Country Music Festival Fashion Guide: What to Wear in 2019
Festival fashion isn’t just about functionality — stand out from the crowd with these fresh looks for 2019.
By Katie Quine • May 23, 2019 • Photography by Kristen Tait • Art Direction by Tamela VanValkenburg
The prairie look is in this summer, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. A lace skirt like the one Emery is wearing is elegant but breathable when you’re out in the sun listening to your favorite band. Add some edge to frilly, white lace with a dark graphic tee, like our Opry Women’s Crossed Arrows Tank and a fringe leather vest.
Stand out from the crowd with a custom distressed and bedazzled shirt. Emery (right) is wearing our vintage-inspired Grand Ole Opry Tour of ’82 Tee. Designer Shane Markus of Star Struck Vintage, which is a stop along East Nashville’s Vintage Clothing Trail, transformed the shirt by hand-setting colorful Swarovski crystals and distressing its collar. You can purchase one of Markus’ one-of-a-kind crystal tees from the Opry online store, or make your own by grabbing an iron and some hotfix crystals from the craft store.
Catherine is wearing our Opry Flowy Banjo Tee We customized this tee by doing a fun crop for summer. All you need is scissors and your set! Round out your look with a colorful kimono that boasts a bold print — we loved thrifting for these embroidered and velvet pieces. For vintage style inspiration, follow local Nashville stylist Kristen Jordan, who helped curate these looks and has her own collection, Wildè, which you can follow on Instagram.
Emery’s boho look is equal parts comfortable and stylish. We love her airy Bluegrass Bird Muscle Tee, which she coordinated with an equally colorful floral skirt. The fringe suede vest rounds out her style, but don’t forget the details: The turquoise-studded belt is a statement piece that provides a nice contrast with its soft blue tones.
Cutoffs are a festival staple for a reason. They’re versatile and comfortable for long days when you’re exploring all that Nashville has to offer before seeing a show in the evening. Dress them up with a sparkly, multi-colored tank, like the Opry Ombre Stone Festival Tank. Novelty sunglasses in fun tints and shapes complete the look — and hide those dark circles after nights of back-to-back concerts.
What’s a country festival without a little red, white, and blue? These looks will carry well into Fourth of July, and we can’t get enough of the bandanas. Pro tip: Keep cool by soaking your bandana in water, putting it in a baggie, and popping it in the fridge for a few hours before heading out into the sun. These things aren’t just a trend — why do you think ranchers have worn them for decades? Shop Catherine’s Opry Star Sleeve Raglan or Emery’s Opry Festival Raglan.
If you haven’t already guessed, fringe is in this summer. While it might be hot as all get out in the daytime, temperatures can take quite the dip in the evenings, especially at festivals in desert and mountain locales (Looking at you, Stagecoach and Seven Peaks). You’ll be covered with a fringe shawl, which you can easily drape around your waist before the sun goes down. The soft hues of Catherine and Emery’s shawls perfectly complement their Music Feeds the Soul Tank and Bohemian Banjo Tee.