Yes you can dress just the way you like and I’m not here to dictate your wardrobe decisions but Yes there are still limitations to how a girl should dress at Oppikoppi…. and of course some Oppi Outfits just look better than others! Well Done to those girls who make looking good at Oppi look easy…because trust me after 3 days of dust, dirt, drinking, dancing and camping…looking good is not that easy! At Oppi, you can pretty much dress as you like and do as you like…but please don’t pitch up there wearing heels because I personally would love to see you trek up to the Red Bull Stage in Heels! On this page you will find some helpful tips and tricks to looking good at Oppikoppi as well as some links to pages that will assist you further! Please feel free to comment with any tips or tricks of your own 🙂
While OppiKoppi can be done in style with my packing advice and tips, remember it is a dusty music festival and not a fashion show, so don’t overdo it. Below is a simple packing list for the weekend along with some fashion and beauty tips. This list should simplify your packing and possibly leave room for more important festival items, like alcohol!
T-shirts, as my OppiKoppian guide suggested, are definitely a basic you need to bring along. They’re easy and cool to wear and with the right print you can get your personality across very quickly. Communicating who you are with t-shirts is a great way to sift through crowds and find like-minded people who will share a drink and a smoke with you. Three different t-shirts or vests are all you need for the festival. I know it sounds like too little, but remember you’ll have dresses there too.
You’ll need a warm hoodie to bring along too. You could go for a jacket or coat, but remember it is a dirty festival. Don’t bring anything too special that could get ruined. Hoodies are simple, easy and because they zip open, you can still show off your personality (read: assets) ((read: boobs)).
An oversized sweater, poncho or sweatshirt is also a good idea for the weekend. It’s a great item to sleep in and can be thrown over a pair of tights to become a simple but cute morning outfit while lazing around the camp site.
A pair of trusty old jeans is a MUST! These should be the wingman jeans, the ones that were always by your side. Don’t bring you high-fashion skinny jeans that are a little too tight as you’ll be running around or sitting on the floor all the time – crack and tummy spillage is not ideal when you’re trying to look cool. Comfortable and reliable is what you want whether skinny, bootleg, straight or high waisted
A pair of shorts will also be needed at OppiKoppi. I know a lot of people live in jeans in any weather, but the heat can get annoying in Limpopo, so bring along a pair that’ll go with anything and once again aren’t too tight or too short – sitting on the grass is a big thing at OppiKoppi.
A skirt is another bottom option for the festival. Midi or short flowing skirts are great options as they can be cool and keep you feeling feminine. If you’re more a ‘short skirt’ kinda girl, it’s definitely appreciated by the boys at OppiKoppi. But if you have a “thing” about people seeing your underwear while sitting, maybe avoid the short, tight skirts.
Dresses are an easy option for music festivals in general and require very little thinking, something you’ll thank me for when you’re hungover. Although maxi dresses are very in at the moment and absolutely beautiful, the camping areas are grassless and dusty. If you’d prefer to avoid dust/alcohol/bodily fluids on your dress hem, try stick to short or mid-length dresses.
If you have any Y chromosomes, you too feel the way I do about shoes. DO NOT bring your favourite pair to OppiKoppi! Bring comfortable, old, crappy sneakers that know how to withstand all the elements. A closed pair of shoes like sneakers, oxfords or brogues are a must at the festival, especially since it starts to get cold at night.
An extra pair of sandals is optional if you’d like to mix things up or feel a little softer in your dresses but it’s not necessary if you’re cool with your trusty kicks.
Accessories should be kept to a minimum at OppiKoppi to save time, prevent loss and because too much jewellery at a music festival can make you look like a douche (someone had to say it). When it comes to jewellery, pick a ring (or two) and a necklace (or set) that go with all of your chosen clothing items. A simple ring that you can sleep in is a great idea to avoid misplacing it (I find things mysteriously go missing when you’re intoxicated) while a simple necklace can easily be hung in your tent (hooked through zips or mesh).
If you find you’ve forgotten a pair of sunglasses, you might as well go home. Besides wetwipes, these are probably the most important item on your packing list. I wouldn’t suggest bringing your designer brand as sunglasses have a way breaking at OppiKoppi. Rather have a look around for a cheap pair or two of plastic sunnies to wear all day, every day.
