a sophisticated floral print and some ruffles instead of crazy cut-outs and fringe.

H&M Patterned Bikini Top, $19.99, available at H&M; H&M Bikini Bottoms, $12.99, available at H&M.
16 of 20
You won't go anywhere without a rad pair of baby blues — music festivals are no exception.

Pixie Market Straight Crop Raw Hem Jeans, $79, available at Pixie Market.
Advertisement
17 of 20
You can't go wrong with a hands-free backpack that fits just the essentials: a water bottle, sunscreen, and scarf.

Aritzia De Bray Backpack, $325, available at Aritzia.
18 of 20
The easiest outfit or bathing suit cover-up, ever? A loose-fitting, throw-on-and-go romper, of course.

Reformation Jessime Jumpsuit, $178, available at Reformation.
19 of 20
A platform sneaker isn't just a fun alternative to a flat one — it'll add some major length to your legs with all those shorts and dresses, too. Bonus: great for seeing the stage when you're on the short side.

Ganni
Naomi Tech Sneakers, $284, available at Need Supply.
20 of 20
Try a statement earring for dressing up even the most casual of outfits.

Loéil Lizzie Earrings, $28, available at Loéil.
Advertisement

Shop your inbox!

yay! get ready for the good stuff!