Festivals aren’t all about the music, granted it’s the main reason you go, but what you wear is also a big part of it, with many festivals even having a theme. Anything goes at festivals, you can wear fancy dress, paint your face, or even just cover yourself in glitter, but I’m here to give you some tips to help to still be practical.
Festivals in the sun
If it’s looking like a scorcher, then make the most of it. Get your legs out. Wear a top that shows of your shoulders. You might as well work on that tan of yours. IMPORTANT – Don’t forget your sunscreen!! I don’t just mean put some on before you head out to the main stage. Bring a bottle with you and top up throughout the day. Don’t be fooled by clouds either. You can still get severely burnt! 2 more items you’ll be glad you brought along; a hat and a light shirt/shawl. Be sure to give your body a rest from the sun. Pop on the hat, cover your shoulders with the shirt/shawl, find some shade whilst you eat. Probably the most important thing to remember is water. I know, I know it’s expensive to buy bottles inside, but if you ask, then more likely than not there’ll be a station to fill up your empty bottles for free!
Festivals in the chill.
I always tend to bring a hoody to festivals, no matter what the weather. They’re easy to wrap around your waist when you don’t need it (and can also make you look cool), and they also come in handy when you start to feel the chill later in the evening. They also have a hood (the name is a bit of a giveaway) so can protect you during those unexpected light drizzles. If you know it’s definitely, probably, very unlikely that it will rain, a light jumper is also good. For festivals when it really doesn’t feel like summer, at all, I tend to wear jeans and a light top, but layer it up with a thin hoody and my trusty leather jacket. If the sun does make a little appearance you can always roll up the jeans a little and take off a layer or 2.
Festivals in the mud
Festivals are known to get messy. We’ve all seen the horrific photos of people literally swimming in mud at Glasto. I suggest investing in a pair of wellies. You can get them in all sorts of colours and patterns, so you can still make them part of your fun outfit. Whilst you’re at it, get a raincoat, preferably a packable one so you can pack it away when you don’t need it. These also come in an array of colours and patterns, you might even be lucky and find one to match your wellies!!
Festivals in the dust
I went to Citadel festival 2 years ago and completely forgot to bring my sunnies. It wasn’t that sunny so I wasn’t too bothered, until I got there. Victoria Park had become a dry desert, there was no grass to be seen. It was also a pretty breezy day so there was dust being blown around everywhere! Thankfully there were some vintage stalls so I managed to pick up a pair of sunglasses at the festival. So yeah, bring sunnies, because you might not be as lucky to buy some there!
* This post is in collaboration with Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, but rest assured, all words and opinions are my own 🙂