The Do's and Don'ts of Festival Fashion

Festival season 2024 is just around the corner. You’ve booked your tickets, you’re eagerly awaiting lineup announcements. There’s no better time to start thinking about fashion too! Find our top tips right here.

Festival’s are a time for self-expression – an opportunity to really go wild and wear what makes you feel like you! But if you’re a little bit stuck on what to wear this festival season, we’ve got a few pointers for you. Check them out below. 




  • While the British weather is wildly unpredictable, we might see some sun. This means the festival site might get hot, so light, breathable materials are vital. 
  • Take a bum bag with you. If you have never taken one then expect your whole festival experience to change when you do. Perfect for those of us who can’t resist taking their iPhone (no matter what your parents say about losing it) and need to keep it safe. Hands free, no shoulder pain and a whole load more fun.
  • Glitter yourself up. We all love a bit of sparkle at a festival, glitter is just a festival fashion ‘go to’. No explanation needed.
  • Sheer fabrics, mesh and crochet are big at the moment. Perfect materials to add to a layered outfit.
  • Thinking about colours? Monochrome is 🔥 right now, so that’s a great place to start.
  • We’ve all seen the western/country inspired looks. Break out those 🤠 boots and hats 
  • Pack that oversized jacket or shirt. Oversized clothing is a must these days and you can make perfect use of it at a festival. Whether it’s denim, camo, checked or pinstripe – it will 100% work.
  • Bring out the fishnets. It’s risky but done right SO effective. Whether they’re paired with an oversized shirt-dress and belt or worn under mega ripped jeans – you’ll look fab!
  • Mix it up with pastel hair. Why not? Pastel hair is never a bad decision and festivals are a prime time to test it out.
  • Add a bit of fringe to your outfit. This just means your outfit gets a little extra attention and everyone is happy with that.
  • Put that bucket hat on. EVERYBODY LOVES A BUCKET HAT.
  • Wear denim. Cut-off shorts, jeans, jackets and shirts, they’re all welcome at festivals and make an easy go-to if you’re unsure what to wear but still want to look cool.
  • Be carefree enough to wear a patterned shirt. This means anything goes, worn open or buttoned up; this is a piece of staple clothing for a festival.
  • Find some crazy sunglasses. It’s almost an unspoken rule that everyone has to compete on who brought the best sunglasses with them, so it’s always good to get on the sunglasses bandwagon



  • Firstly, don’t forget the essentials. Sun cream, a festival-friendly water bottle, a power bank, hand sanitizer etc. Nothing is more fashionable than good self-care. 
  • Don’t attempt to wear suede, fur or leather. They will not work well with heat, rain or spilt drinks. A festival is just not the time or place for heavy layers so maybe keep these fabrics for your accessories like bags.
  • Don’t even try to wear anything with a heel. You may think it’s a good idea because they tie the whole outfit together but they will not be kind to your feet. Who wants to be restricted when dancing at a festival?
  • Don’t wear anything too tight or bright. Neon was for Year 6 parties – it’s no longer acceptable at a festival.
  • Don’t overdo the UV paint. This is where the catchphrase ‘Less is more’ comes into play. We can appreciate the dots under the eyes but don’t dip your whole body in it.
  • Don’t get outfits out of the dressing up box. Fancy dress is just not what a festival is about nowadays. You could get away with a novelty hat at a push.



Of course, festivals aren’t just about fashion. The festival industry is vibrant and exciting, and there’s a world of roles within music and media, just ready and waiting for you to dive into. Got a passion that you want to turn into a career in festivals? We’ve got a course for you. Find out more about what we can offer you here.

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Last updated on: 17th April 2024