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So you splurged on front-row seats to see Bruno Mars because … it’s Bruno Mars. Hey, it’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while. But now, what to wear?
These budget friendly concert looks may be just what you need to inspire your look, and your wallet!
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For many concert goers, what you wear is half the fun. When it comes to this extra cost the real question is, buy it or DIY? “If you want to save money on your look, and have a souvenir – definitely DIY,” Sam says. You’ll also avoid what could possibly become one of your biggest expenses: having to replace the attire that you lose to the mud on festival grounds.
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“Beyoncé was great and all, but the best part of Coachella was getting to spend it with these three,” Bobby says. You’ve heard it before, it’s not about where you go, it’s about who you go with, so make the most of it financially, and split the cost of lodging with your closest friends. If you have the gear and you’re camping on festival grounds, this will likely be your most cost effective option. However, if it’s not an option, or camping isn’t your style, split the cost of an Airbnb – “you’ll get more privacy and space, while spending less than you would at a hotel.”
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“72 percent of millennials prefer to spend more money on experiences than on material things.” With the popularity of summer festivals and concert experiences on the rise, there are even more individuals opting in for multi-day destination trips. When it turns into a vacation, and expenses start adding up, remember the difference between what you want and what you need. Do you really need new articles of clothing to spend three days in the mud and heat? You’ll fit right in with a band tee and dad shoes, so pack your favorites, dress your outfit up with accessories, and save yourself the money to spend on your next bucket list concert.
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When it comes to festivals, there are no rules. Now that you’ve made your outfit yourself, it’s time to dress your look up. One of the best ways to take your look to the next level is to accessorize. You can accomplish this with jewelry, makeup, face paint, gemstones, or glitter. Some festivals will have these accessories available to you on concert grounds, but there’s no need to spend the extra money on it there. Find your favorite look and learn how to replicate it. There are plenty of looks to choose from -- start here.
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If you’re not quite ready to tap into your savings for a multi-day destination trip, there are plenty of other budget-friendly experiences you can opt-in for. A great example of this is the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival – a community focused event that expands beyond the music for those of all ages. Do your research to find an experience close to home that you can enjoy with both your family and friends. Local music festivals can be just as fun at a cheaper cost. It’s common for these events to become a fun-filled weekend the whole family looks forward to. And even though there won’t always be a big name act, who isn’t a fan of supporting local community artists?
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According to Kayla Simone, cute and comfy is the way to go. When you’re attending an all-day event like Coachella, you’ll want to be prepared to be on your feet, and ready for an awesome photo op. While waiting for Cardi B to perform, you might find yourself sitting in the grass, so prioritize your comfort when picking the perfect look!
Pro tip from Kayla Simone: “It’s really all about fun! It’s an opportunity to wear something I wouldn’t normally wear on a daily basis. I like to play with different looks—edgy one day, fun and colorful the next, and cute and casual on the third.”
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All concerts and festivals have different vibes. If you’re not sure which look to go for, feel free to do some research. Your outfit for Janet Jackson is going to be pretty different than what you might wear to the Levitate music festival. According to Heleen Norvette “it’s all in the details.” Don’t stress yourself and your budget, just be yourself and have the time of your life.
Attending a concert or music festival should be a fun experience, with memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Set yourself up for success by planning ahead, DIYing, shopping in your closet, and just being yourself. If you’re worried about what you spent, it will just take away from the experience.
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