Music and party lovers everywhere are gearing up for the summer festival season and whether you are heading abroad to soak up some sun while you absorb your musical treats or staying on home shores, you'll want to look your best. Festival dressing has always been an eclectic old game, but in recent years - with fashion lovers cottoning on to the fact that anything and everything generally goes when you are at a festival, festival-goers have really upped their fashion game.
It's all well and good wanting to look both fashionable and fun when you're in carnival mode, but what you don't want is to spend four hours every day making sure you've got the look nailed, so plan ahead with careful packing. The whole essence of festival dressing should be fun and effortless - you should look like you've thrown on the most appealing clothes you could find all at once. Although makeup, hair and accessories should be considered, being well groomed just isn't that important at a festival - expressing your style is (will somebody please tell celebrities this?)
So, what items should you stuff into your festival bag? If you're camping you won't want to be carrying too much in the way of clothing at all - you'll need space for a tent and some food. On the other hand, if you are heading off to Benacassim, Hideout, Exit or other exciting festivals - if you are willing to pay for the pleasure of taking more than carry on, you might be able to smuggle some serious fashion booty with you.
Comfort should always be top of your agenda for festival fashion, which this season means printed parachute and harem pants in prints are a great choice teamed with a pretty vest; they'll keep you cool and not restrict your dancing. Sundresses, like these from Bank Fashion, are also a useful item to pack, but beware to take suntan lotion and sunglasses with you and a scarf if you are fair skinned and of course, a hoody and waterproof in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Footwear should never be an afterthought, if you are going to be on your feet for long periods of time, dancing or standing, you need the tools for the job. If it's warm this means padded sandals or pumps with good soles and if you are faced with rain and mud you'll need to hunt out some suitable wellies….like Hunters!
Finally, it's always wise to chat to your travelling companions to find out what they are packing to see if you can share the load - this is particularly useful when it comes to things like makeup, glitter gels and facepaints that can really help you look and feel more 'festival'.