How to get your festival look on point - 6 ideas to help become a festival goddess
Festivals are a great way to let out your creative side when it comes to choosing outfits. It's all about the colours, the fun and the funky side when it comes to festival fashion. We're going to look at a few key areas to help achieve your dream festival looks. We're going to be talking glitter, clothing and everything in between.
We're going to start with the festival classic - the wellington boot. Festivals in the UK are notoriously unpredictable when it comes to the weather, so having a pair of wellies is always a smart move to make. Even if it's sunny and baking hot all weekend, you will never look out of place with wellies on. Great for protecting your feet in all conditions, you know they will keep your feet warm and dry no matter how much downpour there is. You will be laughing when you see fools wading their way through the seas of mud in trainers, or sometimes bare feet. (Anything goes at festivals). A key thing is to take your wellies home after you use them, as an estimated 600,000 wellies are left behind at festivals every year! Things to consider when choosing your pair of festival wellies:
- Cost: If you're after a pair of luxury wellies that you see being worn by the upper echelons of society, it could cost you a sh*t tonne. Think designer label wellies and all that goes with the brand name. Personally, we recommend not spending the equivalent of a small house on a pair of boots, but some people (we've never met any) actively do.
- Moshing ability: Mosh Pits are a great laugh at festivals, but we need to take care of our toes while having a bounce around. Some wellies have reinforced toes to ensure you won't be breaking any of your own. If you've ever been toe crushed (definite term) by a weighty moshpit assailant, you know how much it hurts!
- Lifestyle choices - some wellies are now vegan apparently - we're not sure how normal wellies aren't vega? We will leave it at that...
- Design - want to let your wacky side out? Go for a crazy floral stripy design type thingy. Or maybe you're old school and want the class green colour. Take your pick, there are LOADS of designs out there.
2) Biodegradable and compostable Ponchos
Ponchos are another festival classic - providing the best way to stay dry while keeping your outfit visible, ponchos give you the best of both worlds. The main problem with ponchos is that they are predominantly made from plastic. As a single use item, they are likely to end up in landfill when disposed of, contributing to the plastic pollution crisis. Our alternative? compostable ponchos. Our festival ponchos are made from bioplastic, which means they are made from plants, not plastic. Made of starch compound, our ponchos are 100% biodegradable and compostable. Lots of people are claiming to sell compostable goods, when in reality they need to be industrially composted, not just home composted. We have partnered with an industrial composting partner to ensure all your used compostable items are composted fully, with zero waste going to landfill. This means any compostable gear you return to us using our free post back scheme, LFHP Zero, will be 100% composted, and will stay out of landfill and our marine environment. Zero waste, zero problems - it's our way of fighting plastic pollution.
Want to try one? Here's where you can find your very own biodegradable poncho.
3) Biodegradable Glitter
Glitter is the must have for getting THAT festival look. So many shades and sizes to choose from, the possibilities are endless when it comes to getting glittered up. However, normal festival glitter is filled with...you guessed it- plastic. Typical festival glitter consists hugely of microplastics, which break down into smaller and smaller chunks of plastic, but never biodegrade. In the marine environment, these miniscule pieces of plastic are ingested by creatures at the bottom of the oceanic food chain, which is mostly zooplankton. Through a process called trophic transfer, when the predator ingests the prey, the plastic passes up to the next level of the food chain. Eventually, this plastic makes it's way all the way up to large fish such as cod, which we then eat. We are literally eating fish filled with plastic. Our glitter is 100% biodegradable, even in the marine environment. This means that our plastic free glitter never contributes to the microplastic pollution problem. Our range of biodegradable glitter is growing, and we love it. You can also get our biodegradable glitter kits, which contain everything you need to apply your festival glitter - bamboo makeup brush, aloe vera glitter glue and your chosen shades of glitter. Time to get your plastic free-kon!
Sunscreen is such an important way of keeping your look on point while staying safe. Sunburn is awful for various reasons:
- It hurts like f**ck
- It increase the risk of skin cancer
- If you're pasty like us, sunburn will turn your skin into a colour far from your natural tone.
So keep on applying that sunscreen for your skin health, and to make sure no orangey red colour clashes occur. We realise putting the emphasis looking good, rather than health reasons, for being the main reason to use sunscreen is terrible. However, this is a blog on festival looks, rather than the blog we did on how to stay safe at festivals. What sunscreen should you use? We are absolutely biased when it comes to our choice, but we love Shade sunscreen. Made from all natural ingredients, our sunscreen is SPF-25, and comes in pocket sized tin so you can carry it around all day at a festival. It's also not tested on animals, which we think is such an important quality when it comes to cosmetic products.
Bum Bags are a great item to have at festivals to ensure your previous belongings aren't lost or stolen. If you don't have the luxury of having pockets anywhere on your outfit, you will need a place to store your phone and keys etc. Although they are rare, there are always incidents of theft at festivals. Thieves wandering around, and just walking into people's tents and taking anything valuable, are unfortunately a reality at festivals. That's why we recommend putting your expensive and important items into a bumbag, and on your person at all times. As well as for those reasons, it's a great item to complete your festival look.
Depending what you think a festival look is, you may not agree with our next item to get your best festival looks going. Soap is the best and easiest way to wash off mud you've picked up from a hard days' festivalling. If you've been mud diving though, we're not sure we can help you. Getting a great festival look is about (this is where you might disagree with us) staying relatively clean, nor normal day post shower clean, but not being caked in mud either. Our soap comes in bars, and they are completely plastic free. Scenting of rosewood, you know they will make you smell great AND look fresh. They are packaged in tins, so when you've washed our hands you can pop the bar right back in the tin, ready to go again when the mud starts to pile up under your fingernails (Eww).
Sunglasses always make you look fleek, as well as stopping your eyes from being dazzled by the bright outdoors all day. A lot of sunglasses are made from plastic, but there are some great alternatives out there. Bamboo is a natural material that grows extremely quickly, and is arguably one of the most sustainable materials available today. If you're looking for bamboo sunglasses, make sure the bamboo is ethically sourced. Another material to look out for in the search for plastic free sunglasses is cork. Produced from the bark of the Quercus Suber tree, cork is a renewable material. To harvest the cork, the tree does not have to be cut down. In fact, quite the opposite' if the tree that the cork is being harvested from is cut down, the tree will stop producing the bark ,so it's in cork harvesters interest to keep the tree alive!
Those are our 6 ideas to put you on your way to becoming a festival goddess. Are there any we've missed that you would like to see on there? Let us know in the comments.
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