What to wear this festival season: from sunshine to rain

What makes for a memorable summer is the sum of all the amazing plans and experiences just waiting to happen. From adventurous road-trips, to nights spent near the ocean, and from spontaneous city breaks to endless days filled with your favourite music, there’s no stopping the fun and the excitement now that summer is finally here. However, you should always be prepared for the unpredictable.

With the summer 2013 festival season upon us, planning the wardrobe is not just a matter of lining through the trends anymore. If you don’t want for your entire experience to be ruined by a little something called weather oscillation, your outfits should be festival friendly while retaining the possibility to turn waterproof with a fairly simple change in shoes and with an extra layer carefully added to your look.

If a music festival already made it to your “to-do-this-summer-list”, be prepared to be plodding through mud and allowing rain to become part of the entire installment. Here’s how to transition your outfits from sunshine to rain, with the right wet weather gear. Read the full article, after the break.

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2013 Festival Season Guide: The Girls

If you’re a girl planning to spend at least a couple of days in a packed and crowded park/arena this summer to sing along with your favourite bands, chances are you already know a little something about the outfits required for a music festival. The possibilities lying in front of you are endless: from grunge tie-dye to Aztec prints, from fringes to feathers and from distressed denim to lace, edgy or modern bohemian your festival outfit can easily be shaped up based upon your overall aesthetic.

For a comfortable and totally cool look, you can always count on a pair of denim shorts, teamed with a lightweight lace top and a pair of flat leather ankle boots. Choose a pair of round sunglasses and a floral headband to further enhance your sunshine ready outfit. And for when the rain decides to pop up unexpectedly, take your clear plastic rain coat out of the bag and replace the shoes with an equally fantastic pair of  wellingtons. That will keep you in the moment, singing and dancing along.


Shop the style, from left to right: H&M Lace top at hm.com; BP Floral Crown Headband at Nordstrom; Topshop Clear Plastic Rain Mac at Topshop; ASOS Round Sunglasses With Metal Bridge Detail at ASOS; ABE2 Ultimate Chelsea Boots at Topshop; Mid Wash Folk Embroidery Short at Miss Selfridge; Hunter Original Adjustable Gloss Wellies at  ASOS.

In terms of accessories, your festival outfits shouldn’t be missing on a pair of cool sunglasses, a dainty headband made out of flowers, jewels or colorful feathers, perhaps even a hat. As they all stand a fair chance to get ruined, make sure to avoid spending little fortunes on them. Complete your looks with statement rings, stacks of colorful bracelets or subtle necklaces oozing of a Bohemian flow.

If you’re the girly-girl type with an edge, choose a dress as your festival uniform and style it with a pair of gladiator sandals, a bowler hat and a really unique pair of superstar-like specs. Layer your outfit with a sheer sunflower patterned raincoat and replace your sandals with a pair of sturdy wellington boots just as the weather turns unfriendly. This will keep your spirit up despite the rain, despite the mug.


Shop the style: ASOS Roll Brim Felt Hat at ASOS;  Topshop Mexican Bodice Sundress at Topshop; Free People Sheer Sunflower Pattern Raincoat at Hudson’s Bay / ASOS; Aztec Double Driangle Ring at Miss Selfridge; ASOS Leather Knee High Gladiator Sandals at ASOS;  Wildfox Starstruck Round Sunglasses at ASOS; Superdry Festival Wellingtons at Superdry.com

When attending a music festival in the summer you’re most likely to experience rain, wind and a heat wave all within the same week, so there’s nothing unusual in switching from sandals to boots in matter of hours. If the sunny days beg for flat sandals, low ankle boots and colorful sneakers, the wellies tend to become your best friends once the mud gets a hold of the festival location.

If you plan on wearing a sportier maxi-dress for the festival, try one with a fringe bottom and accessorize it with a pair of bright hued sneakers, a stack of equally colorful bracelets, a whimsical necklace and a denim backpack to be completely set for the time of your life. Amongst other essentials, make sure your backpack holds the wet weather gear consisting in a lace plastic mac and a pair of glitter ankle wellies.


