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Heading to Electric Picnic? Here’s some inspiration for dressing your festival alter-ego


by Ellen Bird
25th Aug 2018

With Electric Picnic marking the end of the festival season next week, the opportunity for festival dressing is dwindling. Our ever-so-inspirational Pinterest boards have grown considerably and our phones are packed with screenshots of Coachella fiercest attendees. The hunt for the most perfect outfit has commenced. But, as we all know, this isn’t Coachella and weather conditions in Ireland can be unpredictable. The real Irish festival experience is less-palm-trees-more-muddy-fields. Lucky there is no wrong or right festival attire. Whether you want to wear an explosion of neon colours or expose your inner rock star, you can do it with comfort and attitude at a festival.

This Electric Picnic, take the opportunity to unleash a different side of your personality: throw on some glitter, stick on face jewels and experiment with temporary blue hair. It’s not too often you can pop on nipple tassels and nobody will question you. Bit extreme? It might just be an excuse to wear a fun pair of shades and ditch the strappy heels. Embrace those last feel-good vibes of summer, and create your own Cinderella moment – muddy festival style. Here’s some outfit inspiration to help you formulate how to dress your festival alter ego:

Bohemian Goddess

Pic @retroflame
Pic @retroflame

What’s a festival without a flower crown? Bohemian, with a dash of hippy-luxe, has always been a crowd favourite for festival sweethearts, especially flower crowns. This year, instead of buying a throw-away flower-crown, why not make your own? Take the sustainable approach and for fresh flowers and an old hair-band. Aren’t homemade things so much more original anyway? I promise you’ll stand out big time. The boho trend is inspired by the 70’s chicer side, so embrace the flower poster-child you always wanted to be? Irish blogger Erika Fox, above, shows how to do this trend expertly with a perfect side of western appeal.

Neon Sparkle Queen 

Pic @annlisemclachlan

Alright, so being a low-key fashionista isn’t your thing, I get it. You want colour. You want sequins, fluorescent feathers and glitter you’ll be finding on your desk for a week after. Just like extra emergency toilet paper and dry shampoo, a pop of neon and a sequinned cami are a necessity when composing your festival check list.  I suggest starting off small: a dab of vibrant glitter along the cheekbone will make you and your outfit shine all weekend long.

Too Cool Rockstar

Pic @the_tiny

On my list, there are three things that will always be your ticket to straight-up coolness: the biker jacket, a cool band-tee and ripped denim shorts. I promise these three will never let you down; it’s a tried and tested combination for a reason. There is no such thing as too many rips in ripped jean. If you’re feeling really badass, swap a thin belt for a wide chunky one. Round John Lennon-inspired shades scream attitude, while also hiding tired eyes and sweaty makeup. Pair this key look with an air guitar and your festival alter-ego will be well-and-truly happy out.

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