Festivals seem to be popping up every weekend over the summer, and whether you prefer to stay local at Field Day or venture out to Roskilde, they’re also a survival camp of sort. That’s not to say that you can’t look good whilst braving all the extremes that our summer weather may throw in your direction. Floral headbands and Hunters aside, here’s CUB’s guide on how to survive a weekend of music, mud and day drinking without looking, well, #basic. Nobody wants to be that person we’ve all seen soaking wet in the middle of a field, ankle-deep in mud with only one shoe.
As a seasoned festival-goer I can say that it will always rain. Always. At least once, and when it does you’ll be glad you brought something waterproof and mildly warm. It will double up as a blanket for day-time sunbathing or catching up on sleep, and you’ll automatically be everyone’s favourite friend. Bonus points for pockets as that means you probably won’t need to kill your shoulder with a bag full of useless stuff that you can now wear on your person, and the biggest pockets usually serve well as rubbish bins/drinks holders.
T-shirts are a festival staple – be they new or old with holes or cut out muscle tanks, what better way to say what is on your mind than displayed across your chest? Be as plain or as printed as you like – you’ll probably find the most wonderful array of band tees or independently designed ones in the festival stalls, but you can leave the cotton basics back at home because bold prints and loud slogans are definitely having a moment this year.
It will undeniably get cold as the sun goes down, and instead of shivering waiting for Darkside, layer up with a cool crewneck sweat. Everyone seems to be doing these, so it probably means they’re doing something right. You can save your favourite Leaver’s hoodie it’s inevitable mud bath because your wonderful parka is multifunctional and comes equipped with a hood. The same goes for these as for the graphic tees so really there is no limit to the creativity of your imagination.
Even though it may not always be hot, shorts are pretty much mandatory at a festival. Show off your legs with some wild tie-dye, or DIY your own – there is nothing more classic than a pair of well-corn vintage high-waisted Levi’s cut-offs. You’ll be warm enough anyway with your parka and crewneck to wear in the evening, and there’s no point of melting during the day in long jeans. Unless they’re ripped. Or acid wash. Or both.
It’s time to put your whole look together. Regardless of whether the sun is actually out, sunglasses really are a must after a few days of dancing ‘til dawn and sleeping way too little, and replace any statement jewellery you were debating on taking. They also save you valuable time on doing make up, and why make your life 30% more difficult by risking a stab in the eye with a mascara brush? Opting for cheaper but still crazy pairs means that you can alternate daily and probably won’t cry if they fall off in the middle of a mosh pit.