Worn Well

Worn Well: Festival Style Guide

Emily Men Festival Style

See how two of our favorite style muses, Emily Men and Whitney Mitchell are dressing extra—while keeping their dancing feet happy—this festival season.

The bands and outfits change every year but one thing never does: the need for uber comfortable footwear. For all-day dancing in the desert, a field, or on the beach, stylish and comfy sandals are a non-negotiable requirement to complete any music festival look.

We tapped two of our favorite veteran festival-goer friends to share a playlist of their stylish ensembles—and sandal picks—to take them from front stage cheering to ferris wheel spinning. Whether you’re headed to Firefly, Bonnaroo, Mo-Pop, or Austin City Limits, read on for a boost of style inspiration.

Emily Men at Hangout Fest

Emily Men

“I always look to wear something unique. I love dressing up for festivals rather than going casual or with the trends at the moment. Each day I have a different silhouette— which is typically one dress, separates of some sort, and a jumpsuit or romper. I think of looks that can transition from day to night since it usually gets cold when the sun goes down!

Emily Men wears the Flatform Universal Maressa

Emily wears the Flatform Universal Maressa in Sunflower Multi at Hangout Fest.

Emily Men Festival Style

Emily wears the Hurricane XLT2 – Outdoor Voices in Fusion Coral.

I am OBSESSED with the Indio Jewell flatform sandal, Indio Carabiner Slide Rope sandals, and the Flatform Universal Maressa sandals. These completed my outfits because the colors were neutral and I tend to wear lots of patterns and prints. They were all platforms and I love anything that gives me height. But most importantly, they are chic and COMFORTABLE—that is number one when choosing shoes for festival season.

Emily Men Festival Style

Emily wears the Hurricane XLT2 – Outdoor Voices in Fusion Coral.

I always look forward to Coachella because that is how my love for music festivals started around 11 years ago! I loved Hangout Festival. I’m obsessed with the beach and the ocean, so it was amazing and different from any other festival! I am looking forward to Life is Beautiful (had so much fun last year) and Austin City Limits (never gone before)!!!

The top musicians I was looking forward to seeing were Tame Impala, Thom Yorke, Cardi B, Vampire Weekend, Hot Chip, Travis Scott, The Black Keys, Phantogram, Sir Sly… honestly, the list goes on and on. One of the things I look forward to is discovering new music and artists.

Emily Men

Emily wears the Flatform Universal Mesh in White. See a similar style here.

Emily Men Style

Emily wears the Indio Jewell in Bright White.

Emily Men Festival Style

Emily wears the Flatform Universal Mesh in White. See a similar style here.

Emily Men

Emily wears the Indio Carabiner Slide Rope in Tan Multi.

Emily Men at Hangout Fest

Emily wears the Flatform Universal Maressa in Sunflower Multi at Hangout Fest. Find the Teva Outpost at Firefly Festival and Mo-Pop next!

My must-have essentials to bring to a music festival are: SPF (I am a freak about skincare and you are out in the sun all day), a sweater or jacket (it gets cold at night), battery pack (my phone always dies and I need it!), cash and credit card (duh!), sunglasses, some sort of snack (cannot forget to have food in your stomach), chapstick/lipstick (stay fresh), and obviously stay hydrated!

Every year I come back because I love music festivals and everything about them. I can’t explain it—but just love live music all day, out in the sun!”

Whitney Mitchell Hurricane Drift

Whitney Mitchell

“I like to wear pieces that give me room to move (and sweat), keep me cool (I run hot) and not weigh me down (I’m probably sweating now). This year, I had fun wearing lighter fabrics in cool blocky shapes. I proudly wore a Deiji Studios Sleepwear set with the Indio Whip sandals on the beach as I two-stepped-bounced and screamed the lyrics to Buddy’s “Trouble on Central” album.

Whitney Mitchell Hurricane Drift

Whitney wears the Hurricane Drift in White.

Whitney Mitchell festival style

Whitney wears the Indio Whip in Black.

The Teva Outpost

Whitney wears the Indio Whip in Black at the Teva Outpost at Hangout Fest.

Last year, I wore more fitted outfits that gifted me some funky tan lines and I wanted to change into more comfortable options midway through each festival day. This was a mistake. I have to feel free in my clothes, always. And freedom to me is comfort-chic.

I absolutely loved wearing the Hurricane Drift to this year’s festival. They’re the lightest sandal I’ve ever had. I literally felt like I was walking on clouds – during a multi-stage music festival, this is clutch. After all my sandy shenanigans and intentionally slow-roll-walking through clouds of glitter bombs, I was able to clean them off to good-as-new shape.

Whitney Mitchell at Hangout Fest

Whitney wears the Indio Whip in Black.

At any music festival, a water canteen is a must. Shades are a plus. Sunblock is a staple. Comfortable shoes are non-negotiable. It’s easy to lose yourself in the hype of all the music and brand experiences sprinkled around festival grounds. But, self-care still reigns supreme or you risk your body breaking down before a headliner hits the stage.

Whitney Mitchell

Whitney wears the Hurricane Drift in Mango.

Whitney Mitchell festival style

Whitney wears the Indio Whip in Black.

This was my third year straight at Hangout Festival. Each year I’ve seen it grow in its created experiences and diversity in lineups. My most memorable music festival moment was in 2017 watching Chance the Rapper’s spirited performance during his breakout year as an indie artist. I’d never seen so many smiles radiate from a crowd. I felt everyone’s energy and joy in my bones. It was magic. That year was also my only festival low point– when Frank Ocean canceled his headlining set (WE STILL LOVE YOU FRANK. Also, still waiting on you to bless us with new music).

I’ve got my eye on Mo-Pop in Detroit. I’m committed to Lizzo and every melody that comes from her soul. Festivals in major cities have a different vibe. You get to experience an oasis of sound and joy in the middle of the everyday hustle.

Overall, music festivals are a great way to let go and be free in spirit. My Teva sandals have kept these happy feet dancing for years and I can’t wait to see where they take me next.”

Teva Outpost

Whitney wears the Hurricane Drift in White at the Teva Outpost

Whitney Mitchell

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