Britt’s Festival Outfit Guide
This is what I wore to Harvest back in November. It [almost] covers the basics of festival dressing [aside from one major issue – see below for details].
Summer is here, and you know what that means: it’s music festival season. As one of those people who seems to go to a lot of festivals [right now I’m recuperating in Hobart after living it up at Falls – don’t worry, there’ll be a post or two about that coming to you in the next few days], today I thought I’d share with you a few of my tips for appropriate festival attire.
1. Pockets. Lots of pockets. [Or, if you have no pockets: a bum bag].
Who wants to carry a bag at a festival? Not me. Bags can be easily broken or stolen, and besides, if it’s a one-day festival there’s often a separate [and faster] entry queue for people without bags. A couple of years ago, when I was getting ready for Falls, I realised that my camera wasn’t going to fit into the [very small] pockets of my skirt, and I needed a solution. That was when I rediscovered the benefits of the humble bum bag [or “pouch”, as the lady at the accessories shop called it]. As you can see from my Harvest outfit, you can find some [almost] stylish leather bum bags if you look carefully enough, and, when you’re lining up to get in, in my experience they don’t count as a bag, so you can still join the bag-less queue. Perfect.
2. Dress for both style and comfort, but make comfort your priority.
I wear dresses or skirts to music festival, because I find flowing skirts to be far more comfortable than sticky jeans or shorts in hot weather. I understand that this is not everyone’s preference, so if you prefer to wear your comfy denim shorts, then go for it. When it comes to shoes, I have one option and one option only: Dr Martens. Their boots are the most comfortable shoes in the world [trust me, I own quite a few pairs]. And they look awesome. For security, I also tend to stash a bit of money and/or a couple of cards in my boots [and sometimes my keys, too]. That way I’ve got a backup if someone pickpockets me.
Warning: wearing knee-high boots to music festivals may result in boot tan. If you do not want to have to continue wearing your boots for the entire summer [in order to disguise your ridiculous tan lines], then you should consider a different, yet similarly practical, choice of footwear. As someone with perpetual boot tan [as a result of many years of boot-wearing], this is something that I have learnt to live with.
3. Be sunsmart, not stupid.
Wear a hat. They protect you from the sun, and you don’t have to worry so much about your hair. Sunglasses are also pretty important, and they mean that you don’t have to worry so much about your eye make-up. Wear sunscreen. And when choosing a top or dress to wear, try to find one where your back is covered. I made the mistake of trusting other people to put sunscreen on my back at Harvest, and ended up with rather red skin. If I were to wear the above dress to another festival, I’d consider wearing a slip or something underneath it so that less skin is exposed.
So, there you have it. Those are my rules for festival dressing. For actual outfit ideas, look up what the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung wear to Glastonbury. They both seem to have the sunsmart-yet-stylish look down pat. Just ignore the bags. Pockets are all the rage.