Festival season, what to wear?
It’s the summer season which means one thing, Festival season. Whether you’re heading to Glastonbury, Parklife or Creamfields, all these make you stop and think. What should I wear to a festival in the UK that has weather that changes its mind within a matter of minutes. Do I pack a fashion forward outfit that showcases my style or do I pack an outfit thats UK weatherproof? In this blog post I try to combine fashion and functionality together.
Things to consider when choosing your festival outfit
There are many things to consider when trying to choose your outfit. Is the venue outside? How long will I be spending there? What will the weather be like? Festivals are amazing places. They are somewhere that you can showcase your most eccentric fashion and get away with it. The only rule about music festival styling is to forget about all-things-smart and proper and instead think hippie, indie, casual and fun. Whether you pick one outfit or 14 outfits, you need to make sure that each outfit your are in are comfortable. You will spend a lot of time in the outfit, dancing and moving around. You need to make sure it’s durable to a lot of dancing and most importantly durable to the weather.
However, If you’re like me then you will go wild and showcase your style through quirky outfits and quirky accessories, and most likely completely forget about practicality and suffer the consequences of the wrath of the British weather and being uncomfortable. But if you are sensible and like to dress for practicality then that’s okay too, as after all you are going to be in this outfit/s for a day or a weekend.
How to choose a shirt?
When it comes to expressing yourself, you can do this by showcasing a funky shirt, a bright over the top rock and roll shirt. I for one love a good shirt. The brighter and bolder the colour and pattern the better. Looking at pinterest you can see that instantly Cochella is a major festival that shows up. However not everyone can go to Cochella but it’s a great source of fashion when it comes to picking out your outfits. The guys wear long, flowy shirts that are open due to the heat. However, here in Britain you can most likely do that for about 3 hours. It would then most likely rain.
So when it comes to picking a shirt, you most certainly want to make sure it’s a loose fitting shirt that you can bust some moves out. As well as being a flowy shirt something like a cotton shirt will also keep you cool when you’re too warm. As most festivals are in the summer it’s best to pick a short sleeve shirt to give yourself some extra coolness. However, if the you’re partying till the evening or late night it’s best to add another layer underneath to keep yourself like a plain t-shirt or a vest.
How to choose a Jacket?
A jacket is one of those pieces of clothing that you know you most certainly need living in the UK. However, if you’re like me you know how annoying it is to wear one as it just messes up the whole illusion of your outfit. However, when it comes to coats you can get some trendy items of coats that can jazz up your outfit. I’m going to the Spice girls concert and the stadium is a football stadium. So when the chill in the air descends on the stadium I’m going to need a coat. But up until that point instead of wearing it I will most likely tie it around my waist so I can showcase my outfit.
When it comes to a festival you need to stay dry and protected from the weather. Boohoo have a few cagoules which will keep you dry. But if you prefer style over practicality, just like myself, they also have some really cool “out there” jackets that will make your outfit festival ready! There’s nothing that says festival like a bright coloured denim jacket or a fringed jacket!
How to choose Shorts?
Most festivals take place in the summer which means a numerous of things. However, it means that your legs can make a début comeback from being hidden away all winter. Shorts are a great way to showcase some skin. They can also be an easy alternative to trousers when heading to a festival. A big trend is wearing shorts and socks pulled up which I’ve come to like myself recently. It was a trend I never thought would catch on but it seems now it’s the big thing.
When it comes to shorts you either want a pair that are mid length or the shortest shorts money can buy. I’m a short short kinda guy. I love getting my legs out at any given opportunity as that’s the place most tanned. So when it comes to shorts I love going for a short short. However, if you’re not confident enough to bare all on your legs or you just feel more comfortable with a longer short then rock a mid length short and a high top trainer or converse to round the outfit off. Denim is a popular item of clothing to wear to a festival and it just gives off festival vibes. A ripped denim short just oozes festival to me.
Another big trend this summer for men is a co-ord. A shirt and short that match which gives the illusion of a jumpsuit. I’m loving this trend as I started wearing co-ord a few years ago. I love the fun of a co-ord and how easy the outfit is to put together.
How to choose a bags/accessories
When it comes to bags and accessories you literally can go all out. I love a good accessory, whether it is a bag, piece of jewellery, a hat or lots and lots of glitter, you can showcase some seriously cool outfit extras when it comes to accessories. When it comes to gig/festival you need something to carry all of your personal belongings in. A normal bag just doesn’t cut it as you don’t want to be carrying around a backpack all day/ all festival. So when it comes to picking a bag the one to go for would be a bum bag. They’re compact and easy to style with an outfit without taking the focus off the outfit it self. I for one have never had a bum bag to carry my stuff before but recently I’ve noticed it’s becoming a big trend and very popular.
Shoes are one of the most fundamental accessory. You need to make sure they are comfortable, durable for all the walking and dancing around you will be doing. For me you can’t be a good trainer or hi-top that will instantly give your outfit a laid back vibe. They are also very comfortable and easy to wear with any kind of outfit you are wearing.
As it’s summer every outfit should not be complete without a pair of sunglasses. A pair of sunglasses just round the outfit off and just gives off a cool vibe to the outfit, also it protects your eyes from harmful UV rays! Style and practicality is what we like. A festival is somewhere you can be super creative and free. At most festivals a lot of people showcase this through face and body art. This usually involves gems, jewels and a hell of a lot of body glitter. This is just another cool way to elevate your outfit and another fun addition to your creative outfit.
Check out more to see what other Festival outfits you could put together over at BoohooMan