Summer is almost upon us and this can only mean one thing – festivals! With festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, Wireless and Sundown creeping up on us, it is essential that we get our festival gear in tip top shape to take on those musically filled fields of green. Along with music, fashion plays a huge role in festival culture. Camera shutters will be going off left, right and centre to capture the most stylish music lovers and the flawless outfits worn by celebrities. Coachella was no exception to this rule with magazines writing features on the best and worst dressed celebrities and companies such as H&M releasing a street style video on YouTube. With this looming pressure to look your best, it is easy to forget about the practicality of outfits. Here are some tips on ensuring your outfit is both fashionable and practical.
Cover your feet
People tend to think that when summer rears its head, the sandals come out. This may be the case for a trip to the park with friends but definitely not for a music festival. With a multitude of people pushing and shoving in order to get nearer to the main stage, wearing sandals will guarantee broken toes before the music set has even started. Wear some boots and show some skin in other ways. A pair of vintage Levi’s denim shorts and black Doc Martens will do the trick by covering your feet and showing off your legs. Not only will your pedicure remain intact but you will look edgy and effortless. Chuck on a bold printed shirt or a simple white crop top, pop on your sunglasses and you’re good to go!
Shade yourself from the sun
Wearing a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses can help protect your face and eyes from the scorching sun. Outerwear such as kimonos act as a barrier between the sun and your skin with the added benefit of keeping you cool due to its light material. Keep away from leather jackets – even though they will protect your skin from the sun and look awesome, you will overheat. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen – clothes can only get you so far!
No one wants to be weighed down when attempting to show off their signature move whilst an artist is playing an infectious song. Bring a small messenger bag and only carry essentials. You most probably won’t need everything you think you’ll need. Be smart and avoid the burden.
Be individual and comfortable
One thing that cannot be disputed is that as the years go by, festival trends become more and more blurred. Incorporate your personality into your outfit and make sure that you are comfortable. The most important thing about music festivals is the music so make sure your focus remains on that. The more sought after looks seem to be the ones that are effortless and quirky. Be yourself and enjoy the tunes!