Posted on October 06 2021
Festivals are the perfect opportunity to show off your unique style, no matter how wacky. It’s a chance to wear exactly what you want, that you couldn’t wear to the office or even to the park.
However, there are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to festival attire.
If you’re new to the festival scene, or you simply want some outfit and accessory inspiration, then we’ve got you - keep reading for our top 10 designer fashion styling tips for festivals.
1- Wear Quality Trainers
Not only do festivals involve a lot of standing around, but you usually have to walk from tent to tent. In fact, if you check your steps after a festival, you’ll probably see that the figure is well over 20,000.
Comfortable shoes are a must when you’re on your feet all day, so it will serve you well to purchase some quality trainers. The Balenciaga Speed Sock may be a comfortable option but may not give your ankles the support they need.
Nike shoes are always a great option - be sure to get your correct size as the last thing you want is blistered toes and ankles. Another quality footwear brand to choose is Valentino, which design fashionable, durable, and comfortable trainers that are perfect for any festival.
2- Opt For Quality Sunglasses
Festivals can result in a lot of sunlight exposure - many festivals take place in large open spaces with very little shade, so it’s very important to wear the right eye protection.
When it comes to sunglasses, you’re always better off spending a little more to ensure you get a quality pair. Exposing your eyes to too much UV light can result in permanent eye damage, including cataracts and macular degeneration.
Cheaper sunglasses typically won’t offer much protection - you’re sure to feel much more confident in a pair of sunglasses that are both stylish and effective. Prada sunglasses are always an excellent choice. The brand was founded in Italy by two brothers named Mario and Martino.
Since then, the brand has developed a reputation for luxury, class, and elegance. Despite being known for their handbags, shoes, and perfumes, they also design super stylish shades.
You can find various styles when browsing Prada shades - from traditional oval frames to modern geometric frames, perfect for festivals.
3- Crossbody Bags Are Best
Choosing a crossbody bag will balance the weight of your bag across your body, and significantly lower the chances of it getting stolen.
Anybody can take a shoulder bag or handbag when you’re not paying attention, and anybody can unzip your backpack when they’re standing behind you, but a crossbody bag is a lot harder to take.
4- Bandana’s All The Way
The reign of the flower crown is over, and the bandana is the new leader of festival attire. Givenchy's Fall/Winter 2021 Collection features stylish bandana's with their iconic logo.
Not only do bandanas make a great accessory, but they serve a more constructive purpose. Festivals can be dirty and windy, and you can be exposed to dangerous levels of sunlight.
Bandanas can protect your hair from the elements such as dirt, sand, and dust, protect your neck from sunburn, and maintain the temperature of your head.
If you're going to be around tobacco or other types of smoke, a bandana is also a good way of protecting your hair from the smell of smoke.
5- Choose Funky Patterns
If you want to stand out at a festival, be sure to choose patterned dresses, shirts, or kimonos.
However, be wary of clashing patterns - some clashes can clash well, but stripes and paisley for example may be a bit overwhelming on the eyes. However, in 2021, everybody is wearing a 90’s-style marble print. Although it looks great, you won’t stand out in a sea of marble.
For funky shirts, check out what Versace has to offer - they design shirts in all kinds of exciting designs. If you’re looking for a classy yet funky-patterned dress, check out Ted Baker’s patterned dresses - you’re sure to find a fashionable dress perfect for any festival.
6- Choose An Oversized Jacket
Festivals often go on late into the night, and evenings can get chilly even in the middle of summer.
Oversized shirts, jackets, and ‘shackets’ are trendy right now, and also keep you warm. However, be sure not to bring anything too bulky - leave your Moncler for the autumn and winter.
Opt for something lightweight that you can tie around your waist if you get too warm. There are countless designer jackets that are perfect for festivals - Balenciaga has plenty of super fashionable and festival-friendly jackets.
7- Wear A Wide-Brimmed Hat
Festivals often involve standing in the sun all day - and the rare shaded spots are usually taken up. If you want to prevent headaches, sunstroke, and eye damage, and you want to look stylish at the same time, then wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Beyonce, Cara Delevigne, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, and many more icons love a wide-brimmed hat - even Audrey Hepburn rocked a wide-brimmed hat back in the ‘50s. A wide-brimmed hat is a timeless addition to any festival outfit.
8- Avoid Wearing Heels
Wearing heels at a festival is never a good idea - even kitten heels are a no-go. Even on dry or sunny days, there’s a chance your heels could dig into the grass or dirt making it difficult to walk.
On rainy days, you could even lose your entire shoe in the mud - and the last thing you want is to lose a Louboutin at a festival. Cinderella may have rocked one shoe, but it’s not a good look on anyone else.
Festivals also involve being on your feet all day, even if you do get an occasional break on somebody’s shoulders.High heels can look great, but aren’t the most practical option for festivals.
9- Fringe Is Timeless
The flower crown may have been a festival trend that has gone full circle, but the fringe trend will never die.
Fringe jackets, shirts, and even dresses are always a good choice at music festivals - and there’s nothing quite like dangling a fringe sleeve while you’re dancing to your favourite song.
10- Wear Your Own Style
Just because you’re at a festival, doesn’t mean you have to wear what everybody else is wearing. If your favourite colour is black, don’t feel like you have to wear bright clothing.
Festival fashion is all about wearing what you wish you could wear every day - wearing the clothes that make you feel the most confident. Your authentic self should shine through your clothing and accessories, and festival fashion is no exception.