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The Cool Guy Guide to Festival Wear

Those of us who have been to a few of New Zealand’s top festivals will know that majority of the time night turns into morning, friends turn into family and the pounding bass projected from the speakers turns into our heart beat.  There’s no experience like dancing outside under the open sky, singing along with friends and sharing the same happiness with thousands of other people surrounding you. We’re at that time of year where major festivals are in full swing–town favourite Laneway Festival in a couple of days! Mixing great music with a great sense of style will give you the ultimate festival experience and we’re here to help.

There’s no experience like dancing outside under the open sky, singing along with friends and sharing the same happiness with thousands of other people surrounding you. We’re at that time of year where major festivals are in full swing–town favourite Laneway Festival in a couple of days! Mixing great music with a great sense of style will give you the ultimate festival experience and we’re here to help.

We’ve got you sorted with the ultimate style survival kit for festival season.  If you’ve got any style questions, jump onto the Wearit App to ask one of many stylists for advice.

Head over kicks

At any given time, there are always a bunch of guys who love rocking hats during summer. Most guys will result in wearing a cap but if you’re thinking a little outside the usual look, then give a Fedora or a wide brim hat a go–these days they come in stylish patterns and colours.  Hats are a simplistic way to add a point of difference to an outfit without any hassle and they make a good identifier in a crowd if someone is trying to look for you.

All eyes on you

Your best bet is to not to use your most expensive pair, chances are you’ll probably lose or damage them. Head down to the local Hallensteins or Cotton on store and grab a pair or two from their wide range of sunglasses to get you through. They’ll be perfect for the festival environment while still looking stylish. The best part is that if you lose them you won’t feel too bad.  Try out the retro reflector shades or round frames, a little bit different but very neat.

Get your groove on

Pattern on pattern, floral on floral, Denim on denim. You name it! Remember to go with colours and patterns, black is boring and it also contracts heat. Stepping outside of the box isn’t a bad thing if you want to make a statement with your outfit.  There’s a lot of matching shirts and shorts going on in the local retailers. If you’re one to wear the simpler pieces, then go for plain tees or quoted tops paired with cotton or denim shorts. Remember, think light-weight when packing, in this weather you don’t want to wear anything that’s too heavy in material.

If you’re worried about getting cold in the evenings then consider a denim jacket, it’s a good go-to for all outfits. One jacket that does all will be handy instead of packing multiple items, don’t forget to consider packing a lightweight raincoat you never know with NZ weather what it’s going to be like.

It’s all about the details

Some guys over kill with the accessories, let’s just narrow it down to 5 pieces. They can be from a range of rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings etc. Leather, Silver or Wood accessories are a good option for that retro cool look that have a slightly vintage worn finish to them.  Most casual guys clothing stores will have a section with accessories in them, otherwise when in doubt ask.

Keep it fresh

One word: comfy! The worst feeling is trying to break into shoes or wearing uncomfortable ones while you’re on your feet the whole time. My advice is to take a pair of your old converse chucks, sandals or grab some cheap ones you can wear to death and ditch them later. High tops, low cuts, mesh material sneakers etc, the local retailers have them all stocked for affordable prices.

Words by Tania, Head Stylist at Wearit.

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