What to Wear: Music Festival Edition

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OK, let’s talk about the best gear to bring to a music festival. If you’ve got one on your calendar — be it the upcoming Governors Ball in New York City, the jam-filled Bonnaroo in Tennessee or the hitmaker-packed Lollapalooza in Chicago, we think our guide to the best gear to bring to a music festival will have you set for weekends to come. Through rain or shine, the gear you need can be found below — starting with a stylish shirt and continuing through to comfortable sneakers, a tough backpack and essential shades. Again, our guide to the best gear to bring to a music festival won’t let you down. Rock on.

Roark Revival Kandula Woven Shirt $50

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While the rest of the crowd is decked out in threadbare tank-tops or tie-dye shirts (girls and guys alike), step up your shirting game just a bit with a slim-fitting, textured and patterned shirt available for a low price. Throw on a light wash denim jacket if it gets chilly — you’ll outpace the crowd in terms of style, that much is true.

Iron and Resin Logan Shorts $75

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Want functional shorts that stay comfortable in the heat and yet still look stylish? The Iron and Resin Logan Shorts are the way to go — the brand makes gear for motorcycle riders and stylish festival-goers in equal measure. These shorts are fashioned out of corduroy for throwback style, and finished off with an elastic waistband for ease of movement.

YORK Athletics Mfg. Co. Henry Mid $125

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If ever you’ve attended a music festival, you know that there’s plenty of time spent on your feet and dashing from stage to stage — oh, and dancing to the music (of course). The Henry Mid from YORK Athletics Mfg. is a modern take on your average white sneaker, made with equal parts futuristic style and comfort.

Deep Blue Juggernaut Swiss Automatic Watch $420

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Wearing a $400-plus watch to a music festival? When that watch is the uniquely tough, rugged Deep Blue Juggernaut with a premium Swiss automatic movement, you can be sure it’s a good call. Through rainstorms and spilled drinks right onto the night’s headlining act, this watch can go all day long.

Pacifico Optical Blair Sunglasses $160

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Our take on festival style is all about standing out in the right way — and the Pacifico Optical Blair Sunglasses can surely do that when compared with the multitudes of cheap shades one might find at a typical festival. Durable, effective and stylish — that’s a win-win-win.

Huckberry Explorer’s Cap $40

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We here at The Manual love the Huckberry Explorer’s Cap for its unique blend of vintage style, comfort and protection from the sun. Make no mistake, at festivals where flower crowns or bandanas are more common, you’re going to need all three. It’s an affordably priced style upgrade, for sure.

Topo Designs Daypack $168

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While you’ve surely got a stylish messenger bag or briefcase for your 9-to-5 grind, festivals call for something a bit easier to carry and functionally minded. The Topo Designs Daypack is easy to stow in a locker if need be, and just as easy to carry from stage to stage — plenty of space for a phone charger, sunscreen and sunglasses (plus, a jacket for the rain). It’s easily a must-buy.