Festival season is here
You can’t beat live music in the open air, especially in the sunshine.
And the summer calendar is packed full of events in Staffordshire and beyond, whether it’s food and drink, or rock, pop, dance and classical music.
But the big question is what to wear?
Looking cool or glam isn’t always easy to pull off while dancing in a field or camping out, as well as trying to be comfortable.
Here at Living we’ve put together some ideas and inspiration for some festival must-haves, whether you’re heading to a proms in the park, enjoying family fun at Camp Bestival or living it up at Creamfields.
Top of the pops
A glam top could be the ideal choice at any type of event. Sequins are perfect festival fodder and this River Island one is a wonderful way to add sparkle. If the weather turns you can always keep warm by throwing a white shirt around your shoulders.
Crochet-style also offers a lovely summer hippy feel. You can go full on with flowers in your hair and face paint, or simply give a nod to it with one of these styles from TK Maxx and Very.
If you prefer to keep it low-key and casual this Matalan slouchy, peplum-style top is just the ticket with a pair of shorts or jeans.
A bright pair of shorts or trousers can jazz up any outfit even if you’re keeping it casual on top. Denim is an obvious choice but you could opt for something like these bright pink ones from New Look.
If you prefer to keep your legs covered and want a different take on jeans, this flower-patterned pair, also from New Look, might just fit the bill.
For those feeling a little more adventurous why not go big and bold with these print trousers from Primark.
If you want to wear a dress but find them a bit too uncomfortable at a festival, then a jumpsuit could be a good alternative. They’ll keep you cool when the temperatures soar, but you can layer them up when temperatures dip again, especially in the evening.
This River Island outfit offers cool understated glamour, which can be dressed up with sandals and jewellery or offer laid-back style teamed with trainers and a denim jacket.
Another option from M&C0 offers cool, simple elegance, ideal for watching live music from the comfort of a picnic blanket, while sipping fizz.
Bags of style
A bumbag is ideal for a busy festival. Store your cash, phone and hand sanitizer securely and be hands-free to enjoy your day.
A crochet bag is perfect for carrying an extra layer of clothing if you need it and as crochet bags are everywhere this year, there’s lots of choice on the high street. We love this classic one by Primark.
If crochet isn’t your bag, however, then a simple canvas one will do the same job. You can’t really go wrong with this sunny yellow bag by Oliver Bonas.
Sandals and trainers are fine if the weather’s good, but we all know what the good old British weather can be like. Just picture all those images of Glastonbury over the years and you’ll understand.
Indeed, the best type of footwear for a festival is the trusted Wellington Boot.
What’s great is that since supermodel Kate Moss strutted into Glastonbury all those years ago looking glam in shorts and a pair of wellies, boots have come a long way since. Long, short, medium length and we colours and patterns galore, there’s plenty to choose from.
A hat is a must if you’re going to be in the sunshine all day. But not only that, it could protect you from a quick shower too so it’s always worth investing.
Bucket hats tend to be festival favourites and are the obvious choice but this straw sun hat with leopard print detailing would be a great alternative and will look both cool and stylish.
A good water bottle is a must-have as we all know how important it is to stay hydrated in the sunshine.
Of course, if your bag’s full or you get fed up of carrying it in your hand all day, then how about snapping up one of these stylish bottle carriers?
Furnished with long body straps, you can just sling them over your shoulder, wear them cross-body and you’re good to go.
The number one item for a festival? A good waterproof jacket because…well…it goes without saying!