Music Festival Style

Hello friends! My name is Olivia and I'm the new summer intern here at Street Scene. I love being here surrounded by all things vintage. I'm currently a student at the University of Kentucky studying art. I'm a born and raised Kentuckian and proud to be of the great Bluegrass. 




As we enter the midst of summer there is really only one thing on all music-lovers' minds: music festivals. With hundreds of various types of festivals in every nook and cranny of the country, the festival-goer has a slew of different locations, genres of music, and overall vibes to choose from. Along with this comes the oh-so-important part of what to wear. While we would all love to look perfectly styled from head to toe while dancing to our favorite headliners, that really is not realistic or achievable (or if it is, I have yet to crack the code). With festival season being right in the middle of the summer months, scorching temperatures, dust, and questionable weather can easily wreak havoc on a perfect ensemble. Having just returned back to my Kentucky home after two back-to back festivals, the most important things I have learned are to stay hydrated, be comfortable in what you're wearing, and even when you're dripping sweat don't forget to put on a smile (you are at one of the happiest place on Earth...music festivals are my Disney World). What you wear really can make or break a long day of watching shows. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite looks for a long, fun, music-filled weekend that any festival has in store.




Beige-embroidered-free-people-dress
An easy lightweight dress really is the best way to go on a scorching day. Easy flowy dresses and minis are always a must in my festival wardrobe.
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Governor's Ball 2013 NYC music festival street style
Mud like this was something that I ran into during Bonnaroo. A little bit of rainfall can amount to a while lot of nasty mud. Thankfully, a pair of boots or wellies can keep you clean while still looking stylish.
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Governor's Ball 2013 NYC music festival street style
I am just an absolute sucker for crazy, colorful printed moo-moos. Festivals are the perfect time to show off one of these babies in public without looking too kooky. They can also be great to cover up after a bad day of sunburning.
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Street Style Fashion – Festival Clothing & Festival Fashion at Bonnaroo 2012 | Free People Blog
Cut-off high-waisted shorts are without a doubt the first thing on my packing list. They pair well with a crop-top, a bikini, or with any fun graphic tee.
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white tees
Let's not forget about the guys too! I just love how simple and carefree these looks are. You really can't go wrong with a plain white tee (plus I think this couple is just too cute for words).
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 A favorite of mine for any day of summer is a romper. It's so much fun to wear, and the short length allows for evenly tanned legs which is fine by me!
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Festival Fashion At The Grove, white flowy mini paired with unbuttoned flannel. perfect for a music fest
This Free People dress is a favorite in my closet. It's so lightweight and and comfortable to wear. It also comes in a rainbow of different colors and can be paired with just about anything. A flannel over shirt like this is also great to carry for cooler nights after the sun goes down.
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Vintage Black White Striped Plunge Bathing Suit by marinawilliams, i wish i could pull this off!
A simple one-piece bathing suit can be a girls best friend on the hottest days (plus where else can you run around in nothing more than a bathing suit). This look also permits for frolicking through water fountains as an escape from the heat. I paired mine with high-waisted shorts or under a mini dress as it cooled off.
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turquiose tribe headscarf
A head scarf is a fantastic way to add a pop of color to any ensemble. Tying one around your head not only looks adorable but also keeps your face dry(er) and protects your forehead from the sun. Mine also worked really way to tame my unruly hair (Something that for me is unfortunately un-avoidable with heat, humidity, dust, and a lack of hair tools). I found that one made out of silk really gets the job done while still being light-weight. Not to mention, it flows beautifully off your head with the much-welcomed breeze.
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Panama Hat + Bright Orange Nails https://www.etsy.com/listing/185918007/natural-straw-wide-brim-fedora-hatI found that a panama hat (not to be mistaken for a fedora), was my favorite way to keep the hot summer sun out of my eyes and minimize sunburn. I love the muted tone of the straw and the subtle feminine touch of the black ribbon.
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A slouchy backpack is my favorite way to carry around my festival essentials for a long day. Fun printed colored ones can add a little spice to a drab outfit, while neutral leathers can be worn all day everyday (They also double as a fantastic pillow when it's nap time in between shows).
Free People Missoula Backpack, $0.00

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Free people backpack - the backpack is back on redsoledmomma.com

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7 Chi Addison Fringe Backpack at Free People Clothing Boutique

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Stay smiling,
Olivia