Every music festival has its own culture, its own fleeting, instant community. More than the bands and the music itself, this is the draw: the thrill and comfort of being with your tribe.
The tribe (and vibe) at Bonnaroo is inclusive and blissed-out. A magical bond happens when thousands of people gather in close quarters in a giant field for days on end under the June sun. Everyone gets stinky and sweaty and dirty, and so the artifice of looking prim and proper melts away.
This is your chance to express the wild part of yourself that you can’t in everyday life. The person who wears fringed beaded chokers a la Cher circa 1973. Get in touch with your devious self. Be free!
There’s no wonder that free-wheelin’ gypsy look is so in at music festivals like Roo: not only does it look cool, it keeps your body cool, too. With the sun pounding down and Tennessee humidity thick and hot and sticky, comfort is less about what you are not wearing than what you are. Bikini tops, gauzy dresses, and billowy blouses won’t weigh you down.
Your Bonnaroo checklist is long enough for absolute essentials like bug spray and sunscreen, so keep your accessory checklist short and sweet. Why not wear the same accessories the whole time and create an instant signature, your own festival identity?
Know how to rock a big, floppy sun hat. It protects your skin and creates shade wherever you go. Spruce up your hat with a bright, free-flowing scarf and a statement brooch, like a bee or butterfly.
Let your accessories do double duty, like these hidden pocket leather cuffs for stashing a few bills to keep handy. Necklaces may bog you down, but a sparkly scarf necklace is flashy and breezy at once. Plus you can switch it up as a head wrap or belt.
Don’t overlook other items that may seem like luxuries: dry shampoo to keep your hair from getting greasy, BodyGlide to make strolling and dancing chafe-free, and holistic sleep aids like Hyland’s Calms for those times when your mind is fully wound up but your body needs a rest. Prepping for Roo—or any big music festival—can be overwhelming, but placing an emphasis on a fun, funky, and functional Bonnaroo wardrobe isn’t a frivolity. Figuring out how to feel glam in the midst of grungy tents and smelly soles will set you up for an optimal festival experience. Let the real you shine!
By Sara Bir