With summer on the way, music festivals are on the horizon, finally! Going to a festival is one of the most exciting events you can do. Thousands of music fans gather to come together and see their favorite bands and solo stars in an eclectic atmosphere. As much as music is important, so is fashion.
Therefore, it’s essential to get our clothing gear up to festival chic. From classy celebrities to the general public, everyone wants to look their best dressed in the latest fashion and trends while wandering around in a festi.
While we all want to look great, we also need to be practical and comfortable about choosing our outfits. Preparing your festival outfit should combine a range of potential weather conditions, such as sun, dust or a tropical storm. If not, the chances are you’ll be too hot, cold or your feet will start hurting with all that dancing.
Before you head off to any music festival anywhere in the world, think about packing what you’re going to wear in advance. Think versatile to mix and match your outfits to see what you can double up to save you carrying half your wardrobe to the festival! Particularly as you won’t have a full length mirror to see if you look great.
Aim for an outfit each day but be prepared to change more frequently; if someone spills a drink over you, a change of clothing might be needed. Also, think about leaving your most expensive clothes behind, as good as you may look in them, you don’t want to get them torn or stained.
Choose the right footwear
It’s a common misconception that you only need to pack flip flops or sandals the moment the sun comes out. However, all those people pushing to get closer to the stage, it’s probably a good idea to pack something more substantial so your feet don’t get crushed.
Similarly, choose footwear that is comfortable to wear; after all, you’re going to spend a lot of time on your feet! A funky jacket, jeans, t-shirt and trendy Justin boots for men with style and cowboy comfort would look great. For women, you can still cover your feet by wearing boots and show off your legs with denim shorts or a bold skirt. Alternatively, if you’re feeling particularly brave, consider wearing knee-high lace up boots.
Dress for shade
It may sound obvious but ensuring you’re protected from the sun is crucial in a weekend festival. Wearing a baseball cap or a wide-brimmed hat will shade your face from the sun. If you’re feeling a bit jaded from festival life, they’ll also hide your hair on a bad day.
Always pack more than one hat in case you lose one or want to swap one for a different outfit. If you just want to cover your neck, bring a colorful bandana. Keep jackets light and try to avoid heavy materials such as leather, unless you know it’s going to be cold where you are.
Shades are top priority in any outdoor event so, again pack a few pairs so you can accesorise with your clothes. It goes without saying that your outwear will only protect you so much, so don’t forget to wear sunscreen too.
Go easy on accessories
Pick out the most appropriate accessories that also aren’t heavy to wear or are likely to get in the way while you’re jumping up and down, dancing the weekend away. That said, wear jewelry that will make a statement and stand out from the crowd; the smallest additions can often make the biggest impact.
If you’re taking a bag, go for a crossbody one so it won’t be too big or cumbersome for you during the day. If you bring a handbag or clutch bag, there’s more chance of it getting lost or forgotten. For men, think about taking a stylish, but small backpack. That way, you’ll be able to keep all your valuables safe, but only carry what you need.
Finally, be creative! Be bold! Try and combine your personality into your fabulous festival gear, and remember to dress for fun as well as fashion! Festivals are about being free and letting yourself go so your outfit should reflect this. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a themed outfit and escape from your usual style. Whether you’re grungy, bohemian or hip hop, don’t forget your (biodegradable) glitter and have the time of your life.