How To Dress For A Summer Music Festival (Even When It Rains)

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With a string of summer music festivals upon us (including Lollapalooza, kicking off this Friday), we’re excited for weekend jaunts in the great outdoors. Unfortunately a little something called weather doesn’t care about such plans. From heavy humidity (hair, take heed) to rain showers, the elements can throw a wrench in your concert-going style. Though there’s only so much you can do short of wearing a plastic poncho to shield your look, you can still pack smart for these occasions. Here, 3 days of festival attire employing just 11 summer staples.

How To Dress For A Summer Music Festival

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Day 1

Team a strappy sundress with a lightweight, hooded jacket that can be worn (pending weather conditions) or wrapped around the waist. Stash your essentials in a bright shoulder bag that you don't mind subjecting to a bit of wear and tear—one that already has a vintage feel to it makes for a great candidate. Finish the look with round sunnies and comfortable sneakers. PS—don't worry if your white kicks get dirty. You can always throw them in the washing machine after the weekend (although classic sneakers always look that much better when they appear lived-in).

Day 2

Opt for a breezy blouse paired with your go-to denim cutoffs, and forgo jewelry in place of a bandana tied as a trendy neckerchief. Throw your jacket into a backpack in case it becomes necessary, then finish the ensemble with pragmatic, flat booties.

Day 3

A floaty blouse paired with trendy shortalls feels right at home at an outdoor festival. Accessorize with the bandana, tying it around your head as a scarf (in case it rains, it keeps hair from looking totally crazy). Pull the outfit together with your shoulder bag, sneakers and sunnies.