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Festivals faux pas

Posted by Megan on June 22, 2011

I was at a London-based festival (if you can call a non-camping event, a festival) a couple of weeks ago and a friend of mine, Graeme, very kindly took photos for me as I want to dedicate this week’s blog to, things to be careful of when hitting the summer festivals!

Weather is important when planning a festival and whilst I want all of you to make an effort in what your wear, there are limits and given the current “summer” we are having, sufficient clothing is required. Standing in a skimpy little dress in sheeting rain is going to get you noticed, but for the wrong reasons.

The “wellie” look can work, but be careful. You cannot just stick wellies with any outfit and hope for the best. If you are going to do a Kate Moss and work the look with teeny-tiny shorts, make sure you have fabulous legs and that you have had a wax!

Staying with the footwear theme … there is NO REASON to wear heels to a festival. It is very likely that you will get them dirty / ruined and you feet will ache (and be filthy) by the end of day one. I would extend this to wedges. I can see the idea behind them working, but there really is no need. Festival chic is not about being glamorous – it is about being cool and nailing the dressed down look.

It is very likely that you will spend some of the time sitting around on the grass … make sure your top covers your back and bum BEFORE you drink too much to notice … this goes for men and women.

Cropped tops are in and will be around this summer … wear them only if you have the stomach and lack of muffin rolls to carry them off (this comment is not limited to festivals!).

If the sun is shining, it still means that you should dress to your body shape! Strapless tops work well on girls with great shoulders and arms … (I know you want to get a good tan … but save that for your garden!!).

The gallery gives examples of some no-nos. Sadly we could not find any fabulous outfits to showcase – I have had to resort to queen’s of festival chic: Sienna Miller,  Emma Watson and Queen Kate for a few that get it right.