What to Wear to a Festival: Standing Out From The Crowd


Festival season is upon us! We’ve already checked out Isle of Wight and had Glastonbury FOMO with loads more to come in the next couple of months! Whether you are heading to Boardmasters, Reading or a more local event, choosing the right outfit is crucial. We know from experience that your festival attire should be a perfect blend of style, comfort, and practicality. Here’s a comprehensive guide of what to wear to a festival. Stand out in the crowd while staying comfortable throughout the day.

Embrace the Theme

IOW 2024, linked to the timing of their event, which started on the longest day announced the theme ‘Summer Solstice’. Think flower crowns, fairy wings and mystical forest creatures who only emerge once a year. Boardmasters offers the opportunity to mix with champion surfers, and even take a dip yourself. Even if you don’t want to adopt the theme from head to toe, jump into the moment and add some quirky accessories, even if only for your instagram! The advantage of that light up flower crown, is you’ll be easier to deliver a drink to when your friends have been to the bar!

Support the Band or the Festival

Band T-Shirts are a streetwear staple. At a festival they take on a whole new meaning, and can be a great ice breaker with your fellow festival goers. First saw the headliner in 2000? – let everyone know with a genuine vintage tour tee. Been coming to the festival for 20 years or want to re-live your favorite acts from last year? Again pull out that original festival merchandise. Own a rare iconic band T-Shirt, sure to make you stand out and inspire envy? Perfect. Of course the other advantage to pulling out that soft worn, tour or festival tee is familiarity and comfort……..more below.

What to Wear: Style v Comfort

Festivals involve a lot of walking, dancing, and standing, so comfort should be your top priority when choosing what to wear. Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, or moisture-wicking materials to stay cool. Loose-fitting clothes like flowy dresses, wide-legged pants, or oversized tees are perfect for keeping you comfortable and stylish.

Coupled with this, weather at festivals can be unpredictable. Layering is a smart way to stay prepared for any condition. We can personally confirm that even though IOW 2024 was boiling during the day, sunset had us reaching for our favorite hoody! Bring a hoodie, light jacket, kimono, or a flannel shirt that you can tie around your waist during the day and wear when it gets chilly in the evening.

What to wear to a festival - don't forget your hoodie for when the sun goes down.
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Festival = Sneakers!

Your choice of footwear can make or break your festival experience. Ditch the high heels and head straight for your favorite (and even better if they are rare!) sneakers. Even when it’s dry, the ground can be pretty rough. Although if you are expecting rain or mud, waterproof boots are also a great choice to keep your feet dry and protected.

A Stylish Solution for Essentials?

Of course you may be the kind of person who usually heads out for the day with nothing but your phone. Festivals can be a long day in the elements, and we think you’ll certainly need somewhere to store the following essentials:

  1. Hat, to protect you from whatever the weather is going to throw at you.
  2. Sunglasses
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Water
  5. Portable charger.

The good news is a wide-brimmed hat, a trendy cap, some statement sunglasses and jewelry and a bold bag choice are perfect for adding another stand out layer to your look. Accessories are the perfect way to express your personal style.

At Perverse Demand we’ve never been more excited to see the revival of the cargo trouser. Embrace those practical pockets to secure all your essentials, without sacrificing your street style.

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And Finally – Express Yourself

Festivals are all about fun and creativity, so don’t be afraid to experiment with bold prints, bright colors, and unique pieces. From bohemian vibes to edgy streetwear, choose what to wear to reflect your personality, unique sense of style and the festival spirit.

By balancing comfort, practicality, and style, you’ll be ready to enjoy every moment of the festival season. So get out there, dance your heart out, and make unforgettable memories in your perfect festival outfit!



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