Electric Picnic Style Tips

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With Electric Picnic in Stradbally Co. Laois coming up next month, it’s time to start shopping for your outfits if you haven’t done so already. Okay, the style stakes might not be as high as Coachella, but they are still high enough! So lets get down to business and go though the top items to have in your bag!

Wellies:

If you don’t bring wellies to a festival in Ireland, I am sorry but those soggy feet are your own fault! Wellies are a must at festivals in this confused weather location. Remember four seasons in one day is not unheard of, in fact, its more so the most reliable weather forecast I can give you. Don’t even bother watching the weather forecast before hand because I can assure you it will be this! The great thing about wellies are they look great in the sun or the rain!

Chelsea / Ankle style:

(I find this length easier to walk in, but it can let in more from the puddles so catch 22!)

Women’s Original Chelsea Boots- Navy £85 Hunterboots.com

Mid Height style:

GLOSSY KELLY MID HEIGHT PLAIN WELLIES £44.95 Joules.com

 

GLOSSY KELLY MID HEIGHT PLAIN WELLIES £44.95 Joules.com

Images via Joules.com

Full leg length

The original festival boot is definitely Hunterboots – love this pink pair, however there are lots of colour options available to choose from to match all of your outfits.

Rubber Boot with laces

Another option are wellies that impersonate an every day boot look by having laces.

Ilse Jacobsen Sand Rubber Boot €147 Next.ie

Image via Next.ie 

Trainers

White trainers are totally on trend this season, but lets be honest, if you expect to come home with runners that are still white you are kidding yourself! So don’t bring your good runners to EP, just buy a cheap white pair that you don’t mind getting wrecked.

Heres a pair I spotted in Penneys.

 

Music artist t-shirt:

Show your music vibes via your clothing with all the fab t-shirts around the shops at the moment that feature some of the most memorable and most recognised music artists of all times.

UO Pink Floyd T-Shirt £29.00 Urban Outfitters

Image via Urban Outfitters

AC:DC print T-shirt £15.99 Bershka.com

Image via Bershka.com

Raincoat or parker jacket:

Another item that looks great in the sun or rain. They also fold up compact which is ideal. Also, lets not forget it’s pretty unlikely to be as  glorious as the weather in California for Coachella, so a rain jacket is a must.

Nothing says festival like an army green parka style rain jacket!

Rains short jacket €103.69 Asos.com

Image via Asos.com

If you find that you feel a little lost in long rain jackets, perhaps a shorter one will suit you better like this light short black rain jacket from Zara.

PACKABLE RAINCOAT – BACKPACK €25.95 Zara

 

PACKABLE RAINCOAT – BACKPACK €25.95 Zara

Denim Shorts:

What screams festival more than denim shorts!  A timeless piece that looks festival chic and provides comfort too.

Ripped Denim Mom Shorts £18 Boohoo.com

Kimonos

Kimonos are such handy items as they are compact to pack, and they are a chic item to add on over shorts and t-shirt as it begins to get cooler in the evening. They can give your plain outfit an instant personality. Kimonos are also a nice light item to keep the direct sun off your shoulders.

Oriental Floral Print Maxi Kimono €34 Boohoo.com

Sequinned kimono €35.99 Bershka

Shirts:

A shirt can look funky tired around your waist during the day and then you can pop it on when it gets cooler.  You could opt to tie it up for an edgier look.

Supersoft Denim Shirt €27 Boohoo.com

Ripped jeans:

What screams ‘I’m cool’ more than ripped jeans do!!! Uber cool choice for a music festival.

Leggings:

Now leggings are not something that I would usually put down as a fashion-must, but when you are going to a over night music festival they are so handy to have in your bag. They don’t take up much space in your bag, you can throw them on under your denims shorts if it gets cold, and you can wear them as pyjamas. I find the Next leggings can be good for not being as see-through as some others are .

 

Full Length Leggings €11.50 Next

Maxi Dress:

Show your inner boho style with a cool and breezy maxi dress. Top it off with some relaxed hair braids.

V by Very Bandeau Shirred Back Maxi Dress – Leopard -Littlewoods Ireland

 

Image via Google images

Avoid jumpsuits and rompers:

As much as I love these, a music festival may not be the best place for these. The main reason being that if you have ever used a portoloo you will be aware how disgusting the floors are these are, generally it’s just a pool of nastiness at your feet!! Now imagine hovering over the toilet trying your best not to touch everything… and then you accidentally drop your jumpsuit or romper in to this… now are you really going to want to wear that around for the rest of the day. The other possibility is while you sit there hovering over the toilet someone opens the door and there you are in all our glory practically naked! So you see my point?! However, if you really want to wear one to EP here you go! 

ASOS DESIGN tea jumpsuit with ruched sleeve detail €52.54 Asos.com

 

Blue Paisley Print Pom Trim Playsuit £15 Boohoo.com

Hoodie/Jumper

It’s always handy to have a jumper in the bag for when it gets cool, or for sleeping in during the night in the tent.

MAUVE CUT OFF CROP LONGSLEEVE SWEATER €18 Prettylittlethings.ie

 

Grey V Neck Hoodie €22 Prettylittlethings.ie

Accessories:

Hat –  bring a hat that you don’t mind losing as they are so hard to hang on to! So many options on the high street at the moment but a peak hat can give off a casual chic celeb vibe!

 

Charcoal Blue Woven Baseball Cap €8 Prettylittlethings.ie

Hairbands and clips –  Tie knot hair bands and oversized clips are on trend this year, which is perfect for disguising messy unwashed festival hair!

 

Green jungle print headband €13 River Island

 

Gold colour pearl hair clip multipack €13.00 River Island

 

Black polka dot headband €10 River Island

Sunglasses – A must for a number of reasons: eye protection from the rays, being able to look at the stage if the sun is blarring down in your directions, and of course to conceal that nasty hangover the next morning.

Aviator Large Metal Pilot Sunglasses RB3025 Gold-Tone €152 Arnotts

However if you are like me and tend to constantly break or lose your sunglasses here’s a more affordable aviator version. 

Gold Tone Aviator Style Sunglasses €15.50 Next

Beauty products & other must haves:

Sunscreen – There is nothing worse than getting sun burnt at a music festival and then having to suffer in pain for the rest of the weekend (not to mention the long term damage).

Dry Shampoo – if you can get away with it

Deodorant – Roll on is nice and compact to bring around in a small bag

Toilet roll – bring your own toilets roll or tissues in your pocket as the last thing you want is to use one of those public toilets and be left without tissue (why is it always gone!?)

Flip flops –  A must for the public shower

Socks – Bring socks for night time when you are sleeping in your tent, if you are anything like me I do be having a heart attack that spiders are going to attack me in my sleep so atleast I can tuck my pyjamas bottoms in to my socks. It also keeps your feet warm for when the temps drop.

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