Fest Dressed: From Deserts to Cityscapes—Your 2024 Guide to Festival Outfitting

Let’s be real, you’re going for the music but you’re staying to serve a look. It’s okay, we won’t out you for only knowing the headliners, but what you may lack in musical prowess, you’ll make up for in aesthetic.

And if you are the type of person that knows every lyric to every song coming from every stage—we salute you—you are carrying the weight of the world on your well-dressed shoulders.

Without further ado, let’s get into the pieces you need for styling the best looks this festival season.

Boho Chic

Thanks to Paris Fashion Week, every person with access to the internet knows that boho is officially back. And while that usually calls for long, drapey layers that aren’t conducive to 95-degree heat, we have just the things to help you achieve the look. Enter: bra tops. Lacy, delicate, and super femme, these pieces pairs with a flowy maxi skirt, dramatic printed flares, or even micro-mini shorts and a platform sandal. At night when it gets chilly, throw on a denim or fringe jacket for an extra shot of cool.

Sporty Spice

You’re in a mosh pit, you’re crowd surfing, you’re dancing like no one is watching. The last thing you need is to feel held back by your outfit. With that being said, we’re not going to send you out there with nothing but your high school P.E. uniform and a dream—you need a look. We’re all about Sports Bras as tops paired with cool, baggy cargo pants for a chic juxtaposition.

A Little Bit Country

You can bet your bottom dollar we’ve got the rootinest, tootinest crochet pieces that were made to do-si-do with the best of ‘em. Okay, to be fair, we realize the acclaimed country-music festival lends itself to a bit more of a modern vibe, but we love a theme. This look comes together with accessories (cowboy hat, boots, you know the drill) and a man-I-feel-like-a-woman attitude.

A Little Bit Rock & Roll

On the hunt for pieces that somehow strike the perfect balance between edgy and feminine? They said it couldn’t be done, but we’ve taken the tried-and-true Corset Top and given it an 80s’-hair-band makeover (in the chicest way possible, of course). To finish the look, layer on the leather, add silver accessories, lean into eyeliner, and you’re ready to rock and roll all night and party every day.

Sets in the City

Some of the best festivals happen right in the middle of major metropolitan areas, which calls for a cool, elevated take on outfitting. Set your sights on a sexy little two-piece that all at once plays into fashion (matching) and function (comfort). Then, when it’s all over, hail a cab home and easily layer these pieces into your regular wardrobe (because the best thing about a set is getting two for one). 

Jenn is the Copy Director at Victoria’s Secret and has spent the past 10 years writing for brands like Club Monaco, Free People, SoulCycle, and more. She has a degree in English from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. When she’s not chipping away at Pulitzer Prize-winning copy (dream big, right?), you’ll find her living beyond her means by venturing to new restaurants, exploring local shops, and petting other people’s dogs.