Festival season is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing: it’s time to get your wardrobe festival ready.
Music festivals are places to see and be seen. Great clothing is as important a part of a good festival as a great rock band.Whether you’re wading through muddy fields with the masses or rocking out in the VIP section, you’re going to want to look your best.
There isn’t a dress code when attending a festival, which means you can be free to experiment with new fashion trends, and wear exactly what you want. Looking for some inspiration? Here are some top tips for nailing festival style, and ensuring your hot summer look attracts attention for all the right reasons:
Experiment with Colour and Pattern
Jared Leto is the celebrity that most fully embodies modern bohemian festival style. He frequently tops festival best-dressed lists, and serves as style inspiration for festival devotees up and down the country.
One of the reasons Leto’s style is so covetable is because he doesn’t shy away from colour or pattern. He layers shirts over tees in clashing patterns and contrasting shades, and he takes a ‘more is more’ approach to dressing by adding accessories to his festival outfits.
It would be impossible to talk about festival accessories without discussing sunglasses. They are the must-have festival accessory, and the one thing nobody can be without. Ideal for hiding tired eyes, creating a moody feel to your look and, of course, protecting your eyes from the summer sun. Here is our pick of the best:
When he isn’t wearing hats, sunglasses, or steam punk goggles, Leto is also a huge fan of jewellery. From chunky leather chuff bracelets to rings and long-line necklaces, he always adds at least one piece of jewellery to every festival outfit he wears.
Here are some of Jared Leto’s hottest festival looks:
Choose a Statement Hat
One of the easiest ways to instantly elevate your festival style is to add a statement hat. Simple yet bold, the right hat will give your outfit a focal point, yet your hair out of the way and, most importantly, hide your hair when it begins to look dirty and dishevelled.
When it comes to picking the right hat, the only real limit is your imagination. Baseball caps are easy to wear, go with almost anything, and exude boyish charm, but they are so universally popular that they don’t have any real high fashion credentials.
A contemporary hat with a brim, such as a trilby, fedora, boater, or even a bowler hat would be my first choice. These are a great option for keeping the sun off your head and face, and are available in a wide range of neutral colours. Whether your style is bohemian, modern or practical, the brimmed hat will go with any outfit. There are some great examples of this below:
Choose Shoes With Comfort in Mind
It’s important to remember that you’ll be dancing, queuing, walking, and partying in your shoes for days so they’ll need to be comfortable. That doesn’t mean that your shoes can’t be stylish. Many music festivals are notoriously muddy, making boots a great choice.Choose wellington boots from a premium brand, such as Hunter, or opt for leather worker boots worn unlaced to add a cool urban edge to your look.
Not keen on wearing boots? Sneakers are ideal festival footwear. Why not make like Brooklyn Beckham and make your sneakers the focal point of your outfit? Pairing printed sneakers with skinny jeans and a simple white tee makes a style statement whilst oozing a no-nonsense and straightforward attitude that is perfect for festivals.
Here are some great options for festival-worthy sneakers to suit any style:
Do it In Denim
If any fabric could be described as the quintessential festival fabric, it would certainly be denim. Hard wearing, versatile, and with a distinctively youthful feel, denim embraces everything that the perfect festival item should be.
Of course the most obvious denim item to explore is jeans. However, if you want a look that is a little more fashion forward then you could also experiment with overalls and dungarees. Denim shirts and jackets also make great cover ups for cooler evenings.
A vibrant mid-blue denim will feel summery and is universally flattering, whilst black denim is the perfect color for pairing with more vibrant and attention grabbing pieces. Alternatively, if you really want to stand out from the crowd, look to coloured denim. Tan, burgundy, and electric blue are all great choices for 2017.
Here are some fantastic examples of festival denim done right for this summer:
Wear a White Tee
Whilst festival style is often about eccentric patterns, colour clashes and outlandish fashion statements, if you want a versatile and timeless look then the one piece you should definitely pack is a crisp white tee.
White tees look timelessly classic and cool. They co-ordinate with everything and they look even more masculine when they become splattered with a little festival dirt. The key to choosing the right tee is to ensure that it fits well on your shoulders:the seam should sit exactly along your shoulder line. Round neck and v neck tees are the season’s most popular looks, and slim fit tees are the best choice: Any thing too loose and baggy will look shapeless and un-stylish.
Bring a Backpack
Another practical fashion tip is to bring a backpack with you for all of your festival fun. A backpack is an easy accessory to up your style game, whilst also storing all your supplies and keeping you hands free. It’s important to choose a backpack big enough to store all your essentials for the weekend with chunky straps that will fit comfortably over your shoulders.
Opt for a back pack in neutral colours, such as black, navy blue and tan. This will ensure your back pack matches with all of your outfits for the weekend, and will also allow you to use it again in your everyday life when you return home.
Fashion-forward men are now wearing their backpacks with both straps, evenly distributing the weight of their supplies over both shoulders. This creates a low key and timeless look that continues to increase in popularity, and is one of the easiest ways to showcase your style credentials at a festival.
A fantastic selection of beautiful back packs:
Embrace Your Individuality
A music festival is the perfect place to experiment with new trends, embrace fashion, and fully express your individuality. Dance to the beat of your own drum. Try something different. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and explore trends you would normally dismiss.
One of the best things about festivals is their unique blend of music, fashion, and art. By choosing your outfit wisely, you can be part of this spectacle. Kellan Lutz added temporary tattoos to his arm and chest in a bid to try something new and add a new dimension to his look at this year’s Coachella festival.
If you love tattoos but don’t want to commit to one design for a lifetime then this is a great way to get the look without the pain, the permanence, or the commitment:
Jaden Smith choose to team a simple, sports-inspired outfit of shorts and two tone tee with a vibrant red floral head dress:
Festival season defines the summer, and how we dress when the weather turns warm. It would be impossible to imagine a summer without Glastonbury, Coachella, and the many other festivals around the world that draw the young, the rich, and the famous. Even if you don’t have tickets to spend a weekend up to your eyeballs in mud this year, injecting some bohemian festival style into your wardrobe is a great way to give it an update for the season.