Vibe’s Style Guide to Summer Festival Fashion


Now that you’ve snagged your covetous tickets to one (or more than one, you diehards) of the hottest festivals going down this summer. From the Big Apple to Chi-Town, Tinsel Town and beyond, it’s time to really heat things up. After all, dancing to the hot beats is twice as fun when you look smokin’ hot.

VIBE’s got you covered (or uncovered for those who like to show off while you shake what your mama gave yah!) with these style must-haves that assure you will bring it no matter where you plan to party.

Camp Bisco XI – Mariaville, NY (July 12-14)
Only 40 minutes from Woodstock? Here’s your chance to burn your bra and go for capturing the ’60s era love movement with some new-age haute hippie threads.Tie-dye prints and leather headbands welcome.

-Chaser Woodstock Tee, $68, Free People
-Carole Woven Faux Leather Headband, $8, Nordstrom
-Blue Tie Dye Print Two Piece Swimsuit, $40, AmiClubwear

Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL (August 3-5)
This festival includes concerts being played back-to-back, from 11am to 10pm all weekend long. It’s important to have a hip yet handy backpack to make sure the necessities are always kept on hand. Nothing makes weekend-long bender festivals better than when fashion meets function… excluding Vodka/Redbulls, of course.

-Women’s Pack Rabbit Tee, $8, Lollapalooza
-Levi’s Studded Shorts, Sale $71, ASOS
-Ecote Bizarre Backpack, $59, Urban Outfitters

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Global Dance Festival - Throughout the U.S. (Various)
Catering to the underground dance scene, these concerts are the perfect venue to fly your fashion freak flag with a sexified top and some glow-in-the-dark accessories that will make you light up the night.

-Dazzling Silver Corset, Sale $40, Lingerie Diva
-Pink Glow-in-the-Dark Hair Extensions 2-pack, Sale $6, Hot Topic
-Light Up LED Shutter Shades Rockstar Sunglasses, $5, Amazon

Hard Summer – Los Angeles, CA (August 3-4)
Set under California’s sizzling summer sun and atop of LA’s grassy lawn, it’s important to wear an outfit that you won’t fry in. Combine a bustier and cut-off short then add a cute crossbody bag to help in keep things light so you can keep up with the EDM community… they love to dance HARD.

-Vegan Leather Bustier, $78, Free People
-Cream Chain Crossbody Bag, $56, Top Shop
-Siwy Camilla Cut Off Shorts, Sale $113, Piperlime

Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA (August 10-12)
Set in the forests of San Fran, this music genre-bending experience is the place to go boho chic, so comfort is key. Chillax in a easy, breezy maxi dress (while swaying to Stevie Wonder, which can be given a rocker edge with some leather boots (for Metallica or Skrillex).

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-Patterned Infinity Scarf, $35, Express
-Dingo Pretender Dark Boots, $96, Zappos
-Glamorous Floral Fringe Kimono, $67, ASOS

Sunset Strip Music Fest – West Hollywood, CA (August 16-18)
If you’re going to party in Hollywood, we say go big or go home. Essential wardrobe is a pair of Ray-Bans and a light leather jacket with a low-cut tank that flatters your best parts.

-Ray-Bans Wayfarer, $190, Sunglass Hut
-Sunset Strip Music Festival Tank top, $25, WePay
-Brown Hooded Vegan Leather Jacket, Sale $100, Free People

North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL (August 31 – September 2)
Merging all forms of music, this festival calls for casual carefree couture. A floral summer dress and some flat sandals are perfect the park venue. Step up the style factor a notch with a set of bangles that pop.

-Floral Lace Flippy Tunic, $64, TopShop
-DV Dolce Vita Flat Sandals – Deez Knot, $69, Bloomingdales
-Bar III Bracelet Set, $38, Macy*s

Electric Zoo – New York, NY (August 31 – September 2)
They don’t call it a zoo for nothing. This is the place where the craziest fashions and styles cane found. Channel your inner raver with outerwear…neon-colored tops, animal ears, even (gasp!) those (hopefully a passing fad) furry boots are welcome on Labor Day Weekend at Randall’s Island. Fanny packs are in again, so go for it… ultra convenient for such highly packed venues as this ad handsfree is the way to be.

-Neon Yellow Cropped Cut out Tank Top, $24, AmiClubwear
-Ecote Studded Fanny Pack, $29, Urban Outfitters
-Spirthood’s Nasty Rabbit Half Hood (for those who ove to sweat and look like an animal), $69, Zappos

Made In America – Philadelphia, PA (September 1-2)
Taking place in our nation’s birthplace, it’s only fitting to display your red, white and blue pride at a concert aptly titled Made In America. A flag tee with some white oxfords will do the trick, plus a hat made famous by America’s King of hip-hop.

-Truly Madly Deeply American Flag Muscle Tee, $29, Urban Outfitters
-Kody Oxford, Sale $100, Cole Haan
-Straw Fedora Hat, Sale $10, ASOS

Happy Shopping!