I adore going to festivals, sadly this year I wont be going to any but it doesn’t mean I can’t get excited about Festival Style. There are two types of girls at a festival; the perfectly polished and those that prefer a low maintenance look. I know which one I am, but which one are you? The type who wouldn’t be seen outside of her tent without looking super-glam and glittered? Or are you the festival-lover that tumbles out of bed and heads straight for the front row?
Whether you woke up like this or spent time achieving your on-point festival look, this guide shows how to style staple pieces to create a look that matches your individual preference.
The playsuit is a gift from the Gods when it comes to festival fashion. As an all-in-one, there’s no rummaging around for a matching top and you can flash just the right amount of flesh while still looking glam. Just remember trying to use festival loos in a playsuit can be tricky, so definitely make sure you’re prepared.
Perfectly Polished: To achieve the ultimate in polished perfection, invest in a sequin number. A short, sequinned playsuit will show off your sun-kissed pins and help you stay cool at summer or overseas festivals. For a striking look that will give even A-listers a run for their money in the style stakes, choose a figure-hugging embellished jumpsuit.
Short or full-length, a sequin number is sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons! Add an edgy contrast by wearing yours with chunky lace-up boots to tackle the mud or your favourite Converse trainers if the ground is dryer.
Make-up wise, why not pull your look together with a slick of colourful eyeliner — picked to complement your playsuit, of course — or even a cute glitter tattoo? If you haven’t got the bronzed legs you’re hoping for then pop on a bit of instant tan to get that summer feeling.
Fast Festival Fashion: For a look you can throw on and still look gorgeous in, choose a lightweight boho-printed playsuit. Scarf prints are a huge trend for 2018, while spots, ditsy florals and tribal patterns are never out of place at a festival.
Complete your grunge-inspired, ready to rock look with go-to leather ankle boots and a timeless trilby. Keep your makeup easy with smudged-out eyeliner and a bold lipstick.
Dresses are super-versatile and are spotted at festivals year-after-year. From sheer maxi wonders to effortless t-shirt dresses, how can you style this look for the upcoming summer of music?
Perfectly Polished: Make like super-babe Kendall Jenner and make your go-to festival look a maxi dress. Channel vintage vibes in a floral floor-length number, complete with floaty ’70s-inspired sleeves and leg-showing splits.
Want to take the glamour up a notch? You need a sheer maxi dress. Spotted on all of our festival favourites including Rihanna, sheer lace maxis are a huge trend right now and look best when worn over a pair of high-waisted shorts and crop top. Make sure yours features lace detailing for extra style points.
When it comes to shoes, make your maxi festival appropriate with a chunky flatform sandal in drier weather or leather ankle boots when conditions are muddy. Up the glamour with some carefully selected accessories like a chunky statement necklace or cinch in your waist with a boho belt.
Fast Festival Fashion: For a low-maintenance festival look, it has to be a loose-fitting mini dress. Choose a t-shirt-style dress — ideally with a band-inspired print or fringe detailing — that you can throw on in the morning for day-to-night casual style.
Footwear-wise, it has to be either everyday trainers or those staple leather boots! Finish your look with oversized shades with colourful lenses, perfect for hiding those tired eyes! Keep your essentials together in a mini backpack, add a slick of red lipstick to up the glamour and you’re good to go.
The Shorts & Top Combo
Perfectly Polished: They’ve been pioneered by Kim Kardashian and this year, it’s time to take cycling shorts to festivals. These figure-hugging shorts strike the perfect balance between comfort and glamour.
Wear yours with a chic crop top. An off-the-shoulder white crop top would perfectly contrast against black shorts, or you can keep it simple with a plain plunge top or lace-up cropped vest. For the ultimate in Kim-inspired style, throw over an oversized, distressed denim jacket — the perfect cover-up when the sun goes down.
Give your look the wow factor with statement-making jewellery — how about a chunky diamante choker, for example? Let your makeup follow suit and choose bold eyeshadows and maybe even some stick-on face jewels.
Fast Festival Fashion: Keep your look summery with light-wash, distressed denim, paired with an oversized band t-shirt. Grab a checked shirt and tie it around your waist, not only will this look super-chilled, it will come in handy when the temperature starts to cool during those closing sets.
Again, we’re slipping on our leather ankle boots to complement this effortless look. Finish with a flick of eyeliner in a colour of your choice.
There you have it: the ultimate guide to dressing for a festival, whatever your personal preferences are. All you need to do now is snap up those must-have festival tickets and make your way to the front!