Men's Festival Style
By Gavin Jewkes, 14 April 2014
Prepping for British festival season means packing to defend yourself against a multitude of weather nasties, like floods or an unexpected typhoon. But across the Atlantic, revellers attending Coachella in California are enjoying dry days and white-hot sunshine, which means they can wear pretty much whatever the heck they like.
Here are a few of the strongest, sunniest festival looks to emerge from America's biggest music festival in its first few days, so you can adopt a similar style on this side of the pond.
Looking like the second Messiah at a luau, Jared Leto has been floating around Coachella in his trademark skinny jeans and beard, with the addition of a graphic Hawaiian shirt. It offers a nice alternative to the traditional hibiscus flower motif, and still gives off plenty of cool, beachy vibes.
In a festival environment, where it's hot, sweaty and you spend a lot of the time with your arms aloft in a crowd, vests can be considered an unsociable option. So keep a thin barrier between your pits and other people's noses by opting for a short-sleeved shirt instead. Plus, if you go for one like TV presenter Oliver Trevena's, they look smart, yet suitably relaxed.
Strolling around a festival in wellies is one way of doing things, but so is pulling on a pair of comfy leather loafers like model and musician Josh Beech. Not the traditional shoe of choice for a festival, sure, but definitely the more visually appealing direction, and one that's easier to remove when you get back to your tent, tired and inebriated.
If, like Shaun White, you're an internationally famous snowboarder, you can probably get away with obnoxious slogans on your T-shirt. But if you don't want to upset your mum and get too cuss-heavy with your clothing, check out our range of more vanilla (but no less rad) printed T-shirts here.
Arguably, actor Austin Butler and girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens look a bit like a creepy real-life version of 'Festival Barbie and Ken', what with their hats angled just so on their beautiful heads. But Butler’s approach to festival style deserves genuine praise, because those kaleidoscopic trousers are a stroke of bohemian genius.