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Oh, concert and music festival season is in the air!  As the sun beats down and the wind brings a nice chill to the summer air, you might be curious about what to wear, what to bring, and overall how to be sure that you’re safe and good to go when heading out to listen to your favorite music.  Here are the tips and tricks I’ve learned from going to these lively summer events.


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First – concerts!  Whether inside or outside, concerts are a blast!  Your shoe choice will depend on where your seats are, so make a comfortable and fashionable choice.  If you're going to be standing, I recommend a cute statement pair of sneakers or flats.  If you're going to be sitting, then this would be a perfect opportunity to bust out those fabulous pair of heels you’ve been keeping at the back of your closet for this occasion!  Most importantly, you want to be able to shake and move your body when the beat comes flowing through your bloodstream!

When you're thinking about what to take with you, consider the basics.  You'll need money, your ID, your phone, and lip product of choice.  The convenience of a clutch or small strap purse may be your go-to, but not the best choice for when you want to dance.  I’ve found that purses can be very annoying when you’re trying to rock your dance moves, so I usually opt out altogether, and pack my necessities in my TopShop jean jacket.  The beauty of wearing a jean jacket, or any jacket with pockets, is that regardless of the venue, it  keeps you warm,  and the pockets act like a purse.  Putting your money and ID in one breast pocket (don’t forget to snap it shut!) and your lip balm in the other keeps them easy to access!  Not to mention a jean jacket goes with anything! 

On the topic of outfit, make sure you check out the day’s expected temperature; this is key!  The last thing you want to do is wear an outfit for a hot day when it’s colder, or worse, wear an outfit for a cold day when it’s hot!  You don’t need the added layers.  Keep in mind that indoor venues will be cold in the beginning, but soon will warm up because of all the people. If you’re going to an outdoor music festival, the temperature is going to change throughout the day, so keep yourself prepared for the change in weather.  When going to a concert, here are some go-to outfits: the 90s jeans on jeans look, the sexy black dress, the casual T-shirt dress, or whatever you’re  comfortable in.  Again, comfort is key in order to be able to enjoy the concert to the fullest. 

Finally – music festivals!  When you think of music festivals, you might think of Governor’s Ball, Coachella, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza, EDC, etc.  What is the commonality amongst these festivals?  For starters, they are outside, and depending on how many days you are going, you’re either opting for two nights in a tent or a hotel.  This means it’s more important than ever to keep in mind the items you need to bring.

Last summer I went to a full day of Governor’s Ball with my friend Jeremy.  It was a blast, except for the fact that I decided that I would carry all my things in a small purple backpack.  Though I thought it was a good choice in the beginning, by the end of the day I just wanted to throw it on the ground.  I also thought it was a good idea to bring my FijiFilm instax wide 210 camera, my selfie-stick, and other items that I just did not need.  Knowing what I know now, I urge simplicity when choosing how you’re going to transport your items.  Go for the jean-jacket, or once again, a very small backpack.  There were many girls at Governor’s Ball with smaller backpacks, and I wish I had used one.  What I have noticed in reviewing countless photos of these music festivals is that small backpacks or fanny packs are the way to go, but just don’t over-pack them!

I strongly encourage you to pack these items: portable sunscreen (SPF 30+), sunglasses, lip balm, deodorant (trust me you’ll need it eventually), an empty water bottle (HYDRATION IS A MUST), a portable charger for your phone, and whatever device you’re using to take pictures.  If you have a polaroid camera like the FijiFlim instax mini 8, then go for it.  Essentially, you want a lightweight bag so that when you are dancing your bag isn’t hitting your back and/or causing you pain.


Comfort is key in order to enjoy the concert to the fullest.


In terms of outfits, go with your personal style.  While you should simply be who you want to be, there are some definite 'don’ts.'  For ladies who attend these festivals planning to wear a maxi dress, make sure it ends above the ankles.  Anything lower will cause major tripping—and this also applies to those flowy bohemian pants.  Sadly, because some areas will be a bit muddy, it’s best not to wear clothing that touches the ground.  Wear something light, and if you go all black, know the consequences (aka when you are in the sun, you’ll be hot).  Your choice of footwear should be similar to if you were going to a concert—wear comfortable shoes, no heels [platforms or not], and never go shoeless.  It will result in blistering feet or worse, broken feet—true story of a former classmate!  One footwear trend at music festivals is knee-high rainboots, just to be prepared if it rains! For those of you who are staying overnight at the festival, pack lightly with only your outfit for the next day and the toiletries that you need.  Makeup wipes are perfect for removing your makeup and the dirt from the long day.  Don’t forget to refill your bottle of water before you head off to sleepyland. 

If you take anything away from this article for when you attend a music festival or concert, remember to be comfortable!  From the feet up you want to feel your best while you enjoy this amazing time with your friends and family!


Nina is 22 year old New York City native is currently attending Smith College to earn her bachelor's in English and Art History.  Growing up in a household where creativity was applauded, Nina uses different modes of expression and description in her work.  As bSmart’s summer Art Director and Editorial Intern she hopes to break new walls with digital media.


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