music festival

After a long, cold winter complete with a polar vortex and unimaginable amounts of snow and ice, it’s nice to be able to see summer just around the corner. Swimming, barbecues and camping are just a few of the things that we all have to look forward to when the weather warms up.

However, one summer tradition anticipated by people all around the world is the American summer music festival. SXSW in Austin has already taken place, and Coachella begins in just a few days, but there are several more festivals lined up for the summer of 2014, and they all offer something unique.

Aside from the music and the art at summer festivals, the fashion involved seems to have gained a life of its own. Major news outlets and websites love to post the photos of festival-goers’ sometimes outlandish clothing choices.

We’ll take a look at some of the top music festivals taking place around the country this summer and evaluate which outfits will make this festival season your best one yet.

Sasquatch! Festival, May 23-25, The Gorge in George, Washington

Held at the scenic Gorge Amphitheater in central Washington, Sasquatch is one of the premier music festivals held in the Pacific Northwest. This year’s line-up features Mumford and Sons, Vampire Weekend and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, just to name a few.

While this festival may be held in the land that gave rise to grunge, save the flannel for the chilly evenings. Try a cute pair of high-waisted shorts and a crop top, or don a flowing dress in a floral or abstract print. Keep your shoes flat and basic as The Gorge is a natural amphitheater with steep terrain, and a pair of wedges or heels wouldn’t last more than a few minutes. Try a pair of low top Converse in navy blue from Man Alive to keep your outfit fun yet practical.

Bonnaroo, June 12-15, Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN

The largest outdoor music in the country, Bonnaroo is the pinnacle of the festival season for many music-lovers. This four-day camping and music extravaganza features the likes of Kanye West, Skrillex, Lionel Richie and many more, all performing in the middle of a 700-acre farm in Tennessee.

The heat here can be intense, so you’ll want to make sure that your outfit choices reflect that. Go with the boho look in a flowing maxi dress and a wide brimmed hat to protect you from the sun. Or try a pair of shorts with a trendy chambray shirt. Again, keep your shoes comfortable and try a pair in a darker color so that all of the stirred up dust doesn’t ruin your favorite kicks.

Electric Daisy Carnival, June 20-23, Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada

This spectacular event isn’t just a music festival. As the name states, it is also a full-fledged carnival. Thus, EDM events require a bit more effort in the clothing department. Go with something funky and cute, such as a tutu paired with a brightly colored top. Feel free to break out the things that you might only wear for Halloween, and keep your shoe choices sensible so you can dance the night away.

Lollapalooza, August 1-3, Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois

One of the longest-running music festivals in the country, Lollapalooza is the place to be in Chicago. Held at Grant Park, the venue’s location allows for maximum exploration of downtown Chicago before or after the festival.

Definitely one of the “see and be seen” types of events, Lollapalooza is not the time to play it fashion-safe. Wear your best to this event, and you’ll fit right in. Try a faux leather miniskirt and a vintage band tee, or go with jeans in a bright pastel and a bralette to show off your tummy. Chicago weather can be fickle so make sure to pack an umbrella and a jacket in case a storm pops up.

Whether you’re a camping pro and revel at Bonnaroo, or you like the glitzy side of Lollapalooza in Chicago, this summer’s festival season is shaping up to be a great one. Keep your look comfortable, don’t skimp on style, and make sure that you’re prepared for anything. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll have the best summer ever.


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