How To Dress Cute Yet Classy For Festival Season

Festival season is upon us, and while many look forward to seeing their favorite bands and artists IRL, the festival scene can present a fashion dilemma.

By Madison May2 min read
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Festival season is associated with some of the trashiest looks of the year, but it’s also a popular summer activity and a great opportunity to witness top musicians performing. So why not have it both ways? You don't need to skip out on enjoying live music with your friends or ditch your personal style and follow what usually comes to mind when you think of “festival” looks.

To help you dress for summer music festivals in a stylish way, we broke down the top festival trends into their core looks. Combining the most popular current trends with the retro heritage of music festivals, here is your complete guide to creating a cute and classy festival look. Feel free to choose your favorite aesthetic or mix and match different looks to create an outfit all your own. 

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Western fashion is in for 2023, and is also a staple for music festivals. From cowboy hats to fringe jackets, Western fashion is a cute and all-American way to embrace festival fashion. Add some Western flair to your look this year with some of these pieces. 

Nasty Gal Suede Fringe Jacket, $144

We The Free Ziggy Shortalls, $88

ASOS Monki Puff Sleeve Top, $35

Jeffrey Campbell Dagget Western Boots, $270

Lack of Colour Outlaw Straw Cowboy Hat, $189

Disco Glam

'70s styles, including the so-called “‘70s disco-glam” aesthetic, are making a comeback in the 2023 fashion sphere and offer so many possibilities for festivals. From sequin dresses to flared pants, the glitzy looks of the ‘70s will help you embrace the over-the-top nature of festivals, while still grounding your look in the glamor of history. 

FP Movement Every Single Time Bra, $30

Lulus Pretty Flair Lime Green Pleated High Waisted Flare Pants, $54

FP Collection People Garden Party Embellished Clogs, $168

Nasty Gal Slouched Sequin Grab Bag, $58

Free People Venture Oversized Aviator Sunglasses, $25

Flower Child

The hippie movement is intrinsically linked to music festivals, and for that reason, boho fashion is perhaps the most quintessential music festival look to this day. Dating back to the original Woodstock festival, flower child fashion embodies the free-spirited, music-loving aesthetic of festival season from its crochet elements to its flower prints.

Abercrombie Ruffle Strap Linen Blend Babydoll Top, $60

We The Free Venice Beach Flare Jeans, $88

FP Collection Lawless Fringe Western Boots, $198

Jenny Krauss Dream in Color Belt, $68

Urban Outfitters Crochet Straw Bucket Hat, $37

‘60s Groovy

Related to both Disco Glam and the flower child look, the groovy fashion of the ‘60s is another huge contributor to festival fashion. In contrast to the earthly vibe of the classic bohemian look, think bright, pop-art inspired colors and prints. These pieces are sure to make a statement. And, as always, retro-inspired fashion will always have a cute and classy element to it.  

Daydreamer Weezer Collage Tee, $88

Petal and Pup Hamish High Waisted Shorts, $49

Journee Collection Haylinn Booties, $85

Free People Dixie Polarized Sunglasses, $48  

Billabong x Smiley Bucket Hat, $46

Beachy Bright

A laid-back and beachy look is another approach to take. Blending boho and preppy influences, the effortlessness of OBX-inspired coastal fashion never goes out of style, especially at music festivals. With staples like sun hats and espadrille heels, you’ll be able to keep using these looks well beyond festival season.

ASOS Only Crochet Halterneck Top, $32

Levi’s Yellow 501 Original Denim Shorts, $60

Free People Amelia Scalloped Crochet Sun Hat, $58

Anthropologie Pearl Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $48 

Anthropologie Woven Strap Wedge Heels, $150

Closing Thoughts

Festival fashion may not have the best reputation, but you can be the one to change the trend by embodying the bohemian, colorful festival aesthetic, only this time in a cuter and classier way.

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