Festival Fashion: Glastonbury 2011
Festivals are great when it comes to fashion. It’s more or less the same each year. Parka: check. Denim shorts: check. Straw trilby: check. Wellies: check. The only thing that really dictates to what extent each of these pieces is worn, is of course, the weather.
If it’s sunny – they’ll be no need for tights, or wellies for that matter! The gladiator sandal is a favourite (providing there is no mud whatsoever). The more practical option is the lace-up canvas shoe. Though, these also face certain death if mud and rain prevails. A canvas shoe graveyard is an unfortunate, yet common sight. If it does rain, my go-to item will inevitably be my Dr Martens. Perfect in all weather conditions, 100% damage proof and keep your tootsies warm on those chilly nights!
Wax jackets and parkas are commonplace at a festival, particularly Glastonbury as it’s quintessentially British. These paired with high waisted denim cut-offs and knee high socks will no doubt be a firm favourite this year. Tea dresses are another go-to item and are often layered with chunky knits and leather waist belts.
Evening attire differs somewhat. The common or garden wardrobe goes out the window and is replaced by clashing prints, glittery items and woolley hats. No matter how fashionable you want to be – you HAVE to keep warm. Layering is key. I tend to opt for tights under a pair of jazzy leggings, an oversized shirt and a hoody. At least once you’re inside a tent, you can peel off the layers.
After a few days of not washing your hair… you have to think of innovative ways to disguise it. That is why you’ll see an array of hats, hair pieces and scarves adorning the heads of many. Alice bands are a festival-fave as well as big oversized bows – one of my go-to items.
Bags are a carefully thought out procedure. They need to be big enough to carry items of clothing that you may or may not need, though small enough that you can find your wallet/phone/hand sanitizer with ease! Cloth bags are popular with festival goers as they’re cheap, washable and kitch. I’ll be using my oversized slouchy bag. It’s lightweight but also HUGE, so no cramming necessary.