From Bonnaroo to Sasquatch, music festival season combines some of our favorite things: art, music, style, road trips, and camping. This summer, we’re counting down all the ways we love festival season with the help of our friends and a few festival hacks, like what you need to know for your first festival and how to organize your squad.
If there’s one thing no one wants to be at Bonnaroo, it’s a music festival cliché. Flower crowns, chokers, and neon board shorts? They’re all well and fine, but Hawaii-based stylist and photographer Tara Michie of Lady Slider has a better idea when it comes to packing for a festival: Stick with what works for you.
“I think most music festival goers tend to have a typical way of dressing during the season—think boho, fringe, and floppy hats, and it’s easy to try and dress the same way,” she explains. “But I really try to stay true to my individual style and only make subtle changes to my outfits when I go a festival.”
There’s no need to revolutionize your style just because you scored tickets—with a few tweaks, you’ll be comfortable from first stage to the last set and stand out from the (very large) crowd. Here, Michie demonstrates four looks she and her fiancé, Tyler Rock, would take to Bonnaroo.
Day One: The Original Universal Ombré
I always try to be comfortable and seemingly effortless with my style, and festival attire is no different. I have a huge obsession with jumpsuits (you don’t have to think about matching a top or bottom) and my go-to for that “effortless” look. This particular jumpsuit is made out of raw silk and is so unbelievably comfortable. It’s a no-brainer to wear when I am out all day listening to music. I paired it with a colorful bikini top and the Universal Ombré sandals—I always like to do-up my style by accessorizing with unique items.
Day One: Universal Slides Leather
For a Hawai’i boy, wearing an aloha shirt is like a cowboy wearing boots: essential. So naturally, Tyler packs at least one aloha shirt when he goes to music festivals. They are a great statement piece and easy to wear. The Universal Leather Slides are the perfect sandal for music festivals and so easy to pack.
Day Two: Foxy Boots
This outfit is for those music festivals you know you’re going to do a lot of dancing. I always like wearing bikinis and swimsuits as street clothes when it is the appropriate occasion, and it is definitely appropriate when you’re under the hot sun and your favorite band is playing. Again, I like to accessorize all of my outfits with fun pops of color and by mixing prints. I decided to wear my Yosuzi hat (how amazing are the pompoms?) and Echo scarf for something a little funkier. Finally, I paired my outfit with my Foxy boots to give it a more put-together look.
Day Two: Durban Boots
Tyler went with a classic, no-fuss look for this particular outfit. I actually bought him that T-shirt from Cotton Citizen because it was hand-dyed and had such amazing, soft fabric. I could tell it was really good quality, which I think is important for every article of clothing you own. And if you’re planning on battling the crowds to be front row for your favorite band, make sure you wear boots if you want to have toenails by the end of it. The Durbans are the perfect boots for musical festivals because of their durability.
Day Two: Durban Boots