A Group of friends wearing summer festival outfits as they walk across the festival grounds.

Ideas for the perfect festival outfit: tips for a casual festival look

Thumping basses, bright colours and creative looks at festivals set the festival mood, but having the right style is very important for many festivalgoers. From playful boho dresses to casual denim jackets, avid festivalgoers start getting their wardrobe ready well in advance. Festival outfits should not only match your own personality, but also be practical and hardwearing. This is the only way that any open-air fans can enjoy the festival whilst withstanding wind, rain and sun. In this article, we will answer all your questions about festival outfits. We will also give you some new inspiration and share some practical fashion tricks.

Festivalgoers in stylish festival looks and cheers on a band.


  • Inspiration for festival outfits: the most popular festival looks for men and women

  • Boho festival outfits

  • Rocky festival looks

  • Sporty outfits for festivals

  • Tie-dye outfits for festivals

  • Festival hairstyles and tips on the perfect way to get stylish

  • The best festival outfits for any weather

  • Festival outfit tips and tips on how you can keep your outfit looking good

In­spi­ra­tion for fes­ti­val out­fits: the most pop­u­lar fes­ti­val looks for men and women

Not only do influencers and celebrities set trends with their festival outfits, but the summer fashion trends are often inspired by styles from open-air events.  The summer trends give off a bright and airy feeling, which creates a sense of high spirit and positivity. There are several timeless festival styles that have stood the test of time and are worn every year, such as: a sporty look, boho, or rock look. In addition, there are other looks such as tie-dye, which stands out with its patterns, materials, and colours.

Friends wearing boho outfits and dancing at a Festival.

Boho festival outfits

Boho is a romantic fashion style that was influenced by bohemian, hippy looks and ethnic styles. The boho style represents creativity and freedom as it’s a comfortable look, which is light and airy. In recent years, the creative style for great festival looks has become popular again, also due to the popular Coachella music festival in the USA. The light and airy look is perfect for warm days at an open-air event, as your outfit is stylish and practical at the same time.

A couple of boho-inspired tips for your festival outfit:

  • The typical patterns and styles are flower prints, fringes as well as unusual ethnic patterns.

  • Boho has earthy colours such as brown, beige, orange, or olive.

  • Boho outfits for women: loose dresses, skirts, blouses or cardigans.

  • Bohemian outfits for men: smart trousers or jeans with a light shirt.

  • As accessories hats or braces and any eye-catching jewellery.

A casual women’s boho outfit would be a loose maxi dress, rugged boots and a denim jacket. The mix between creative and rustic gives it a modern look. Even denim lovers can create their own boho look combined with a romantic blouse and a crochet cardigan, using accessories like bracelets and necklaces or hair accessories such as bandanas.

Men’s boho festival outfits are quick to put together: Simply add a bohemian touch with a pair of chinos and a floral shirt. Of course, you can combine the look with a pair of jeans instead of chinos, but if you want to make your outfit look even smarter add some braces to your look. To finish off your perfect boho look add a hat to your outfit.

Rocky fes­ti­val look

Do you prefer a more edgy style? If so, then the rocky look is the perfect look for you. To get the look you would wear band t-shirts, frayed jeans and a leather jacket.  The rocky look is a cool look, and it also expresses a sense of self-confidence. Glam rock, for example, combines rock elements with clothes that are suitable for everyday wear. This way you can put your own stamp on your own individual rocky look.

Inspiration for your rocky festival outfit:

  • The choice of colours is quite neutral, such as black or grey. If you are brave enough, you can also use more colors, for example red.

  • Those who are looking for a more girly festival look can combine a pair of jeans with a blouse and a leather jacket. Alternatively, you could wear a band t-shirt with a skirt.

  • For men, all they need is a pair of jeans, a leather jacket and a t-shirt to complete their rocky look. Rugged boots could be added to complete the look. If you want to make your outfit a bit smarter, add some leather shoes or a checkered shirt.

Sporty outfits for festivals: friends dancing together on a field at a festival.

Sporty outfits for festivals

Sporty fashion trends have been popular for a few years and even at festivals, this outfit choice has been around for a long time. The look is not only comfortable, but it is also practical and perfect for an open-air event. The fabrics used are breathable and quick drying. These types of outfits are one of the best summer festival outfits for those who want to dance on a hot summer’s day with high temperatures. A tracksuit top or a denim jacket can help to finish off your sporty look and keep you warm in the evenings.

Get a sporty look:

  • You can choose whichever colours you want to create a sporty look from colourful trainers to tracksuit tops with prints.

  • For a sporty festival outfit, men and women can both wear jeans or tracksuit bottoms with trainers. T-shirts or light jumpers are the best tops, and an oversized jacket can help to complete your perfect look.

