When it comes to the likes of Coachella, Glastonbury, Primavera Sound or Governors Ball, you can bet the level of excitement for music, sun and unforgettable performances is high for both the guys and the girls, but when it comes to inspiration for festival fashion however, things don’t look as balanced. Festival outfit tips for guys usually run thin, in the women’s department on the other hand, they come in abundance.

And because guys love an opportunity to flaunt their personal style just as much, as they do the chance to experiment and play with fashion, it’s high time to adjust the situation. What do guys wear to a festival?

After the break, a guide to this season’s festival essentials , complete with full outfit inspiration and links to shop your favourite pieces.

Festival essentials.

Alongside beer, sun, good company and great music – the makers of a successful festival season – fashion’s role in rounding out the fun experience gains more and more prominence as the years go by, and although the ultimate festival look is the one that best fits your aesthetic, mindset and reaches your desired level of comfort, we can still try and break it down to a list of essentials.

Below, the staples to use as foundation for your next festival outfits:

The T-shirt.

A wardrobe essential in itself, the classic t-shirt sits at the core of an on-point festival look. This season, add to it with:

  • t-shirts in bright hues and exotic prints;
  • band tees and sleeveless tops;
  • distressed shirts;
  • cotton jersey basics.

Look #01: Bright, casual, cool.

All about bright hues, vivid prints, light denim and cool styling, this is the comfy and casual way to do festival fashion.

Shop the look: Boss Orange T-Shirt With Hawaii 1 PrintASOS Drop Crotch Jeans In Cropped Length Bleach WashPull&Bear Denim Shirt In Light Wash BlueConverse Jack Purcell Canvas Sneakers.

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Look #02: Non-basic denim.

The non-basic way to do festival basics, the juxtaposition between a classic gray tee and a light wash pair of denim overalls hits the festival mark without going over the top:

Shop the look: ASOS T-Shirt With Crew Neck ASOS Denim Overalls With Panel And Rips In Light Washadidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Sneakers.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

Look #03: Grungy layers.

If your style is darker and edgier, do build your festival look upon a palette of all-black using an acid wash tee as base, and adding to it with a plaid print, a touch of denim, all mixed up in cool, grungy layers:

Shop the look: ASOS Longline T-Shirt With Acid Wash And Skull Print Reclaimed Vintage Super Skinny Jeans With Knee Cut OutsASOS Slim Fit Dark Wash Denim Jacket.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

The button-down.

A button down shirt is next in line when it comes to taking your casual festival fashion inspiration and make it look sharper but effortless at the same time. When shopping festival wardrobe, keep an eye out for:

  • clean chambray styles;
  • shirts in dark paisley prints;
  • check shirts;
  • ’70s-inspired printed shirts featuring a loose fit.

Look #01: Modern Western.

To add a modern twist to a western-inspired festival look, balance out the use of fringe and the cowboy accessories with a cool, paisley print shirt and an clean and cool all-black palette:

Shop the look: ASOS Viscose Shirt In Paisley Print In Regular Fit.

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Look #02: Casual plaid.

A check shirt is one of those festival essentials that first pop to mind when planning outfits, and although tried and true, you can breath new life into the classic item by layering it over a basic or printed tee, and styling it with black skinny jeans, boots and a hat:

Shop the look: ASOS Longline Check Shirt In Western Styling With Long SleevesASOS Extreme Super Skinny JeansTimberland Classic Premium BootsASOS T-Shirt With Crew Neck.

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Look #03: Reclaimed vintage.

If you want to dip your toes in to the 1970s fashion as ultimate festival inspiration, do it with a retro-looking tunic shirt, and keep the ensemble modern with all black and statement accessories:

Shop the look: Reclaimed Vintage 70s Shirt In Regular Fit.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

The sweatshirt.

For colder days and chillier nights, a lightweight sweatshirt serves as the perfect thing to throw on, or layer on top of your trusted tees and shirts. To make the item look festival-ready, look for:

  • sweatshirts bearing cool prints and logos;
  • sweatshirts adorned with metallic accents;
  • non-basic colours;

Look #01: Urban sports.

