Wellies? Check. Baby wipes? Check. Backstage pass? Okay so I may not be able to help you with the last one, but the time has arrived to start prepping for a summer packed full of festivals and outdoor concerts. Whether it’s on homegrown soil or further afield, getting your outfit down to a T is a must, particularly if you’re heading to somewhere in good old Blighty. Come rain or shine, festival chic is a must have, and so I’ve rounded up a few tricks to ensure that you remain picture perfect all weekend long.
Adored and adorned by festival goers every year, wearing the right leg wear is about as important as remembering your ticket. Mud, grass and rain go hand in hand when it comes to festivals, so your trusty socks and tights will fast become your closest ally (bar the burger van). Soggy feet and chilly ankles have the potential to turn a good day upside down and back to front, so regardless of where you are pitching up and calling home for the weekend, take heed of some invaluable outfit pointers.
Going to Glastonbury?
More of a small town than a festival, Glastonbury has the potential to overwhelm even the most direction savvy of us. Given that it takes a good few hours to walk from one end to the other, comfy footwear is a must. After securing a decent pair of boots, chunky socks should be next on the list. Over the knee socks, ribbed or patterned, the list is endless. The usual rule of thumb tends to dictate that the thicker your socks, the happier your feet. Bearing in mind that you may get a little wet stood in the middle of Somerset, knee or over the knee length is a necessity. Working to protect both feet & footwear, along with acting like a cosy layer for bare legs, you’ll soon notice that aches are reduced and blisters are non-existent. For a goes-with-everything over the knee sock, dress your pins in the Trasparenze Dora Over The Knee Socks. Gorgeously soft and available in a range of shades, the faint ribbed detail adds a little interest. Stretching to above the knee, these are the perfect length to complement those denim cut offs.
Fancy a colour pop? Perfect for when the sky is grey and everything around you is caked in mud, an injection of colour into outfits is the easiest way to make sure you stand out amongst the crowd. Not forgetting that Glasto is the birthplace of bohemian, all things rainbow tinted are embraced, from teepees to the waterproof ponchos. For your pick of the colour wheel, I can’t recommend the Cinzia Knee High Socks from Trasparenze enough. Made in almost every shade imaginable, the purse friendly price means you can even bring along a few pairs. Hugging your knees for a secure fit, these will peek over the tops of wellies and boots for a sweet touch. If, like me, you fancy showing off the full extent of your hosiery collection, there’s no reason why you can’t get a little creative with your patterns. The self-titled American ‘Print-cess’, Celeste Stein, have just about every design fathomable, from whimsical florals to patriotic flags. To embrace your inner hippy, treat pins to the A Powers Flowers Tights from the brand. Ideal for jazzing up understated dresses and keeping legs mud-free in the process, you’re bound to collect a few compliments as you make your way around.
Urban chic in the concrete jungle?
So you’ve politely declined the invitation to go camping/attend a barn dance/hiking and you’ve managed to convince everyone to stay in the comfort of the Big Smoke…but what on earth do you wear? Whilst waders and waterproofs may be acceptable deep in the English countryside, you’ll be hard pushed to find a mud slide in Hyde Park. For those lucky enough to go to London’s biggest music festival, Wireless, a wardrobe rethink may be in order. Out with outlandish patterns and in with urban chic as the bare legged look and quirky designs take over.
I’m sure as many of you know, I can’t champion the Falke Shelina Tights enough. Great for faking that no hosiery style, you can also cheat your way to that sun kissed glow (without having to leave the country!). With all shades reviewed by a dermatologist to help find the closest match, others will be left marveling at your brave choice to go without tights. Without a brief to make you reconsider hemlines and a realistic slight sheen finish, I love wearing these under shift dresses and teaming with my trusty ballet flats. Of course, no festival in London is complete without a tempestuous looking weather forecast, so luckily the bare leg look quickly adapts, with temperature regulating properties keeping you both refreshed in the sunshine and then warm when the temperature drops.
Of course, it goes without saying that London festivals are a natural habitat for young & emerging talent. From fashion designers to musicians, you can hardly walk two paces without witnessing a new trend unfolding. To show off your fashion credentials, anything by Henry Holland goes. Ahead of the polka dot trend that’s set to hit catwalks and high streets alike this season, the Reverse Polka Dot Tights are just the ticket. A favourite of mine, these go with and under just about everything. Showing off just a glimpse of leg beneath, these will take you from the main stage to the bar effortlessly. Likewise, the Suspender Tights from the young designer should be at the top of your festival wish list. Top Tip: If like me you adore eye catching hosiery but want to keep your look elegant, make sure that the rest of your outfit remains understated and pattern free. By keeping accessories minimal and your colour palette clean, you’ll soon have a chic look that you can wear to work. Styled with a simple wrap dress and Chelsea boots, nothing says London cool quite like a cutting edge designer.
Still worried about the weather? For those that can’t stomach the thought of blue lips and the shivers, you’ll be pleased to know that footless tights and leggings are back on the trend barometer this season. From florescent to patterned, there’s bound to be a pair for any and every occasion. So whether you’re after a secret layer or a playful touch to an understated dress or skirt, be sure to include a few pairs in your weekend bag.
Phew! I’ve got festival fatigue just thinking about it!