Hard Summer Outfits Ideas And Festival Tips

Hard Summer is one of the biggest and hottest electronic music festivals of the year.

It is held in Southern California during the sweltering summer months, so it is no surprise that one of the most common questions we get is “What should I wear?”.

If you are attending Hard Summer for the first time, or are simply looking for some inspiration, here are a few tips to help you make the most of this hot event.

Be sure to read through our list of tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable time.

1. What is Hard Summer Festival and what to expect?

The Hard Summer Music Festival is an annual event that takes place in Southern California.

The festival typically features a mix of EDM and hip-hop artists and has become one of the most popular summer music events in the region.

Attendees can expect to see some of the biggest names in electronic and hip hop music, as well as enjoy a variety of food and drink options.

The festival also features a number of interactive activities with VIP passes, making it a great event for people of all ages.

Whether you’re a diehard fan of electronic music or just looking for a fun summer event to attend, the Hard Summer Music Festival is sure to not disappoint.

In terms of style, this event is a mix of festival and rave even though it is a music festival and not a rave, you could definitely see people wearing ravey clothing.

But that would be as far as the rave situation gets. All the other ravey vibes like kandies, PLUR, etc will be mostly absent.

Yes, of course, you could run into people that do have the full-on spirit of raves, but they are rarer.

So, fashion-wise you might see a bit of everything, the dominant would be casual clothing, and the rest is split between festival wear and rave wear.

2. What to wear to the festival?

First and foremost, comfort is key. You will be dancing for hours in the heat, so it is important to wear something that will allow your skin to breathe, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics are always a good choice.

Also, don’t feel that you need to force anything in terms of outfits.

The dominant style will be casual, so you can literally go the way you are. But you want to be daring and try something out, we do have some inspiration for you!

First, Wear really comfortable shoes

Have excellent comfortable shoes. Even if you’re just standing around, you’ll probably be doing a lot of walking, so it’s important to have shoes that won’t give you blisters.

In terms of shoes either you already have great shoes to wear that you have been using for a while, so they are used to your feet.

Or you are thinking of buying some brand-new shoes for the event. If it is the latter, make sure you order them as early as possible, so you can have the time to wear them and break them in. Never go to any festival or rave with shoes that are not already broken in.

Also, do not count on your new shoes to stay clean and shiny, they will get dirty fast.

If you wonder what type of shoes you could buy to have great comfort you have our best picks below:

Newbalance Women Fuelcore

Ultraboost Adidas Women Shoes

ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture

Under Armour Sonic 4

TIOSEBON Women Sneakers

Pro-tip: Bring an extra pair of socks per day and change socks at the end of the afternoon and beginning of the evening, your feet will thank you!

Outfits inspiration

One of the best things about Hard Summer is that you can pretty much wear whatever you want.

There’s no dress code, so you can feel free to express your own unique style. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with your look. This is a festival, after all, so have fun with your outfit and let your personality shine through.

Most people wear swimsuits and beachwear because it will be hot as hell. This is also why people tend to dare at festivals or raves to wear those types of clothing because they are more skimpy and the event is a great occasion to do so.

One of the themes of this article for Hard Summer is winning the battle between you and the sun.

Many things can be done, and for instance, one of them would be to not wear black.

If you wear black, the sun will hit you hard like it doesn’t care, this is why wearing colors or reflective clothes during the summer is the best way to stay cool while the weather is warm.

If you don’t want to wear white, you should definitely go for colors.

Wearing colors will make you feel more comfortable in the heat and will also reflect the sunlight away from your body, keeping you cooler.

In order for you to get some inspiration, we will give you some festival and raves outfit ideas below.

