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What to Wear to a Music Festival

What to Wear to a Music Festival

For me, the best part of going to music festivals is dressing up and planning out all your cute festival outfit ideas.

I love that there’s so much more going on at festivals than just the music – everything from the effort people put into their outfits, to the cool activities, to the unique food vendors!

When I used to go to Warped Tour and Riot Fest (which both sadly do not stop in Toronto anymore), I always planned my outfits months ahead of time.

Some people love dressing up for weddings and special events – I like dressing up for music festivals 😛

Anyway, if you’re planning your outfits for an upcoming music festival, hopefully you get some outfit ideas out of this post.

Here are some cute music festival outfit ideas you can wear!

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Music festival outfit ideas


Exhibition Place Toronto - Billabong summer mini dress with Urban Outfitters red sunglasses, Fjallraven pink mini Kanken backpack, and white Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers
Dress: Billabong from NEON Toronto (gifted) | Shoes: Converse (gifted) | Backpack: Fjallraven from NEON Toronto (gifted)

What to wear to a country music festival

Going to a country music festival like Boots & Hearts? Or even something like the Calgary Stampede?

Throw on a cute and flowy floral mini dress with a pair of sneakers and it’s the perfect outfit for a country music festival!

I’m wearing an adorable dress from Billabong and my go-to white Chuck Taylor sneakers.

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I’m all about comfort at music festivals, and sneakers are the way to do it!

You don’t want to be suffering with blisters from wearing uncomfortable sandals or heels, so do yourself a favour and stick to sneakers.

Don’t forget to carry a cute mini backpack to throw all your music festival necessities in.

I’m wearing my fave Fjallraven mini Kanken backpack in pink, which also happens to match my dress!


Budlight Dreams Festival - Urban Outfitters red sunglasses, O-Mighty crop top, Levi's denim shorts, Fjallraven pink mini Kanken backpack
Top: O-Mighty | Shorts: Levi’s from NEON Toronto (gifted, similar from Levi’s) | Belt: Aritzia | Backpack: Fjallraven from NEON Toronto (gifted)

What to wear to an EDM music festival

It’s definitely fun seeing girls decked out in their DIY rave outfits, so if you’re into that, totally go for it!

As cute as rave bras are, I’m not comfortable with wearin’ ’em out, so a cute crop top and denim shorts is what I’d wear to an EDM music festival.

My cropped halter tank is from O-Mighty, my denim shorts are from Levi’s (similar here), and my backpack is from Fjallraven.

I actually wore this outfit to the Budlight Dreams Festival here in Toronto!

I jazzed up the look with a pair of translucent red sunnies from Urban Outfitters.

Just like in my country music festival outfit, I’d go with a pair of comfy sneakers like white Chuck Taylors.


DIY Vans Warped Tour tee into tank
Top: Vans Warped Tour | Plaid Shirt: Aritzia | Shorts: Levi’s

What to wear to a punk rock music festival

Punk rock festivals are my jam – Warped Tour, Riot Fest, I’d do them all every year if I could.

I’d wear a more rugged outfit, like this old Warped Tour tee I DIYed into a tank top, alongside a pair of cut off denim shorts.

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A plaid shirt makes it look more ~put together~ but if it’s going to be hot AF, just stick to the tee and shorts.

I’m wearing an old plaid shirt from Aritzia and my fave Levi’s 501 denim shorts!

If you’re hitting up a punk rock festival, you’re especially going to want to wear a good pair of sneakers, because there’s a high chance your feet will get trampled on if you happen upon a mosh pit.


Outfit for Osheaga Music Festival, Montreal
Sunglasses: Hong Kong | Top: American Apparel | Shorts: American Apparel | Shoes: Converse

What to wear to a music festival like Coachella

Going to a more general music and arts festival like Coachella or Osheaga?

You might want to step it up a little bit and make your outfit a little more interesting!

I actually wore this outfit to Osheaga when I visited Montreal a couple of years ago.

I’m wearing a green bodysuit and sunflower shorts from American apparel, which pair perfectly together.

I also threw on a pair of green circle sunnies I got in Hong Kong and my trusty white Chuck Taylors!


These were some of my music festival outfit ideas, for different kinds of music festivals!

Though I don’t really go to music festivals anymore, I still love the idea of dressing up for them.

I’d totally still go to a music festival just to wear some cute outfits 😛

Also, if I didn’t remind you enough: ALWAYS WEAR COMFY SNEAKERS TO MUSIC FESTIVALS. You’re welcome and goodnight.

What would you wear to a music festival? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on what to wear to Osheaga, or any of my other fashion posts.

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Victoria Stacey

Sunday 23rd of July 2017

It looked liked a great festival! Your outfits were awesome :D

Jessica Lam

Monday 24th of July 2017

Haha thanks Vicki!

Julie Estrella

Thursday 20th of July 2017

Adorable! Great photos, love your floral mini!

Jessica Lam

Thursday 20th of July 2017

Thanks so much Julie!

thesophiadiaries

Thursday 20th of July 2017

Ohhhh that outfit is totally amazing!!! I've always wanted to go to a music festival, but I have such sensitive ear drums that it's not really realistic for me haha one day maybe, i'll stand at a far distance xD

Your outfits look amazing!!! Totally loving those red sunglasses!! x

Jessica Lam

Thursday 20th of July 2017

Haha just don't go close to the stage! ;) Thanks Sophia!!

Teresa Desouza

Wednesday 19th of July 2017

Your outfits were so cute! I'm also all about comfort when I'm at concerts. Hope you two had an awesome time!

Jessica Lam

Wednesday 19th of July 2017

Thanks so much Teresa!! :)

Lee Anne Benjamin

Wednesday 19th of July 2017

So much fun! Love your cute festival style.

XO Lee Anne www.lifebylee.com

Jessica Lam

Wednesday 19th of July 2017

Thank you Lee Anne!