As our daily routines become defined by cold-brew coffees and vigorous sunscreen application, many of us find ourselves embracing two seasons simultaneously: festival and summer. With summer Fridays in full swing and city dwellers escaping each weekend faster than you can say "alfresco avocado toast," we're anxiously perusing music festival lineups and planning our next getaway. And there's no shortage of destination festivals in the coming months, with events happening everywhere from Tennessee to New York to Chicago to Las Vegas.
Whether you kicked off festival season a while ago at Coachella or are gearing up for your first go-round, curating a summer concert wardrobe is most likely on your to-do list. After all, festivals have become synonymous with street style pics of It girls and the most creatively dressed. Trends have come and gone over the years (we're looking at you, flower crowns), and this year we're loving the "anything goes" vibe that has us mixing old-school pieces from our past with new trendy wares.
With a serious roster of musicians in its back pocket, H&M has the perfect sartorial lineup for all of your musical extravaganzas. We've narrowed down the selection to our top picks for making a statement while also feeling relaxed at all-day outdoor music events this season. Shop through our top 15 picks below for a carefree packing guide to go along with your free-spirited festival summer.
H&M Strapless Jumpsuit ($13)
Rompers were pretty much made for summer music festivals. We love the strapless style of this H&M one: It'll guarantee that you avoid weird tan lines. Layer a lightweight chambray button-down over this romper, and accessorize it with your go-to crossbody and oversize shades. It will look like you spent hours putting the outfit together when it was really as easy as 1-2-3.
H&M Smocked Tube Top ($13)
Goodbye, tan lines; hello, tube top. This striped top with feminine ruffle detailing can be worn on its own with a maxi skirt or high-waisted shorts, or underneath a lightweight jacket for a layered effect. Throw on a long necklace (or three) and lace-up sandals for a bohemian, carefree concert look.
H&M Denim Shorts ($30)
When packing your bags for a weekend festival, versatility is key. A pair of denim shorts will come to your rescue more than once on your getaway. Wear these H&M distressed shorts with a casual button-down over a crop top. When the afternoon heat kicks in, tie the button-down around your waist for an added layer that will give you even more street style cred.
H&M Short Shorts ($13)
There are three "C" guidelines when selecting an outdoor concert outfit: comfortable, cool, and chic. These H&M drawstring shorts pass the test and will pair perfectly with a white V-neck tee. Accessorize with a bandana and white sneakers for a look that works just as well at an outdoor festival as it would in the concrete jungle.
H&M Cropped Top ($6)
Let's face it: Crop tops are essential to the ultimate festival wardrobe. We love this simple cropped short-sleeve tee from H&M and plan to wear it under shortalls or with a high-waisted floral midi skirt. The solid color makes it the ideal backdrop for bold accessories; curate a layer of your favorite necklaces on top for a personalized style statement.
H&M Short T-Shirt With Motif ($13)
White tees are a must for summer, and we're all about this graphic Americana tee from H&M. Dust off your trusty cutoffs and high-top Converse Chuck Taylors for a classic retro style. If you happen to be at a music festival over July Fourth week, this tee is a must.
H&M Ribbed Dress ($13)
For an all-day outdoor event, dresses are the easiest solution. This simple fitted tank dress from H&M can be styled a hundred different ways with various accessories and shoes, which is exactly why we love it. Layer it under a cropped band T-shirt with booties to give it some edge, or wear it solo with dainty jewelry and white kicks for a more sophisticated look. Either way, the slight stretch in the fabric will keep you dancing until the stars peek out over the crowd.
H&M Embroidered Denim Jacket ($70)
This one's a must for all of your summer activities, festivals included. We love how H&M updated the classic denim jacket with embroidery and patchwork to give it a vintage feel. Drape it over your shoulders as you make your way to the next set, and expect the street style photographers to start snapping.
H&M Short Tank Top ($6)
A little sass goes a long way with this cropped H&M tank. Embrace your inner diva, and flaunt this bright red number with high-waisted denim and lots of accessories. A bandana head scarf, beaded sandals, and a well-curated arm party will transform this piece into a festival standout.
H&M Short Jersey Shorts ($13)
Whether the festival you're going to is at the beach or not, chances are the forecast is going to be hot. Throw these drawstring shorts in your bag to wear over a cutout one-piece swimsuit on those especially sunny afternoons. Slip on slide sandals and a baseball cap for a look that is equal parts sporty and surfer chic.
H&M T-shirt With Printed Text ($10)
We can't ever pass up a feel-good buy. For every purchase of this T-shirt made between June 22 and July 4, H&M will be making a donation to Girl Up to empower female leaders to stand up for gender equality. Our styling tip: Simply wear it with pride as you stroll the festival grounds with your crew. Love and inclusion go with everything.
H&M Short Hooded Top ($18)
Hello, Brooklyn. No matter where your concert destination is, this hoodie will give you a bit of street cred and keep you warm during evening performances. Tie it around your waist during the day, and then throw it over your outfit at night when the temperatures drop. We love the raw hem and slightly cropped silhouette that will ensure your festival ensemble is still exposed even with the added layer.
H&M Patterned Jersey Dress ($18)
Say yes to the dress! We're coveting the American flag print and tank style of this easy H&M piece. You can rock this patriotic statement dress with a denim jacket (either tied at the waist or draped around your shoulders) and booties for a little rock 'n' roll vibe. We envision wearing round sunnies with this one: Think Kate Hudson in Almost Famous.
There's more where that came from: Check out all the latest looks from H&M's Divided collection here.