Almost everyone knows that festival season is the perfect time to express yourself and your personality through your fashion choices. Festival fashion is all about being unique and different, but also being comfortable and protected, which is probably why you can easily spot women wearing trainers and boots with sundresses during Europe’s major festivals, not to mention the fact that most people usually have some kind of extravagant hat and/or sunglasses on – even at night.
It goes without saying that you should travel light when going to a festival – after all, you will likely be taking a train there and camping at the grounds, which means you will have little space and lots of carrying time ahead of you. You should also, however, be prepared for each and any kind of weather that might come your way, because it can change almost in a blink of an eye, turning from gloriously sunny into dreadfully dark and cold in the course of a few hours.
So what is the dress code during the European festival season then? Well, while most people will probably suggest a boho style while maxi dresses, rompers and sandals, Europe’s festival scene is all about comfort, so you better pack a hoodie and leggings along with your cute shorts and loose crop tops. It is also a good idea to wear sensible shoes, as you might encounter rain and mud at the site, which means you may have to leave your sandals for some trainers or wellies which will keep your feet clean and dry in case of emergency. And yes, I know traditional wellies aren’t exactly the easiest thing to pack and transport, but nowadays there are incredible options like foldable wellies you can easily keep in your backpack and wear over your sandals, so even if they don’t look as stylish as you’d like, there is no excuse for sticking your bare feet in mud during festivals.
Another emergency fashion must-have at European festivals is some kind of jacket or protective clothing, because while you might be in the sunshine, surrounded by people or moving most of the time, there are always times when you might feel a slight chill. A kimono can be a great, stylish option if you know it’s not going to rain, but something like an effortlessly cool leather jacket is a lot more versatile. To avoid taking a big and bulky jacket with you, however, you can also get a disposable waterproof poncho or cape and wear it over your outfit if it rains so you stay dry without getting any extra warmth or weight over your body.
As for accessories, I’d say taking a waterproof backpack or messenger bag is essential, and while you may never use it, keeping a small umbrella with you might save you some trouble. Finally, taking a foldable hat is also a good idea, especially if it is waterproof, because not only are hats quite fashionable at the moment, but they will also protect your face, hair, and possibly upper body from sunshine as well as rain, which makes them a must-have for festivals.
Have you packed for your festival adventure yet? I bet you will be looking super fashionable while feeling extra comfortable this summer, even when it pours!