Festival season is here, so it’s time to debut your headline outfits. Harriet Timmins has High Street picks and tips.
The summer festival season is here, bringing together music, fashion and a taste of what it might be like to live in the great outdoors. For many of us, festival fashion lets us step out of our style comfort zones and throw on something very different from our usual wardrobe choices. Whether it’s floral maxi dresses, sequin tops or flared trousers, there are plenty of options to look your best with a bit of practical know-how thrown in, for a weekend under the bright laser lights and the stars.
While looking glamorous in a colourful, natural, ethereal and romantic kind of way might be a priority, it’s also important to feel comfortable in clothes that work practically, especially if you are going to be spending up to four days in a tent, even if it’s a glamping-style upgrade version. British festivals can be difficult to plan for, thanks to our unpredictable weather, so make sure you are prepared for all conditions, come wind, rain or shine.
Plan your outfits in layers from the inside out so that you can add or remove pieces according to the weather that day. A raincoat or a frayed western-style jacket will save you having to splurge out on any expensive rain macs the festival stalls might be selling and will keep your outfit looking cool (while keeping you warm and dry, of course).
It can also get quite chilly at night, even after a bright and hot day on the festival fields, so fine knits and light sweat tops and hoodies to wear at the later shows or back at the campsite are always going to be a good idea.
Something else you should probably invest in if you’re heading for the main stage this summer is a pair of wellies. Although they aren’t necessarily the coolest footwear items you’ll ever own, you’ll be grateful for them if your campsite happens to get a little muddy. Around this time of year there are usually some fun designs and colours available to buy too, though classic Hunters will work with everything from a party dress to denim shorts.
Of course, a British festival doesn’t always mean a weekend in the rain. In case you’re lucky enough to get glorious sunshine, make sure you have a pair of sunglasses, a hat and some sun cream to hand. These are rucksack essentials, as is a water bottle.
For your base camp, invest in a tent that is built to last at least for the whole weekend, as well as something comfortable to sleep on. Throws and huge scarves can double as bedding and will provide handy cover-up warmth to throw over your shoulders as you watch the bands. You might also want to bring folding chairs and picnic blankets.
If you like taking lots of pictures and videos of acts, a portable phone charger is essential as you’re unlikely to find a plug socket. On Instagram, #leedsfest alone has amassed nearly 120,000 posts, so it’s clear we all love sharing our festival highlights – and for that, you’ll need a lot of battery power. If you want to try to avoid using your phone, disposable cameras are a great way to capture your festival time and you can look forward to seeing the developed prints when the fun is over.
There is a wealth of music and arts festivals to choose from across Yorkshire so there’s sure to be something that suits you. Sheffield’s Tramlines takes place from July 22-24 and Leeds Festival is August 26-28. Both are great options if you’re into big name music acts. If you would prefer something more family-orientated or want to see smaller acts, you’re spoilt for choice across the county. Grassington Festival takes place in the Yorkshire Dales from June 15-30 – a whole 15 days of film screenings, live music, a set from comedian Jason Manford, and more. Or you might want to opt to go glamping at Deer Shed Festival (July 20-22) in Topcliffe, another one that’s perfect for all the family.