What to wear to this season’s top festivals

Festival goers having fun at a festival

Words: Lindsay Samson | Photography: Littlegig

As the nights begin to grow shorter and the days longer and warmer, we’re getting ready to blow off some steam and celebrate the official start of summer. And what better way to do so than at one of the many highly anticipated festivals that come around as the year draws to a close? Though great music, beautiful venues and the promise of gorgeous weather are often the draw, so is the opportunity to finally whip out (and thoroughly document) a range of perfectly styled outfits. All that’s left to decide is where to go. We’ve rounded up some of South Africa’s biggest, most popular summer festivals to make your end-of-year party schedule – and packing – a little easier.

Summer Festival Dressing Guide

Endless Daze

1 November 2019 – 3 November 2019

Silwerstroom Resort, Western Cape

A boutique outdoor festival that debuted in 2016, Endless Daze has quickly grown into one of South Africa’s premier music events. One of the only festivals in the country focused entirely on alternative music, it sees hundreds of fans flocking to the country’s West Coast for three days of psychedelic rock in a disarmingly intimate environment. This year’s lineup includes US acts like Night Beats and L.A. Witch, as well as local favourites Medicine Boy and Amy Ayanda. Comfort is key when camping at a festival like Endless Daze, so cosy sweats, worn-in jeans and leggings are your best bets. Add a retro tee or a fitted top or try a soft slip-dress if that’s more your style. Accessorise the look with a slick cap or metal-framed sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh sun as well as extra style points, plus a vintage denim jacket.

Summer Festival Dressing

Infecting the City

18 November 2019 – 24 November 2019

Cape Town

One of the most anticipated events on the Cape Town creative calendar, Infecting the City is the longest-running public arts festival in South Africa. It removes barriers of access and allows festivalgoers to experience art, music, dance and performance right on the city streets. There really are no rules for dressing here, but you’ll likely be walking a lot so strive for comfort. A waist bag will easily ensure the safety of your belongings and keep an oversized jacket close to protect you from the infamous Cape Town wind.

Summer Festival Dressing Guide


30 December 2019 – 31 December 2019

Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Hosted at Johannesburg's historic Constitution Hill, the annual Afropunk festival sees revellers from all over ringing in the New Year beneath the stars while grooving to the sounds of artists like Solange, Miguel, Burna Boy and Sho Madjozi. An event that has always encouraged freedom and self-expression, attendees let their imaginations run wild when it comes to style, rocking functional, bright basics that are perfect for layering, prints in every style and colour and bold, statement-making sunnies. Top it off with a fresh pair of sneakers and oversized jewellery and you’ll be camera-ready for one of the many street photographers milling about.

Summer Festival Dressing Guide

Search Festival

30 December 2019 – 1 January 2020

Swellendam, Western Cape

This one is relatively new on the South Arican festival circuit. Search Festival is described as being all about “what can be found” and promotes the idea of finding friendships, great music, beauty and love. Held outside the quiet town of Swellendam in the Western Cape, this year’s event will play host to Gqom king DJ Lag, producer Thor Rixon and El Corazon of Future Nostalgia. Like last year, festivalgoers are likely to be clad in loose, airy garments that are as comfortable to dance in as they are to bake in the sun. Add a light playsuit and classic sneaker style and you’re all set to bask at this relaxed outdoor event.

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