Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Festival Season...Pt 2



Welcome to part two of my festival series! If you haven't read part one, explaining the series and what I'm up to this summer, it's here.

Tomorrow, I’m off to Rock Werchter festival in Belgium! I’ve never been to a festival abroad and it’s taken a lot of planning, but this time tomorrow hopefully I’ll be sitting in a field with a nice cold cider while my boyfriend puts up my tent for me! I won’t be able to post while I’m there, but look forward to some photos when I get back. In the meantime, I thought I’d share my festival fashion tips!

Rock Werchter 2013

We can all think of a classic festival-girl look, whether it’s Sienna Miller boho-style flowery dresses and knitted shawls, or Alexa Chung grunge denim shorts and parka anoraks. Obviously, festivals are about expression and consequently you can really wear whatever you like, but there are some golden rules I would always adhere to…

Don’t bring anything expensive

This might seem really obvious, but now that festivals have become mini fashion shows, people have swapped their cheap anoraks for Barbours and their £5 wellies for Hunters. That’s fine, but bear in mind that you’re keeping your things in a tent which you will probably be absent from for 80% of the day. Most people at festivals are lovely like you but there are always the odd few bad apples. Basically, don’t bring anything you’d be devastated to lose – or if you do, make sure it’s something you can basically wear all the time (like Hunters, for example!) Equally, festivals are muddy and messy and things will get covered in glow-paint and cheap red wine and dirt and ketchup stains from the chips you ate at 3am, so don’t bring anything that’s delicate or impossible to wash!
 
My leggings, Reading 2010. Would you want this to happen to your best silk?
ALWAYS bring wellingtons

Even if the forecast is great. Even if you’re going to a festival in the Sahara. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

He's glad he listened...

...and so was I!

Layer up baby

Because you have to pack fairly light (unless you’re going in some posh camper van, in which case – jealous, can I come and shower?!) it’s best to bring layers. For example, denim shorts and leggings give you three outfit options which you can adjust to make weather appropriate, whereas jeans only give one option. Leggings can also be worn under dresses if it’s chilly, and they’re more practical than tights, which just get ripped! Make sure you’ve got a cardigan that goes with everything, a couple of vest tops and more changes of clothes than you think you need – there’s nothing worse than running out of options and having to wear something covered in mud!

Glow paint is optional...

You need a hat

Even if you’re not a hat person. Unless you’re a miracle of modern science, by the fourth day your unwashed hair will be unrecognisable. Putting a hat over it – whether it’s a beanie, or a boater hat, or a bowler hat if you want! – is just the only way to cope. I personally always bring sunglasses too – big black cheap ones from Primark. A hat and sunglasses are the best way to disguise your hungover face!
 
Hat life
It’s cold at night

Unless you’re lucky, the British weather will probably be unkind and it can get really cold in the evenings. Bring a big hoodie and some jogging bottoms to sleep in – you can wear the hoodie in the day too if it’s cold. You might be the most stylish girl on the campsite but it still won’t be fun if you can’t sleep all night!
 
Hot chocolate helps too...
Long socks are the only way

Wellies are practical and they look great, but they’re not actually always the most comfortable shoe, especially on your legs, which won’t be used to being rubbed against all day long by harsh plastic! Unless you’ve got posh ones with built in socks, I suggest buying a selection of long socks. They look cute, and they stop the blisters!

Wellies looking innocent and clean
Have fun with it!!!

Festivals are the one time of the year when it really doesn’t matter if you don’t look perfect. Just try not to worry too much about how you look. Get messy and don’t think about your hair or your make up – nobody else is thinking about it! By the fourth day, most people’s cameras will have run out of battery anyway, so there won’t be any evidence – have a good time, enjoy the music, and people will be drawn to you because you’re having the most fun – rather than the girl in pristine Hunters and a white Barbour jacket standing on the sidelines.
I cannot wait to go!!!
Anything goes!

So get muddy...

Get silly...
And enjoy :) 
See you all next week!
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20 comments

  1. Looks like a lot of fun!
    I love festivals they are so much fun.

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  2. Haha:D great tips! I'd love to visit Belgium one day, hope you'll enjoy this festival as much as possible♥ I also added you to google circles (petra lorietta) ;) kisses!

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  4. I never been to a festival like this one, so this post was super fun to read! Haha, at first I thought that was a real elephant in the background!

    xoxo -B ♡
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  5. It looks awesome ypu giys look like you had a blast, I Need to visit you sure know how to have fun.
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  6. I really really want to go to a festival now! Great post :) x

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  7. Looks like a lot of fun! Great pictures!

    xx Karolina
    CARAMODE

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  8. Haven't gone to a festival this summer yet but this makes me want to go to one! Great post dear!
    <3 Pauline, Addicted to Makeup

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  9. Fab tips, especially with the added personal photos! :)
    xx
    katedruryy.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I hope you have fun at the festival this year! Looks like you've had lots of fun in the past :)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  11. amazing post and phtoos honey, love them!

    xx

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  13. Loved this post!
    Have an amazing time, i'm so jealous i'm not going to any festivals this year :/
    Really good tips too.

    Hannah x
    http://b-l-a-b.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Loved this post! amazing photos :)

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  16. Have an amazing time! These tips are great, if I didn't hate mud so much I'd definitely be going to some festivals and using all of these.

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  17. I have never been to a festival and everyones blog posts really make me want to book tickets for one!

    Hope you're having fun

    Victoria x
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  18. Ah I love festivals so much, really sad I'm not going to one this year :(
    Daniella x

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  19. I love festivals!!
    I have nominated you for the Liebster Award!! Can't wait to see your answers!!
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