Whether it’s the UCD Ball or some far-flung European beach festival, the time is finally here to whip out the shorts, grab your sunglasses, and throw yourself into that mosh pit. Here we have Otwo’s guide to festival dressing, and just because it’s going to get muddy doesn’t mean that you can forget about looking good enough to sneak into the VIP tent. Shorts are a festival essential, and denim always works, whether it’s distressed and tie-died or classic and clean-cut. Tried and tested by us all during those rainy Oxegens, they work whatever the weather and when teamed with some bright wellies, you’ll be prepared for whatever happens. Layers on top are essential for a sudden shower or to stop the sun from burning your skin while you’re too busy singing along to your favourite song.
Keep your look slightly grungy and boyish to avoid looking too overdressed among the thousands of music-and-camping lovers, even if all you want is to find a plug for your hair straighteners. Oversized tee’s are super-versatile; just roll the sleeves up, or even cut them off to add a hint of rock’n’roll to your outfit. Then layer up with shirts and zippies to keep it casual and practical. If the stink of the portaloos and junk-food bingeing is too much, reclaim your femininity with some bright accessories. Paint your nails rainbow colours, throw some glitter on your face and have a different pair of sunglasses for every day you’re there. All shapes and colours work well at festivals, where really anything goes. Jewellery is also an easy way to add a touch of glamour, so stack the bracelets high and throw some bright necklaces over your festival lanyard.
Bright colours and tribal patterns are a guaranteed hit at festivals; a hippy vibe is always rife wherever there’s a collection of people in the midst of tents and beer. Florals also work for a more girlie interpretation of festival fashion. Whether they’re printed on your shorts or coming out of your hair, anything with a floral print is instantly refreshing and pretty against a backdrop of mud and mayhem.
Although a summer dress may seem like an unlikely inclusion in any festival wardrobe, the high street has some great versatile dresses which would definitely survive any festival. Easy to wear and a cool alternative to shorts, cotton dresses in any number of popping colours and clashing patterns are available. Team with a denim jacket or an over-sized shirt and any dress can be transformed into a festival favourite.
So enough about what to wear – go grab a pint, catch your favourite band and enjoy!
Stylist: Sophie Lioe
Photographer: Caoimhe McDonnell
Models: Maria Whelan and Laura Brennan