How to dress for a festival

This time of year is the time when the sun is shining and the festivals begin. If you are a festival virgin then here at Fashionoila we have great advice and tips on dressing for a festival, whether you are visiting for one day or experiencing the full three day camping trip. There’s no need to worry because with our capsule wardrobe and advice on how to look great all through the day you will be booking your tickets for Glastonbury in no time! Festivals are renowned for rain, mud and unclean toilets, but do not let that put you off because they can also be one of the best times of your lives, watching acts like U2 and Jay Z perform on the stage right in front of you whilst you dance with friends. We can say this because we are avid festival goers here at Fashionolia.


1)The rule of festival fashion  is that anything goes, and this means anything. If you wish to wear an native Indian inspired head dress, whilst dressed as a fox with flippers on then you will be fully appreciated at a festival. There are no rules  when it comes to dressing for a music gathering such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Benicassim or Woodstock.

2) If you are going for one day the best thing is to layer because the weather can sometimes be unpredictable and with most festivals been outside for the majority of the day, you run the risk of getting wet when the heavens open or sun burnt with the sunshine comes out to play.

3)If you are going for the full duration of the festival, the easiest way to dress is to take a capsule wardrobe. We wouldn’t recommend jeans or denim of any kind, simply because if it gets wet it will take a long time to dry and if the weather is nice then denim is not the best material to wear to cool down. Denim cut off shorts are fine for girls but guys, stick to 3-4 length combat trousers.

4) Top wise Fashionolia would recommend taking three different t-shirts, vintage logo tee’s to get in the festival spirit, and roll them up neatly at the bottom of your bag. You can keep the bottom part of your outfit the same throughout because people will only really notice what you have on on your top half. Girls we would recommend taking something sparkly and glamorous, such as a sequin shrug to throw on. It is lightweight and will add a bit of glamour to the event.

5)Good footwear is essential so look at your options. If the weather is bad in a place such as Glastonbury then consider taking a pair of wellies, Hunter is always a popular option, but if you are going to the sunny festival that is Coachella in America, then sturdy pumps of flip flops will be fine.

Hair and Beauty

For men the only thing you have to consider when going to a festival especially when camping is personal hygiene and although we understand it is not possible to have a full shower every morning, taking handy wet wipes to clean with is an ideal solution

For women the essentials to take are again wet wipes, dry shampoo and Vaseline. Think about having your eye lashes tinted before you go to save on the hassle of applying mascara. Dry shampoo is a great investment for a camping festival as you can pop your hair up in a messy ponytail and secure with a bobble. The greasy haired look is not an option.

The final word on festival fashion, prepare for your clothing to get dirty, do not wear anything to valuable like the ring your grandma gave to you and most of all have fun in what you wear, remember if you have the back-end of a Panto horse you would like to wear then do so, because we can assure you somewhere in the crowd will be a panto horses head waiting to find you!

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