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Summer festival essentials 2011

It's not quite going into battle, but surviving the festival season stylishly is an art.


Dermalogica solar defense wipes spf15 (15 count), $22 at buy.dermalogica.com


CamelBak, Lobo hydration pack 100 fl. oz., $55.99


Penfield Idlewood light backpack, $55.25 at penfieldusa.com


Fresh Naps, wherever fine BBQ is sold, complimentary


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 Digital Camera, $164.95 at B&H Photo


Etymotic ER-20 earplugs, $9 at amazon.com


Wildfox, Apache eagle crop top, $64


Buckle, BKE canvas crossover purse, $24.95


Brixton Alana Hat, $68 at Urban Outfitters


Sebago Bala (women's), $80 at sebago.com


Hunter Original Short, $115 at zappos.com


Free People Denim Cutoff Short, $68 at revolveclothing.com


ASOS color block utility parka, $62.06 at asos.com


Penfield Alameda shirt, $52.50 at penfieldusa.com


Penfield Selford shorts, $63.75 at penfieldusa.com


Tretorn Skymra hi-tops in GORE-TEX� , $140 at shop.tretorn.com


Industry of All Nations espadrilles, $32 at Unamae's


Tretorn Strala rain boots, $40 at urban outfitters


Industry of All Nations selvedge jeans, $172 at prime135.com


American Apparel, Brett deadstock sunglasses, $25

You know that guy/girl who always looks cool, collected and up-to-the-minute styled at the music fest? Not sticky, sweaty, malnourished and stretching out last year's look? We know that type of festivalgoer, and we want to help you join 'em in the fest-going hall of fame. With a combination of the right technology, the right simple items of clothing and the act of reading the weather report, you should be sitting pretty in a field with a nice loud band some part of this summer and still look civilized on the way home or out to the next show. Here are some ideas.

Women can pull off a bohemian festival-going look with sun-protecting large straw hat, cut-offs and hippyish shirt, with the option of jumping into some good tough mud boots if the weather turns. Guys can work in the still au courant heritage/preppy look with more of a going camping edge for festivals (which, in some parts of the world are just as much about actual camping than the music). Short rubber galoshes aren't a bad idea, but some sturdy sneakers aren't a bad look either if rain isn't in the offing. If it's just blazing, go minimal with the back-in-style espadrilles. A lighter jean, like these organic Industry of All Nations organic selvedge jeans will be more comfy in the heat but also suit you in the club later that night.

Gearwise, it's all the basics you should know by now: ear plugs, travel sunblock, sunglasses, (60 sunglasses here) something to carry water in, a light backpack, a blanket. We also suggest you grab a bunch of those wetnaps you've been hoarding every time you hit the BBQ and bring 'em along. You'll need 'em.

Will you look fresh and stylish at 8pm after a day of stage diving? That's unlikely, but you can't say we didn't try to help.