festival fashion staples

Festival Fashion Staples to Rock Every Day

The sun is shining, the open road is calling and festival season is on the horizon. Even though we can’t gather together for an endless night of music and fun just yet, there’s no reason not to take that festival-season spirit with us everywhere we go! It’s that music fest daydream that inspired us to own festival fashion staples this year and round up our favorite looks from the concert grounds to share with you as a guide to rocking out every day. Turn up the tunes, elevate your spring style and let’s get into it! 

Girls’ Guide

Ladies first! These styles combine festival inspo and retro vibes, all with a little modern twist! 

Crochet and Lace

Your two favorite fabrics from festival season are back and dreamier than ever!  We’re obsessed with these boho lace and crochet details on spring-colored dresses, tops, bodysuits and more. Whether today calls for a mini moment or maxi effect (get it *awkward wink*) score the lace, mesh and crochet dresses and tops to bring festival season to your backyard. Pro tip: Pair with our most-liked crochet bralettes! 

Denim Shorts

A classic concert outfit go-to: denim shorties. Don’t get hung up on “blah” denim though, this season is all about mixing two-tone colorblocking, out-of-the-box prints and upgraded denim with the same fits and washes you love and need for spring and summer. Pair these with a graphic tee or bodysuit and you’re ready for warm-weather fun, whatever the occasion! 

Scarf Tops

Okay, it’s official—we are in love with scarf tops. These satin beauties come in as many prints and colors as you can dream of, from cloudy tie-dyes to bandana and beyond. An effortlessly cool nod to the funky fashion of the ‘60s and ‘70s, these open tie-back styles pair perfectly with your favorite shorts or jeans. For a total “I’m with the band” look, snag a few of these for your wardrobe! 


No festival look is complete without trending accessories, and are you in luck. We fell hard for big statement pieces like satin hair scarves, y2k-inspired sunnies in shapes like clouds, butterflies and hearts, and of course, pool-ready waterproof phone cases. Tip from our stylists: Stock up on these amazing hair scarves because they can be worn so many ways—from tying back your ‘do for a touch of cottage-core sweetness to braided in your hair, tied as an ascot or even worn as a top over your bikini!

Guys’ Guide

Alright now fellas, we’ve got some cool looks in store for you as well, all inspired by your fellow music lovers! 

Matching Sets 

Matching sets are *the* move for spring 2021, and we’ve got you covered with next-level matchbacks in the latest prints and styles. From jerseys to baseball tops and a nod to our next must-own—short sleeve button-downs—these styles create the perfect statement outfit with minimal effort! From roses to paisley to tropical, rue21 has your sets on lock! 

Woven Button-Downs

Button-downs are essential for every dude’s closet, and these statement prints and shades take your boring shirting to the next level with vacation-approved patterns that fall way more into the modern Hawaiian shirt trend than your buddy’s work clothes. Layer them over a graphic tank or tee to get the professional skater look or button them up and let them speak for themselves. Pair with trendy shorts and new sneakers, and you’re ready to go!

Basketball Jerseys

Another classic that makes an appearance by the stage every year is the basketball jersey. The breathable mesh makes these perfect for hot days or any “sun’s out guns out” situation, with statement prints and branded graphics that keep these just as cool as they are functional. Trust us, you’re gonna want a few.


Festival fashion wouldn’t even exist without stand-out socks and hats. These pieces can complement a super bold outfit or add a small pop of color in your mostly-monochromatic vibe. Bucket hats, dad hats and visors are taking over the fashion world this year, and we know you’re in need of some new statement crew socks. 

Yes, once again festival season is canceled (waaa!), but crew, we’re all doing such a good job keeping safe and healthy that it’s all going to pay off in the end! While we aren’t going to be following our favorite influencers on their Coachella journey, we’re making our own adventures this spring through festival fashion staples and some clever backyard concert ideas. Speaking of…

We have exciting news! We just launched a new Snapchat lens that transports you between different daydreams, including the festival ground, and lets you try out rue21 accessories. 

Snap a pic and post it to Instagram using #rue21ColorYourStory for a chance to be featured on our website! 

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