Think of Outside Lands as Coachella’s cool, relaxed, older sister. Because the festival takes place in foggy San Francisco, it calls for more cozy, comfortable clothes than your typical summer concert. Bay-Area-ites tend to sport laid-back, neutral-colored looks rather than neon, tie-dye and flower-crowns. Heading for the fun in Golden Gate Park this weekend? Here’s what to wear when rocking out to Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, and The Black Keys.
1. Keep your neck warm. Sure, it’s old-school advice, but go for a mock-neck or turtleneck sweater. The trick to pulling off a warm, wooly Grandpa style is to keep everything else on-point. Think: skinny jeans (with optional rips) and mid-heeled cowboy or chelsea boots.
2. Layer, layer, layer. Forget that lone, skimpy tank top. When it comes to shirts, sweaters, and jackets, the more the merrier. Experiment with outerwear by trying out a poncho or blanket coat. If you’re feeling really adventurous, go vintage with a shearling coat á la Penny Lane in Almost Famous.
3. Pick longer pieces. Don’t let your legs freeze in the wind. Trade shorts for mom jeans and mini skirts for maxis. Pull on a floor length cardigan to look stylish, but feel like you’re wearing a blanket.
5. Pull on a boot. Strappy sandals won’t cut it in cloudy SF. Keep your feet warm, dry, and protected from festival mud with an easy, waterproof Chelsea boot. Fellow concert-goers stepping on your toes in the densely packed crowd? You’re covered.
6. Top off the look. Add a hat to shield your face in case the sun comes out. Even if it does, the Bay will still be chilly, so choose a fall-ready felt style with leather (or feather) detailing.
7. Finish with specs. Even when the weather’s cool, you can’t be caught without shades. Check out our favorite festival-ready pairs right here.