Urban with a touch of sporty, casual but cool, this is the kind of look you’ll want to wear if stylish comfort is at top of your priority list:

Shop the look: Esprit Sweatshirt with California PrintASOS Super Skinny Jeans Washed Black • adidas Originals Stan Smith Leather Sneakers • Reclaimed Vintage Baseball Cap.

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Look #02: Army greens.

Everything and anything bearing military inspiration makes for great festival fashion, but this season seek inspiration in army greens, unexpected layers and a just a touch of camouflage:

Shop the look: ASOS Oversized Sweatshirt In Heavy Waffle With ZipsTimberland Classic Premium BootsASOS Fisherman Beanie Hat In Black.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

Look #03: Matchy-matchy.

The cool kind of matchy-matchy, a sweatshirt set with unusual patches or prints puts an interesting spin on festival dressing:

Shop the look: Hero’s Heroine Sweatshirt With PatchesHero’s Heroine Shorts With PatchesVans Old Skool SneakersASOS Fisherman Beanie Hat In Black.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

All things denim.

Whether in the guise of jeans or a pair of shorts, a button-down or a fit jacket, denim is inevitably positioned at the very core of festival dressing, but instead of treating the staple as basic, add a twist to it with either one of these three looks:

Look #01: Denim on denim.

Denim on denim but not quite, an outfit mixing a pair of dark wash jeans and a clean white denim jacket looks a bit more unconventional if paired to a tropical print shirt and white sneakers:

Shop the look: Lee Denim Jacket Slim Fit Rider Clean White Fix StretchASOS Super Skinny Jeans In Dark WashWrangler Tropical Print Regular Fit Bowling ShirtConverse Jack Purcell Canvas Sneakers.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

Look #02: Black & White.

The off-duty kind of ensemble that fits within the marks of cool festival fashion, a black and white denim look can be steered away from boring by simply mixing up layers, textures and washes, and styling with statement accessories:

Shop the look: ASOS Denim Jacket In Skinny FitASOS T-Shirt With Crew NeckASOS Skinny Jeans In BlackAdidas Originals Superstar Sneakers.

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Look #03: Patchworked.

And when everything else fails, try going for some eye-catching and on-trend denim patchwork, choosing less obvious choices like a matching set:

Shop the look: The New County Shirt In Patchwork Denim In Regular Fit.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

The outerwear.

Attending a music festival increases your chances of spending a day, or an entire weekend under the rain, and even if the sun is up most of the time, you’re probably still going to need a lightweight jacket for the night.

Choose in between suede, leather, denim and rainproof jackets, after studying the weather forecast and considering the location:

Look #01: Polished suede.

A tan suede jacket is enough of a festival staple to lend a hippie feel to even the more polished of concert outfits. Wear it with both neutral and printed separates, styling it with a pair of sneakers for a ultimate cool:

Shop the look: New Look Suede Jacket in TanASOS Super Skinny Smart Pants In JerseyDenim & Supply by Ralph Lauren Shirt in Polka Dot in BlackVans Old Skool Sneakers.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

Look #02: Rainproof basics.

A rubberized hooded jacket with shower resistance is a must-have if you’re attending a UK or Ireland music festival. Dress for the rain bearing comfort in mind – think basic jeans and easy button-downs, and be ready to ditch your favorite sneakers for a pair of boots:

Shop the look: ASOS Rubberised Hooded Jacket in Khaki with Shower ResistanceASOS Oxford Shirt In White In Regular FitCheap Monday Jeans Skinny Fit • Vans Old Skool Sneakers • ASOS Fisherman Beanie Hat In Gray.

what to wear to a music festival men's guide

Look #03: Trendy bomber.

If the weather is nice but chilly, you can always top off your festival look with a trendy bomber; do choose a denim piece for a modern, versatile and comfy take on the men’s spring staple:

Shop the look: Dr Denim Blaze Bomber JacketDr Denim Patrick T-Shirt Moustache Muscle ManASOS Spray On JeansJack & Jones Crust Leather Boots.

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