Festival Like For The Ladies

Bluetime Women’s Summer Halter

Tops Sleeveless Halter

Ruffle Short Sleeve

Neck Basic Crop Tank Top

Strappy Tie Back Crop Halter Tops

Crop Top Cami Tank Top Shirt

T-Shirt Top Casual Summer Tee

Ruffled Bikini Top Flounce

Women Tank Tops Casual

Women’s V Neck Tank

Crop Tops for Women & Teens

Plus Size Spaghetti Cami Crop Top

V Neck Camis Crop Top Vest

Demi Cami Crop Tops

Spaghetti Strap Sleeveless Sexy Rave

Tank Top with Removable Pads

Back Tank Tassel Hem Cami Top

Cami Top Spaghetti Strap Rib Knit

Criss Cross Crop Tops Backless

Short-Sleeve Bodycon See Through

Crop Top Strappy Cami Tank

Crop Top Golden Ring Centrepiece

Backless Cute Cami Crop Top Bralette

Women’s Sleeveless tie-dye Tank Top

Backless Cute Cami Crop Top

One Shoulder Crop Top T Shirt

Tube Top Bandeau Bra Rave

Sexy Halter See Through Camisole

Padded High-Neck Crop Swim Top

Backless Wrap Crop Halter Top

Spaghetti Strap Crop Cami Top

Crop Top Sexy Tie Back Strappy

Sports bras can be a great option as they are comfortable, breathable, and they wick away the sweat.

Strappy Sports Bra

Flowy Casual Shorts

Flowy Shorts Casual Summer

Athletic Shorts High Waisted

Flared Mini Skater Skirt

Casual Denim Shorts

High Waist Denim Shorts Pocket

Fray Hem Stretchy Denim Short Jeans

Women Shorts Summer

Sparkly Hot Outfit Shiny Short Pants

Metallic Shorts Shiny Pants

Shorts Hot Pants

Shorts Cheeky

J. Valentine High-Waist Short

Silk High Waist Skirt

Booty Dance Festival Bottoms

See Through Sheer Blouse Black Sexy

See Through Mesh Without Bra

Plus Size Sheer Blouse

Mesh Long Sleeve Crop Top Sexy

Boho V Neck Romper Long Sleeves

Sexy Two Pieces Outfits Tops Short

V Neck Tee Shirt Dress

V Neck Tie Dye Tee Shirt Dress

Tie Dye Tunic Tops Tee Shirt Dress

V Neck Sexy Mini Short Dresses

2 Piece Halter Crop Top Short

SheIn Floral Crop Top Short Set

2 Piece Crop Top Shorts Set

Short Romper Jumpsuit Playsuit

Check it out, many colors are available

Casual Midi Dress with Pockets

Women’s Summer Dress

Women Smocked Dress Ruffle

Bikini Swimsuit

Two-Piece Vintage Swimsuit

One Piece Swimsuit

Women One Piece Swimsuit

Festival Like For guys:

