Festival Fashion is a term which is slowly being rejected by the fashion moguls of the world. Instead of creating a ‘uniform’, they encourage festival-goers to enhance their personal styles and make the event what they want it to be. Saying that, there are key trends which apply to certain festivals, so here is a rundown of what to wear for some of the biggest festivals in Europe.
Unsure where you’re going yet but eager to start on your event wardrobe? Make sure you pack a bum bag for your Festival essentials. Sturdy footwear is a must for fields which will invariably turn to mud over the course of a few days, so invest in wellingtons! Feel like a new look? Pick up a great pair of sunglasses… circular, triangular, heart-shaped or classic cat-eye, anything goes. Finally, pick up a stash of ribbons for your hair and wrists, and as many pairs of tights you can pack. Shop around for interesting patterns or fishnets, to add an extra dimension to your festival outfits.
I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Glastonbury is the god of all festivals, and the line-up reflects its status! With artists such as Muse, Adele, Coldplay and Two Door Cinema Club, it’s going to be a huge, celebrity packed event.
Invest in good wellies like Hunters or Barbours – Glastonbury is spread so wide that you’ll be doing a lot of walking and flimsy flip flops just aren’t up to the task.
Another great festival staple is a hat. Experiment with different styles – my personal favourite is a wide-brimmed sun hat, which gives protection for your face and shoulders. Other styles great for Glastonbury are Panama hats and Cartwheel hats, but you could always bring back the Breton, with an upturned brim.
Looking for a style for Glastonbury? Pair patterned shorts with a floaty blouse for a chic festival outfit.
Reading is the stereotypical softcore rock festival, reflected in their line-up which includes the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Fall Out Boy and Twenty-One Pilots. Channel this aesthetic in your outfit choices.
Layering is a key part of festival fashion, so pair a moto jacket with a no nonsense scarf that screams ‘I’m punk’.
Denim is always welcome at a festival, so find yourself some ripped denim shorts or a mini skirt. If your shorts have pockets, even better for stashing your phone or some snacks for long days raving.
To really show your dedication to festivals and your superior music tastes, pair the denim with a band vest or t-shirt, such as your vintage LedZep tee or the one you bought at F.O.B’s latest tour and tore the sleeves off to make your own vest.
To finish this stunningly dangerous outfit, find a great pair of biker boots. Comfortable, mostly waterproof and, most importantly, completing the aesthetic, they really are the only choice.
We couldn’t have a festival post without mentioning the infamous V. Plagued with young people, this is the ‘hip’ festival you should really attend once, but can’t quite decide if you like it. With trendy artists like Justin Bieber, Tinie Tempah and Zara Laarson, you’ll be fighting to the front of every performance. Stand out amongst the youngsters with a classier look.
I love matching crop tops and shorts, they just instantly make you look put together. Another option, given the uncertainty of Essex weather, is a good midi skirt and boho top with a crochet coverup. Alternatively, pair culottes with a white t-shirt, and you may be mistaken for one of the celebrity appearances.
I had to mention Iceland’s newer but more awesome festival. The Secret Solstice is a Norse celebration under the 24 hour midnight sun, including international stars like Of Monsters and Men and Radiohead.
THE WEATHER CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT
Take the Norse theme to the next level with Vikings inspired braids, which will also keep your hair out of your face, and dark glitter in war paint style. The weather can change in an instant, so pair high-waisted shorts and patterned tights with a traditional looking Scandinavian sweater. If you’re one of the twenty lucky people going to Into the Volcano, invest in a jaw-dropping auburn dress so you look like the goddess of the magma chamber.