Summer is decidedly festival season. Between Warped Tour, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza – and every other smaller, local concert in between – there are plenty of chances to hang out outside and listen to music. However, summer is hot...especially when you’re surrounded by tens of thousands of dancing people...so your wardrobe choice has to be smart. But, you still want to look great, right? Of course you do. Here are some ideas on how to fashion a festival-ready outfit, just in case you happen upon some tickets to Lolla. (Grab an extra for us, please!)
To get you prepped: Here is our selection of blank tees in different colors and sizes.
Cut It Up
It’s hot, it’s crowded, and you’ve been dancing in some field for like five hours now. Thank goodness your t-shirt is perfectly ripped up into fringes and cute cut-out shapes, right?! Here are a few ways to attack your tee with a pair of scissors in the best way possible.
The Diamond Cut-Out Tee
To get this diamond cut-out, all you need is a stencil, an exacto knife, and a t-shirt. The directions in this DIY are in a different language, but the pictures are easy to follow!
Racerback Swim Suit Coverup
Here’s a simple tutorial on how to turn your oversized tee into an awesome racer-back tank – perfect for over swimsuits or with a bright colored bandeau.
Knotted Fringe Tank
This is an easy, no-sew DIY on how to get a cute macramé-inspired crop top. Tutorial here.
Simple Halter Tank
This tank halter top comes together in just four easy steps. DIY tutorial here.
DIY Wrap Crop Top
This wrap crop is so adorable and quick to put together – and it’s perfect for a hot day in the sun. Here is the easy step-by-step tutorial.
Ok, so you have a t-shirt that fits completely perfectly and you don't want to cut that thing into pieces. That's fine! You have another option to get your t-shirt just the way you like it without tearing it to shreds: dye it! Here are some tutorials on using fabric paint, dye, and spray paint to transform your vintage t-shirt into a work of art.
Painted Galaxy Tee
DIY-guru blogger "P.S. – I Made This" put together this easy shirt tutorial that recreates a burnout look. Tutorial here.
Spray Painted T-Shirt
Combine this rainbow-y spray painted shirt DIY with some of the crop tutorials up above and you’ll be set. Tutorial here.
Stars & Stripes Sleeveless Tees
American flag spray paint! It’s so obvious. Cut your tee however you like and follow this tutorial on how to get the stars and stripes on your top.
DIY Ombre T-Shirt
And, of course, there is no better place to show off your perfectly-weathered and worn in vintage t-shirt than at a summer music festival. Here are some great boho style looks along with some vintage tees, proving that it is possible to be fashion forward and dressed for the weather at the same time. We will include any similar shirts available – and don’t forget! You can use any of the above crafts on these shirts to add another level of personality to your outfit.