THE FESTIVAL FORECAST
So it has begun: festival season. The few months where we find it acceptable to crack open a can before noon, give showering a miss and substitute breakfast, lunch and dinner for one sizeable portion of cheesy fries. But, most importantly, it’s where we can be more experimental with our style. From extreme designs to eccentric sunglasses, festivals allow us to cut ourselves off from the real world and dress how we want - rain or shine.
Being the authority on menswear that we are, we went trend hunting at London’s Field Day festival. Here we analyse our top festival looks and show how you can achieve them.
Festivals are all about making a big impression with your outfit, and what better way to do that than with some ‘90s inspired prints. Channel your inner Fresh Prince with an Aztec pattern and wear it oversized to get the look right.
There are many things that should never be turned up: collars, lapels, shirt cuffs – they make you look like a Miami Vice extra. The exception to this rule however is rolled up denim, as it’s a great way to emphasise your shoes. For socks, we spotted that a lot of people wore white, but with the weather getting warmer it’d be acceptable to ditch them all together and go sockless.
Monochrome is a massive trend this summer that everyone can pull off, and the best thing about it is that you can work it in to your winter wardrobe (but let’s not think about that just yet). Keep it clean and sleek with an almost all black outfit, adding a dash of white in your socks or branded logo to add subtle detail.
“There were fires. Literally four tents went up next to us. After the last night, we packed our bags and walked into Reading centre and slept in a doorway. We were tramps for the night.”
Summer is here, so take advantage –
it won’t last forever! Get your denim shorts on for a retro grunge feel and dress like it’s the last time you’ll feel heat (which in the UK is very possible). Style tip: give your shorts rips or raw edges for an authentic touch.
Just because you’re at a festival doesn’t mean you can just slum it in a onesie. Make an effort with a simple but effective collared smart shirt, buttoned to the top with some tailored shorts or opened up over a tee.
Introduced to the masses by Bart Simpson, made trend worthy by the resurgence of streetwear. This season sees the comeback of the backwards cap, a must-have festival piece even if it’s just for taming your unkempt hair on that messy third day.