Think different this summer when you’re picturing yourself in your Lolla outfit. The coolest part of Lollapalooza is that your parents aren’t following you through the gates. Its kind of like a precursor to college: 4 days of being on your own without supervision or responsibilities. Wear what you’re a little afraid of wearing. Here’s a hint: nobody will say a darn thing because they’re doing the same.
1. Closed Toed Shoes
Last year, I watched a girl crawl on her knees, moving her fingers under clumps of mud, asking people above if they found her toenail… For your own comfort and safety, wear closed toed shoes in remembrance of this poor girl.
Guys, your Sperry’s will get ruined too. At Lollapalooza, no girl cares what is on your feet, as long as they’re not crushing her toes.
Girls, these Forever 21 lace-up combat boots are perfect for Lolla because they will help you keep track of your toenails, they won’t hit your wallet hard, and they’re durable enough that you may be able to scrape the mud off and keep them after the festival.
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2. The Mature Guy Look
The Mature Guy Look is what you wear if you’re done trying to impress the guys or gals with your muscles in your cut-offs. I graduated to the Mature Guy Look after 3 Lollapaloozas, so I will not bash the guys that feel comfortable and sexy in their sleeveless or cut-off shirts (yes, there is a difference).
I love to combat the heat with a short sleeve button down shirt because you can unbutton as many of the buttons as the weather permits, or how you see fit. Warning, you will look like a middle aged tourist if you wear anything with large petalled flowers on it. For the most affordable short sleeve button down, go for Old Navy’s selection. For my favorite selection, visit J. Crew.
This look CANNOT be complete without a nicer looking pair of shorts that are NOT basketball shorts. For practicality and sharpness, I always go with the Lululemon Commission Short, 9″ inseam. The 9″ inseam will hug your butt tighter, and offer you a more up to date look. Second, the short conceals two zipper pockets (one butt pocket for your phone and one coin pocket for your credit card and cash) that guarantee your valuables will stay dry and safe throughout the day.
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3. The Younger Guy Look
It took me a while to understand that girls do love a cut man, but his confidence is more potent than his physique.
When choosing between a cutoff and a sleeveless shirt, there are benefits to both. I love the sleeveless tank because it will show more neck and shoulder skin than a cut-off, which I personally think is more attractive. The cut-off shirt can be any one of your several shirts that you don’t wear anymore, or that don’t fit you. This brings a cool element into your outfit because the logo on the front can be on Eno one has.
When wearing shorts with the tanks, you can do whatever you want. I am different, but I like to pull an unexpected move and wear swim trunks. The multitude of patterns and colors with swim trunks can add a whole lot of unorganized wacky to your tank top vibe. You’re at a music festival that is not genre specific, which means the tropical, psychedelic vibe is welcomed. For affordable, tropical swim shorts, check out asos.com.
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4. Halter Tops
A halter top will help you look bad (as in, damn good), and help you cool down throughout the day. You can look online for hours to find the right one for you. As far as price goes, if you enjoy PacSun’s stuff, they marked down their Linen Smocked Halter Top twice already, to $10. Need a halter top for less than $10? Try this woven halter top for $5 at dresshead.com.
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5. Mesh Top
Just because lots of people are wearing them, doesn’t mean they don’t look good. They give you a great way to stay cool, and they’re also something to put over your bralette or bikini top . Click on any one of the following options for different styles of mesh tops: holographic, floral embroidered, sparkle embellished top, 3/4 sleeve tea dress, floral bodysuit, and a star pattern body suit.
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6. Ditch The Jean Shorts
If you want to ditch the jean shorts because everyone will be wearing them, check out this unique find. These exclusive Stefani Red Checkerboard shorts will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd, and have your friends asking you where you got them. Get them now for $20.
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