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(Honestly) Dressing for a Music Festival Without Breaking the Bank

Hi guys! So I suppose now it is officially music festival season, especially with Coachella being this weekend. While I’ve only been to just two music festivals (and I highly encourage anyone and everyone to attend Firefly), I feel like I have a good idea of what festival life is like. It’s dirty, sweaty, and so much fun. When I’ve scrolled through Instagram recently,  photos of “‘chella inspo” outfits are posted, where hundred-dollar outfits are displayed against a festival landscape. I’m all for a high-fashion look, but spending a ton of money on clothes for a music festival can be tough. Between the cost and the elements ruining your clothes, spending less is definitely more.

And hey, this isn’t me speaking negatively of anyone for the clothes they wear; I encourage everyone to do and wear what makes them happy! This blog is called Positive Publicity after all, and no one is judged for their outfits choices. I also don’t want others to feel pressured that they have to dress a certain way or spend an inordinate amount of money for a festival, as your clothes will be muddy, dusty and dirty.

I’m a girl who loves to dress-up and experiment with make-up. And yes, I obviously want to snap that perfect festival Insta, let’s be real here. Going into my first festival, I definitely thought I was going to be a fashion fairy princess frolicking around – LOL NOPE. You will rarely, if ever, shower, and any make-up I put on was pretty much gone from sweat and dirt. The first year, the festival grounds were a dust bowl and we had dirt everywhere on us. The following year, the grounds were filled with mud up to our ankles, and if we sat down, you guessed it, mud. Functionality becomes a must.

So don’t stress out about achieving the “perfect” festival look. Denim shorts, sundresses and graphic tees are all you need, and baby wipes and make-up remover pads will be your best friends. A simple, black sundress and a brightly colored headband make for a great, comfortable outfit.  As long as you are surrounded by good friends and great music, your outfit will be the last thing on your mind. So whether you’re going to Bonnaroo, Coachella or Firefly, leave the designer stuff at home.

Here’s a relatively inexpensive festival look:

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Tee from JawbreakingShorts from American Eagle; Sunnies from Gypsy Warrior

You don’t need to spend a ton of money to look great! Going to and camping at a festival is an experience of a lifetime, and you’ll want to enjoy every second of it. Trust me, your money will be better spent on food and camping supplies. And if you want more music festival tips, check them out here!

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