There was a time in life when I could describe myself as a regular festival-goer. I went to my first in 2002 (Leeds Festival with Metallica, System of a Down, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Blur and The Streets. Oh my!) and for the next few years, my friends and I would get together every summer to watch live music, come rain or shine.
But then I hit an age when sleeping on the cold, hard, often wet ground, surrounded by empty bottles of cider with no access to a decent bathroom, was no longer a fun way to spend the weekend. I admit it – most of the time, I’d rather watch it on TV and go for a wee without fear of catching Hepatitis. I know, I’m pathetic.
It’s been a few years since my last festival and even though the desire to roll around in mud and eat potentially life-threatening burgers still evades me, I’m itching to get back in that atmosphere. Plus, dressing for a festival is possibly the most fun you’ll have with your wardrobe.
See? So fun! I think it’s the wellies. Wellies make everything better. Mine were sent to me by the lovely people at Hunter – they’re the Original Gloss style in ‘citrus’ and the most fun wellies I’ve ever owned. And I have about five pairs of wellies, so that’s saying something (I live in the north. We need wellies).
Dressing for a festival can be tricky, but the key is a mix of the practical and the pretty. I found this vintage dress in a charity shop in Brighton – it was a rather long, matronly style so I chopped the bottom off for a more modern look. I love the bright florals and the loose cotton fabric is comfortable and easy to wear. Plus, if it gets wet it’ll dry quickly! Over the top I’m wearing a waterproof jacket from J.Crew – an essential for British festivals and much nicer than those transparent plastic ponchos.
A cross-body bag, like this vintage leather one, will keep your essentials close and safe, while a straw trilby keeps the rain off your head and hides a multitude of hair sins. And the most important aspect of your festival style – wellies. No plimsols. Converse won’t cut it. And don’t even attempt sandals of any kind. It’s wellies or bust, unless you want to come home with trench foot.
I don’t have any festival tickets this year, so this outfit may not see the light of day. Unless you vote for me here – I’ve been chosen as a finalist in Oxfam’s competition to win tickets to the Isle of Wight festival! If you like the cut of my jib and think I deserve a few nights in a tent, just leave a comment with my name (JenLittleBird or Jen Holmes or just Jen) to vote. Voting closes 9am tomorrow – thank you kindly!
Are you going to a festival this summer? What are your tips for festival fashion?