Festival season is upon us, with crowds flocking to Kilmainham last weekend for Forbidden Fruit.
With the family-friendly Body & Soul just weeks away, we’re in full planning mode and have been seriously inspired by some of the gorgeous looks modelled by fashion bloggers including Sarah Hanrah (I Come Undone), Ciara O’Doherty and Erika Fox (RetroFlame) over the last few days.
If you want to make sure you look the part, here are our top ten tips…
Find a bag that fits all your essentials
That tiny purse might look cute but on a festival weekend, you need room for a lot of bits and pieces.
We’re never without SPF, a bottle of water, a mini-torch, our phone, purse and lipgloss so we recommend choosing one that will fit everything but still isn’t too bulky when you’re dancing into the wee hours. Try this V By Very Suede Saddle Festival Bag (€88).
Choose pieces you can re-wear
You never think you have much to bring to a festival… until you start packing.
The best way to keep your bag as light as possible (and make your trek to the campsite as easy as possible) is to bring clothes you can wear a few times. You can pop these Rochelle Humes Distressed Shorts (€42) on with t-shirt on Friday and they’ll look just as good on Sunday with a printed cape and a cami.
Don’t forget a cosy knit
Even if you’re blessed with the weather, the nights can get cold once the sun goes down so having a lightweight but warm knit is invaluable. This River Island Pointelle Jumper (€48) is great for layering and still looks stylish.
The perfect hat will solve all your hair woes
Keeping your crowning glory looking good at a festival is a uphill battle but the easiest way to stay looking chic on day three is to bring a cool hat.
This River Island Metal Trim Straw Hat (€26) is fab but don’t worry if you’re not a hat person, try a blast of Fudge Urban Pear And Vanilla Dry Shampoo (€10) along your parting and some cool braids instead.
Be prepared for rain
It’s easy to forget these days but the rain is never too far away in Ireland and bright plastic ponchos aren’t the most flattering of outfits. This V By Very Wax Look Jacket (€70) will look gorgeous for day-to-day wear and the hood and wax-look finish means its perfect for a festival too!
Don’t forget your pyjamas
In the rush to pack for every kind of weather, it’s easy for the basics to slip your mind and you don’t want to have to sleep in your festival shorts (trust us!).
In case of any late-night treks to the portaloo, we’d recommend opting for a pair of PJs instead of a nightdress and these River Island Printed Pyjama Trousers (€22) or Sorbet Lounge Set (€30) are ideal.
Pimp your phone
Our phones tend to be permanently in our hands these days so it makes sense to accessorise our handsets as well as ourselves! A festival is no place for boring black cases so try this cute floral Accessorize iPhone 6 Case (€27) instead. The book design will also help to protect your screen from scratches.
Be careful of your dress length
While maxi dresses may seem like an obvious choice for a festival, they do have their drawbacks. The hem can get destroyed very quickly if the weather is bad and if it’s a little too long, you’ll be constantly tripping over it.
Our first choice is always a short/midi length like this Vila Vitokyo Dress (€36). If you’re worried about pasty legs, try a quick spray of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (€14) or if the weather is a bit chilly, layer over a pair of leggings.
Don’t settle for ugly wellies
Ever been delighted with your festival outfit… until you put on your wellies? Yep, us too. Plan ahead this year and skip the last-minute luminous orange monstrosities for a much more chic pair like these Shoe Box Biker Style Wellington Boots (€28).
Forget the rules
Our favourite thing about festivals? Anything goes. So if you want to throw on a leopard-print onesie and wear it for the whole weekend, go for it! If you want to stand out from the crowd in an outfit worthy of Kate Moss, now is your time! The only thing that matters in enjoying yourself.