Men's Festival Style
With festival season in full swing and the Great British weather being as unpredictable as ever, make sure you’re ready for the music and the mud with our selection of men’s festival outfits and accessories.Men's Festival Essentials
Whether you have a penchant for a pair of Pilots, you’re a fan of the Wayfarer or you’re a classic Clubmaster kind of guy, a stylish pair of sunglasses is a staple festival accessory that you simply cannot go without. With so many shapes and styles to choose from it can be overwhelming, so it’s worth reading our Sunglasses Buying Guide to figure out what your signature style is. The perfect pair of shades will protect your eyes, give the world a colourful tint, and add a great touch to any festival outfit.
A well-selected hat can quickly elevate any festival outfit. Not just a statement piece, you’ll be thankful for its protective properties come rain or shine. For a sports luxe vibe, choose an on-trend baseball cap in black, grey or blue. Want to push the festival vibe further? Go for straw trilby hats and fedoras.
Nothing says festival quite like a bold, printed shirt. From delicate florals, to exotic fruits and feather patterns, there’s no such thing as too much print this season. Choose lightweight, short-sleeve shirts which will keep you cool in the heat, especially when you’re standing in a crowd during a long music set. Worn buttoned up or open with a vest or tee underneath, a printed shirt exudes casual cool and will take you from day to night.
Printed shirt not for you? Opt for a classic t-shirt instead. Prints still play a key role, but think Breton stripes, graphic tees and muted palettes of soft greys this time. If you really want to get into the festival spirit, a floral print tee will make a strong statement with denim cut-offs and Converse.
Leave your jeans at home and pack ample shorts instead – much more practical when the heavens open. Chino and cargo styles will keep you cooler, while denim shorts are more versatile giving you plenty of options. Teamed with a printed shirt or patterned tee, a pair of shorts will ensure you feel comfortable whether you’re standing in a crowd or just chilling on the campsite.
Sensible But Stylish Footwear
There’s no escaping that you have to be smart when it comes to your festival footwear packing. The very strong potential of muddy fields means steering clear of white trainers and spanking new shoes. Instead, choose a dark pair of trainers, which will ensure you’re comfortable throughout the day and you won’t have to worry about them getting dirty. Alternatively, go for some on-trend desert boots or Timberlands which will keep all that festival dust at bay. Finally, don’t forget to pack a pair of wellington boots for those guaranteed British showers.
The key thing to consider when it comes to festival outerwear is the material. Picking a jacket or coat that is lightweight will ensure you don’t overheat, and if the sun does decide to stay out it can be easily packed away. Depending on your style and the weather, you can go for a very rain-resistant hooded parka, or if that’s not quite your look, choose a packable cagoule that won’t take up too much space in your bag.
A backpack, bum bag or cross-body bag will ensure you’re hands-free and will also keep your belongings safe. Backpacks are great for fitting in all of your gadgets and festival essentials e.g. a water bottle, raincoat, headphones. If the sun’s out and you’re a less-is-more kind of guy, put your wallet and keys in a bum bag or cross-body bag. Anything goes at a festival, so don’t be afraid to go for bold prints and colours when it comes to choosing a bag.
As there will be some downtime during the festival, make sure you’re armed with some trusty gadgets to keep you entertained during those quiet hours. Top of our list are some headphones or speakers, so you can keep the party going back at the tent, while a charger cable for your phone is essential for keeping you connected all weekend. Other must-haves? A key ring that doubles up as a bottle opener might be one of the best inventions known to man - you’ll never have to struggle to open a beer again.
Make sure you save room in your backpack for the essentials. A bottle of sun cream is a summer must-have, while a metal mug will keep your drinks cool in the sun. With many food stalls and bars taking cash only, a wallet will help keep your money safe and together. And last but not least, don’t be afraid to throw some glitter on your face – it is a festival after all.