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Must-have music festival fashion

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Festival essentials

Coachella may be over, but festival season is just heating up. Between Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and the myriad of other music fests just around the corner – summer is all about outdoor entertainment (and cute musicians). From laid back chic to beat-the-heat essentials we’ve put together the ultimate list of style must-haves for surviving – and thriving on the festival circuit. Whether you stay in town or travel abroad to get your live music fix, we’re here to help you look great as you groove to your favorite hot weather tunes.


1rain-ponchoRain cover

As much as you can wish for sunny skies, it's best to be prepared for a downpour should the skies decide to open up in the middle of your favorite band's set. We love this sleek and stylish rain poncho with pretty floral print on the inside. It also packs away into its own practical bag for easy portability. MoMa Store, $75

2Shades

Ideally you won't get any rain and instead be blessed with sunny skies. But for that you'll need some stylish shades. We love these square sunglasses with an urban vibe and flattering design. Just don't lose them or forget they're on your head as you dance to your favorite band! Guess, $50

3Sexy sundress

This soft yellow sundress is the perfect addition to your roster of summer festival staples. The key to looking great at a day-long music fest is keeping comfort in mind. Let's face it; you'll be standing or sitting in the sun all day so your outfit needs to be effortless. Plus yellow leaves you open to various color options for all your accompanying accessories. Top Shop, $45

4rain-bootiesPuddle jumpers

We know you probably don't have room to be lugging around heavy rain boots, but if you're going to be at a festival all day (or multiple days), it's inevitably going to rain. Rather than going big, opt for smaller, rain booties, which offer stylish protection from the storm. Revolve Clothing, $165

5Water bottle

We know some outdoor shows don't allow you to bring in your own bottles, but if you're heading somewhere where its OK we suggest avoiding the plastic and brining your own reusable bottle. It'll save you money and you'll be more likely to stay hydrated. We love this sleek and ultra-chic bamboo water bottle – chemical-free and stylish. Bamboo Bottle Company, $25

6satchel-greenSatchel

An oversize bag is just going to weigh you down or keep you from getting close to the stage. So unless it's a multi-day fest and you're camping (in which case you'll need a lot more gear), opt for a small, cross body satchel for all your essentials – phone, camera, water bottle, wallet and lip gloss. Urban Outfitters, $59

7Hat

Make sure the blazing sun stays off your face and out of your eyes with a floppy summer sun hat. 70s-inspired and perfect for any outdoor event (or the beach, or the pool) a wide-brimmed hat is exactly what you need to stay cool and look hot. J. Crew, $35

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