Hello! I am fresh off a weekend at Stagecoach (a 3-day country music festival in Indio, CA) and in all honesty- completely exhausted, but I do have some tips and tricks for you for all your summer festivals and concerts! A few I was lucky enough to learn ahead of time and a few I learned the hard way! So if you are planning on heading out to hear some good music, a little bit of extra planning can make all the difference!
1.Wear comfortable shoes
I know you know this and I knew it too. But this is my #1 for a reason! When I say, wear comfortable shoes, I mean wear shoes that you can walk in for milesssssss. And I did bring and wear comfortable shoes… shoes that I had worn in, that had no heel or low heel and I still got blisters which was the pits. So, also, bring band-aids. For Stagecoach, we were in the desert, which meant sand/dirt everywhere. I wore boots or booties each day because I didn’t want my feet covered in sand/dirt but, in reality, I was covered in a layer of it from head to toe. So, sandals are also an option.
2. Plan ahead with tickets, shuttle buses and VIP passes
To tell you the truth, I didn’t do any planning for this show, but I knew enough to get my shuttle pass ahead of time. If you want a smooth, seamless trip, this is critical! Also, activate your wristband or tickets in advance. In our case, there was an app to download as well… all things to do before the show! And FYI, if you want to be close to the main stage at a big festival, you need a VIP ticket.
3. This is the time to go all out
True, you might look ridiculous if you were at the grocery store but, you are at a cool concert so don’t be afraid to go all out! And when I say all out I am not talking about bedazzling your chest and calling that your shirt or wearing jean shorts that double as a thong (although trust me, you will see plenty of that). I do think this is the time to try that “Coachella” hairstyle you pinned on Pinterest, or wear that cute mini-skirt you never had anywhere to wear, or go for that cat-eye or red lips you never thought you were brave enough to try. This is the time to be your alter-ego and have some fun!
4. Think outside the box with your look
If you want to fit in and blend in with every girl at a country festival, wear cut-offs, a bralette or midriff-reveling shirt and brown cowboy boots. But if you want to stand out or the festival uniform isn’t for you… here are some other ideas. (And these ideas are perfect for the non-country festival as well.)
- A crop top and a high-waisted long skirt with side slits
- A long flowy maxi with a peek-a-boo bralette underneath (bralettes are better as a peek-a-boo underlay and not the main attration)
- A bo-ho onesie with fringe that is sleek and not frumpy
- A simple lightweight black dress with lots layered jewelry or a statement necklace
- A pair of black shorts with an interesting edge such as scallops paired with a bodysuit
5. Let accessories be your best friends
Go simple with your outfit but go nuts with your accessories (again, when I say nuts I am not talking about sparklers attached to your pigtails or bandannas coming out of everywhere). Here are a few of my accessory recommendations:
- Opt for a different colored cowboy boot such as burgundy or black or skip them all together and go with booties or lace up leather sandals
- Try an arm band, a statement necklace or lots of jewelry paired together
- Think practical when it comes to a bag… small, stylish backpacks or a cross body small bag that will hold just the basics will work
- Pay attention to the details: yes to fringe, bo-ho, flash tattoos (if stylish and not tacky), body chains (if as a peek-a-boo and not as the outfit), hoop earrings, beaded bracelets and braids
- Sunglasses are a must! Go for a fun pair just for the festival… my favorites: round circles, colored lenses or aviator
- Consider a hat… (I am a hat girl so a hat for me is a must but if you are not a hat girl, I would skip it– be yourself)
6. Dress for the weather and for yourself
You have to consider the weather when you are going to your festival… wear clothes that are not only comfortable but will keep you cool or warm depending on the temperature. We had the option to get a locker at our festival and since we were staying all day and through the evening, we were able to bring sweaters and jackets and keep them for when we needed them. Here’s the other tip… dress in something you are comfortable in. Make sure you can walk, sit, stand and dance in your outfit comfortably. And make sure it is something you feel good about and want to wear for yourself.
7. Drink yourself silly
Seriously, drink yourself silly… with water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You will burn lots of energy walking and dancing and if you have a few other choice beverages, you may forget to drink the most important one- water. Don’t forget and bring your own water bottle if the festival allows. While we are talking about hydration- let’s not forget about your skin! Wear and bring sunscreen, you won’t be sorry.
8. Bring toilet paper
Last but not least, bring TP… because most likely you and 80,000 other people will be either using the same restrooms or port-a-potties and if you are like me, you would hate to be without it! (And this is the one I learned the hard way…) Put some in your bag before you come and that way, you won’t have that freak-out-moment of, “Oh, no.”
Have a blast at all your summer festivals and concerts! The most important thing… go with good buddies like I did– you will be sure to make it an event to remember!