While British festivals are usually not as glamorous as the fashion-focused festivals such as Coachella, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t the perfect excuse to bring out the glitter and fancy outfits.
To ensure you have the best time and are prepared for anything (even if you are only going for
the day) it is important that you choose outfits that are:
Comfortable: Easy to walk in and dance in all day
Practical: Suitable for all situations and the inevitable changing of the weather
Stylish: Incorporating the trends of the season with all your favourite only-at-festivals pieces
Here are the essentials!
No matter how many times we check the forecast and it says that it’s going to be full sunshine, it is still guaranteed to rain at some point over the festival so having a raincoat is indispensable! Although there will be many options on the high street, it is important to make sure that the one you buy is actually waterproof as a lot of them are only showerproof. Many people are also tempted by the cheap disposable plastic bag style ponchos which are okay for emergencies but are thin/ rip so easily that it’s better to just invest in a better-quality fold away raincoat. In addition, to keep you warm in the evenings, a classic denim jacket is perfect to accompany any outfit.
Having walked 20,000 steps in a day at a festival, I know how important practicality and comfort are when it comes to footwear. Keeping with the rain theme, some sturdy waterproof wellies or boots (such as Dr Martens) are perfect to keep your feet warm and dry. For the brighter moments, lightweight trainers or sandals will look good with most outfits. The main thing to consider is that you should bring footwear that you can walk forever in, whatever the weather throws at you! Be sure to properly test any shoes you want to wear before to make sure that they don’t cut in or give you blisters.
Although Bum Bags used to be controversial, they are slowly making their way into everyday street style with many different designs now available. Nevertheless, bum/belt bags are SO useful at festivals. As long as you pick the right style and size, they are perfect as you can fit all of your daily essentials (including tissue, hand sanitiser, money and your phone), without the restraint of a traditional bag getting in the way. Their smaller size makes life easier for security and reduces the time you have to wait. Alternatively, a mini backpack is also a good option.
Whether you apply a small amount to your eyes, go all out and do a big strip on your face or a full glitter beard, for me one of the most important festival accessories has to be glitter. It comes in so many different shapes and colours, there is something for everyone! Personally, I love the way it looks when all the glitter glistens in the stage lights (it’s also great for distracting from bad skin or spots because who can really be bothered to put anything more than concealer for your base, especially when you wake up tired and cooked by your tent in the morning)! Obviously, you should ensure that the glitter you choose is biodegradable to reduce the devastating effects on marine life.
Accessories provide the perfect way to make your outfits unique but of course serve well in terms of practicality. Often festivals are held in large open fields and there is little shade from the sun. Sunglasses are a must to protect your eyesight and you might want to also consider bringing a sunhat to shade your face.
Although not fashion related, basic skincare is still important to remember at festivals. Despite the fact that the campsite really isn’t the place for a 5-step skincare routine, basics such as a sun cream and a SPF moisturising lip balm will ensure that your face is not fully neglected throughout the weekend. Baby/ face wipes are definitely a saviour for removing dirt, makeup at 3am or if you really don’t want to miss anything by queuing for the shower. A good deodorant is also vital.
Other things not to forget:
Water bottle (most have drinking water taps)
Spare clothes in case you get muddy or caught in heavy rain
First aid essentials