How To Elevate Your Festival Style


From sunglasses to shirts, get festival-style right with our sleek recommendations

With summer now in full swing it’s prime season for festivals to kick off. From the wilds of Wireless to the boutique experience of Festival No.6 to the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe, festivals are an opportunity to indulge in incredible music, art and culture as well as a serving as a playground for experimenting with style.

While sleeveless tops, jarring prints and questionable footwear may be the norm, here at Reiss HQ we feel a more elevated approach to festival-ready attire is the trick to separating the men from the boys. Plus, if nothing else, it will ensure you can look back at the photos with pride, rather than a sense of regret at having decided on that “funny” slogan tee.

With pieces to suit every type of festival – and every type of man – look no further than our festival style guide below ahead of your next weekend spent in a field…

Step ONe: Think craftsmanship rather than cliché

It goes without saying that a slew of hideous shirts tends to pepper the crowds at most festivals, and while shirts with tacky slogans in offensively glaring neon colours might cut the mustard for some, we recommend you turn to a more refined printed option instead.

Turn it up a notch with painterly prints for a more sophisticated touch of interest to your look. Both cool classic, toned-down florals or timeless checked prints fit the frivolity of the festival dress code without looking brash or childish.

Step two: Try tailored shorts instead

Let’s get one thing straight, a crudely cut pair of old jeans do not make for stylish shorts. We won’t even acknowledge board shorts. Instead, raise the bar with a tailored pair, one that’s cut to a flattering fit and will work with a multitude of upper layers and footwear.  

Step three: Swap out the band tee for something more luxe

Yes, music is a work of art but (a lot of the time) a band or artist’s merchandise is not. Forgo the washed-out tee and turn to a short-sleeved top with a little more luxe to it. Tactile towelled options are perfect for this time of year or try something with detail, such as a different neckline or zip detailing. 

Step four: Sleek sunnies only

Much like garish shirts, “fun” eyewear seems to be a prerequisite for most festival attendees. We’ll reserve judgement on those who think pineapple sunglasses are cool and instead recommend that you opt for something more optically flattering. Tortoiseshell frames are a superb way of getting eyewear right.

Step five: leave the wellies at home

Perhaps one for the smaller, boutique festival where trekking through six-inch-deep mud isn’t required, swap out the wellies for something a little more stylish. Try leather sneakers – which can be easily wiped clean – or canvas espadrilles for a cool (and comfortable) nod to summer dressing. 

Step six: Don't forget a jacket

In typical British fashion, the weather is the one thing you can’t count on come the weekend of a festival. Yes, even if clear blue skies and endless sunshine has been promised, make sure you bring some form of a jacket – a black bag or cheap, plastic poncho is an absolute no-no. 

Step seven: pack a water bottle

Be eco-friendly and smart at the same time by bringing along a reusable water bottle, such as this one here by 24Bottles. Lightweight and crafty – they keep cold drinks cold and warm drinks warm – their stylish yet functional design makes them the perfect accessory for quenching your thirst after all that singing.