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Thursday, March 31, 2011

What To Wear To Summer Festivals: Part 1

What To Wear To Summer Festivals

Tickets for this year's Coachella festivities sold out faster than you could say "Jimmy Eat World is still around?" But if you've managed to score yourself a spot, don't think that you can rest on your laurels. You've still got to figure out what to wear to the most stylish music festival all year. Dressing for the event is a balancing act: You've got to combat the heat, harsh sun, hours of standing, and your fellow, drunken peers...but we've got eight tips to get you there in style. Here's our simple guide to what to wear to Coachella and all the other great summer music festivals to come!

Choose Clothes In Printed Silks—There's no fabric on Earth more breezy than a lightweight silk. Just avoid those awkward sweat stains by picking one in a crazy, on-trend print.


Above, from left: Paul & Joe Cat-Print Silk-Crepe Pants, $340, available at Net-A-Porter; Sparkle & Fade Printed Pants (not shown), $29.99, available at Urban Outfitters; Wren Silk Cutout Dress; Alice + Olivia Silk Play Shorts, $176, available at Singer 22; Madewell Triangle Ballad Dress, $135, available at Madewell.

Keep Your Beauty Low-Maintenence—You don't have time to worry about reapplying your melting makeup (but do make time for reapplying sunscreen!), so make sure your first time lasts by opting for long-wear makeup and moisturizing stains. Face sprays and blotting paper are good for cooling down and wicking away oil in a flash.


Above, from left: Lancome 18-Hour Shine-Free Makeup, $32, available at Nordstrom; ASOS Lookbook Makeup Inspiration, via ASOS; Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain, $9, available at Sephora; Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens, $10, available at Sephora.

Be A Shady Lady—A ventilated hat is key to enjoying yourself, and pretty important if you don't want to end up seeing spots for weeks and getting...*shudder*...scalp burn. Go for a floppy or fedora style straw hat and try out this trick we recently learned from blogger The Glamourai. Give your old straw hat an update with some novel trimming around the crown, like vintage rhinestone necklace or some cool old ribbon or do like Lanvin and purposefully fray the edges.


Above, clockwise from top left: ASOS Oversized '70s Straw Hat, $35.86, available at ASOS; Eugenia Kim Chain-Trimmed Sun Hat, $300, available at Net-A-Porter; Urban Outfitters Lacy Edge Straw Hat, $39, available at Urban Outfitters; J. Crew Woven Straw Fedora, $39.50, available at J. Crew.

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