Aside from traveling the world and watching a fashion show by any of my favorite foreign designers, one of the things at the top of my bucket list is attending a music festival. And not just any music festival, mind you. I'm thinking the big leagues: Glastonbury in England, Benicassim in Spain, and Coachella in California. I love music as much as I love fashion, so hearing my favorite acts performing outside my iPod earphones is pretty much a dream come true. Sadly, I've yet to come up with the means to fund this wish I've been crossing my fingers for since my adolescence. So for now, it's usually the old YouTube live streams that allow me to get my music fill.
Of course, being the clothes-obsessed person that I am, part of the music festival dream is all the outfits I'd wear. I've trawled through enough websites and blogs to know that events like Coachella and Glastonbury call for the best casual outfits a girl can put together. After all, if you're bound to be in the same vicinity as Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Kate Bosworth, the least you can do is to look your fashionable best.
When it comes to festival fashion, it's important to remember three things. First, it's always good to bare a little skin. You are in the midst of summer, after all! Pack those tiny shorts, sleeveless tops, and mini dresses; leave the heavy, hot pieces at home (unless you're headed to Glastonbury, where you'd have to deal with the gloomy British weather). Second, add a touch of bohemian spice to your getups via embellishments, floaty fabrics, quirky prints, and earthy hues. Do keep a liberal hand when it comes to all the boho business, lest you end up looking like a tramp (paging Vanessa Hudgens!). Third, always, always go for comfortable yet cute shoes. There's a time and place for wedges and high heels, and a music festival is definitely not it. Besides, you don't want to be the girl complaining about her aching feet when all everyone wants to do is dance.
But the most important thing about festival fashion? It's meant to be fun. No one will mind if your shorts are a bit too frayed or if your shirt is covered in creases. At the end of the day, it's all about the music.
Below are five outfits I'd love to wear to summer music festivals. I may be sitting out the ones happening this year, but a girl can dream right?
(Photo from Almost Famous courtesy of Columbia Pictures)