Festival season is probably my favourite time of the year. Watching bands, hanging out with friends, soaking up the great outdoors – it’s my happy place. Every year though, there are plenty of “festival lookbooks” which are just not practical. If you’re going to be trying to get in and out of a portaloo as quickly as possible, then a pretty but fiddly button-through playsuit is not the one. Open toed sandals and wedges are lovely, but if you’re at one of the bigger festivals and walking 20,000+ steps a day over uneven ground, you’re just going to suffer. So here are 3 looks I would wear to any festival, which allow for movement, sitting on grass and coping with the multitude of weather conditions a British summer will inevitably throw at us.
Chiilled out foodie fest
Most of the festivals I’ve been to in my life focus heavily on the music, but the scope of summertime festival activities is vast. There are plenty of smaller gatherings focusing on a myriad of activities which fall under the arts and culture banner. With food and drink one-dayers, spiritual retreats and performing arts events to name but a few, a practical outfit that will see you through the day should be top of your packing list.
I’m a big fan of a good fitting pair of jeans, and these mid rise M&S ones tick all the boxes. They’re good quality denim with a little bit of give and a flattering indigo colour that won’t show up grass or food stains too badly! A vest top is a comfortable in hot weather, go for cotton or cotton mix to stay cool. These Chelsea boots are incredibly comfortable and have a sturdy rubber sole, good for standing for hours and coping with multiple terrains – be it grass, pavement, cobbles or woodchip. Maybe avoid the puddles if you go for a lovely suede option though, and invest in some suede protector to preserve the material for many more adventures to come!
Top H&M (old)
Boots: Jones The Bootmaker
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Party till dawn
Now, glitter is my nemesis. It looks great to start with but it gets EVERYWHERE and you’ll still be discovering it weeks later in your hair, in your bed, in your underwear. Nowadays more and more people are opting to use biodegradable glitter which is great, and it certainly does add to the party vibe, but I’m not going to be covering myself head to toe any time soon.
In place of glitter, one trend I’m totally on board with this festival season is sequins. I recently picked up these Parisian shorts in the ASOS sale and I absolutely love them. The purple is sold out, but they’re still available in silver, pink, and black sequins, and silver with blue denim. They’ve got a good amount of stretch but fit really well, and have four functioning pockets which is always a bonus. A plain black vest top and bikini underneath mean you’re set for sunbathing and dancing as you please (and black hides any over-enthusiastic spillages better than more traditional summer pastels). What can I say, I’m a clumsy dancer!
On the assumption that you’ll be dancing all day and that sometimes we get some decent weather, it’s occasionally safe to wear some comfy trainers in place of mud-proof boots. These Converse beauties are a gorgeous pewter colour and have lasted through a fair number of gigs and fairweather festivals already. These are leather, but a canvas pair would be more breathable in the heat, although not as likely to last for quite as long.
Shorts: Parisien @ ASOS (out of stock – similar)
Trainers: Converse (old – similar)
Bikini Top (just seen) – F&F @ Tesco (old)
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Rock in the Rain
Let’s be honest, if there’s one thing UK music festivals are known for, it’s rain. Everyone has seen the infamous images of floating tents, mud caked revelers and rain macs galore. Sure, a deluge of rain can certainly dampen spirits (excuse the pun) but a bit of light drizzle never hurt anyone, and a bit of practical dressing will usually see you through come rain or shine.
For me, the most important thing about dressing for inclement weather is to layer up. Layers are great for adding warmth, but are also useful should the sun suddenly appear and you want to wear a little less! A cotton khaki jacket goes with everything, and these days there are also hundreds of different styles of rain mac available should you need something that’s actually waterproof. I don’t need more than one Brave Soul raincoat, but if I did, I’ve totally got my eyes on this amazing iridescent one that’s on sale at the moment.
I love a pair of short shorts and these bargain Primark pair have actually lasted years. Layering over leggings for warmth and pairing with your favourite band tee means you’re set to rock whatever the weather!
Shorts: Primark (old)
T Shirt: Creeper
Jacket: H&M (Old)
Waterproof: Brave Soul (Old)
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