What To Wear To A Festival: Girls

1. A BOHO PLAYSUIT OR MAXI DRESS

It’s all about the playsuit or floaty maxi dresses this year. No cut off shorts or cycling shorts with waistcoats. Keep it simple and plain as you’ll be accessorising with boots, belts and bags. Hint – Free People is the best shop for festival chic.

2. WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR

You’re going to be walking a lot, and you will be on your feet for most of the day. At most outdoor festivals you can walk an average of 7 miles a day! That’s in the sun, in the heat and among thousands of other people.

3. OPT FOR A HAT INSTEAD OF A FLOWER CROWN 

Either wear chucks, flat sandals, flat boots, Nikes, or ankle boots with a thick stacked heel. I would advise against wearing wedges or anything with a high heel. Unless you’re planning on hanging in the VIP area all day. But if you’re planning on catching a lot of acts and raving, be smart and wear comfortable shoes!

I don’t like standing in the sun for hours; it’s not healthy for one’s skin, and you will get burnt. I’ve seen many a burnt face during festivals – especially beautiful burnt noses.

I would wear a wide-brimmed hat like a FEDORA. I love hats, and they bring one’s outfit up a notch, but I also wear a hat for sun protection.

Obviously, you don’t have to wear such large hat. A simple straw Panama or thoroughly trendy VARSITY baseball cap will work (think NY).

4. WEAR SUNGLASSES

Assuming that your festival is blessed with that rare British commodity – sun – sunglasses will stop you squinting, avoiding ‘crow’s feet’. 

A pair of large Ray Ban Aviators in brown or blue gradient lenses will act as the most stylish shield for your eyes.

5. WEAR YOUR HAIR UP OR IN BRANDS OR A BUN.

Wearing your hair up is a good idea for two reasons; you’re going to be very sweaty and it will be a tangled mess by the end of day.

I wear my hair in a messy bun which allows me to sport an incredible pair of earrings too – it’s festival season so the bigger and more outrageous – the better. Think costume jewellery all the way.

6. WEAR SUNSCREEN + CHAPSTICK

Again, predicated by there actually being some festival sun, get a travel sized spray which is easy to spritz throughout the day.

7. LAYER UP

It’s hot during the day but chilly at night. However, if you’re in the crowd for the evening acts, then you needn’t worry about it.

I would take an extra layer if you can. If you don’t have a way of carrying it, then layer on a piece that goes with your outfit, like long sleeve denim jacket or light poncho.

8. WEAR A CROSSBODY OR BELT BAG

You’re not going to want to be worrying about your handbag, so opt for a crossbody or belt bag. It needs to be able to hold all your necessities but not be so big that you get tired from lugging it around all day. Of course, you’ll need your phone close at hand for spontaneous selfies.

9. SELECT ONE OR TWO STATEMENT PIECES

There’s a difference between wearing multiple statement pieces and perfectly assembling some festival wear essentials. In other words, don’t go overboard piling on a ton of loud pieces – go with one or two. But feel free to wear multiple “festival embellishments” like fringe, denim, ankle boots, etc.

My statement pieces will always be the large sunhat and the western ankle boots.

10. GO LIGHT ON THE MAKEUP

The clue is in the heading. It’s best not to wear a lot of makeup. Think natural.

11. A BANDANA 

There is a lot of smoking at festivals, so when people are lighting up – pull up the bandana. Plus, if you’re still nervous about COVID in crowds, the bandana can act as a face mask.

12. A BACKPACK FOR OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS 

If the “travelling light” mantra that I mentioned earlier doesn’t work for you, you’ll need a backpack; a towel to sit comfortably on the ground, water bottles, sunscreen, a battery charger for your phone, bandanas, hand sanitizer, tissues, wipes and those vodka miniatures. Obviously get your other half to carry this, so it doesn’t interrupt your outfit.