Graphic All Over Print Tshirt

Men Hipster Hip-Hop Urban Tees

Men Hipster Hip-Hop Urban Tees

Liquid Blue Men’s Plus-Size

Men’s Hipster Hip-Hop Premium Tee

Jersey EDM Festival – Trippy Pineapple

Men’s Vibrant All Over Print Sleeveless

Men’s Vibrant All Over Print Sleeveless

Cotton Button Down Short Sleeve

Men’s Pineapple Casual Button Down

Shirt Tribal African Caftan Boho Unisex

Men’s Athletic Shorts – Vibrant Summer

Men’s Athletic Shorts – Vibrant Summer

Men’s Athletic Shorts – Vibrant Summer

RAISEVERN Men’s Swim Trunks Quick

Rave outfits for the ladies

Women’s Criss Cross Backless Wrap Crop Halter Top

Women’s Sexy Sheer Mesh Fishnet Net

Women’s Fishnet Crop Top

Other styles and colors are available

Women’s Sexy Sheer Mesh Fishnet Net

Women’s Strappy Mesh Crop Tops

Women’s Short Sleeve Tee Round Neck

Women’s Wrap V Neck Criss Cross Tie

Women’s Sleeveless Crop Tops Sexy One

Women’s See Through Fishnet & Mesh

Many styles available

Women’s See Through Fishnet & Mesh

Women’s Short Sleeve/Long Sleeve

Sheer Mesh Crop Tops See Through

Women’s See Through Fishnet & Mesh

Women’s Underboob Cutout Crop Top

Many colors available

Women Crop Top Tank Metallic

Women’s Crop Top Spaghetti Camisole

Women’s Crop Top Spaghetti Camisole

Women’s Sexy Metallic Shimmer Mesh

Women’s Long Sleeve See-Through

Different types and colors are available

Women’s Metallic Keyhole Cutout

Women’s See Through Fishnet & Mesh

Women’s Sleeveless Scoop Neck Strappy

Many styles and colors are available

Women’s Sheer Mesh Fishnet Halter

Women’s Solid Black Long Sleeve

Many styles available

Shiny Metallic Crop Hoodies for Women

Women’s Sexy Tie Up Crop Top Short

Many colors available

Women’s Long Sleeve Industrial Fishnet

Women Sexy Hollow Out Long Sleeve

Women’s Mesh Triangle Bra Tops Sheer

FlyCC women Crop Top

Women’s Sheer Mesh Crop Bra Tops

Women’s Sexy Halter Fish Scale Sequin

Women’s Mesh Short Sleeve Crop Top

Women’s Sheer Mesh Crop Top Shirts

Women’s Letter Print Casual Long Sleeve

Women’s Sequins Tassel Skirts Shorts

Boho Fringe Skirt Sequin Belly Dance Hip

Women’s High-Waist Short

Many styles and colors are available

Women’s Liquid Shiny Metallic Mini

Sheer, Fringe Skirts – Maxi & Thigh High

Belly Dance Hip Scarf for Women

Women’s Festival Rave Thong Booty

Leg Wraps Garter Set with Ribbons

Women’s Metallic Shorts Summer

Many patterns and colors are available

Hip Scarf Performance Outfits Skirt

Many patterns and colors are available

Workout Booty Spandex Shorts

Shorts Booty Short Pants

Women’s Ultra Soft High Waist

Women’s Metallic Shorts Elastic Waist

Many colors available

Joggers Pants for Women High Visibility

Women’s Shiny Flared Pleated Mini

Women’s Sexy Drawstring Velvet Outfits

High Waisted Strappy Booty Shorts

iHeartRaves High Waisted Booty Shorts

Jean Shorts Juniors High Rise Distressed

Women’s Reflective Crop Top

Have a look at this one, you will find many colors and styles available!

Women’s Strappy Crop Top Shirts

If you like this type have a look different styles and colors are available

Women’s Spaghetti Strap Plaid Crop Top

Spectrum Women High Cut Holographic

Other colors are available

Bodysuits for Women Black Crew Neck

Women Black Sheer Mesh Long Sleeve

Women’s 2 Piece Set Halter Crop Top

2 Pieces Outfits Clubwear Colorful Tie

Rave outfits for guys

Below you will find some unique pieces like the Ultraviolet Fluorescent clothing that are definitely worth checking out, as well as some, LED T-Shirt Sound Activated that will draw the attention of you if it’s what you want or even cooler the Light Up Hoodie Jacket Sweatshirt :)!
T-Shirts Funny Graphic Tee

Funny Rave Drug Tie Dye T-Shirt

Graphic Tee Tie Dye T-Shirt

Stylish 80’s Retro T-Shirt

NYC Street Fashion Longline Print T-Shirt

Funny Jersey Sleeveless

Men’s Graphic Tank Top Sleeveless Shirts

Graphic Tank Top Sleeveless Shirts

Trippy Pineapple Blacklight Glow Tshirt Clothes

LED T-Shirt Sound Activated Shirts

That’s a cool one! The glasses of the cat are LED, go check it out click on the shirt below and watch the video of how the LED works on this t-shirt!

LED T-Shirt Sound Activated Glow Shirts

The same system as above the headset of the skeleton glows and moves.

Vibrant Sleeveless Tank Top Shirts

Other patterns and colors are available.

Trippy Blacklight Glow Tshirt Clothes

Ultraviolet Fluorescent Neon Blacklight

Ultraviolet Fluorescent Neon Blacklight

Ultraviolet Fluorescent Neon Blacklight

Ultraviolet Fluorescent Neon Blacklight

Cool Funny Tank Top

Funny Jersey Ringer

A ton of other designs are available click on the image below to go check it out!

T-Shirts Funny Graphic

3D Printed Short Sleeve Top T-Shirts

Cool Novelty Design T-Shirts for Men

3D Printed Short Sleeve Top T-Shirt

If you are not fully satisfied with this one, many cool designs are available. Go check it out by clicking on the t-shirt.

Vibrant Shorts for Music Raves

Men’s Fun Booty Shorts

Summer festival booty shorts man rave

Rainbow Reflective Shorts

Male Romper – Original Rompers

Men 3D Graphic Rompers Summer

Male Romper – Original Rompers

Men 3D Graphic Rompers Summer

Male Romper – Original Rompers

3. Tips for staying hydrated and safe during the festival

Keep in mind that the most difficult time for you to endure during the festival will be daytime.

