If you are a total fashion junkie like me, you’ve probably been drooling over the hip crowd’s feeds of selfies and snaps attending festivals like Coachella, Burning Man (or Afrika Burn) or even the local 947’s Joburg Day. And long gone are the days of muddy, messy teenagers mosh’ing it up - most of these festivals welcome all ages and it is getting ever more fashionable to attend them. So here are the essentials of doing Music Festivals in Style:
Shows happen rain or shine - so take a poncho!
Comfortable shoes to walk in, jump in and even sleep in.
More than just music, these festivals are also celebrations of art, design and creative expression (think “themed camps” at the Africa Burn festival) - so planning your outfits is essential and this is your chance to go over the top girls!
For festivals like Coachella, Joburg Day, Up the Creek of Oppikoppi, think more bohemian rock and grunge. Especially for Oppikoppi - you will be roughing it a slight bit more and want to be comfortable enough to even sleep in your outfit.
My suggestion for grunge and rock festivals? Layering! Cami, checked shirt that can be worn or bound around your waist when it gets hot, leather jacket for cooler evenings, ripped jeans (obviously), and your classic lace-up Docs.
For a more bohemian twist, I would go for a long, bell-sleeved wrap dress or floral jumpsuit paired with your Docs lace-ups or sandals.
For Africa Burn and alternative festivals - wings, tutus, wigs, masks, fishnets…you name it. Your Docs will go with any and all of those looks. Or maybe wear nothing but your Docs. Now there is a statement for you. Not sure what the security will do though. [Disclaimer here].
Add some waterproof mascara, sunscreen (take that entire tube with you baby!) and a cap orsunhat (boater hats are HUGE this summer) and you’re ready!
Smart snacks: not high maintenance food - the kind that doesn’t melt, bruise or need refrigeration…my suggestion? Nuts, dried fruit and if you are the carnivorous kind - biltong and dry wors.
Water: As much as you can carry! And keep replenishing at every available point. Dehydration is not pretty.
Just in case you didn’t take the previous bit of advice and you DO get a dehydration headache / hangover / heat stroke - have some LEGAL drugs at hand…we’re talking aspirin here.
And whatever you do. Do. Not. Wear. Suede.
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