DIY festival clothing

Festival staples – trilby, wellies and wayfarers

As temperatures plummet in the northern hemisphere, we here in the southern hemisphere, are gearing up for summer and a slew of festivals. I love music and I’ve been around long enough to have seen a good few bands by now. I plan to attend a lot more festivals if I can help it.

The style gurus have a big fat list of things you can’t be seen dead in past a certain age. While I get the mutton dressed up as lamb thing, dressing like mutton if you are getting a bit mutton-ish is … not fun. The younger festival goers all bleat on about being “individuals” but if I didn’t know better they all look exactly the same to me. Trilby hat – tick. Wellington boots – tick. Wayfarers – tick. Are these items appropriate at any age? And do I really want to look like all the rest of the festival goers anyway?

I think there comes a point where you have learned what works and what doesn’t. No way would I be able to stand 12 hours in heels. What I will wear are my Neptune brand rubber boots. Heard of them? Probably not. I got them at a work and safety gear outlet. They are hard wearing, comfortable and a fraction of the price of other boots.

I will also be wearing loads of sunscreen. My sunglasses come from a stall on the the side of the road. Why? Well a local magazine tested a selection of sunglasses and those proved to offer the best UV protection. I will also wear a wide brimmed hat and scarf to prevent sunburn. And I will have a warm, waterproof jacket for the evenings or if the heavens open.

The Greenie Galleries at the top of this page have 100s of photos of older and newer projects showing multiple ways to make your own clothing and accessories. There are also ideas to recycle or upcycle.

See you soon.