Lollapalooza is one of the biggest music festivals in the U.S. each summer. After postponing in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, music fans from around the country will be flocking to see the year's top artists from all genres perform live. The anticipation for headliners Metallica, Dua Lipa, J. Cole, Green Day and J-Hope couldn't be stronger. With so many people from all walks of life in attendance, Lollapalooza fashion is one of the main attractions.
Vivid Seats breaks down how to dress for Lollapalooza, including practical tips everyone ought to consider as well as this year's fashion go-to's that will be trendsetting for 2022.
Dress for the Weather
Chicago average highs during Lollapalooza are in the mid-80s, while the average lows range down to the lower 60s. It’s important to remember that Chicago weather can change in an instant, so having some kind of rain gear on hand--preferably a poncho--is not a bad idea. You might also want to prepare for rain with extra protection for your phone.
It’s also important to stay protected from the sun. You can bring sunscreen into the festival gates as long as it isn’t in an aerosol container. Every attendee is also allowed to bring two factory-sealed bottles of water per day, and empty Camelbaks and water bottles are also permitted.
Saavy festival attendees will make sure their wardrobe includes elements that account for the long days under the hot sun: hats, sunglasses, pockets (to hold sunscreen, lip balm, etc) and layers to accommodate the changing elements
Easy Outfit Tips for Lollapalooza
Like most music festivals, Lollapalooza highlights the best trends in this year’s summer styles. This year, Vivid Seats has partnered with Stitch Fix to help you dress comfortably and stlyishly.
Stitch Fix provides personal styling for men, women and kids, delivering clothes directly to your doorstep with free shipping and returns.
Here are some indispensable outfit tips from Stitch Fix's talented team of stlylists:
Keep things hands-free and opt for a backpack or small cross-body bag while you’re at the festival. Pack only the necessities like water, keys and your wallet so you don’t have to carry around a burdensome bag.
Break in your kicks before you go
Standing and dancing on your feet all day long can wreak havoc on your feet, so keep blisters at bay by making sure any new shoes are broken in before you head to the festival. So make sure you’ve got your old concert shoes handy, or break in a new pair by walking around the house to loosen them up.
Pack a Light Layer
It’s going to be a scorching during the day, but pack a light layer to ward off the sun and as a light layer for night. Tie a long-sleeved button-up around your waist and you’re good to go!
Lollapalooza Outfit Inspiration
Here are some complete outfits to provide some inspiration for your wardrobe planning for Lollapalooza 2022:
“The temperature will likely be scorching at the show, so keep your inseams short. You can't go wrong with a pair of denim cutoffs. Top your look with a breathable tank or boho blouse for air flow. Finalize with a beaded bracelet and strappy sandals you can dance in.” — Stylist, Megan S.
“First, let’s talk about footwear: Summer concerts—especially outdoor shows—call for trading in the stilettos for a cute pair of flats, sneakers, ankle booties, or sandals. After all, you’ll be standing up for hours (and, likely, dancing), so why even give your feet the option to ache?” — Stylist, Anne R.
“And as for bags? Keep things hands-free and opt for a backpack or small cross-body bag. Trust me: The less stuff you lug, the more fun you’ll have.” — Stylist, Anne R.
“Need another idea for day two? If you're staying all weekend, dress things up in an off-the-shoulder frock or playful romper. Layer on style points with a denim vest—bonus points for statement details such as fringe or metal hardware.” — Stylist, Megan S.
“Next: layering. Because temperatures at outdoor concerts and festivals range from humid and hot to downright chilly, and indoor arenas can get crazy-sweaty, we recommend throwing on a few layers to get you through the day. Bonus points if your jacket or sweatshirt can be tied around your waist, such as the ever-popular chambray top.” —Stylist Anne R.
“Short-sleeve button-ups are an easy way to put a festival outfit together. For extra stylish (and comfort) points, get them in fresh, breathable fabrications such as linen, bamboo, rayon or Tencel—and go the extra mile with fun conversational prints!” — Stylist, Crista G.
Fashion tips and style advice provided by Stitch Fix.