The List: Festival Season Fashion Survival Guide

The List: Festival Season Fashion Survival Guide

By now, you are well prepared for your festival beauty routine (especially if you read our article on all things festival beauty), but chances are, you’re still uncertain about the actual attire.We’re guessing you’ve spent more than your fair share of time standing in your skivvies while staring at your closet feeling completely overwhelmed. Besides deciding on outfits, you have to determine what you truly need. The desert is hot as h*ll during the day, but temps can drop significantly by night. This certainly presents a sartorial situation. But don’t fret, we’ve got you covered (literally)!

Be prepared for the cold evenings by shoving a  pair of Rag & Bone/Jean Boyfriend Jeans ($220) into your awesomely festival-fringed bag (this suede Proenza one will give you a major Kate/Alexa/ Sienna moment). For your outerwear, you have options. Scoop up Blank Denim’s Cargo Jacket ($118) to add to your fringed benefits, or opt for a poncho which is likely to be seen all over the festival circuit this year. It’s the new cargo jacket! Try Adam Lippes Oversized Cotton-Blend Twill Poncho ($1450) – so chic! – or Hunter Original Hooded Waterproof PU Poncho ($195) in this bright green. Bonus for the waterproof material! Both of these poncho choices are ideal because they can easily be rolled up and stuffed into a bag until evening comes.

Music festivals involve a lot of moving. Between all the dancing and walking around from set to set, your shoes will take a major beating (and, apparently so will your heart rate!). Consider packing an extra pair of do-it-all slip-ons just in case. These ASOS Delaware Sneakers ($45) are the perfect neutral silver, but with a heavy dose of sass. If you prefer an open-toe, go for JuJu Footwear Baby Jelly Sandal ($50), which are also waterproof, just in case it starts to rain or, worse, you get beer thrown on you.

An unexpected must-have for music festivals is a caftan since you can use it so many different ways. Wear the ViX Delta Caftan Tunic ($156) to a pool party first, and then with a pair of denim shorts and sandals later in the day. And if you can’t (*don’t want to) make it back to your hotel or Airbnb, caftans make the perfect nightgown. No shame in Coachella sleepovers!

Festivals involve some serious drinking. If you’re going to be imbibing, make sure you’re prepared. Keeping track of your phone is challenging enough when sober, so make sure to keep it tucked away while wasted. And, remember, friends don’t let friends drink and text. Opt for this Alexander Wang Fanny Pack to keep your phone safe and your hands free to bump and grind (or throw aforementioned beer). And skip the jewelry; it’s likely to fall off or get stollen. Instead, try Lulu DK temporary tattoos ($22) which will have you blinged out from neck to wrists, and they last for two to four days!

Even if you’re not actually attending a music festival this year, you know you’ll be following along on Instagram. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and dress in what you would be wearing should you be blessed enough to spend a weekend in the desert surrounded by wasted strangers.


Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar

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