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Glastonbury Festival Fashion GuideDont Forget Your Wellies

We all dream of beautiful days to bless us at this years festivals but as we all know, particularly with the Glastonbury Festival, rain always seems to come our way. So, it's best to be prepared if you want a special look this year, no matter the weather. Of course, there are those who will always decide that flip flops are a much easier footwear choice than the good old welly for the festivals.

But you can bet your life that they'll be the ones waiting in that queue to buy some emergency wellies, when their feet start to suffer in the mud and wet, or they end up with a broken foot because somebody stepped on them. So, do you head off to the Glastonbury Festival all glamorous and sexy in the hope that some hunk of a musician spots you in the crowd and whisks you away to his playboy mansion or do you dress down for the event? My advice would have to be, (if you want to be relaxed, and not ruin your designer gear in a mud bath) to stick with the more practical items of clothing and footwear. But fear not, practical doesn't mean no fun, and you can bet your bottom dollar that after 24 hours jumping around to the music that we'll all look the same anyway, limp and soiled damp weather and dirty! The key to festival fashion would be to stay casual.

Always have an emergency outfit that you keep clean and dry, which will come in useful for your travel back home. Pack some warm clothes like pullovers and t-shirts too as it always gets cold in the evening, and for the day time, look at packing sarongs, shorts and vest tops. Not forgetting to drop that sunscreen in your bag of course. Sensible footwear is of course an absolute must, and you will be kicking yourself, if you opt for stiletto's or sandals.

A decent pair of boots is fine and might just manage to survive the mud of Glastonbury Festival but for real comfort and style it has to be wellies that are top of your list. Worry not, welly boots can be stylish.i promise. Wearing wellies on your feet at the Glastonbury Festival this year will leave you free to enjoy the vibe you actually went there for initially, instead of having to watch where you walk all the time. Of course, there was a time not so long ago, when welly boots were not the coolest footwear to be seen in, but new trends change fast, and now, there's just no excuse not to give it some proper welly at the festivals this year. You may even wish for rain when you see the choice of funky wellies on offer today.

Every spectrum of colour, shape, design and size of welly is available for the Glastonbury festival fan to find that is cool and suits their charcter. There are cheap wellies, which are great for those on a budget, but be well advised that a lot of them don't do the job they're meant for, and will let in the cold and muddy water quicker than your flip flops. Then there are the slightly dearer kind, which usually have a neoprene lining to give you that extra support, cushioning and warmth and are made from natural rubber, that allow your feet to breathe. Wellies are fast becoming the new cool with the likes of Ashley Olsen, Kate Moss and Mary Kate, flaunting their wellies in public. So, do yourself a favour and spend a little time looking at what there is on offer for your welly boot fashion. The boring green farmer/fisherman style will probably get you laughed off the field, so it's well worth making the right choice to get the look you're after in funky wellies.

Spending a little money by investing in a good pair and looking after them correctly will keep you warm for a good few years of Glastonbury style.happy days. A new trend in wellies that was kicked off at the Glastonbury festival 2007 is the personalised welly boots. Dame Shirley Bassey dazzled the media and crowds with her diamant pair of wellies last year and now these are fast becoming the must have trend for Glastonbury 2008. With the option of choosing your own words for the design, i reckon the fields of Glastonbury this year will not only be awash with mud, but also glittering diamant.

Sara McCann is a welly design artist specialising in hot new trends and styles for welly boots



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