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Summer Festival Style

This summer, festivals take a fashion-forward turn

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summer festival style

Summer style has all but become synonymous with festival fashion. From the desert of Indio to the city of Austin, from Randall’s Island to Las Vegas, festival-goers are decked head to toe (not including midriffs) in crochet, tie dye, denim, neon and fringe. Music festivals have become an excuse to dress up as your favorite hippie-hipster-rave-punk-rock-flower-child version of yourself. And no matter what your budget, every store – from H&M to haute couture – offers a vast array of festive clothing and accessories to get you festival-ready. Here are some inventive examples of 2013’s summer festival trends.

By Emma Greenberg

Lollapalooza

Alex Reside

Crop Stop

Crop tops, in their many shapes, colors, materials and forms, have made a serious comeback on the festival circuit this summer.

Lollapalooza

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Flower Power

A girly white flowing skirt and matching flower crown paired with chunky black jewels and a bare midriff takes this look from nymph to naughty.

coachella summer festival style

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Coachella

With so many trends to choose from at a festival like Coachella (hippie, rocker, electro), you really can’t go wrong. This girl opted for laidback rock & roll with a graphic tee, dark denim shorts and strappy sandals. Her printed headscarf and dreads are ideal for camping-ready hair.

coachella summer festival style

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Coachella

Prepped to rave: based on his Eighties-inspired Coachella tank, bright shorts and reflective retro shades, this guy likely spent most of his time in the Sahara tent at Coachella. His worn-in boat shoes put an unexpected preppy spin on his otherwise Miami-ready outfit.

coachella summer festival style

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Heat

Many a festival-goer used the heat of Coachella as an excuse to bare his or her inner exhibitionist.  This girl’s hardcore boots are the only giveaway that she’s not dressed for the beach: the oversized aviators, white bikini and lace/crochet/fringe "cover up" would suggest otherwise. 

coachella summer festival style

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Easy to Spot

An eye-catching graphic print like this one makes you easy to spot amid the sea of crochet, denim and lace.

coachella summer festival style

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‘Joutfit’

This floral-printed "joutfit" (a.k.a. "jean outfit"), round sunglasses, booties with lace socks and a whimsical pigtail-bun hairstyle is a nod to the wearer’s eight-year-old self. 

coachella summer festival style

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Spice Girls Hippie

A neon British flag(ish) print because . . . why not? Paired with gingham round shades and white canvas sneakers, this look is Spice Girls hippie, which is obviously so Coachella.

coachella summer festival style

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Trends

In denim, crochet, fringe, suede, boots, wrap bracelets, big sunglasses, a crop top and a fanny pack, this brunette managed to show some skin while sporting every festival trend she could get her hands on.

skrillex coachella summer festival style

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Skrillex

Skrillex’s all-black everything (Vans, angry graphic tee, earring and oversized sunnies) are totally un-festival-hip, which makes his look totally hipster. Thumbs up!

coachella summer festival style

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Free Spirit

Boho jewelry, beachy hair and bare feet are groovy touches to this free spirit’s casual, comfortable getup.  

coachella summer festival style

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Fundamentals

Round sunglasses and creatively-styled headbands are both fashion fundamentals for summer festival-hopping.

coachella summer festival style

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Fashionista

In a lace tank, high-waisted acid wash shorts and cool accessories, this festival fashionista is ready to rock her socks off.

coachella summer festival style

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Closed-Toe

Closed-toe shoes are key for keeping your feet dust-free. An animal print kicks these slip-ons up a notch.

coachella summer festival style

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Impermanent

Bold hair color is another major festival trend. Try chalk or wash-out dyes for a less permanent statement.

coachella summer festival style

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Hands Free

Backpacks and other hands-free bags are the best way to keep your belongings safe while you dance up a storm.

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