Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Festival fashion: accessories and essentials

Peter Pilotto for Kipling backpack and Joules seafarer wellies
I saw a certain retailer's festival fashion edit the other day, which included a pair of £700 jeans. Now don't get me wrong, I'd love to be swanning around the VIP section at Glastonbury in those bad boys, but the fact of the matter is that your average British festival is guaranteed only one thing: mud.

So I thought I'd put together my absolute essentials for festival fashion. None of this layered jewellery and flowing skirts business: it should be all about chic practicality.

Red seafarer Welly, on sale for £25, c/o Cloggs.co.uk
Top of my list are these stunning red Joules seafarer wellies from Cloggs.co.uk. Let's be honest, you can't survive a festival without a sturdy pair of rubber boots. These ones will go with practically anything and, better yet, are super easy to clean so you won't be taking half the field home with you!

When it comes to camping, I rely on dry shampoo and salt spray to keep my locks looking great. Salt spray mattifies your hair and gives it a great boost of volume too while dry shampoo will perk it right up when you're a few days in.

Twistband hair ties are really great for wrapping around messy beach hair - just pile it up in a big knot and, when you want to let your hair down, you won't end up having to rip it out!
Peter Pilotto for Kipling backpack

Sun cream and moisturiser are an absolute essential. I'm quite pale so I'd probably go for a factor 20 or higher. Even if it is a bit overcast, that hour or two of bright sunshine can wreak havoc on your skin. After a day outside, I ted to use this Vaseline aloe vera moisturiser. It absorbs really quickly, smells lovely, and soothes your skin.

I struggle with face wipes - my sensitive skin does not like them at all, no matter what brand. I tried these Yes To cucumber facial towelettes while on holiday and, although I still wasn't overly happy with my eyes' reaction, they were a great way to cool down my cheeks and forehead while taking some of the day off.

And finally, you need a good backpack to cart all your essentials around in. I've had this Peter Pilotto for Kipling rucksack for a good few years and it has served me well on all my travels. It has a concealed pocket to keep things safe, plenty of room inside and it still squashes down to be quite compact.

What are your absolute essentials when it comes to festival fashion?

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