Ah summer! Time for beaches, picnics, and music festivals. I went to my first music festival earlier this year and LOVED IT SO MUCH that I'm going to another one this month! While the first festival was a little in the middle of nowhere, this next one, InCuya, is smack in the middle of downtown Cleveland, which means I don't quite have to dress like I'm in the middle of a big field. But no matter where you're attending your music festival, here are some tips and ideas on what to wear.
Check the weather: The weather will definitely impact your clothing choices, particularly if you're expecting rain. If rain is in the forecast, carry a rain jacket or a fold up poncho- definitely DO NOT be that annoying person with an umbrella stabbing everyone around you in the eye. If rain is not in the forecast, you are extremely lucky and YAY for you!
Jazz up your own style: You don't have to dress like it's a costume party unless you really want to, but adopting a rock and roll, boho, or 70s vibe is usually an easy way to make sure you will 100% feel like you belong at a music festival. Fringe, braids, florals, flared pants, sneakers -- they are all perfect. Please leave your business casual/cocktail attire at home for this one.
Wear comfortable clothing: A music festival involves a lot of standing and dancing and sitting in the grass, so pick something that you can move in easily. Separates are best, and if you're going the dress route, make sure it is something that you can sit and stand in easily without flashing everyone. DO NOT wear a romper - most music festivals have porta-pottys and trying to maneuver a romper while trying not to touch anything is more challenging than its worth. I'm a big fan of pants (short or long ones) or lightweight jeans!
If you're going the pants or jeans route, pick a top that is comfortable and flattering. A real vintage band tee is a wonderful alternative, but if you don't have a real one, can't raid your parent's closet or get your self to a thrift store, a vintage inspired non-band tee is also a fabulous option.
Keep your jewelry simple: pick something light and uncomplicated - you don't want your ears to start hurting with heavy earrings, but other than that, pile on as much or as little as you like. Incidentally, we have some incredibly lightweight earrings in our store right now, and you can never go wrong with a fun, chunky bracelet.
Be smart with your footwear: If its going to be raining, closed toed shoes are your best option. A bootie with a low heel is an excellent choice. If you're getting lucky with the weather, wear a supportive shoe. You may think that ballet flats are a great choice, but so many hours without arch support spells foot pain. Supportive doesn't have to mean orthotics (unless you need them) and Dr. Scholls and Naturalizer both have some really cute shoes that will keep your feet nice and supported.
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Add a fun accessory: whether its big hat or a flower crown or a fabulous turban, this is THE place to rock your fabulous accessory. Wear it with pride!
So much love to photographer Paige Moag and my friends Charity Crawford of I Heart Cleveland, Reena Goodwin of Facteur PR, Brittney Moffat of According to Brittney, and Julia Kowalczyk of The Beard & The Broad for modeling these looks!
Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with InCuya. Thank you for reading and supporting posts like this one that allow me to continue creating fun content and to support local businesses and community initiatives.