What brings on this polemic is the proliferation of 'festival-how-to' guides. Coachella is often the catalyst for these guides. As a Brit, Coachella is a bit like having your face rubbed in shit. No one should look like people do, at a festival, at Coachella. Ignore Coachella, it's everything English festivals are not, therefore do not take inspiration from those well lubed, starving, fedora/cowboy boot wearing yanks.
What you wear to a festival (we need to think of a new word for outdoor music events, even the word festival makes my toes curl) is a very good indication of you as a person. Most music festivals in the UK are now over run with sixteen year olds doing poppers and shoe wearing Indie-lad Essex boys on pills. Day festivals are not festivals.
Basically my gripe is that festivals have become a reason for people to dress like fucking idiots. If you want to dress like asshole (which is applaudable) get loaded and go out, just hit up East London, it's cheaper and I promise you will find like minded people. So here's our tips for what to avoid, because there will undoubtedly be ten thousand other people repping your 'style', if you chose to take on any of these looks this 'summer.' I'm sorry this is in a guide format.
I could write an essay on why this is not acceptable. I won't because no one would read it and it would take me ages. Bindis are religious. To Hindus they symbolise ones intellect- Mind you, I don't know how clever you feel when you're being sick at Field Day because you whitied and you're trying to save face by ensuring your bindi is still stuck to your forehead?
2. Cut Offs
This is not necessarily your fault. For some reason people are programmed to think this is all you can wear to an 'outdoor music event'. Yawn. If you can see the 'smile', not matter how many of your male friends let you know you look great, they're too short. Any sort of denim that's been fucked with: studded, bleached etc burn.
3. Head Dresses
Why do outdoor ticketed events make people feel like donning head-gear? Hats are almost impossible. 9 times out of ten if you have a hat on you will look like a wanker. 10 times out of 10 if you're wearing an Indian Chief head dress you will look like a wanker.
You don't need them and they make you look like Charlie Dimmock. If you need waterproof footwear, go for jellies, or, literally anything else (galoshes, moonboots, plastic bags and elastic bands will give you an edge).
5. Fancy Dress
A picture is worth a 1000 words.
If you're looking for original festival style be sure to look at Burning Man, whose menu of styles includes, loin clothes, dungarees, red neck boiler suits...not for the faint hearted but sure to make an impact.