Bonnaroo, the four-day music festival in Manchester, Tennessee, is finally here! And more like it are on the way, my friends.
Of course, going to festivals is about the entire experience. You know, the mud pits, the camping out, screaming singing at the top of your lungs, that stuff. And to really enjoy the entire shebang, you need to prepare. Aside from the concert essentials like a grill, toiletries, and a tent -- you'll need the perfect wardrobe.
I'm not just talking a set of braids and a tank top. You need to think functional. You need to think four days without a proper shower. Whether you're headed late to Bonnaroo or have other festival plans this summer, take a look at these functional suggestions of what to wear for the ultimate concert experience.
Festivals generally include a lot of sun time. Bikini tops are a great choice to stay cool (and covered) while enjoying your favorite acts, and bandeaus will help you avoid crazy tan lines. I love this Coco Rave Ruffled Bandeau top ($54, Nordstrom.com) because A. It has underwire and B. It's black. Black hides stains. Perfect for a few wears.
Hats are a great way to keep cool and project some style. These straw hats ($10.80 and $12.80, Forever21.com) are cheap and lightweight.
Obsessed. Sunglasses are a jamming out essential. These three styles from Urban Outfitters (right to left: $14, $14, $16, UrbanOutfitters.com) are bright colors and a great way to jazz up any ensemble.
This foldover knee-length skirt ($34.50, LandsEnd.com) could be great if paired with a tank or tube top. Plus the flared silhouette and foldover waist are flattering on a range of body types.
I'm a sandal fanatic. Once warm weather hits, I'm open-toe straight through September. But festivals mean a lot of people standing shoulder-to-shoulder. And those people dance. Hence -- close-toed shoes are important. These Tom's shoes ($44, Toms.com) are totally comfortable and a classic chocolate color.
And of course, the most important thing to wear at any festival is sunscreen. Be sure to apply in the morning, and then again every few hours to protect yourself. Then put on your dancing shoes and enjoy!
What are your summer festival wardrobe tips?
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