Let’s get something straight – I love festivals. There’s nothing better than a great british summer camping with your best friends whilst watching your favourite bands and discovering new ones. What I don’t love, is the part where you dress like you’re at Coachella when you’re really at a rather damp/muddy/*insert other not so desirable adjective* alternative. I mean, I adore the kimonos, the fedoras, the cute jelly shoes. What I don’t like, is the idea of blisters, sunburn and having the tassels that are hanging from your kimono dangling down a rather uninviting portaloo. So dear readers, I present to you the sensible girls guide to festival style. My tips for looking good without any adverse and undesirable consequences…
8 July 2014
Festival must have #1 – Sunglasses
You may be thinking ‘well, duh!‘, but a pair of sunglasses really are essential. You don’t want squinty eyes in any photos you manage to capture and they are equally useful for hiding behind when you traipse across the fields to grab breakfast after dancing in to the early hours.
Festival must have #2 – The Sparkly Top
I know I said this is the guide for sensible girls, but I didn’t say it had to be boring. As far as I’m concerned, something glittery or embellished is entirely necessary. Just keep it to a minimum with a single item like a cute top – you wanna look glam without being head to toe and OTT (nobody wants to be that girl). If you’re a real magpie, go for full on sequins – anyone else with me?
Festival must have #3 – Jewellery
When it comes to jewellery, I say pile it on and the bigger the better for festivals. Especially when it’s bright coloured like my uber-cool I Love Crafty flamingo earrings. Leave any valuable jewellery at home and stack up on cheaper alternatives from the highstreet. A digital watch (Casio fo’ life) is another thing you can’t go without – you’ll need it when your phone battery dies and you have no what time of day it is, plus alarms can keep you organised to see your favourite bands and it might even have an all-important light to help you find your way back to your tent each night.
Festival must have #4 – Rain Mac
With British weather and festivals, I always say it’s best to expect it to be wet and be over-the-moon if it isn’t. Some sort of waterproof delight is well and truly needed to keep you having an amazing time no matter whether it’s rain or shine. Mine is one of the pastel collection from Drystar.
Festival must have #5 – Wellies
I know wellies are another obvious wardrobe choice so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Don’t be that girl that decides it’s a good idea to wear jelly shoes or sandals. It’s just not cool kids.
Festival must have #6 – A Satchel
You need to keep your valuables with you at all times, because, well, a tent isn’t exactly secure. When you’re packed in like sardines in a crowd, it’s super easy for pickpockets to grab things from your pockets or bag with you noticing, so a satchel with buckles makes it much harder work for anyone that considers it.
Got all of that? You’re good to go… Now, here’s my top festival style picks!