Dressing for a Festival: How to Look Fab & Practical

It’s fair to say that at many of the annual festivals, fashionistas try their best to look incredible every day, come rain or shine. While most festival-goers couldn’t give a monkeys about looking good, and will choose, instead, to dress practically, others will be dressing like the celebs that they see in the mags. However, bear in mind that these immaculately dressed celebs and supermodels are chaperoned back to a luxury hotel room (with a shower!) at the end of the day, whereas you will be left with a grotty toilet and, if you’re lucky, a trough of water.

That being said, there are ways of looking fab while also thinking about the practicality of what you’re wearing. Pack your rucksack with some of these clothes and you’ll be looking, and feeling, fab – in spite of the mud, rain and overbearing smell of portaloos.


Some sort of raincoat is essential if you want to protect yourself from the inevitable rain. While some anoraks don’t score very high when it comes to the cool factor, they do the job that they’re intended to do. Invest in a cool parka and you will be practical and stylish. Plus, you don’t have to spend a lot – take a look at the great value parka rain jackets from George at ASDA, for example.

Roll-Up Shorts

Roll-Up Shorts


A pair of cut off shorts will make any outfit sing. They look cool, they’re perfect for summer and, with a pair of tights, they can equal as a cool weather cover-up. Team with some thick socks and a pair of wellies, and a graphic print T, and you’ll be looking like a star in no time.


They’re not exactly the most practical of items, for a festival, are they? You see plenty of women sporting a triangle bikini top with a pair of shorts and, if that’s your bag, then do it. However, full on bikinis aren’t very practical at all and, once the sun has gone down and it’s gotten a little chilly, they’ll do nothing to warm you up.


These should be an absolute no-no. Even the most diehard of heel wearers will struggle to look graceful in them at a festival, where the ground is so uneven that people wearing wellies and boots come a cropper. Avoid wearing heels altogether if you want to dress for practicality – you can still look fab in a pair of calf-length boots.

Floral Lace-up Wellington Boots

Boots Are Perfect For Festivals

Similarly, avoid relying on flip-flops too. They can be handy for chilling around the campsite, but if you’re planning to head for the front of the crowd to catch your favourite band, flip-flops won’t save your toes from the stampedes.


While jeans are the easy option, they’re not the most practical of items – especially full length jeans that will get soaked with mud and puddle water in no time. Denim takes an age to dry, so unless you’re taking enough changes of clothes to last the whole festival, keep the jeans at home.

Being practical doesn’t mean you have to give up the fashionable edge. Accessorise and make the outfit your own and you’ll still be feeling trendy, albeit sensible too.

 This is a sponsored post written by Ivan Molner. 


4 thoughts on “Dressing for a Festival: How to Look Fab & Practical

  1. I’ve just been to 2 festivals this week and I kept it simple and comfy. Luckily there wasn’t any rain either 🙂 #PoCoLo

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