Late Summer is peak music and food festival season. Here are my picks for how to dress for outdoor events that will entail dancing, feteing, standing on your feet for long periods of time or jamming to a music truck or band, moving down the road or on stage at a multi-artists venue or event:
The Romper: A romper is timeless and a simple choice. You can get them in a variety of designs, colors, patterns, materials and styles, from strapless, to full-sleeved, to cap or spaghetti sleeve. They flatter many body types so long as you are comfortable showing leg. The only downside is when you have to go to the bathroom in a port-a-potty at an outdoor event, but other than that, they’re a good bet.
You don’t have to break the bank either to get a nice cute romper. Stores like Forever 21, Asos, and H&M sell them and now that Summer is shortly coming to a close, there are tons of End-of-Summer sales in the malls and in online stores and boutiques.
Shorts and T-Shirts – You can never go wrong with some denim shorts and a graphic tank or t-shirt. The shirt should be a very light and loose material so in the heat, it doesn’t stick to your skin as you sweat. This is a safe bet also because they are easy to pack and can be rolled up into an overnight back and easily mixed and matched. If you get a graphic tee with a funky print or saying on it, you’ve got an instant conversation piece that also photographs well.
Stores like Old Navy, American Apparel and online boutiques sell these for super low prices.
Here is a Close Up of my Picks
The Sundress –The classic sundress is also a great pick for watching a summer concert or parade. Get one in a very light material, that also isn’t too clingy. Go for an A-line or Sheath material for maximum breezability. Don’t forget to wear shorts underneath not just in case you find yourself on someone’s shoulders during a concert, but also to avoid chafing between your legs as you walk and sweat.
Pair the sundress with wedges, espadrilles, very low heeled sandals, gladiators or strappy sandals. Do NOT wear slip on shoes because you will risk injury jumping up in them or chasing a music truck. You need something that will secure your shoe to your foot at all times.
Off the Shoulder top and Cropped Distressed Denims – I love an off the shoulder loose T-shirt. It’s sexy, simple and perfect for outdoor events or concerts. A pair of distressed cropped denim pants cuffed at the bottom are the perfect pairing for this look.
Peplum and Mini Skirt or Shorts –While peplum tops are making their way out of fashion, I still think they are a great option for giving you a cinched waist and masking rolls in the tummy. Pair these with a sexy mini skirt, skort or shorts in a sateen, lace or leather material for a really cute night event or fete.
Cropped Bandage Top and Pencil Skirt- Admittedly, not everyone can pull off the cropped top because it would require you to have a somewhat trim midsection, but yet, you can still do it if you wear it with a high-waisted pencil skirt or bandage skirt. The bandage material compresses the tummy area. It’s not the outfit you wear to a “jump up” and wild and wassy fete, but the one you wear with your man, at a breakfast fete, or that event when you’ll just be styling and profiling in a VIP box or suite or something.
Tee and Denim: The loose Graphic T-Shirt with denim shorts is just a great look that works with most folks. It’s not too stoosh but cool for going down the road following a band at a carnival or watching an outdoor summer concert.