The Festival Fashion Trends of 2022

A first look at this year's festival favorites.

30.07.22

By Lucy Mahoney

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From crochet to cowboy, chainmail to chaps, this summer we’ve seen an influx of festival outfits that deliver the drama and bare the skin. With festivals back on the agenda and bigger and bolder than years gone by, we’re calling out the trends we’ve spotted to help you lock in that fall festival outfit. Prepare to swoon over our Nasty muses as they showcase the trends in all their glory. Let’s dive in.

Left: @molly.mcfarlane. Right: @emilyrosemoloney.

Skirt Two-Pieces

Keep it coordinated in one of the more ‘wearable’ fashion trends for 2022. Mini skirt two-pieces have taken to the land of the music, playing into the nostalgic noughties revival. A two-piece skirt is cute and feminine, keeping you cool and comfortable in the warm summer sun. Take Molly Mcfarlane’s dreamy star print mini skirt and cropped vest two-piece festival outfit, accessorized with the iconic western cowboy boot. Or, opt for a green skirt two-piece like Emily Rose Moloney, teamed with platform biker boots, chunky enough to transport you to your favorite Glasto era.

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Clean Tailored Cropped Vest
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Daisy Print Denim Micro Mini Skirt
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Faux Suede Lazer Cut Cowboy Boots
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Strappy Square Neck Ribbed Crop Top
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Contrast Stitch Denim Micro Mini Skirt
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Real Suede Crochet Fringe Vest
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Colored Chunky Lace Up Boots
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@emmajeanclarke_

Mesh

We saw a huge mesh moment at this year’s festivals, with Emma Jean showcasing how to style the look in her golden hour glow. Not only is it lightweight and breathable, meaning you can stay fresh and sweat-free, but by adding a mesh top, dress, or pants to your look over your favorite bikini or bralette, you ramp up the grunge dial to a ten – the perfect rock-inspired look.

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Sparkly Embellished Mesh Maxi Dress
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Chunky Faux Leather Hiker Boots
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Recycled Triangle Bikini Top
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Recycled Black Bikini Bottoms
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Sculpted Seamless Cycling Short
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@ellieegar

Chaps

Not one for the faint-hearted but one we heart nonetheless. We continue with the western theme at this year’s festivals with a brand new contender – the cheeky chaps. Whether you choose durable faux leather or the real deal, these bottom half contenders bare the booty and the inner thighs to add some serious sexiness to any festival look. Pair with a bikini or your favorite hot pants and bra top, just like Nasty muse Ellie Egar.

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Textured Zebra One Shoulder Bikini
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Recycled Long Sleeve Thong Bikini Set
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Fringed Belted Faux Leather Chaps
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Multi Pocket Pouch Crossbody Bag
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Rounded Frame Rectangle Sunglasses
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@kateelisabethxo

Cowboy Hats

The accessory we saw time and time again this summer (and one we’re not getting bored of any time soon) – the cowboy hat. Not only totally practical in protecting your crown from the sun’s rays, cowboy hats transform a simple outfit into an effortless fashion-forward look. Don’t believe us? Check out Kate Elisabeth in her stellar zebra print cowboy hat, paired with a backless crop top and mini jean shorts.

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Organic Denim Roll Hem Shorts
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Plus Distressed Raw Mom Shorts
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Crochet Halter Knitted Top
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White Knee High Western Boots
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@emilyrosemoloney

Chainmail

And here’s Emily Rose Moloney showing us how to wear chainmail. No noughties influence would be complete without supermodel-inspired chainmail detailing. Style the iconic chainmail dress. or switch it up for a cowl neck chainmail bandana top paired with metallic pants and platform boots. The weighted chainmail adds a premium, luxuriousness to the look, whether it be for a showstopper moment or a sleek and simple rave outfit.

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Bandana Chainmail Cami Top
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Bandana Chainmail Cami Top
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Metallic Foil Flared Pants
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Metallic Foil Flared Pants
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Suede Ankle Western Boots
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@kateelisabethxo

Butterfly Tops

The year of the mariposa. Butterfly crop tops have been a major hit across festivals this summer. Unapologetically Y2K-inspired, this upper half trend (pictured on Kate Elisabeth) was seen from Vegas to Chicago and everywhere in-between. Styled perfectly with cargos or loose, flowy wide-leg pants and chunky sneakers. The cutest butterfly rave outfit.

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Butterfly Sequin Crop Cami Top
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Black Wide Leg Cargo Pants
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Panelled Faux Leather Sneakers
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Recycled Layered Necklace
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Recycled Triple Hoop Earrings
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Left: @kateelisabethxo. Right: @emmajeanclarke_.

Crochet

It’s a failsafe festival staple, but this year crochet has been bigger than ever, across boho festivals and beachside music events. What we love most about styling crochet is its versatility – you can regulate just how modest or revealing you want to go with the size of the knit you choose, teasing more skin with the bigger hole detailing. Balance the look by opting for a long sleeve crochet dress and layer over a bikini of the same color tone. Crochet’s also perfect for styling as a matching rave outfit, as seen on Emma Jean Clarke and Kate Elisabeth.

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Crochet Open Back Mini Dress
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Crochet Open Back Mini Dress
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Textured Crop Top Bikini Set
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Recycled Bandeau Bikini Set
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Faux Leather Fringe Cowboy Boots
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Check out our post on What to Wear to a Country Music Festival for more styling tips.