How to dress for a festival: 5 tips that balance your Coachella fashion wants with your practical needs

How to dress for a festival

In the last ten years or so, music festivals have morphed from sweaty acquired tastes for music diehards to ultimate destinations for the world’s trendiest denizens to flock to. Coachella, the biggest of the bunch, has doubled in size, now offering its same stellar lineup for two weekends in a row. Beginning this Friday in Indio, California, and including such acts as Drake, Jack White, Azelia Banks and Hozier, Coachella 2015 is sure to be as epic as ever.

But while summer music festivals seem to conjure thoughts of major style statements, take it from someone who has been around the festival block a few times: you’re about to be more uncomfortable than you’ve ever been in your life. Between the blazing hot temps and too-close-for-comfort crowds, you’re best prepare your wardrobe with some practical wisdom. How to dress for a festival? Here’s 5 foolproof tips:

Wear a real hat: Visors and headbands look cute and all but the sun’s rays can easily beat down on your scalp to cause burning and sun stroke. To combat, get yourself a good ole basketball hat (don’t forget sunblock on your ears if so!) or a floppy sun hat and don’t take it off until the sun goes down.

Bring spray sunscreen: While thought of rubbing your hands on sticky skin may not be entirely enticing, you’ll need to make sure you are reapplying all day. An invisible spray sunscreen, like Coppertone Clear Continuous Spray, is ideal for that reason.

Wear thick-soled shoes or sandals: The ground will get dirty, and you’ll want to have a bit of division between you and it. While I personally find boots too warm for festival weather, a thick sole shoe or sandal should do the trick.

Buy affordable sunglasses: With hands in the air as often as they should be, you might lose control of your sunnies. With that in mind, make sure you aren’t wearing your most expensive pair.

Wear the bikini you’ve always wanted to wear: You have all summer to be body conscious. What better time to flaunt it then when you physically can’t bear to wear anything else.