How To Look Good At A Summer Music Festival

The items you need to look sharp while letting loose

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Taking into account unpredictable weather and limited storage space, dressing for festivals is a tricky matter.

You want to hit that sweet spot between looking stylish and letting loose a little with your choices - you are meant to be having fun after all. No one wants to be the guy upset his one pair of selvedge denim jeans got covered in Strongbow on the first day; equally, you're a little old to be throwing in cargo pants and a slogan tee.

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But you needn't worry. With a few simple staples, you can create a small wardrobe capable of withstanding a weekend of revelry.

Sunglasses, in case the weather Gods are smiling on you

From left: £152 by Rayban; £95 by Hook

Double-bridge sunglasses are detailed enough that they stand out from the classic Wayfarer or Clubmasters you'll see everyone sporting at festivals. These frames are lightweight but won't fly off in the mosh pit, if that's where you'll be.

Shorts you can chuck on with anything

From left: £125 by Enlist; £75 by Club Monaco

Neutral shorts should be the backbone of your festival wardrobe. Invest in a quality pair in soft cotton or seersucker and pair with a bolder t-shirt and trainers.

A hat that doesn't make you look 15

From left: £80 by APC; £27 by Patagonia

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Eschew the festival cliche of a palm tree print bucket hat and shield your bonce from the main stage sun with a stylish and simple cap, which has the added bonus of shielding your greasy hair from the world.

Plain t-shirt with a 'fun guy' twist

From left: £75 by CMMN SWDN; £35 by Saturdays NYC

Not that we've got anything against the time-honoured plain white tee, but festivals are an opportunity to let loose a little. No need to go full look-at-me w***er about it though: keep it subtle.

Light trousers to protect those mankles

From left: £190 by A.P.C; £80 by Club Monaco

The festival answer to 'evening wear', some lightweight trousers in a breathable material will see you through the cool twilight hours in greater comfort than a pair of stiff jeans, being loose enough to let you jive into the moonlight.

Trainers that can 'handle it'

From left: £395 by Prada, £40 by Converse

Taking pastel or white trainers to a festival is, frankly, taking them to their death. Leather and suede should, naturally, also be avoided. A better option is something dark and canvas that can withstand a battering.

Lightweight waterproof jacket, because this is Britain

From left: £365 by Theory, £150 by Nike

Sorry to break it to you but there's a high chance - especially if you're heading to one of the UK's many festivals - that you're going to end up needing a jacket for at least for a bit. A lightweight technical jacket you can easily stuff into a rucksack (useful for smuggling contraband) is just the ticket.