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And the festivities at Bonnaroo have officially begun! Three years ago, I stuffed a light duffle with head scarves, airy tanks and a pair of shoes I didn’t care much about and was on my way to my first music festival.

Bonnaroo weekend was packed with heat, an amazing line up, run-ins with friends, a bit of mud and—did I mention a whole lotta heat? After three days of killer concerts, some by artists I already loved, some whom I have since come to adore, I was ready to rinse the dust off my bronzed limbs and chill in the AC. (Definitely read my Bonnaroo 2010 post to hear all the awesome details!)

Don’t get me wrong, the music is clearly the central purpose of a music fest. But there is a reason entire blogs are created just to showcase fests’ best dressed—and there is certainly no shortage of eyes scanning the computer screens, dreaming up their own wardrobe concoctions.

“Dressin’ for Festin’” is always a favorite topic of mine– I did attend Ohio University, fest capital of the college world, after all. Fest season gives everyone the opportunity to break out of their weekday suits and ruffles in exchange for the fringe and denim of their inner bohème.

Coachella and SXSW have passed for another year, but huge concerts such as Firefly and Lollapalooza still loom on the summer horizon. So grab your friends, book your tickets and start piecing together your fest attire. Here is some inspiration (mostly from Free People, of course) to get you started!

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Coachella, via Free People

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Coachella, via Free People

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Outer Lands, via Free People

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Black isn’t ideal in the desert, but it’s a hawt look nonetheless, via Free People

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Um, wearing this tomorrow, k thnx bye! Via Free People

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Natalie Suarez and Dylana Suarez, via Free People

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Governor’s Ball in NYC, via Elle Magazine

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Graphic T, metallic shades and a killer hat. Yepp!

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Airy dress in tribal print and a henna om, via my own trip to Bonnaroo

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Cut offs and lace are always a good way to go

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Kid Cudi at Bonnaroo 2010, photo via Hallie Rybka

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Best way to start the day — entrance to ‘Roo, photo via Hallie Rybka

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Hanging at ‘Roo with my boyfriend

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Groovy shades, feminine fest attire

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Kate Bosworth, Queen of Fests, knows to go straight to the wellies to avoid inevitable mud pits

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