We’re now in the midst of full blown festival madness when it feels like every weekend is filled with some sort of outdoor music event. Going to a festival is a test of endurance; so your festival ‘wardrobe’ if you go as far to call it that, should be a survival kit – essentials to make the experience easier finding music festival clothes!
Festival fashion in previous years has been all about wearing the most ‘out there’ thing you can find, and getting away with it under the guise of ‘festival cool’. However, what festival goers really need now after years of fashion chaos is a wee dose of practicality. That doesn’t mean making things boring, it just means thinking about what the days will entail and figuring out a practical solution for festival clothes that also looks stylish all day.
After all, a festival is hard work; you need to dress for the possibility of exposure to four seasons in one day, all while carrying around minimal baggage and hopefully looking marginally cool in the process. It’s a tough gig. And let’s be honest, you could be in a dodgy tent in a muddy field, or at a windy island vineyard, or fighting your way through crowds to the food stand – with not a luxury amenity or mirror in sight!
If this is the year to make your festival fashion experience a little more friendly, check out these four simple tips before you get to packing your bags:
Layer up – The key to festival success is layering. The ultimate hero item is a flannel or denim shirt, a toasty layer that can easily be tied around the waist, shoulders or to a bag when you don’t want to wear it.
Accessorise – A lightweight scarf is also a great all in one that can stave off the chill when the suns gone, protect your shoulders on sunnier days and even be fashioned into a headpiece, should your festival hair need it. If you’re pulling an all-dayer in the sun, a stylish wide-brimmed hat will be your best friend.
Think footwear – When it’s hot at a festival it’s tempting to slip on your flip flops or summer sandals, but think carefully. Often festivals involve a fair amount of trodding around from stage to stage, or situations where you’re likely to get your tootsies trodden on. And let’s not get into the jeopardies of the portaloos. It therefore makes sense to stick with something a little sturdier, like a pair of wellies or trainers.
Keep it simple – Never underestimate the t-shirt and shorts combination. The great thing about t-shirts is you can layer them over singlets, and still chuck another warmer layer on top. Shorts on the other hand aren’t quite as easy to manipulate, but less material, means less space for drink spills and mud stains. You’ll thank us for this one later!
You don’t have to put together an elaborate outfit to look totally cool at the next summer event. Give a few more minutes thought to what you pack in your case and you might just have one of your favourite (and comfortable) festival experiences yet!