As we all know, showering at OppiKoppi or any festival or camp site, is not usually a pleasurable experience. Luckily, no one there judges you for the lack of personal hygiene. Wetwipes and deodorant are great ways to stay “sort-of” fresh during the festival, but another great trick is to wear a hat. Yup, beanies, fadoras, bowlers, caps, beret’s, whatever your preferred style, hats not only keep the sun off your face but are a great way to disguise your soon-to-be dirty hair.
More underwear and socks than you think you’ll need to bring is definitely advisable. A change of one or both of these items is a great way to feel cleaner. Thick black tights are also an important item as they can be used to run around in, sleep in, or worn under jeans to keep you warmer.
Batiste is an amazing product I’ll be bringing along this year. The dry shampoo comes in an aerosol can (also available in smaller sizes for handbags or purses) and removes or disguises the dirt in your hair. It’s a great replacement for washing your hair as I find with all the dust in the area, washing your hair at Koppi ends up with you having dirtier hair than when you started! Wet hair + dust = dreadlocks. Batiste is available at clicks and only costs R54.95. If you’d like a cheat item, talcolm powder works just as well although I wouldn’t suggest it for ladies with dark hair.
Another nice trick for OppiKoppi, one my male guide did not think of, is to paint your nails. I know this sounds silly as they’re bound to chip but remember it’s very dirty. Chipped, painted nails are way cooler than dirty nails, trust me.
There you go, my girls guide to packing for OppiKoppi. Obviously, all items you pack should blend easily as it makes mixing and matching one less thing to worry about. If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear them! Here’s the short version for the list obsessed among us (yeah, I’m one of them):
Enjoy Oppikoppi and remember, packing should be fun, not a chore
2. Oppikoppi: What To Wear – Brought To You By Omusic
Oppikoppi is probably one of the best places I know of to let your personal style run wild. Whatever you’re comfortable with, is what goes. My list of what to wear is really just a guideline of what kind clothing will be appropriate for the terrain.
Very important when packing for Koppi, is to remember the following: Comfort, durability, and excess.
Because you’ll be missioning around for a good 18 hours (at least) every day, so you don’t want to be pulling and adjusting at your clothes all day. You need stuff like tights, leggings, over sized t-shirts, cardi’s and dresses (the longer, the better).
Because this place is dust fest, and you need clothes that are going to look semi-presentable at least for the first 2 hours, and not get torn/shredded within the first 24. White stuff is not the best idea, and and neither is anything too short.
Because you really cannot take too much clothing to Koppi. Not because it’s a fashion parade, but because it’s dirty, hot, freezing cold and full of drunk people spilling booze on you. You’ll need to change a couple of times during the day…especially because you won’t be showering.
Very Warm Jacket/Coat
Pack one nice big, warm jacket or coat. You definitely won’t be wearing it in the day, but come night time, you’ll need it. If it’s absolutely massive, that’s even better as it can double as a sleeping bag when you finally collapse into your tent.
Muchos importante homies, as my Mexican friends would say. (I don’t have any mexican friends) These bad boys can be worn 24/7 at Oppikoppi. With long tops/dresses/skirts and boots, or under your jeans: You will wear them. They are comfortable and easier than jeans to sit in without flashing any bum.
This way you don’t have to worry about dirty hair. You can also use your beanie/hat to beg for money, if you should run out.
You cannot possibly have too many pairs. A clean pair for every day as well as a clean pair to sleep in. There’s nothing worse than taking off your shoes, and having your feet freeze up in your sweaty socks while you try to fall asleep.
Hundreds of pair of sunglasses
Or, if you don’t have hundreds just bring all the pairs you do have. Sunglasses get lost, scratched and sat on every day. These things happen. And Koppi is not the place to be walking around willy-nilly with unprotected eyeballs. Bring enough pairs.
Small Satchel Bag
Just big enough for some cash, your phone and your camera. There are people everywhere at Koppi, and having a big, cumbersome bag means you’ll e spending most of time saying “sorry” as you smash people in the bellies with your bag whilst you navigate the masses. Save yourself the trouble and get a small bag.
Yes, its that cold. But make sure you get those fingerless ones. Or you’ll be spending all your time taking your gloves off and putting them back on for every photo, cigarette, etc. etc.
A blanket for sitting on
This is not strictly an item of clothing, but I thought I’d just add it anyway. Watching the bands in the day, chilling under the few trees sprinkled across the landscape will be infinitely more comfortable on a blanket. Just don’t leave it unattended for too long or you might come back to find a drunken, half naked man sleeping rolled up in it.
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