What to wear to an outdoor concert or outdoor festival

Praia Urbana, the all-day music festival in Houston that takes place four times a year, was bigger and better than ever this past weekend. I captured a few great examples of what to wear for such an outdoor concert as I danced my way between the two stages.

Outdoor concerts and festivals require attire that is comfortable (i.e. not binding, breathable, quick to dry and low-maintenance). But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The weather will usually call for something that you don’t mind sweating in (although we were lucky this weekend at a high of 80 degrees F). Here’s a checklist of other essentials:

Shades, of course.
A fabulous fan (the old-school kind that folds up nicely in your purse – it’s a summer staple wherever I go).
Once it really starts to heat up, bring a bandanna or scarf to wick away heat, to dip into water for cooling off, or to tie your hair back from your face.
Baby wipes in a plastic baggie to “wash your hands” with, wipe away sweat, or to use in port-a-potties. đŸ™‚
Suntan lotion / sunscreen!
Lots of water.
Cross-body bag to keep your essentials close to your person and to make it easier to carry all of the above essentials!

Look 1

Festive, feminine, and put-together. Great mix of color, light cotton tube dress, slightly embellished (but not too much!) flat sandals, big shades and artful but not over-the-top wooden jewelry (in complementary colors, no less). It’s sweet and gets anyone who sees her in the mood to enjoy a beautiful day!

Look 2

Fun with color. The chick on the left had a blast – right down to her yellow shoes! Her funky-printed, airy dress; teal frames; and casual crossbody bag added to the fun atmosphere. And you couldn’t beat her awesome attitude, which is, most of the time, half your look!

Look 3

Simple chic. For a more subdued look, the chick on the right had it down to a T. If you never thought to wear a hat, this is a great time to do it! Her cotton tank dress layered over a simple black tank created some dimension while her comfortable natural wedges added height. And the green crossbody bag was the perfect punch of color to this simple look.

Look 4

Sporty feminine. When I came up with this look, I simply wanted a touch of spring and natural elements while still maintaining my personal style in comfort. I thought I captured it well in a racer back tank, gray gladiator sandals, worn-leather satchel and necklace made from seeds (that I had strung myself!). Unfortunately, I didn’t capture the best part…the ruffled number on the back of this simple, lined cotton-blend skirt for an extra touch of fun!

Renae Virata is a “travelista” at heart who founded and operates the fashion/weather/travel website WeareverTheWeather.com. The site shows women what to wear based on the current temperature and precipitation of any city around the world. A user simply inputs a desired location or destination, a date, and a type of occasion into the My Stylist feature. It then pulls together the perfect pieces for that location’s weather forecast. Users can create hundreds of different outfits, save their creations, and print and share them through email, Facebook, and Twitter. They can even buy pieces they love by clicking on any of the items that My Stylist recommends. WeareverTheWeather.com also includes a fashion and travel blog with in-depth tips on how to pack effectively and stylishly for any trip.