Practical and Beautiful at your Festival

It’s that time of year when all fashion magazines start offering a selection of their favourite festival styles. So I thought I’d do the same. However, what I couldn’t help but notice was the slight impracticality of some suggestions. While a floor-length maxi with sleeveless hippie waist coat might ooze festival charm, there is something in my worryingly middle-aged mind-set that thinks, “well that’s just not practical.” Considering this, I present my collection of festival-appropriate and practical favourites.


Firstly, your mother is going to ask you this and so will I, “Have you got a waterproof?” If not, be sure to snap up one of these three because let’s be honest, wherever you’re going it is going to rain.

Rain Mac - Topshop Parka - Boohoo Jacket - ASOS
Rain Mac – Topshop. Parka – Boohoo.
Jacket – ASOS.


As you well know, you’re pretty much going to be up all night so another essential I would recommend is the big squishy jumper for when the sun goes down. And yes, I know one is a mans jumper but I love the colour and they look great when styled big and baggy.

Jumper - River Island Jumper - Me and Yu Mustard Jumper - ASOS
Jumper – River Island. Jumper – Me and Yu.
Jumper – ASOS.


Next up is the controversial playsuit. It is curious as to why they are such a festival staple. They do make the already treacherous trip to the port-a-loo even more risky. I mean, most have zip or button tops meaning you’re sat semi-naked trying to hold the broken plastic door lock in place.

However, if like me you are willing to risk this in the name of fashion then there is a flip-side to the playsuit. They are a whole outfit in one, leaving more room in your bag for whatever tipple you’re planning on enjoying. Also while giving a similar look to the summer dress, they offer more of a freedom. If you’re planning on crowd-surfing, or even just clapping your hands in the air that little bit too high, the playsuit offers bum-coverage which the dress just can’t offer. Trust me.

So following that deep investigation into the playsuit, if you’ve decided to go for one, here are some beauties.

Playsuit - Dorothy Perkins Playsuit - Miss Selfridge Dungarees - River Island
Playsuit – Dorothy Perkins. Playsuit – Miss Selfridge.
Dungarees – River Island.


Next is the all important wellington. The traditional Hunter is a festival favourite which is the closest one can get to braving wearing high end brands in all that mud. My personal favourites are these gorgeous post-box red wellies. What is so genius about the middle pair is that they are glow in the dark so you can make a festival statement even after dark. Or why not try blending in with the countryside with a gorgeous floral pair.

Hunter Wellies - Shoe Envy Wellies - Miss Selfridge Floral Wellies - Amazon
Hunter Wellies – Shoe Envy. Wellies – Miss Selfridge.
Floral Wellies – Amazon.


Next is the statement t-shirt. Helps your friends to find you from a distance when you decide to go walkies around the arena.

T-Shirt - Me and Yu T-Shirt - H&M T-Shirt - Orphan Arms
T-Shirt – Me and Yu. T-Shirt – H&M.
T-Shirt – Orphan Arms.


And finally are headbands. While the miracle product of dry shampoo is a festival god-send, you still might feel the need for a headband to distract from those matted tresses. Floral headbands can be found almost everywhere. Check out this gorgeous baby pink rose band as seen on Pixie Lott. If you’re feeling daring, then a festival is definitely the place to brave a Gaga-esque giant bow. Or if you just want to cover up your tatty festival fringe, try a fifties style headband.

Pink Rose Headband - Rock 'n' Rose Headband - ASOS Headband - New Look
Rose Headband – Rock ‘n’ Rose. Headband – ASOS.
Headband – New Look.



Hopefully this was useful in helping you remain practical and beautiful, whichever random field in Britain you choose to spend a weekend in.