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Festival season is back in full force this year, bringing us high-energy crowds, star-studded performances, and an intense urge to scream sing along, out loud, to our favorite songs. Depending on each venue's guidelines, wearing a mask might be optional for these events, but breaking out your best festival fashion to celebrate this momentous occasion? That's a requirement (at least from where we stand), so spread the word.

If your festival outfit styling skills are a little rusty, or it's your first time partaking in such festivities, don't panic. Dressing up is part of the fun, and you don't need to be up to date on haute couture trends to fit the festival vibe. Sure, being knowledgeable about the season's hottest styles can be helpful, but your personal taste should take precedence. At the end of the day, the best festival outfits are the ones that make you feel your best, happiest self, and do not — in any way, shape, or form — prevent you from having the time of your life.

With that being said, planning your ensemble around the festival's location and the weather forecast is also important, notes Stitch Fix stylist Nicole Scudder. The goal here is to dress accordingly in the name of comfort and practicality. Stick with breathable materials like cotton, linen, and crochet or mesh styles for hot weather, and if cool temperatures are expected, Scudder recommends packing light layers, like a fringe jacket, for warmth. 

Of course, if you clicked on this article for inspiration, you're in luck. Below, stylists share their best festival outfit ideas for 2022 — whether you're headed to Coachella, Stagecoach, Lollapalooza, or beyond — as well as their forecasts for some of this year's biggest festival fashion trends.

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Less Boho, More Micro

Back in the day, bohemian styles (think flowy maxi skirts and dresses, duster-length kimonos, and flower crowns) reigned supreme at music festivals like Coachella, but this year hemlines are expected to get shorter while waistlines go lower. 

"Leaning into Y2K, I think the mini skirt and bikini top combination in bright bold colors will be a popular look this season," says co-founder of STATE Bags, Jacq Tatelman.  

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Channel the '60, '70s, and Western Style

On the other hand, wider jeans and bolder prints are also a must-try.

"We will be seeing soft and flowy bohemian looks from past years, but also expect more psychedelic prints, fringe, and Westernwear additions to this year's style lineup," predicts Scudder. "Fashion-forward cowboy boots will ensure you step out in style. Additionally, crochet detailing in tops and dresses will be seen all over the festival scene."

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Embrace a Bolder Color Palette

Save those earth tones and neutrals for your work uniform. Music festivals are about breaking out of your everyday routine and experimenting with color. This year, that sentiment is even stronger as it's the first time in a while that we've been able to come together and celebrate our favorite bops in large groups. Ergo, the brighter the better, and plus bonus points for mismatching patterns and cutouts, says Rachel Garrett, creative director and owner of Edify.

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Play With Zebra Print

Animal prints are hot for 2022, but Garrett tells InStyle that zebra, in particular, is the new black for music festivals. Her vision, she says, involves a zebra-printed scarf top, a mini-skirt, and Euphoria-inspired make-up to top it all off.

"Think neon eye shadow with gradient pops around the perimeter of the eye!"

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Think Beyond Blue Denim

Express stylist Heliette Serrano tells InStyle that relaxed, baggy jeans are getting a colorful makeover for festival season, which will include lilac-tinted and mint green options that feel more exciting than your average blue pairs. You can make these bottoms your outfit's statement piece by wearing them with a knotted white shirt, but Serrano suggests pairing them with a matching lace cami for an original take on the monochromatic look.

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Keep It Simple With a Two-Piece Set

If the pandemic had you hooked on two-piece sets out of comfort and convenience, you're not alone. And if you're not ready to give up theis minimal-effort ensemble, you won't have to. According to Serrano, a pre-planned two-piece outfit is perfect for the festival season because they're comfortable to wear for long periods of time, easy to style, and easy to mix and match if you're over a monochromatic fit.

"Add lots of accessories, such as big earrings and some cute sandals, and be ready to have fun," she says.

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Consider Cutouts

Cutouts seem to get even more dramatic by the season, but it's not just the sexy shock factor that has celebrity stylist Kara Allan reaching for skin-baring designs for festival season.

"I love when an outfit comes with built-in air conditioning," Allan tells InStyle over email. "Most festivals are going to be hot as hades outside, so aside from being naked, it's good to have some strategic help looking cute and staying cool."

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Combine the Decades

Why choose one era's fashion trends over another when you can marry a few (or many!) for an even cooler, super unique look? Scudder gives an example of how to do so seamlessly: "Try a pair of baggy jeans, like these from Levi's or Good American, with a '70s crochet top and cowboy boots," she suggests over email. "Just add a crossbody bag with fringe detail and you will be hands-free and stylish."

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Chill Out In Athleisure

Director of Aerie Styling Erin Collins Rittling makes a compelling argument for festival fashion that's both on-trend and comfortable. Bike shorts, flared leggings, baby tees, mixing textures, and swim as tops are all must-haves on her shopping list, and she'd also throw on cowboy boots, sneakers, and a shacket for chilly nights. It makes sense: if you're going to be standing, dancing, and running from one stage to the next for hours on end, practical dressing belongs somewhere on your itinerary,

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Experiment With All Things Sheer

Celebrity stylist Cindy Conroy forecasts that festival season will see "an avalanche" of risqué dresses, barely-there tops, and sheer clothing.

"Transparent is the hottest new trend, and for good reason, as it creates maximum drama while letting you frolic and dance to your heart's content," she tells InStyle.

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Think About the Details

If you're short on time, go with a simple look (the LBD is back!) and concentrate on accessories instead. Conroy recommends packing dramatic long earrings that cascade past your bust line to combine free-spirited style and flower-child elegance. An even more daring and eye-catching choice is opting to wear just one drop, while rocking a stud earring on the other earlobe.