Shop the style: Pineapple Silver Necklace at Wolf & Badger; Pieces Multi Bracelet Set at ASOS; Naomi Fringed Hem Jersey Bodycon Dress at boohoo.com; Fluro Lace Plastic Mac at Topshop; Railroad Denim Backpack at Topshop; Vans Authentic Lo Pro Yellow Sneakers at ASOS; Black Glitter Ankle Wellies at New Look

2013 Festival Season Guide: The Guys

The true nature of festival life is most likely to ruin any sorts of glamorous ideas you might have carried in regards of your outfits, as the accent falls particularly on comfort and easiness. However, there is a very fine line between looking sloppy on purpose and sporting garments that are both laid back and presentable, even for a festival. For guys, the shorts come as a must, either tailored shorts or made out of denim, depending on how much you want to stand out in the crowd. The upper side of your outfit is where all the fun should happen: printed tops, casual and flannel shirts, V-neck t-shirts and vests, the choices are unlimited.

If you do opt for a slightly more polished look, a pair of functional cotton shorts teamed with a lightweight shirt accented with folk-inspired embroidery, would be a nice take on the bohemian feel of a summer festival. A pair of lace-up rubber loafers and a pair of cool sunglasses would suffice in accessorizing the look, while keeping things uncomplicated enough. A lightweight waterproof jacket and a pair of rain boots able to answer tough expectations should especially not be missing  from your essentials.


Shop the style: YMC Embroidered Cotton Shirt at Mr. Porter; Garret Leight Brooks 47 sunglasses at Barneys; Claude Klassic Mens Waterproof Jacket at K-Way; NN.07 Storm 1097 Cotton Shorts at Mr. Porter; Swims Lace-Up Rubber Loafer at Neiman Marcus; Hunter Balmoral Short at Hunter

In general guys do tend to avoid accessorizing, either out of fear of overdoing it, or as they feel a cleaner and more uncomplicated look is the way to go. But in order to round up a festival outfit, a few well-chosen accessories can make all the difference. Aside from the mandatory specs, a summer hat, alongside the woven leather bracelets and/or beaded necklaces are safe, yet appropriate options.

In order to complement your accessories, keep the rest of the outfit effortless by sporting a bright colored V-neck tee and a smart pair of pale blue shorts, to which you can even add a vest. Complete the look with a porkpie hat, a pair of cotton mesh slip-on shoes and a few of your favorite jewellery pieces.


Shop the style:  Orlebar Brown Bobby Lightweight Cotton T-shirt at Mr. Porter ; Esprit Straw Porkpie Hat at ASOS; Neon orange zip-through hooded jacket at Topman; Profound Aesthetic Beaded Bracelet at Urban Outfitters; Blue pocket detail shorts at River Island; Rivieras Cotton Mesh Slip-on Shoes at Mr. Porter ; Original Brit Rain Boots at Hunter

Aside from a good pair of wellies that you can find in ranging prices that read affordable, all the way up to those representing the higher end, your summer festival shoe ensemble could be easily built upon the usually summer preferences. Slip-ons, boaters, loafers, sneakers and lace-up boots make for ideal picks, but always consider making the selection based on your outfit and festival location.

A pair of black leather boots usually comes associated with black skinny jeans, printed t-shirts and casual flannel shirts when it comes to edgy festival attires. Complement the grungy take on summer fashion with round specs, the required wellies and a nylon parka jacket.


Shop the style: Grey Amplified Rolling Stones print t-shirt at River Island; Burberry Brit Shoreditch Slim-Fit Denim Jeans at Mr.Porter; Navy Nylon Parka Jacket at New Look; Classic Tartan Oxford Long Sleeve Shirt at Topman; ASOS Workboots in Leather at ASOS; ASOS Vintage Round Lens Glasses at ASOS; Green rubber wellington boots at Topman

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Shaped by all things beautiful and feminine, Nicoleta Parascan’s first steps towards entering the captivating world of fashion were taken somewhere around the young age of six, when she received her very own first fashion magazine. Discovering an entirely new universe, filled with pretty ladies and beautiful clothes, there was not much able to ever beat or compete with the fantasy land that was suddenly opening up. Surrounded by books, constantly thinking about the next best outfit, in search of a signature style and defined by a nostalgic calling towards the past, Nicoleta believes in taking chances, in destiny and in building her own path in life. When she’s not writing, you can easily find her playing with her cat, reading an old book, watching movies, exploring the city or blogging her own daily adventures.