Tie-dye out­fits for fes­ti­vals

This special dyeing technique creates interesting patterns and shapes on clothes. The colourful look has been back in trend for a while and can now be found on bags, shirts, or dresses. Tie-dye is popular at festivals because it helps to give off positive and high-spirited energy.

Tips on getting the perfect tie-dye festival outfit:

  • If you’re looking to give the tie-dye look a go, then we recommend starting with a t-shirt, which you can combine with a pair of trousers and a denim jacket.

  • The ones who are a bit more brave-hearted can choose dresses or trousers with a colourful pattern. It's best to wear it with a neutral-coloured garment to balance out the look.

  • Tie-dye lovers can opt for an entire outfit, for example trousers and hoodies, but you need to make sure that the design of the patterns matches.


Bear in mind that...

One of the most important things about a festival outfit is that you feel good and confident in it. You should wear something comfortable and not too tight. There are no limits when it comes to getting creative, as anything is possible.  Typical festival clothes for women allow you to get creative, for example by wearing dresses and adding some glitter or sparkly colours to complete your look.


Festival outfits: a group of friends applying glitter to their faces.

Festival hairstyles and style tips

For a great overall festival look, choosing the perfect hairstyle is key. A matching festival hairstyle, the right make-up and some accessories are some of the most important touches, which are needed to enjoy the festival to the fullest.

For women with long hair, braided plats are great, which not only look beautiful but also provide a secure hold. If you braid your hair well, this hairstyle can stay in place for several days.

Of course, you don’t always have to wear your hair up. If you prefer, you can also wear your hair down. Simply part your hair in the middle and tousle it slightly. Wearing hairbands or bandanas in your hair can help to bring a personal touch to your look. If you've been dancing all night long with your hair down, you could make a half-bun. This is a good idea as it helps to get the hair out of your face and off your neck.  It is also comfortable to wear in hot weather.  To keep your hair feeling clean and fresh, use a dry shampoo.

When applying make-up, make sure to also apply some sun cream. Waterproof make-up is recommended because of rain and any sweat. In general, there are no set rules on how your make-up needs to be applied. You can go more for a subtle look in nude shades, but you can also apply some glitter to your eyes, lips, or cheeks to create a more striking look.


Don't forget...

Don’t forget to remove your make-up, even if you do end up going to bed very late.  This helps to cleanse the skin on your face as it prevents any dirt, sweat or make-up residue from clogging up the pores on your face. Use special cleaning cloths, which are great as you do not need any additional water.


The best fes­ti­val out­fits for any weath­er

Most festivals take place outside, so your outfit needs to be suitable for almost any type of weather. Depending on the time of year, you should adjust your preparations for the festival. We've put together the must-haves for the best festival outfits for the summer and for when it’s raining:

Rain clothes for a festival: Friends walking around the festival site in rain clothes.
  1. Rain clothes: they aren’t always stylish, but they are very useful. With a waterproof raincoat wind and rain won’t ruin your day. During longer periods of rain, the ground at a festival can quickly become very muddy. Therefore, wellington boots are recommended.

  2. Sun protection: festivals in the summer can be hot and that’s why you should protect yourself from overheating or getting a sunburn. It’s important to wear a sun hat and sunglasses.

  3. Wear layers: it’s recommended to wear layers as you can then adapt them to the weather conditions. You should also take both shorts and trousers as well as a light and a thick jacket.

  4. Sturdy shoes: trainers or boots are the best choices when it comes to footwear as they have the best grip even on uneven ground.


Make sure that...

When preparing to go to a festival, make sure to take enough change of clothes with you. You should have a fresh pair of underwear and socks for each day.


Fes­ti­val out­fit tips and tips on how you can keep your out­fit look­ing good

You don’t know if you can still wear your outfit as it has torn seam? Or are you worrying that your clothes are no longer fresh? Don’t worry, we have a couple of tips on how you can wear your clothes for longer.The first step is to make sure that you put deodorant and/or a body mist spray on your checklist. After you have been dancing it will help you to freshen up. If you know how to use a needle and thread, you could also consider taking a small sewing kit with you, as then you can quickly fix any fashion problems such as an open seam or a torn strap. Any small rips or tears, you can also temporarily fix with a safety pin.

Sum­ma­ry: how to find the per­fect fes­ti­val look

Having the correct festival outfit is an important feel-good factor. From romantic boho to colourful tie-dye, these tried-and-tested looks will make you look very cool and trendy at any open-air event. These outfits will show your own personality. The various festival styles are not only fashionable, but they are also practical. These outfits allow you to create a layered look, which you can then adapt to the weather conditions. The right choice of hairstyle, make-up, or accessories help to complete your look or add a personal touch, which is important at a festival. You are going to be well-prepared for your next festival if you take the weather conditions into account and put your outfits together wisely.

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