When it comes to dressing for Coachella, Glastonbury and co, we believe that you need to be prepared for everything! A festival runs the possibility that you might have to face all four seasons in one day, so what you need to get through is a hefty dose of practical fashion.
Below you’ll find some absolute festival fashion essentials. Important staples for every possible outfit each of these can be added to any festival outfit to help you battle the elements. We’ve also created a list of celebrity inspired looks with huge money saving discounts. Helping you to get the best discounts across the web this festival season.
Layers will be your best friends in the field. Pack a plentiful supply of plaid shirts and lightweight knits – toasty layers that can be tied around the waist or shoulders if the weather warms up. You may wake up in the sweltering heat and think wrapping yourself in layers is a silly idea however when the sun sets and you’re miles from your tent you’ll be grateful for the jackets tied around your waist.
Pack a mac
It’s an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take one and end up wearing a bin liner fashioned into a makeshift poncho.
If you’re going to invest in anything, make it a lightweight pac-a-mac that can comfortably fit over your jacket of choice. Having a mac on you also means that even if it’s not raining, you always have something clean and dry to sit on. This Rebecca camo mac is the perfect shades to match almost every outfit. It’s lightweight design allows it to to be folded small enough to fit into a bum bag for easy carrying and it is fully waterproof to protect you from the rain.
Yes, they still make you look like a tourist but they are so practical, and in case you haven’t gathered by now, that’s the name of the game. You want to be hands-free at a festival.
You’ll more than likely be carrying a drink at all times and/or throwing your hands in the air like you just don’t care, so they fit the bill perfectly. Plus, your bag is always in sight, unlike with a rucksack, so pesky pickpockets have no chance.
Personally I love bumbags and if I could wear one every day I would – especially in this day and age they come in so many fantastic colours and designs it’s just another part of your outfit to help you stand out from the crowd. This Pom Pom Aztec bag is a real show stopper it’s bright and intricate designs ensure your pals will never lose you in the crowd.
Legs out for most people is the default festival look. Even if it’s forecast to rain for the duration with temperatures struggling to reach the high-teens, there’s something about a festival that compels us all to, well, bare all. This is where tights become your best friend. Easy to wash, quick to dry, small to pack and surprisingly warm, they are an indispensable secret weapon.
Packing warm wooly tights are perfect to wear under shorts, skirts and dresses for cooler days, they’re perfect for slipping into your bag to pop on when the evening wears on and becomes cooler. They’re hassle free and instantly warm any outfit. Also if it really gets cold you can wear them under trousers and perfect to keep you warm while you sleep.
Wellies are the pinnacle of most festival outfits. They look perfect with every outfit from dresses to jeans they’re the ideal festival footwear. It’s important to remember that the festival is basically one giant muddy field, with thousands of people walking all over the ground and the possibility of rain things may get muddy very quickly. So wellies are of course your life saver.
You’ll spend most of your day (and night) on your feet walking, dancing or standing so comfortable, sturdy and protective footwear is a must. While you may want to be wearing summery sandals that compliment your outfit – they’re not really practical and may end up doing more harm than good. So as it seems like you won’t be taking your wellies off for the duration of the weekend you want them to stand out and really make an impact on your overall look.
Inspired by Celebrities
So now you have your absolute essentials down all that’s left to figure out is what actual clothes to wear. Kicking off the festival season this year was as always Coachella. Headlining this year was Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar – with equally as exciting appearances from Lorde, Stormzy and DJ Khaled just to name a few.
The whole event was pretty star studded and social media was a flurry of quite envious pictures and videos. So we’ve taken some of the hottest celeb looks from Coachella throughout the years and recreated them at friendlier price – perfect to get your Coachella inspired festival look.
Let us know in the comments below which festivals you’ll be attending this year.