Festival season may almost be over but with Zoo Festival, Reading and Leeds coming up B Sunglasses have decided to compile a fail-safe festival guide to see out the season with a bang. Get prepared for great music, changeable weather and looking stylish sans shower.
- Stock up on the essentials. Forget the hair straighteners and your X-Box. The most important thing you’ll need is sleeping bag, a decent tent, spare pants and a trendy lunch cooler bag. Throw in a Swiss army knife and a camera for good measure to create some great memories. A disposable means you won’t mind if it gets lost or damaged . Oh, and take your best pair of Men’s Sunglasses and Women’s Sunglasses of course…
- If you’ve missed Coachella, Primavera and Bilbao then chances are you’re at a festival in England and it’s going to rain. Trainers and gladiator sandals are great for sunny days… but let’s be realistic! Wellies or at the very least, a sturdy pair of boots are an absolute must along with an abundance of dry socks. That way you don’t have to worry about trench foot whilst you’re bopping along to Vampire Weekend.
- Beauty products should be kept to a minimum as looking fresh-faced is the aim of the game. A tinted moisturiser, waterproof liner, concealer stick, clear lip balm and dry shampoo should suffice. Bring make up wipes to remove any grime whilst a pot of glitter or sparkly liner will allow you to glam up for the evening. Compact palette’s are also a great idea such as this Urban Decay NAKED Blush palette.
- Girls, make sure to paint your nails beforehand. An edgy silver, deep red or plum has a rock chick edge whilst bright brights and fluorescent hues give a summery festival feel.
- A cool pair of sunglasses will hide almost any sin. Whether you’ve dropped your make-up bag in the portaloo or have puffy sleepless eyes from glugging pints into the early hours of the morning, a pair of shades will be your best friend. A bright coloured pair of wayfarers with a quirky pattern will suit all whilst mirrored aviators have been a celebrity festival fave this summer.
- Mix and match. Take a pair of shorts or jeans that you can wear a few things with so your backpack is lighter. Ladies, denim dungaree shorts are in this year due to their versatility They look great with a cool t-shirt or button up blouse and have plenty of pockets! In the meantime guys can pair trousers with an array of bootleg band tees and a hard-wearing leather jacket.
- Grazia magazine’s top tip for festivals? Anti-bacterial hand soap.
- Aside from your backpack you should take a smaller bag so you can carry all your important things (mobile phone, beer money etc) to the front row. An across body back is the best option as it’ll be more difficult to lose whilst a stylish phone pouch will also do the trick as it’ll keep your hands free.
- If carrying an umbrella in a large crowd doesn’t seem too appealing go for a fold-up waterproof poncho. There’s so many cool, fun and colorful designs to choose from meaning you don’t have to feel silly anymore. Especially when everyone around you is sopping wet.
- If expensive festival food isn’t your bag make sure you take enough food that’s lightweight and won’t spoil. Tinned or preserved food and packaged snacks are your best option. A bag of marshmallows should also come in handy for making delicious S’mores around the campfire.
- Stay hydrated with bottled water and a cooling spray mist. If you’re drinking, store up on fluids to cure your hangover and maybe grab yourself a barbecue burger
- Chances are that after a day or two, your hair is going to suffer. Soon the floral headbands and gel will be ditched for snapback baseball caps, beanies, silk scarves, messy topknots and Panama hats Make sure you choose a one you’ll look good in because you’ll be stuck with it for a while!
- Don’t get too caught up in Instagramming your experience by taking time to actually enjoy the festival. Festivals aren’t just about the headliners and main music acts on stage, they’re a great place to meet new people, make new friends, dance around, enjoying food stall delicacies, shopping for hand-crafted goods and watching performances by all kinds of up-and-coming comedians and performers.
- Ladies: don’t shy away from feeling glamourous just because you’re stuck out in a field full of mud and music geeks. A tube of glitter and some subtle jewellery can jazz up any festival outfit should you get backstage for one of the coveted spaces at the afterparty.
- Festivals are great places to spot celebrities so keep your eyes peeled.
- Pack some Sunscreen. The August Bank holiday weekend is set to be a scorcher (fingers crossed) so make sure you have at least a SPF 15 sun lotion in case the temperatures rise
- Load up on deodorant: no excuses.
Pixie Lott on stage sporting the festival style perfectly…
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