Mud, Sweat and Beers
A look at festival fashion and a quick guide to getting prepared for the festival season
The music festivals have been usurped by the Olympics this year. With Glastonbury having a year off and the Olympics on every commercial and product in the supermarket, the only thing we can do is get involved. The pink Olympic stickers have gone up all over town and many people are camping out or staying out late as part of their pilgrimage to Stratford. So we thought we’d look at a few stylish things to make the Olympics the enjoyable experience it should be.
Oliver Spencer has taken all the pain of being organised with his Olympic Survival Kit, exclusive to Selfridges it contains a special Oliver Spencer X Seil Marschall back pack containing K-Way cagoule, A-Z, T-shirt and everything you may need, especially if you get stuck on the Underground!
Above - Oliver Spencer - Olympic Survival Kit - £400
Adidas - Team GB Olympic replica men’s suit - £90
Body Shop - Tea Tree Cleansing Wipes - £4
Poler The Napsack - £99.99
This has something of the early Westwood’s about it.
I Dream of Wires - Cape - £110
Links of London - Team GB bracelet - £20 WIN yours here - Enter now
Backpack with solar power to charge handheld device everywhere you go.
Crosskase Solar 15 Backpack - £139.99
Body Shop - Vitamin C Energising Face Spritz - £8
Esemplare - Cagoule - £385
As Glastonbury opens its doors, here’s a quick guide to getting prepared for the festival season.
Festivals can be fun as long as you’re with the right people. Forget the music, it’s about spending quality time with your mates in the sunshine*.
Like going anywhere in this country you need an entire wardrobe - a four seasons in one day mentality of being ready for everything and hedging your bets. But this doesn’t mean you can’t look the part.
This is our brief checklist to cover all eventualities without taking the kitchen sink.
And if things do get a little too much, then drink more**.
**TheChicGeek.co.uk promotes responsible drinking!
Not only are they extremely practical, but there is something really cool about a backpack at the moment. We’re not totally sure why, but maybe its because they make you look really sporty and keep your hands free.
This one by Overboard is designed for use in a variety of situations where water may be a problem, these nylon packs are a great way of keeping everything dry. The backpack is constructed from 600D Nylon Mesh Fabric with heat welded coated seams. It seals tight with a Fold Seal system backed up with additional Velcro for extra security.
Home Sweet Home
Join the new trend in “Glamping” by getting yourself a cool tent. You'll want your lie-ins, and that's not going to happen if you're being cooked alive and the daylight is coming through. This remarkable two-person tent doesn't need pitching - simply take it out of the rucksack-style bag and it pops into shape immediately. It has a black inner tent and flysheet to keep light out, giving you a better nights sleep, whilst excellent ventilation prevents it from getting too hot. Flash Mach II Blackout Tent - £69.99
The ‘Bed’ - A sleeping bag needs to do two things; keep you warm when you first get in and then not let you get too hot that you wake up soaking wet. Get a lightweight one from Snugpak. Made in the UK.
Staying Fragrant - The Great Unwashed
Keeping clean can be an issue. You could go French style and just spray on your favourite fragrance or try these;
Solar Shower - This is worth a bash. It gets heated by the sun - lets hope there is some sun, otherwise it could be like joining the marines. £8.79 -
Aveda soap bar - One bar does all: face, hair and body. £9.30
Cuticura Hygiene Gel - Looks a bit OCD in real life but festivals are a different story. This gel kills 99.99% of germs within 15 seconds without the need for water or towels. £1.29
available from Boots
What if it rains?
Not what, when! Keep yourself dry.
Boring, but wellies work. They can be a bugger to carry and if it’s dry you’d wished you’d never brought them, but why take the risk. British manufacturer Hunter have produced a Limited Edition Hunter Festival in Aqua with optional welly pouch - £125
Pouch - £30
Church’s have produced some great raincoats courtesy of Mackintosh. Love or hate the smell, these are the best raincoats money can buy. They have a great double-breasted one in yellow. £455
And if you do get wet, use some Absorba Balls. These balls contain crystals that are specially designed to absorb moisture from almost any piece of outdoor kit. These compact balls will naturally absorb the moisture in a matter of hours without the use of any electricity, leaving your kit dry and undamaged. Leave the balls on a radiator or out in the sun to dry the next day. £16.99 www.travelwithcare.com
When it’s dry
Wear a simple wardrobe of smart basics. Try these skinny tailored trousers in a lovely aubergine colour from Topman. £35
Put these with some bashed up vintage Gucci loafers in brown or black suede as seen at the S/S 09 Victor Glemaud in New York. There is something chavvy yet cool about this look, add a signet or sovereign ring and a neat polo-shirt tucked in.
When the sun does come out
Hat - Get a hat that you can roll up and put in your pocket. It will stop you getting sunstroke, you don’t want to end up in the St.John Ambulance tent. Now, that really isn’t cool.
Paul Smith - £60
Sunglasses - These are expensive enough to be good for your eyes yet not too scary that you aren’t frightened to damage or lose them. Perfect for the day after the night before. M: UK ‘Richardson’ - £32.00 - Boots Pharmacy Nationwide 020 8974 1642
When it gets a bit nippy
Don’t leave home without
P´9110 Crank Radio
We love everything by Porsche Design and this wind-up radio is no exception. The P´9110 translates classic energy generation technology into a new form. The crank handle is used to assure the operation of the receiver which works according to the super-heterodyne principle. The radio has an additional benefit with the an integrated charger outlet and a corresponding adapter for mobile phones. The dual white LED lamps serve as an adequate light source when on the move. A siren and red flashing LEDs attract attention in case of an emergency. Dimensions: 265 mm x 131 mm x 84 mm. $350 - Available at the American online shop and they will ship to the UK. www.porsche-design.com