Living For The Weekend
Maybe it's that my beard is beginning to look more Dumbledor than David Gandy, or that I wear my glasses more frequently (especially when reading spells) or that I have "exercises" for the knee that gets sore after long walks, or maybe it's just the fact that it's my birthday soon. Whatever it is I'm aware that I'm getting older, and there is nothing more ageing than festival season.
Age aside (some would argue I was born this miserable) I've never been a big festival fan. I've never been to T in the park, or the Radio 1 Big Weekend, I can think of nothing worse if I'm honest. Had Dante lived in modern times I'm sure his inferno would include a trip to Balado on a megabus accompanied by a soundtrack of EDM and Ed Sheeran, whilst the inoculating aroma of Lynx Africa mixed with Glenn's vodka and whitey wafts through rows of Argos' finest camping accommodation.
So what does the discernible gentleman do for fun at the weekend? And more importantly, what does he wear? Every summer there seems to be more and more alternative small festivals popping up across the country that don't include mud or bodily fluids. Artisanal food, craft beers, small batch distilleries, design, architecture & jazz inhabit the big cities, whilst rural festivals, farmers markets and craft fairs celebrate the wealth and abundance of locally made produce.
Weekend events like these are the perfect time to leave the work suit in the wardrobe and up your casual game.
Bin the wellies; walking around all day, filling up on tiny mouthfuls of artisanal fromage and charcuterie can make for tired feet, so make sure they're comfortable. Now is a great time to invest in some weekend footwear; trainers or tennis shoes in suede or leather can create a look of relaxed nonchalance, but remember that subtlety is the goal here, it's not a primary school white off, look for tones of off white or dark charcoal and keep branding to a minimum.
Polos not ponchos; a classic well fitted polo is a wardrobe staple and my go to for weekend dressing. Avoid bright block colours at the risk of looking like a 90s football hooligan. Instead stock up on navy, grey, burgundy, olive or soft pastels like rose or ivory. (A popped collar is never acceptable, you're not Jay-Z)
Always be prepared; there are two items that are essential for Scottish summer; sunglasses and an umbrella. Eyewear is something that you grow into appreciating; yes there will probably be free sunglasses being thrown about by the sponsors, but do you really want a beer brand or slogan on the side of your face? No you don't. (Plus picking up frivolous items like this goes against the philosophy of owning only what you love) A good classic pair of sunglasses that are timeless and elegant is an investment that you will never regret. Same goes for umbrellas, buying one from the pound shop whenever it rains is a false economy and will make you look like an idiot, a wet idiot.
Bag it up; whilst us Neanderthals walk around with our modern day essentials stuffed into our pockets, the fairer sex have carried their belongings in an elegant and practical accessory for decades. A bag is as much a beautiful object as it is a practicality. Just because you're a man doesn't mean you can call it a man bag, or man purse, it's just a bag (we don't go around buying man jeans or man shoes do we?) rucksacks or hold-alls are great for carrying the essentials; wallet, keys, phone, sunglasses, umbrella, book and have plenty of room for a couple of those craft beers you've just bought. Remember that this item is worth curating as part of your look as much as anything else, your not trekking the Himalayas or getting in the messages, a leather or robust waxed cotton or canvas makes for a stylish, practical and versatile accessory.
Weekends are for casual adventures and effortless relaxing, your style should reflect that.