First Aid Kit Talks Festival Essentials And More At Lollapalooza 2012

First Aid Kit at Lollapalooza on Friday
Photo: Jesse Lirola

The sounds from SXSW, Coachella, and Pitchfork might still be ringing in our ears, but hold up! Festival season isn’t over quite yet. There’s still Lollapalooza, the three-day music extravaganza happening this weekend in Chicago. With too many bands to keep track of (including headliners like M83, The Black Keys, Jack White, and Florence and the Machine), the event is MASSIVE–from the ridiculously awesome lineup to the mile-long trek from one end of the grounds to the other. Luckily, this means there’s ample opportunity to check out festival street style, so we’re spending the weekend pounding the pavement (er, grass) to find some of the coolest-dressed people in Grant Park.

On day one, our first stop was backstage, where we peeped performers like Metric’s Emily Haines, who told us she she loves vintage sunglasses, Die Antwoord, and Neon Indian. We also snagged sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, of the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit, to talk festival must-haves fresh off their Lolla performance. “We always take the same things on the road with us,” Johanna told us. “One pair of comfortable shoes, one pair of really nice shoes that we only wear onstage, earplugs, and dry shampoo! Dry shampoo is so important.”

The girls are known to perform in ’60s and ’70s vintage dresses they scored online, but when we caught up with them backstage, they were decked out in sheer graphic-print pieces from Swedish designer Rodebjer (you can score the clothes stateside at the Urban Outfitters “Around the World” capsule collection). “We love Swedish Hasbeen shoes, too,” they told me. And not only because they’re repping their home. “They’re just so comfortable to perform in.”

Even though heels ruled the artist area, the crowd at Lolla instead opted for easy festival footwear staples like sneakers and sandals. More fashion trends from Day One: denim cut-offs in every color of the rainbow (including tie-dye and ombre), breezy tanks, and crop tops. Considering the scorching temps, it’s a practical choice; after all, the gross sweaty thing looks good on no one. Once you’ve got your clothing choices out of the way, you have more time to focus on what you’re REALLY there for: the music.

Check out our favorite Lollapalooza looks below, and stay tuned all weekend for more!


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