There are not many shades and if the sun hits as it should be during summer you could easily faint of dehydration or sunstroke.

Stay hydrated, battle the sun and the heat

This is why you need to battle the sun and the heat, here are our best tips:

1. Stay hydrated! Bring a water bottle with you and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks, which can dehydrate you even faster.

Hard summer has water stations around the place, so bring a reusable bottle or camelbacks.

They need to be empty upon entry, otherwise, security will ask you to empty them before going in.

Standard Camelback

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Water Bottle with Time Marker

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2. Pace yourself! Don’t try to do too much in one day. Take breaks often, and make sure to get enough rest at night, so you can enjoy the festival all weekend long.

Careful if the event is held at NOS Event Center

It has nothing to do with the promoters, they are doing their best with security to make sure that you stay safe during the event.

That being said, at NOS, pickpockets, and thieves are a real thing. Ask around, and you will soon see that it happens to many people.

Again, this is not Hard Summer’s fault at all, we can’t blame them, but it does happen. We are warning you here because it happened to us there, whereas at other festivals we were fine.

Hard Summer location changes over the years but if it is at NOS be careful. Be careful inside and outside at NOS Event Center.

The area of NOS is famous to be sketchy. NOS is a great and pretty fun venue, but the surroundings are not so great.

Be careful outside the venue

Our first tip would be to leave all your valuables at home, not in the car, at home. Cars at NOS are not safe there, especially if you park in the neighborhood.

Your best bet would be to park your car near the baseball field, it is free, you have security there and it is only a 10min walk.

Be careful inside the venue as well

Thieves are also present on-site, and they will try to get their hands on as much stuff as possible.

Do not think that they will only do easy prey, like drunk or high people, they also try with sober people, and they are pros, so they do rob you without you noticing it.

So be aware of your surroundings. Understand that Festivals are crowded places, which makes them prime targets for pickpockets and thieves.

Keep your valuables close to you at all times and be aware of who’s around you.

Again, keep all your important items close to you. You can do it either with a fanny pack (that you keep in front of you), a flip belt, or any type of shorts with zippers that are not easy to open.

Fanny pack

Flip belt

We know that what we are saying here is not cool, but better safe than sorry. Besides, those thieves and pickpockets do represent a tiny minority, but people getting robbed without noticing it, is annoying, really annoying, and we don’t want that to be you!

4. What to bring with you to the festival?

In addition to your hard summer ticket and ID, there are a few other things you’ll want to bring with you to make sure you have the best time possible.

  • Bring something to cover your mouth and nose, NOS Event Center can be really dirty, so a bandana can be a great accessory for your outfit and your lungs.
  • Obviously, like we said the sun will blazing all weekend long so you need to bring and wear sunscreen!

Did you know?: If the sunscreen is not touched by water it lasts about 2 hours, but if you are sweating or going in the water with it only lasts about 80 min.

Like every music festival, the sound is going to be powerful, so you have to protect your ears.

Remember that your ears will have to endure not hours but days of really loud music, the idea is not for you to lose your earing but rather to enjoy the musical much as possible.

We recommend taking High Fidelity earplugs because it lowers the volume of the sound while removing the frequency that could damage your ears. Like the one below:

High-fidelity earplugs

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Bonus tips:

  • Keep in mind that is it a no cash event only Credit, debit, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and Android Pay work but leave your cash home.
  • Cell service at NOS is really horrible. Define a meeting point or a rallying point, so if you lose your friends, you can all come back to this area and find each other. (only use text messages as calls will never get through but text messages might)

With the festival just around the corner, make sure to read through our list of tips to help you have a safe and enjoyable time.

Whether you’re attending Hard Summer for the first time or are a seasoned festival-goer, these tips will come in handy.

Stay hydrated, dress for the heat, be aware of your surroundings – and most importantly, have fun!

Final note: Hard Summer is definitely one of the hottest festivals out there, and people do have a “hard summer time” with a blazing sun during the daytime!

That being said, we have to admit that every year the lineups are incredible.

It is really hard to complain about the heat when the promoters put together such great lineups and great shows.

If you are prepared for the sun, and you left all your valuables at home, you will have a great time, period.

Finally, if you wonder how to pick events to go to, have a look at our guide “Which rave or festival should I go to?” it could help you decide what to do.

We hope this article helped you or saved you some time in your research, and we wish you a great event!

Have a great festival!

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