Friday, March 27, 2015

Music Festival Style: What to Pack

What to Pack for Music Festivals (via Bubby and Bean
1. Challis Romper, S.O. Rad  //  2. Arrow Backpack, Mudd  //  3. Silver Tone Turquoise Cobochan Ring  //  4. Aztec Floppy Hat, Apt 9  //  5. Stacked Cat's-Eye Sunglasses, LC Lauren Conrad  //  6. Jersey Kimono,  Mudd  //  7. Women's Slip-On Footbed Sandals, Mudd  //  8. Tribal Jumpsuit, City Triangles  //  9. Hannah Women's Triple Buckle Ankle Boots, Muk Luks  //  10. Santa Fe Beaded Moccasins, Durango  //  11. Stick, Arrow & Triangle Earring & Ear Cuff Set, Mudd //  12. Border Print Wide Leg Soft Pants, Joe B  //  13. Gold Tone Simulated Drusy Teardrop Stretch Ring, GS by Gemma Simone   //  14. Emmy Fringe Crossbody Bag, Mudd  //  15. Destructed High Waist Denim Shorts, Mudd  // 16. Ramones Tee, Rock & Republic 

Those of you who are regular readers likely know by now that summer music festivals have been a big part of my life for a long time. I initially started my clothing line by vending at festivals (I exhibited at the first eight Bonnaroos, among many others), I produced the eco-fashion shows for Rothbury Festival (now Electric Forest), and I've attended many other festivals for fun along the way (Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits are my current favorites). My husband's career also has him working music festivals throughout the county all spring and summer long. Essley attended her first festival in 2013, in utero. It sounds a little cheesy, but we are truly a festival family.

Coachella begins two weeks from today, which means festival season has officially arrived. And although I'm (sadly) not going to be attending, I still have it - and music festivals in general - on my mind. So today I thought it would be fun to share some examples of the types of clothing and accessory items I recommend packing for fests this summer, as shown above. The biggest thing I've learned about festival packing over the years is to focus on pieces you can layer, because regardless of where you are geographically, the weather can change at any time. The same thing goes for shoes - pack a few pairs of different types of shoes, from sandals to boots. Make sure to include your favorite pair of denim cut-offs, a great music-inspired tee, a pair of flowy pants, a couple of lightweight dresses/rompers, and a kimono or cardigan. And don't forget the accessories - a big floppy hat and sunglasses can instantly make an outfit cool (and also protect you from the sun). I also suggest keeping comfort in mind - you're going to be doing a lot of walking and dancing! As for style, my rule of thumb for festival fashion is simple: wear what you love to wear. I gravitate toward more boho items which tend to be big at festivals anyway, but the key is showcasing your personal style, regardless of what that might be.

All of the goodies in the collage above can be found at or in Kohls stores. I just picked up #s 6, 12, 15, and 16 and am stoked to wear them at my first music fest of the summer in May. And stay tuned for a festival season What to Wear coming in a couple of weeks!

Are you a music festival goer? What types of clothing and accessories do you pack for fests? What are your favorites from the pieces here?

This post is in collaboration with Kohls. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing us to post occasional sponsored content.



  1. Are we counting Warped Tour as a festival? Because I went to a bunch of those in college. :-)

    I'm all over those palazzo pants! I got some that are solid black (shocker!) and I can't wait until it's warm enough to wear them.

  2. There is a small, but very cool musical festival in my area in summer. I'm looking foward to that. That jumpsuit is adorable :)

  3. I am not crazy about crowds at music festivals, but I am with you on loving the style! I got some pants just like #12 this year and can't wait to rock them!!!

  4. I've only been to one music festival in my life, and it wasn't really my thing - actually, I think it was the camping that really wasn't my thing; I remember very little of anything else. But you do make festival style look enviable, I have to say. And I don't think there's any situation in life, aside from possibly working a corporate office, where a Ramones t-shirt isn't appropriate.

  5. Love #6, oh and the hat too! Lots of great picks here. I'd love to go to a music festival some time.

  6. Love love love everything here. I am so excited for Coachella!

  7. Those pants! I love the hat and the Ramones tee too. All great picks! I too am a music festival fan and I'm getting excited for summer.

  8. Thanks for your comments everybody! Three cheers for festival season!


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